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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45 / FZ40 Ken McMahon, October 2010
 

Panasonic Lumix FZ45 / FZ40 results : Real-life resolution / Sharpness mid-range / Sharpness tele / High ISO Noise
/ Vs FZ38 / FZ35

Panasonic Lumix FZ45 / FZ40 vs Lumix FZ100 vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Real-life resolution (approx 300mm)

 
 
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To compare real-life performance mid-way through their focal ranges, we shot this scene with the Panasonic Lumix FZ 45 / FZ40, the Lumix FZ100 and the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS within a few moments of each other using their best quality JPEG settings.

The lenses on each camera were set to approximately the same field of view to evaluate their performance around the middle of their zoom range. We opted for an equivalent focal length of around 300mm on each model.

All three cameras were set to Program mode at the lowest available ISO sensitivity - 80 ISO on the Lumix FZ45 / FZ40 and PowerShot SX30 IS, and 100 ISO on the Lumix FZ100.

The above image was taken with the Lumix FZ45 / FZ40 in Program mode. The lens was set to 48.8 mm (271mm equivalent) and the metering selected an exposure of 1/1300th of a second at f4 with an ISO setting of 80. The original 4320 × 3240 pixel image had a file size of 5MB.

In a reversal of the situation with the wide angle crops, the Lumix FZ45 / FZ40 turns in a sharper, more contrasty result than the PowerShot SX30 IS. But if you look closely at the crops there is a granular, noisy quality to them and it doesn't look as if the Lumix FZ45 / FZ40 lens is actually resolving any more detail than that of the PowerShot SX30 IS; at this focla length, the Canon has also lost the colour fringing problems that beset it at the wide angle setting. Despite the fact that it was shot at the lowest ISO sensitivity setting of 80, the crops from the Lumix FZ45 / FZ40 actually look like they are from a higher ISO image. But let's not be too critical, these crops stand up on their own merits and in the middle of the zoom range, where it's likely to get plenty of use, the Lumix FZ45 / FZ40 bears close comparison with the more expensive PowerShot SX30 IS.

The crops from the Lumix FZ100 share the granular look of those from the Lumix FZ45 / FZ40, but they lack the edge contrast and look very soft in comparison to those of both its stablemate and the PowerShot SX30 IS. Take a look at the detail in the vertical bars of the balcony rail in the first crop, the brickwork in the second and the roof tiles in the fourth and final crop, in each of them the Lumix FZ100 comes last in terms of the amount of detail you can make out.

If you haven't done so already, be sure to take a look at our wide-angle resolution and telephoto resolution test pages before seeing how they compare at higher sensitivities in our High ISO Noise results.


Panasonic Lumix FZ45 / FZ40
 
Panasonic Lumix FZ100
 
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
48.8mm (271mm) f4, 80 ISO
47.5mm (264mm) f4.5, 100 ISO
56.1mm (313mm) f5, 80 ISO
48.8mm (271mm) f4, 80 ISO
47.5mm (264mm) f4.5, 100 ISO
56.1mm (313mm) f5, 80 ISO
48.8mm (271mm) f4, 80 ISO
47.5mm (264mm) f4.5, 100 ISO
56.1mm (313mm) f5, 80 ISO
48.8mm (271mm) f4, 80 ISO
47.5mm (264mm) f4.5, 100 ISO
56.1mm (313mm) f5, 80 ISO


Panasonic Lumix FZ45 / FZ40 results : Real-life resolution / Sharpness mid-range / Sharpness tele / High ISO Noise
/ Vs FZ38 / FZ35


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