””A more general selection of test shots are revealed on this page and next to act as an evaluation of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 in a variety of shooting conditions.””
An image taken with the FX77’s zoom at its widest, 24mm equivalent, setting. Good edge to edge sharpness with any barrel distortion well hidden amidst the natural setting, even if we are getting some obvious pixel fringing where tree branches meet sky at the upper left hand corners of the frame. As we found when we tested the TZ20 which also starts out as wide, the image is a little flat straight out of the camera and could do with contrast being tweaked to give it a punchier appearance.
The same is true if we’re being picky in terms of our shot lacking contrast at maximum albeit modest 120mm equivalent telephoto setting, but comparing these two images should provide a very good idea of how close you can get (and from how far away) with the lens provided. Though not the main selling point with this camera, the lens performance isn’t bad at all.
Not the most visually arresting of shots, but this wide angle image shows the kind of detail achievable from the FX77. We’re not getting much in the way of barrel distortion and although the image is softening slightly towards the corners ever so slightly, it’s not to a significant degree.
By contrast a JPEG image taken at the telephoto end of the FX77’s zoom range. Again the camera has biased focus on whatever is centre of the frame, with detail gradually softening as we move outwards. That being said, we have achieve a good level of crispness where it counts, the rusty metalwork and flaking paint being nicely detailed.