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Panasonic Lumix TZ30 - Sample Images: ISO Performance

Audley Jarvis

By Audley Jarvis

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Panasonic Lumix TZ30

Summary

Our Score:

8

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Panasonic Lumix TZ30 ISO 100

At ISO 100 the TZ30 keeps noise at bay.

Panasonic Lumix TZ30 ISO 200

ISO 200 shows a minor loss of detail, but the image is still intact.

Panasonic Lumix TZ30 ISO 400

At ISO 400 the image begins to soften as noise begins to creep in.

Panasonic Lumix TZ30 ISO 800

At ISO 800 the TZ30's built-in noise-reduction has begun to noticeably soften detail in an effort to control noise.

Panasonic Lumix TZ30 ISO 1600

By ISO 1600 noise is quite visible throughout the image.

Panasonic Lumix TZ30 ISO 3200

The top setting of ISO 3200 is both noisy and soft.

Taking the TZ30 out of the studio for a moment, here's how it performs when faced with a 'real-world' low-light situation. Note that all of the following images were taken using a tripod and the TZ30's self-timer.

Panasonic Lumix TZ30 ISO 100

Using ISO 100 as the benchmark, the TZ30 has produced a pleasing twilight picture of Trebarwith Strand.

Panasonic Lumix TZ30 ISO 800

At ISO 800, the TZ30 can still capture a reasonable image, although it is pretty soft.

Panasonic Lumix TZ30 ISO 1600

At ISO 1600 the image is noticeably soft and grainy - even at reduced sizes.

Panasonic Lumix TZ30 ISO 3200

By ISO 3200 image quality has degraded considerably.

Tony Walker

May 10, 2012, 2:19 am

Amazing. Another generation (3rd) after the TZ7 and they still aren't as good. The 10MP 1/2.3" CCD sensor in the TZ7 performs extremely well. Maybe too well as it wasn't on sale very long before they replaced it with the rubbish TZ10 (then TZ20 and now TZ30).

Simon Hall

May 15, 2012, 7:46 pm

I have to diagree, as a previous TZ7 owner and now currently a TZ10 owner I find the TZ10 every bit as good in terms of image quality as the TZ7. In fact in good light it is argueably better.

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