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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Gordon Laing, May 2007

Panasonic TZ3 results : Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Noise 2 / Corner sharpness / Fringe & macro / Geometry / Vignetting

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 purple fringing comparison

  To measure and compare the Panasonic Lumix TZ3's purple fringing caused by lens chromatic aberrations and sensor blooming, we photographed a test chart with areas of very high contrast using it and a number of rival super-zoom models.

We used the lenses at their widest and longest focal lengths and with the apertures wide open. The crops are taken from the upper left corner of the chart and presented here at 100%.

The Lumix TZ3, like its predecessor, fares very well in this test, exhibiting little if any coloured fringing throughout its focal length. Impressive work considering the long optical range and the compact body which houses it.

Panasonic Lumix TZ3
Panasonic Lumix TZ1
Panasonic Lumix FZ8
Olympus SP-550UZ
Panasonic Lumix TZ3 at 4.6mm f3.3
Panasonic TZ1 at 5.2mm f2.8
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 at 6mm f2.8
Olympus SP-550UZ at 4.7mm f2.8
4.6-46mm at 4.6mm f3.3
5.2-52mm at 5.2mm f2.8
6-72mm at 6mm f2.8
4.7-84.2mm at 4.7mm f2.8
Panasonic Lumix TZ3 at 46mm f4.9
Panasonic TZ1 at 52mm f4.2
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 at 72mm f3.3
Olympus SP-550UZ at 84.2mm f4.5
4.6-46mm at 46mm f4.9
5.2-52mm at 52mm f4.2
6-72mm at 72mm f3.3
4.7-84.2mm at 84.2mm f4.5


Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 macro comparison

Panasonic Lumix TZ3 macro test  

To measure and compare the Panasonic Lumix TZ3's macro performance we photographed a custom chart using it and a number of rival super-zoom models with their built-in lenses.

Each camera was positioned at a distance and set to a focal length which delivered the maximum possible reproduction.

The dark lines are 10mm apart and the result is not cropped. Smaller areas are preferred in this test. The image left was taken with the Panasonic Lumix TZ3 in its Macro mode.

4.6-46mm at 6mm
Max area of 50x38mm
 

The Lumix TZ3 should focus closest when fully-zoomed-out, but we managed to achieve a sharp result from the same distance with the lens fractionally zoomed-in a notch. At this focal length of 6mm, the TZ3 delivered an area of 50x38mm, which while not as impressive as its predecessor, does at least share its low geometric distortions. The Lumix FZ8 and Olympus SP-550UZ both exhibit quite pronounced barrel distortion at their closest focusing distances, although the latter does deliver an impressively small area.


Panasonic Lumix TZ1
Panasonic Lumix FZ8
Olympus SP-550UZ
Panasonic TZ1 macro test
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 macro test
Olympus SP-550UZ macro test
5.2-52mm at 10mm
Max area of 40x30mm
  6-72mm at 6mm
Max area of 44x42mm
  4.7-84.2mm at 10mm
Max area of 32x24mm

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 results continued...

Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Noise 2 / Corner sharpness / Fringe & macro / Geometry / Vignetting
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