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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 Ken McMahon, September 2009

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 results : Real-life resolution / High ISO Noise


Panasonic Lumix FS25 vs Sony Cyber-shot W270 / W290 and Canon Powershot A2100 IS High ISO noise

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Panasonic Lumix FS25

To compare noise levels under real-life conditions we shot this scene with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W270 / W290, and the Canon Powershot A2100 IS within a few moments of each other using each of their ISO settings.

The lenses were set to approximate the same field of view.


The above shot was taken with the FS25 in Normal mode with the lens zoomed in to 5.8mm - just in from its widest setting. The exposure was 1/2 a second at f3.5. The crops are taken from the area marked with the red square and published here at 100%.

The FS25 does an excellent job of noise reduction throughout the sensitivity range, but particularly at the lower end. Although you wouldn't expect to see noise in an 80 ISO shot, with an exposure of half a second you can't take it for granted. The FS25 produces very good results from 80 up to 200 ISO, you have to look quite hard to see the difference.

From 400 to 800 ISO it's still good news: there's some noise and loss of detail, but it's kept to an acceptable minimum. At 1600 ISO, the game's up though and the FS25 produces very granular images with detail breaking up horribly - pretty much what you'd get with any compact at this setting.

Compared with the Canon Powershot AS2100 IS, the FS25's images are a little softer throughout the ISO range. There's a little less detail, but less grain too. It's more difficult to make a comparison with the underexposed images of the Cyber-shot DSC-W 270 / W290, but we'd say the Panasonic comes out on top.

Now head over to our Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 Gallery to see some more real-life shots in a variety of conditions.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
 
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Canon Powershot A2100 IS
 
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 results: Real-life resolution / High ISO Noise



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