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Panasonic Lumix FZ48 review - Sample Images: ISO Performance

Audley Jarvis

By Audley Jarvis

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FZ48

The ISO test shot in full. All of the crops below are reproduced at 100%.

FZ48 ISO 100

At ISO 100 the Lumix FZ48 is noise-free, although you can see the effects of processing

FZ48 ISO 200

Study ISO 200 closely (at pixel level) and you can see some slight softening, but it's really nothing to worry about.

FZ48 ISO 400

By ISO 400, however, that softening has become more pronounced.

FZ48 ISO 800

And by ISO 800 noise is also beginning to affect colour saturation as well as detail.

FZ48 ISO 1600

The maximum setting of ISO 1600 sees a significant softening of detail along with a loss of saturation.

Mike B

September 26, 2011, 9:30 pm

Which super-zoom bridge camera around the £300 mark do suggest is better than this? Most have similar IQ issues or cost more.

tean

September 27, 2011, 3:46 am

Hi,

I own an FZ35/38 the image quality is very good and the user interface is equally good, not up to the image reproduction from M4/3 cameras like GF1/2/3. However I enjoyed using the camera. The images(Jpeg) from my this camera from my US trips were very good.

Looks like the subsequent models of FZ series the image quality have not live up to expectations and in fact deteriorate. The designers have other priorities in mind like giving it more zoom, HD video, etc. I assume they the same or similar sensor from compact cameras, and it has reached the peak of its image reproduction capabilities.

Those who want a super zoom should look for an FZ35/38 second unit at Ebay. Some even like the older unit like FZ50.

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