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Old Oct 15, 2004, 10:02 PM   #1
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I know I posted this in another thread, but because I started the thread with a bust on Shakey Hands, There was no feedback on the following comparisons.

It is my fault, and I am sorry.

I dida little research on FZ20 noise at ISO 400. I noticed that steves sample pics of the FZ3 at ISO 400looked to have more noise than the FZ20 at ISO 400, and decided to compare a few random 5MP cameras that had ISO 400 sample pics on steves reviews. The ones I looked at seemed to have just as much, if not more noise than the FZ20, yet their sensor sizes (looking at the specks on DPReviews site) where larger than that of the FZ20.

You can see & judgefor yourself.

The ones I looked at are as follows:

Canon PowerShotA95, sensor size 1/1.8, sample: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/a95/samples/img_7054.jpg

Minolta Dimage 7i, sensor size 2/3, sample: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_reviews/dimage_7i/samples/PICT0202_iso400.JPG

Nikon CoolPix 5700, sensor size 2/3, sample: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_reviews/nikon5700/samples/DSCN0530.JPG

Olympus C-5050, sensor size 1/1.8, sample: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_reviews/c5050/samples/PB230038.JPG

Compared to...

Panasonic DMC-FZ20, sensor size 1/2.5, sample: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/fz20/samples/p1010111.jpg

Please do not post replies to this talking about printed images vs screen images. I am simply comparing the out of the camera screen image, and am aware that noise is not an usually an issue with printing.

Also look at the image quality and compare. Pay particular attention to the magazines in the stand on the left. The FZ20 you can just about read the print, and on the others, some of the print looks distorted in comarison.Compare the sharpness, and then ask yourself... Does this camera have a focus problem, or does it just take a little practice focusing with a big zoom lense.

Open all the links up in different browsers and do a good comparison. Most of you people know a lot more than I do about this stuff.

I would love to hear professional oppinions on this, so we can put all this noise, focusing, and image quality hear-sayto rest. And have fun taking pictures with our FZ20's.

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Old Oct 16, 2004, 10:58 AM   #2
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All digicams pretty much look like crap at ISO 400.

A better comparison would have been to have looked at the images at ISO 100 or at each cameras lowest setting.

I think the problem most people have is the noise level at ISO 80 and ISO 100 on the FZ20.
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Old Oct 16, 2004, 11:28 AM   #3
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uscboy wrote:
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All digicams pretty much look like crap at ISO 400.

A better comparison would have been to have looked at the images at ISO 100 or at each cameras lowest setting.

I think the problem most people have is the noise level at ISO 80 and ISO 100 on the FZ20.
Thats a good point.

Does noise show up more on darker prints at the lower ISO settings on all digital cameras?

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