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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ2 - Test shots - ISO performance

By Cliff Smith



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A range of test shots are shown over the next few pages. Here, the full size image at the minimum ISO setting has been reduced for bandwidth purposes to let you see the full image, and a series of crops taken from original full resolution images at a range of ISO settings have been placed below it in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality.



At the minimum 100 ISO the image is sharp, clean and well detailed.


Not much change one stop up at 200 ISO.


Image quality is still excellent at 400 ISO, although some flecks of colour distortion are visible on some images at this speed.


At 800 ISO there is a noticeable reduction in image quality, but the overall noise levels are still very good.


Even at the maximum 1250 ISO there is little visible noise, and the image retains a fair degree of fine detail.



December 2, 2008, 3:08 am

I bought this camera on a runout deal early in 2008 via the net for only 䀏.99. A real bargain. I had earlier taken a serious look at a TZ3 and like its intuitive menu. It felt good to handle and reassuringly solid but was considerably more expensive. having used the TZ2 thoughout 2008 I have found it to be exceptional. It takes blindly good macro shots and is equally impressive are the telephoto end. I took a great one of Big Ben clockface from ground level about 200 feet away using the full 280mm. The photo fills an A4 sheet of photo paper and the detail is absolutely stunning. A very underated camera that I'm so glad I bought. It replaces a much loved Fuji Finepix F700 that for me, after 4 years good service did not have a good enough range being only 3X optical. I briefly flirted with a Finepix S6500fd but couldn't get on with it - to bulky slow to focus and those awful AA rechargeable batteries, what a faff. Give me compact and a Li-ino battery everytime.

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