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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 vs Canon Powershot A2100 IS Resolution

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Panasonic Lumix FS25 (gold)
 
 

To compare real-life performance we shot this scene with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W270 / W290 and Canon PowerShot A2100 IS, within a few moments of each other using their best quality JPEG settings, lowest ISO sensitivities and default processing options.

The lenses on each camera were set to aproximate the same field of view and each was set to program or auto mode with manual ISO override.

 

The above image was taken with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 set to 80 ISO in Normal mode. The lens was set to 6.3mm and the metering set the exposure to 1/800th of a second at f4. The original 4000x3000 pixel image had a file size of 3.1MB. The four crops are taken from the areas marked by the red squares and presented here at 100%.

The FS25 produces decent quality images with excellent colour saturation and good detail. In the central image area there's little to find fault with. At the very edge of the frame there's some evidence of softness creeping in - take a look at the second crop and you'll see that both the lighthouse in the distance and the foreground lacks the detail apparent in the other crops. Most probably this is a limitation of the Leica lens, but it's a minor one. Overall this is is a good result.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 holds its own with both the Canon Powershot A2100 IS and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W270 / W290. The Canon has a slight edge in terms of image detail, but its colour colour saturation and contrast are slightly flatter. In almost every respect the FS25's image quality surpasses that of the Cyber-shot DSC-W270 / W290. The Panasonic shots are sharper, with finer detail, better contrast and colour saturation.

Now head over to our Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 Noise results to see how it compares in terms of high sensitivities.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W270 / W290
 
Canon Powershot A2100 IS
 
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f9, 80 ISO
f4, 80 ISO
f9, 80 ISO
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f4, 80 ISO
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f4, 80 ISO
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f4, 80 ISO


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



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