Support Cameralabs by shopping at our partner stores or donating via Paypal
 






Follow my RSS feed at Camera Labs RSS Feed
 
  Latest camera reviews

Sigma DP1 Quattro
Sony Cyber-shot W830
Nikon COOLPIX L830
Nikon D750
Canon SX400 IS
Sony Cyber-shot H400
Panasonic Lumix LX100
Canon SX60 HS
Canon ELPH 340 IXUS 265
Canon G7X
Nikon COOLPIX P530
Canon SX520 HS
Canon G1 X Mark II
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000
Panasonic TZ60 / ZS40
Sony RX100 III review
Sony A3000 review
Canon EOS 1200D T5
Sony WX350
Nikon P600
Sony Alpha A5000
Sony Cyber-shot HX400V
Panasonic Lumix GH4
Panasonic TS5 FT5
Sony Alpha A6000
Canon SX700 HS
Canon SX600 HS
Olympus TOUGH TG2
Nikon AW1
Nikon D3300
Fujifilm XT1
Olympus STYLUS 1
Sony Cyber-shot RX10
Olympus OMD EM1
Panasonic Lumix GM1
Nikon D610
Sony Alpha A7
Nikon D5300
Canon PowerShot A2500
Sony Alpha A7r
Canon ELPH 130 IXUS 140
Nikon COOLPIX P520
Nikon COOLPIX L820
Canon PowerShot S120
Panasonic Lumix GX7
Canon SX510 HS
Canon PowerShot G16
Fujifilm X20
Panasonic FZ70 / FZ72
Canon EOS 70D
Sony RX100 II
Canon ELPH 330 IXUS 255
Panasonic Lumix GF6
Fujifilm XM1
Olympus EP5
Panasonic Lumix LF1
Panasonic TZ35 / ZS25
Olympus XZ2
Sony HX300
Panasonic Lumix G6
Sony HX50V
Fujifilm X100S
Canon SX280 HS
Canon EOS SL1 / 100D
Panasonic TZ40 / ZS30
Nikon D7100
Nikon COOLPIX A
Fujifilm X-E1
Canon EOS 6D
Nikon D5200
Panasonic Lumix GH3
Canon PowerShot S110
Panasonic Lumix G5
Sony NEX-6
Panasonic Lumix FZ200
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Nikon COOLPIX P7700
Olympus E-PL5
Canon EOS M
Panasonic TS20 / FT20
Canon PowerShot G15
Nikon D600
Nikon COOLPIX L810
Canon PowerShot D20
Sony RX100
Panasonic Lumix LX7
Canon SX500 IS
Fujifilm HS30 EXR
Sony HX200V
Panasonic FZ60 / FZ62
Canon 520HS / 500HS
Canon 110HS / 125HS
Nikon D800
Canon EOS T4i / 650D
Canon PowerShot A3400
Panasonic ZS15 / TZ25
Olympus E-M5
Nikon D3200
Fujifilm X-Pro1
Canon PowerShot A2300
Canon SX240 / SX260
Samsung NX200
Sony Alpha SLT-A77
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Panasonic ZS20 / TZ30
Canon PowerShot G1 X
Sony NEX-7
Panasonic GX1
Olympus E-PM1
Nikon V1
Sony NEX-5N
Canon EOS T3 / 1100D
Canon EOS 600D / T3i
Nikon D7000
Canon EOS 60D
Canon EOS 550D / T2i
Canon EOS 7D

All camera reviews
 
 
   
 
  Best Buys: our top models
   
  Best Canon lens
Best Nikon lens
Best Sony lens
Best budget DSLR
Best mid-range DSLR
Best semi-pro DSLR
Best point and shoot
Best superzoom
Best camera accessories
   
 



Camera Labs Forum

Any questions, comments or a great tip to share? Join my Camera forum and let everyone know!
   
 
  DSLR Tips



 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33 Gordon Laing, November 2007

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33 gallery

The following images were taken with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33. The FX33 was set to 8M Fine mode with Auto White Balance and Standard Colour mode. All images were taken handheld using OIS mode 1.

The individual exposure mode, file sizes, shutter speeds, aperture, ISO and lens focal length are listed for each image.

The crops are taken from the original files, reproduced at 100% and saved in Adobe Photoshop CS2 as JPEGs with the default Very High quality preset, while the resized images were made in Photoshop CS2 and saved with the default High quality preset.

The three crops are typically taken from far left, central and far right portions of each image.


Landscape: 3.71MB, Normal mode, 1/250, f8, ISO 100, 4.6-16.4mm at 4.6mm (equivalent to 28mm)

  Our first sample image was taken on a very bright day with the FX33 zoomed-out to wide angle and set to its lowest 100 ISO sensitivity. As such this represents perfect conditions.

The crops contain lots of detail, and there's no fringing despite the high contrast areas of the yacht.

Look closely though and there's evidence of noise even at this lowest sensitivity. It's minimal, but pixel-peepers will see it.
     


Landscape: 3.69MB, Normal mode, 1/800, f5.6, ISO 100, 4.6-16.4mm at 16.4mm (equivalent to 100mm)

  Another sunny day at 100 ISO, but this time with the FX33 fully zoomed-in to its maximum equivalent of 100mm.

Again there's lots of detail and no coloured fringing to mention, but viewed at 100% on-screen, there's evidence of noise.

Again to be fair, this is becoming par for the course on modern compacts, but it's still worth mentioning.
   
 


Landscape: 3.57MB, Normal mode, 1/10, f2.8, ISO 100, 4.6-16.4mm at 4.6mm (equivalent to 28mm)


    Our final 100 ISO sample was again taken with the lens zoomed-out to wide angle, but this time under very dim conditions.

The camera's auto mode selected a relatively slow shutter of 1/10, which has allowed the water to blur. The FX33's image stabilisation has however allowed us to handhold this shot without camera shake.

If you compare this shot against our other compact reviews, you'll also notice the 28mm of the FX33 capturing a noticeably wider field.
     
   
     
   


Portrait: 3.35MB, Normal mode, 1/800, f5.6, ISO 200, 4.6-16.4mm at 16.4mm (equivalent to 100mm)

  This portrait shot was taken with the FX33 fully zoomed-in to an equivalent of 100mm and the sensitivity increased to 200 ISO.

There's no control over aperture on the FX33, but here it's selected the smallest f-number anyway. The resulting depth-of-field is still quite large though, so if you were hoping for blurred backgrounds, you may be disappointed.

Despite the increase in sensitivity though, the crops still retain a decent amount of detail.
     


Macro: 3.75MB, Macro mode, 1/250, f8, ISO 400, 4.6-16.4mm at 4.6mm (equivalent to 28mm)

  For this macro shot we increased the sensitivity to 400 ISO and positioned the camera as close at it would focus. It's not as close as the best models in this respect but you can still get some good results.

The crops reveal an increase in noise when viewed at 100%, although it remains acceptable for most situations or normal-sized prints.

     


Indoor: 3.68MB, Normal mode, 1/40, f2.8, ISO 400, 4.6-16.4mm at 4.6mm (equivalent to 28mm)

 

Here's another shot taken at 400 ISO, this time taken in dimmer indoor lighting conditions.

As before, there's visible noise when viewed at 100%, and this is apparent in both shadow areas or those with solid colours.

Again though within this noise is a reasonable amount of detail which makes 400 ISO on the FX33 acceptable for smaller-prints.

     


Indoor: 2.99MB, Normal mode , 1/20, f2.8, ISO 800, 4.6-16.4mm at 4.6mm (equivalent to 28mm)

 

This shot was taken with the FX33 increased to 800 ISO and there's an inevitable increase in noise as you'd expect.

The impressive thing though is there's still a decent amount of detail in the crops and the colour balance hasn't been adversely affected.

Compare it against the same shot taken with other compacts and the FX33 comes out quite respectably.

   

 


Indoor: 3.63MB, Normal mode, 1/160, f2.8, ISO 1600, 4.6-16.4mm at 4.6mm (equivalent to 28mm)

  Our final shot was taken with the FX33 set to 1600 ISO. This is the maximum sensitivity offered at full resolution, although the High Sensitivity preset offers up to 6400 ISO at a reduced resolution of 3 Megapixels.

The crops for this image reveal a big increase in noise and loss of fine detail as a result.

You'd only want to use this in emergency situations, but again that's par for the course for compacts these days.
     

If you found this review useful, please support us by shopping below!
All words, images, videos and layout, copyright 2005-2014 Gordon Laing. May not be used without permission.

/ How we test / Best Cameras / Advertising / Camera reviews / Supporting Camera Labs