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Panasonic Lumix FZ60 / FZ62 Ken McMahon, Aug 2012
 
 

Panasonic FZ60 / FZ62 vs Sony Cyber-shot HX200V vs Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR noise

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  Panasonic FZ60 / FZ62 results
1 Panasonic FZ60 / FZ62 Quality
2 Panasonic FZ60 / FZ62 Noise
3 Panasonic FZ60 / FZ62 Sample images

To compare noise levels under real-life conditions I shot this scene with the Panasonic Lumix FZ60 / FZ62, the Sony Cyber-shot HX200V and the Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR, within a few moments of each other using their best quality JPEG settings at each of their ISO sensitivity settings.

The zoom on all three cameras was set to produce an approximately equal field of view and, where possible, image stabilisation was disabled for this tripod-mounted test.

Note the firmware for the FZ62 supplied by Panasonic for this review was v0.2. Panasonic supplied this sample as being reviewable.


The above shot was taken with the Panasonic Lumix FZ60 / FZ62. The camera was placed on a tripod and image stabilisation was disabled. F4 was selected in Aperture priority exposure mode and the metering chose a shutter speed of half a second at 100 ISO.

Anyone with concerns about the noise performance of a 16 Megapixel Panasonic MOS sensor will be very reassured by the 100 ISO crop here. It's not noise free, but overall this is a very clean result with very little to worry about. The flat colour on the wall shows some slight texturing and parts of the darker areas in the memorial plaque look a little bit grainy but the level of detail is, I would say, excellent and the minimal noise takes nothing away from it.

Moving on to the 200 ISO crop, the noise has visibly increased but this is still a pretty good result. While it's certainly worth selecting 100 ISO over the 200 ISO sensitivity setting for 'default' use, there's isn't a massive difference in quality between the two. At 400 ISO the noise creeps up, but once again, it's a marginal difference. The noise now is clearly visible everywhere, but it's fairly uniform and the processing has produced a result that's free of smearing and clumping.

At 800 ISO the FZ60 / FZ62 is stil holding things together fairly well. Once again there's a linear increase in the noise levels, once again, the processing handles it well, but the noise is gaining the upper hand now with the medium sized detail starting to be affected and edges beginning to break up. At 1600 ISO the game is very definitely up, you can no longer read the text and a shimmer of noisiness obscures all but the crudest detail.

Compared with the Sony CyberShot HX200V the Panasonic FZ60 / FZ62 crops look pretty impressive. The HX200V has an 18.2 Megapixel sensor which is why the crops show a smaller area with larger detail. At the base 100 ISO setting there isn't much to choose between them, but the Sony crops deteriorate at a more rapid rate than the FZ60 / FZ62 with the result that by 400 ISO the latter has a clear lead. By 1600 ISO I'd say the FZ60 / FZ62 is a full stop ahead of the HX200V.

The FZ60 / FZ62 also also compares very favourably with the Fujifilm FinePix HS300 EXR though these two models, both of which use a 16 Megapixel sensor, are more closely matched. Althought the FinePix HS30 EXR hasn't resolved the text as well in the 100 ISO crop, in terms of noise I'd say it's cleaner than the FZ60 / FZ62 crop. At 200 ISO there's very little in it either way, but I think the FZ60 / FZ62 gains a bit of an edge going up the ISO range from here.

The FZ60 / FZ62's maximum ISO setting is 3200, but it has a couple of other options for low light shooting. The Handheld Night Shot scene mode is a full resolution 16 Megapixel stacking mode that takes a quick burst of images and combines them. Because Handheld Night Shot and its equivalents on the Cyber-shot H200V and FinePix HS30 EXR set the ISO sensitivity automatically it's difficult to make comparisons, except that in this situation these are the results you'd get from the three cameras at the sensitivities they automatically selected. The Cyber-shot result was quite dark so, for the sake of this comparison I set +1EV exposure compensation.

Finally, for the sake of completeness I've included a crop from the FZ60 / FZ62's High Sensitivity Scene mode which records a single image of maximum 3 Megapixel resolution at an automatically set sensitivity of, in this instance, 1600 ISO

Now head over to my Panasonic FZ60 / FZ62 sample images to see some more real-life shots in a variety of conditions.


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Panasonic Lumix FZ60 / FZ62 results : Quality / Noise / Sample images



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