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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 Gordon Laing, November 2007

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 results : Outdoor resolution / Studio resolution / Real life Noise

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 versus Canon EOS 400D / XTi real-life noise

 

To compare noise levels under real-life conditions we shot this scene with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 and the Canon EOS 400D / XTi within a few moments of each other using each of their ISO settings. The lenses on each camera were adjusted to deliver the same vertical field of view and set to f8 in Aperture Priority mode. In this first set of crops, the L10's Noise Reduction was at the default 0 setting.

Note: The 400D / XTi captured a wider 3:2 frame, but since its crops below are taken from the same 4:3 area as the L10, it's effectively being treated here as an 8.9 Megapixel 4:3 camera. As such the Canon crops show a slightly larger area. The image above was taken with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 at 23mm f8 and with a sensitivity of 100 ISO; the original JPEG measured 4.64MB. The crops are taken from an area below and to the left of the centre and presented here at 100%.

The Lumix L10 delivers detailed images from 100 to 400 ISO which look similar to those from the Canon EOS 400D / XTi. At 800 ISO though, the L10's image quality drops noticeably, and again at 1600 ISO. The Canon's quality also falls at these settings, but less so than the L10. As such the L10 exhibits similar noise performance to the Olympus E-510 - which is what we'd expect given the same sensor. Like the E-510, the Lumix L10 offers a variety of noise reduction settings and we have examples of each at the bottom of the page. Alternatively to see some more real-life examples across the entire sensitivity range, check out our Lumix L10 sample images page.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10
 
Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi
Panasonic L10 at 100 IS0   Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi  at 100 ISO
100 ISO
 
100 ISO
     
Panasonic L10 at 200 IS0   Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi  at 200 ISO
200 ISO
 
200 ISO
     
Panasonic L10 at 400 IS0   Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi  at 400 ISO
400 ISO
 
400 ISO
     
Panasonic L10 at 800 IS0   Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi  at 800 ISO
800 ISO
 
800 ISO
     
Panasonic L10 at 1600 IS0   Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi  at 1600 ISO
1600 ISO
 
1600 ISO


Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 noise reduction settings

The Panasonic Lumix L10 allows you to adjust its noise reduction by two steps in either direction. We photographed the same scene as above using the L10 set to its lowest and highest noise reduction settings along with the default zero position.

Even the most dedicated pixel peepers would have a hard time spotting much difference between the samples below - there's arguably a little extra noise visible on the -2 samples at the highest ISOs, but it's pretty subtle.

This is a little disappointing given the L10 has the same sensor as the Olympus E-510, as we'd hoped for similar results from its low NR setting. See the bottom of our Olympus E-510 noise results page to see what we mean. As it is, if you want to avoid the L10's image processing, you'll need to shoot in RAW.

To see some more real-life examples across the entire sensitivity range, check out our Lumix L10 sample images page.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10
Noise Reduction -2
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10
Noise Reduction 0 (default)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10
Noise Reduction +2

Panasonic L10 at 100 IS0 - NR low   Panasonic L10 at 100 IS0 - NR normal   Panasonic L10 at 100 IS0 - NR high
100 ISO
100 ISO
100 ISO
         
Panasonic L10 at 200 IS0 - NR low   Panasonic L10 at 200 IS0 - NR normal   Panasonic L10 at 200 IS0 - NR high
200 ISO
200 ISO
200 ISO
         
Panasonic L10 at 400 IS0 - NR low   Panasonic L10 at 400 IS0 - NR normal   Panasonic L10 at 400 IS0 - NR high
400 ISO
400 ISO
400 ISO
         
Panasonic L10 at 800 IS0 - NR low   Panasonic L10 at 800 IS0 - NR normal   Panasonic L10 at 800 IS0 - NR high
800 ISO
800 ISO
800 ISO
         
Panasonic L10 at 1600 IS0 - NR low   Panasonic L10 at 1600 IS0 - NR normal   Panasonic L10 at 1600 IS0 - NR high
1600 ISO
1600 ISO
1600 ISO



Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 results

Outdoor resolution / Studio resolution / Real life Noise
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