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Panasonic Lumix FZ60 / FZ62 Ken McMahon, Aug 2012
 
 

Panasanonc FZ60 / FZ62 vs Sony Cyber-shot HX200V vs Fujifilm HS30 EXR quality

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To compare real-life performance when zoomed-out, I shot this scene with the Panasonic FZ60 / FZ62, the Sony Cyber-shot HX200V and the Fujifilm HS30 EXR within a few moments of each other using their best quality JPEG settings.

The zoom on all three cameras was set to produce an approximately equal field of view and image stabilisation was disabled where possible (Optical SteadyShot can't be turned off on the Cyber-shot HX200V) 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.

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

 

The image above was taken with the Panasonic FZ60 / FZ62. The camera was set to Aperture priority mode with the aperture set to f4 and the sensitivity was set to 100 ISO. The FZ60 / FZ62 metered an exposure of 1/800 at f4.

Overall, results from the Panasonic FZ60 / FZ62 look good. The exposure looks a little brighter than the Cyber-shot HX200V and FinePix HS30 EXR, but the histogram isn't clipped and there's good retention of detail in the both the highlights and shadows. The colours, particularly the greens, are also nice and bright.

For anyone expecting a return to the bad old days of the FZ100 and the quality issues that were the bain of that model's 14 Megapixel CMOS sensor, a glance at these crops will be very reassuring. The first crop, while not noise free, shows a good amount of detail in the chapel and you can make out the individual figures standing around. The second crop also has a little bit of an overall noise texture which you can see in the cliffs and sky and the lighthouse isn't a distict as it could be. But there's still a good level of detail in this crop with the window frames in the middle distance quite clearly defined.

The third crop from close to the frame edge is a little softer and there's a tiny bit of colour fringing. Bear in mind that in the absence of a RAW mode, this is something that you're going to have to live with as processing out of a RAW file, as you'd be able to do on the Finepix HS30 EXR or the more expensive FZ200 isn't an option with the FZ60 / FZ62. Lastly, the crop from the centre of the frame shows the lens and sensor combination working at their best. It's a tiny bit soft and a tiny bit textured, but the fine detail stands up well and it's a very balanced result that shows minimal evidence of processing.

Compared with the crops from the Sony CyberShot HX200V the Panasonic FZ60 / FZ62 stands up very well indeed. The Cyber-shot HX200V crops have a punchier more contrasty look about them with harder edges, but they also look more processed and the FZ60 / FZ62 crops are more natural-looking. The chromatic aberration problem is slightly worse on the Cyber-shot HX200V and like the FZ60 / FZ62, there's no RAW shooting mode, so correction isn't an option.

Compared with the Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR, the FZ60 / FZ62 crops fare better all round. The HS30 crops look highly processed and edge detail has an aliased 'jagged edge' effect which is particularly visible in the balcony dividers in the final crop. The HS30 EXR also suffers from chromatic aberration, but you have the option of shooting RAW and processing the file externally to deal with it.

See how these models compare at higher sensitivities in the Panasonic FZ60 / FZ62 Noise results.

 


Panasonic Lumix FZ60 / FZ62
 
Sony Cyber-shot HX200V
 
Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR
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Panasonic Lumix FZ60 / FZ62 results : Quality / Noise / Sample images



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