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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 (telephoto)

 
 
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To compare real-life performance with the lenses zoomed all the way in, we shot this scene with the Panasonic Lumix FZ45 / 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 the maximum telephoto end of their zoom range. For the Lumix FZ45 / FZ40 and Lumix FZ100 this is an equivalent of 600m and for the Canon Powershot SX30 IS it's 840mm.

All three cameras were set to Program mode at the lowest available ISO sensitivity - 80 ISO on the Lumix FZ45 / FZ40 and the 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 108 mm (600mm equivalent) and the metering selected an exposure of 1/800th of a second at f5.2 with an ISO setting of 80. The original 4320 × 3240 pixel image had a file size of 5.25MB.

At the maximum telephoto end of its reach, 600mm equivalent, the Panasonic Limix FZ45 / FZ40 produces mixed results. If you already own an FZ45 / FZ40 a glance at the first crop from the centre of the frame will leave you felling very pleased with yourself, and so it should. The door handle is pin sharp and you can see every detail right down to the screws.

The other two crops from closer to the edge of the frame are less impressive. The granularity evident in the mid-range crops is present here to an even greater degree. In the second crop it's hard to miss, but is particularly bad in the gaps between the roof tiles and on the ridge tiles.

By comparison the results for the PowerShot SX30 IS are equally equivocal. The colour fringing that showed up on the wide angle crops and disappeared in the mid-range ones is now back again, and it too suffers from progressive degradation towards the edges of the frame. Overall though, the quality of the crops from the PowerShot SX30IS at the 840mm telephoto end of the zoom range is very good indeed and given the extra magnification factor are more than a match for those from the Lumix FZ45 / FZ40

The Lumix FZ100 results at this end of the zoom range largely bear out what we've seen elsewhere. The Lumix FZ100 image quality isn't poor, far from it, but by comparison with the PowerShot SX30 IS the test image is soft and much of the fine detail is lost. This is most clearly evident in the last of the four crops below.

If you haven't done so already, be sure to take a look at our wide-angle resolution and mid range 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
108mm (600mm) f5.2, 80 ISO
108mm (600mm) f5.2, 100 ISO
150.5mm (840mm) f5.8, 80 ISO
108mm (600mm) f5.2, 80 ISO
108mm (600mm) f5.2, 100 ISO
150.5mm (840mm) f5.8, 80 ISO
108mm (600mm) f5.2, 80 ISO
108mm (600mm) f5.2, 100 ISO
150.5mm (840mm) f5.8, 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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