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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33 Gordon Laing, November 2007

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33 results :
Outdoor resolution / Studio resolution / Real life Noise

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33 versus Fujifilm FinePix F50fd outdoor scene


 

To compare real-life performance we shot the same scene with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33 and the Fujifilm FinePix F50fd within a few moments of each other using their Auto modes, best quality JPEG and lowest ISO settings. The lenses on each camera were adjusted to deliver the same field of view.

The image left was taken with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33 at 6mm f9 and with a sensitivity of 100 ISO; the original JPEG measured 3.58MB. The crops are taken from the upper left, center, lower right and lower left portions of the originals and presented here at 100%. The Panasonic FX33 has only two aperture settings and in this bright scene automatically selected its smallest f9 setting. This will inevitably result in some diffraction and loss of ultimate detail, but short of holding a neutral density filter in front of the lens, there's no way to get it to select the larger aperture in conditions like these - it is essentially an automatic camera. That said, since this is the kind of photo you'd get under these conditions, we believe it's a fair test.

The Fujifilm FinePix F50fd has 12 Megapixels to the Panasonic FX33's eight, so you'd expect a significant advantage to the former, but as you'll see, that's not always the case.

Starting with the first row of crops taken from the mountain ridge in the top left corner of the image, the FX33 delivered a much softer result than the Fujifilm, although due to its optical performance in this corner. Moving onto the second crop taken from the middle of the frame shows the F50fd genuinely recording greater detail than the FX33 - as you'd hope for a 12 Megapixel camera versus one with 8 Megapixels, but the differences may be more subtle than you'd expect.

Moving onto the third crop, taken from the lower right of the frame shows a switch from the first example with the Panasonic FX33 capturing a noticeably sharper result. The F50fd appears to be suffering from both optical and compression issues, resulting in far lower detail in foliage areas.

Finally the fourth crop taken from the lower left of the frame reinforces what we saw on the second - when you're avoiding the extremes of the frame where the optics can cause problems, the F50fd's higher resolution sensor can capture greater detail than models like the 8 Megapixel FX33. Although again it may not be the leap you were hoping for from an 8 to a 12 Megapixel product. These differences are measurable though as you'll see on our FX33 studio resolution page.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33
 
Fujifilm FinePix F50fd
f9, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f9, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f9, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f9, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33 results continued...

Outdoor resolution / Studio resolution / Real life Noise
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