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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX550 - Test Shots - ISO Performance

By Cliff Smith

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

Over the next few pages we show a range of test shots. On this page the full size image at the minimum and maximum ISO settings have been reduced to let you see the full image, and a series of full resolution crops have taken from original images at a range of ISO settings to show the overall image quality. These ISO test images are shot indoors using reflected natural light for maximum consistency.

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This is the full frame at the minimum ISO setting.

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The image is clean and sharp at 80 ISO, with no visible noise.

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No real difference at 100 ISO.

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Quality is still good at 200 ISO.

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There is visible noise at 400 ISO, but overall quality is still good.

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Significantly more noise is visible at 800 ISO, but colour gradients are still relatively smooth.

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1600 ISO is looking a bit ropey.

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This is the full frame at the maximum ISO setting.

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Retset

February 8, 2010, 5:16 pm

Bought my FX500 after the TR review and have been very pleased with it. Recently I got the instruction book out again as I realised I had slipped into using only i-Auto and had no idea about the rest or what i-Auto was deciding for me! Now, I can use all the bits again :) It is a very versatile & well built camera that can do quick snapshots or the more arty stuff whilst fitting a pocket/belt pouch.

ChrisW

February 9, 2010, 7:23 pm

Had an FX500 for 18 months or so. Was generally pleased with it, but somehow dust has got into lens / sensor (despite being carefully looked after) with no obvious way of cleaning it.

Nocturnus

February 19, 2010, 11:21 am

The "Exeter cathedral" picture it doesn't look very sharp...

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