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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 - Test Shots - Full Resolution Crops

By Cliff Smith



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A range of test shots are shown over the next three pages. Here, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality. The following pages consist of resized images so that you can evaluate the overall exposure. For those with a dial-up connection, please be patient while the pages download.


Note: These four ISO test shots were taken indoors using diffuse natural light from a window. The camera was on a tripod, using the 2-sec delay timer to avoid shake. White balance was set to automatic.



1/8th sec, f5.0, 80 ISO

Even at the lowest ISO setting, there is visible green-red speckling in the shadow areas, image noise all over, and all shadow detail has been lost. Very disappointing.


1/8th sec, f5.0, 100 ISO

For some reason the camera’s meter has decided to keep the same exposure settings, so increasing the ISO to 100 has had barely any effect on the picture at all.


1/8th sec, f5.0, 200 ISO

Again the same exposure settings, but with the ISO doubled the shot is about 1 stop lighter. The image noise has spread to more parts of the image, including some lighter areas.


1/8th sec, f5.0, 400 ISO

Again the exposure system has selected 1/8th at f5, so now the image is not only excessively noisy, it’s also over exposed. Nice one.


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