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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 - Test Shots - Full Res Crops

A range of test shots are shown over the next few 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.
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Note: These ISO test shots were taken indoors using ordinary domestic tungsten light from two 60 watt reading lamp bulbs. White balance was set manually by taking a reading off a piece of white paper. And if anyone knows where my wing mirrors are, I’d like them back please.
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1/3 sec, F3.5, ISO 80
Even at the lowest setting of 80 ISO, the LZ5 produces speckled colour, compression artifacts and even some slight image noise. Not a good sign at all.
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¼ sec, F3.5, ISO 100
With the sensitivity set slightly higher at 100 ISO, this image actually appears to have slightly less colour speckling, possibly due to the slightly shorter exposure time. Unfortunately there is still about the same level of image noise.
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1/6 sec, F3.5, 200 ISO
At 200 ISO the image noise and colour distortion really kick in. It’s actually difficult to determine what the colour is supposed to be in some shadow areas.
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1/13 sec, F3.5, 400 ISO
At the maximum setting of 400 ISO there is a lot of image noise in all areas, detail and colour fidelity has been lost and the image is almost unusable.
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