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A range of test shots are shown over the next two pages. Here, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and in some case 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.
Here's the usual comparison shot for overall detail. Either click to see the full-size image or see the crop below.
The excellent Leica-branded lens produces outstanding detail. You can practically see the knots in the anti-bird netting, but there is colour distortion and image noise visible as well.
The 36mm-equivalent wide-angle end is good for general shots like this.
The massive 12x zoom lens is great for picking out details from a scene. This shot was taken hand-held at 1/400th of a second.
The FZ8's lens is outstanding, producing very little spherical distortion at wide angle.
Corner sharpness is also very good, in this crop from the above image.
The AF system wouldn't focus on this flower at about 20cm in macro mode, and the electronic viewfinder isn't quite sharp enough for accurate manual focusing, but the aperture priority setting is useful for blurring tout the background.
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