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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.
As with previous DSLRs that I've tested, I shot this image in RAW mode and then converted it to a maximum-quality JPEG using Adobe Camera RAW in Photoshop CS2. See below for a comparison crop at full resolution.
Compare this crop from the above image with similar shots taken on other 10MP DSLRs such as the Olympus E-400, Nikon D80, Canon EOS 400D and others. I think you'll agree that the GX-10 is as good as any of the competition in terms of overall detail.
The Schneider-Kreuznach-branded Pentax lens produces excellent detail from corner to corner, but slight barrel distortion does bend the horizon a bit. And yes, that's famously broken Napoli there in the distance, still cluttering up our coastline.
This is a 100-percent crop from the corner of the previous image, showing the level of corner sharpness of the 18-55mm kit lens.
To show the difference in detail and colour depth between the camera's native high-compression JPEG and the DNG RAW format, take a look at this colourful image. It was shot in JPEG mode.
Here's a 100-percent crop from the above image.
Now compare it with this crop from the same image, but this time shot in DNG RAW mode and converted using Adobe Camera RAW in Photoshop CS2. The colour gradations are finer, and the shot is noticeably more detailed.
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