Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 - Panasonic Lumix DMC L1 resolution comparison

Panasonic Lumix DMC L1 resolution comparison


Panasonic Lumix DMC L1 results continued…

Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Noise 2

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  To measure and compare the Panasonic Lumix L1’s resolving power we photographed the Enhanced Digital Camera Resolution Chart with it and a number of rival models, each using their best quality JPEG and default image tone and sharpening settings.

The crops are taken from the original images, saved as High Quality JPEGs in Photoshop CS2 and presented here at 100%. Each number represents 100 lines per picture height (lpph), so a figure of 20 means a resolution of 2000 lpph.

We tested the L1 with the Leica 14-50mm at a focal length of 25mm and at every aperture setting. The sharpest results were found at an aperture of f5.6 to f8, where the lens and body combination delivered 1900 and 1950 lpph of horizontal and vertical resolution respectively.

This result out-performs the 8 Megapixel Olympus E-500, which resolved 1800 lpph with every lens we tested it with – see our Zuiko Digital 7-14mm review. The result is also comparable to the 8 Megapixel Canon EOS 350D / Rebel XT, although unsurprisingly falls below that of the current crop of 10 Megapixel cameras. It is however close to the result from the Canon 400D / XTi, which proves how its modest kit lens can really hold back its potential.

It’s also interesting to compare the results against the Nikon D80 here and in our real-life results on the previous page though. While the D80 scores a comfortably higher resolution of 2200 lpph in these technical charts, it doesn’t translate into a significant difference in real-life.

Panasonic Lumix L1 with Leica 14-50mm
Nikon D80 with Nikkor DX 18-70mm
1900 lpph, 14-50mm at 25mm, f8, 100 ISO
2200 lpph, DX 18-70mm at 35mm, f8, 100 ISO
Canon EOS-400D / Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55mm
 
Olympus E-500 with ZD 14-45mm
Canon EOS-400D / Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55mm
2000 lpph, 18-55mm EF-S at 35mm, f8, 100 ISO
1800 lpph, 14-45mm at 25mm, f8, 100 ISO
Panasonic Lumix L1 with Leica 14-50mm
Nikon D80 with Nikkor DX 18-70mm
1950 lpph, 14-50mm at 25mm, f8, 100 ISO
2200 lpph, DX 18-70mm at 35mm, f8, 100 ISO
Canon EOS-400D / Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55mm
 
Olympus E-500 with ZD 14-45mm
Canon EOS-400D / Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55mm
2100 lpph, 18-55mm EF-S at 35mm, f8, 100 ISO
1750 lpph, 14-45mm at 25mm, f8, 100 ISO
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