To compare noise levels under real-life conditions we shot this scene with the Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ3 and FZ8 within
a few moments using each of their ISO settings. Both cameras have the same effective resolution.
The zoom lenses of each camera were adjusted to deliver the same field of view. In the absence of any manual controls, the TZ3 was set to Normal picture mode, and in the spirit of equality we set the FZ8 to Program mode. The FZ8's Noise Reduction was set to Standard.
The image left was taken with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 at 6mm f3.9 and at 100 ISO; the original measured 3.4MB. The
crops are taken from an area just below and to the left of the centre.