Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 purple fringing comparison

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 results continued…

Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Noise 2 / Corner sharpness / Fringe & macro / Geometry / Vignetting

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  To measure and compare the Panasonic Lumix LX2’s purple fringing caused by lens chromatic aberrations and sensor blooming, we photographed a test chart with areas of very high contrast using it and a number of rival models.

We used the built-in lenses at their widest and longest focal lengths with the apertures wide open. The crops are taken from the upper left corner of the chart and presented here at 100%.

In this particular test, the Panasonic Lumix LX2 showed a little coloured fringing at wide angle, but none to mention at telephoto. This puts it in line with most rivals, although the Lumix TZ1 is particularly impressive here.

Panasonic DMC-LX2
Canon PowerShot A620
Fujifilm FinePix F30
Panasonic DMC-TZ1
Panasonic LX2 at 6mm f2.8
Canon PowerShot A620 at 7.3mm f2.8
Fujifilm F30 at 8mm f2.8
Panasonic TZ1 at 5mm f2.8
6.3-25.2mm at 6.3mm f2.8
7.3-29.2mm at 7.3mm f2.8
8-24mm at 8mm f2.8
5.2-52mm at 5mm f2.8
Panasonic LX2 at 25mm f4.9
Canon PowerShot A620 at 29.2mm f4.1
Fujifilm F30 at 24mm f4.9
Panasonic TZ1 at 52mm f4.2
6.3-25.2mm at 25.2mm f4.9
7.3-29.2mm at 29.2mm f4.1
8-24mm at 24mm f4.9
5.2-52mm at 52mm f4.2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 macro comparison

Panasonic LX2 macro test  

To measure and compare the Panasonic Lumix LX2’s macro performance we photographed a custom chart using it and a number of rival models with their bundled lenses.

Each camera was positioned at a distance and set to a focal length which delivered the maximum possible reproduction.

The dark lines are 10mm apart and the result is not cropped. Smaller areas are preferred in this test. The image left was taken with the Panasonic Lumix LX2 in its Macro mode.

6.3-25.2mm at 6.3mm
Max area of 80x44mm (16:9 aspect ratio)
Max area of 60x44mm (4:3 aspect ratio)

At its closest focusing distance, the LX2 captured an area measuring 80x44mm in 16:9 mode; switching to 4:3 mode for comparative purposes, the LX2 captured an area of 60x44mm.

This is a modest macro result compared to the cameras below which all captured smaller areas. The Canon A620 in particular remains one of the most impressive macro performers we’ve tested.

Canon PowerShot A620
Fujifilm FinePix F30
Panasonic DMC-TZ1
Canon PowerShot A620 macro test
Fujifilm F30 macro test
Panasonic TZ1 macro test
35-140mm at 35mm
Max area of 22x16mm
  8-24mm at 8mm
Max area of 56x40mm
  5.2-52mm at 10mm
Max area of 40x30mm
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