Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100 Samples

First published on: Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Here’s a compilation of various Panasonic FX100 sample images that have already made their way onto the internet.

Official DMC-FX100 sample photos

Official sample images taken with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100There are 5 full-sized shots taken with the FX100 at official site, a portrait, three flower closeups / macros, and a landscape photograph of one of my favorite locations, Yosemite.

I can’t say for sure whether there had been any post processing of these photos, but the quality is extremely good.

Granted, these pictures were taken at ISO 80 (ISO 100 for the portrait), however, I don’t see any hint of smearing or painting-like artifacts caused by heavy-handed noise reduction algorithms in the camera (earlier Panasonic cameras were quite notorious for over-aggressive noise reduction). In fact, I personally find them more impressive than the official Canon Powershot S5 IS image samples, pixel-peeping wise.

The portrait is superb — plenty of sharp details, and has realistic-looking skin texture. There’s a hint of softening in the corners, but really, it is outstanding for a digital compact camera in this class.

The flower shots have excellent color and detail. Sharpness is fantastic.

The Yosemite landscape also shows excellent detail in the foliage, and nice tonal gradations for such a high contrast scene. The detail, in my opinion, is quite comparable to what you’d get from a digital SLR fitted with a consumer lens of reasonable quality — which is high praise indeed. There are slight traces of corner softness, and extremely tiny amounts of purple fringing in the branches, but believe me, these are far from catastrophic and are perfectly acceptable — we’re talking pixel-peeping of the images at 100% on my computer screen.

One thing though, they shouldn’t have shot that scene at f/2.8. Stopping down the aperture would have yielded an even more impressive result.

It looks like the Venus Engine III image processor, the LEICA DC VARIO ELMARIT lens and the 12.2 MP sensor work well together to produce nice images, but I await high ISO samples before coming to a firm conclusion.

Miscellaneous images

The French digital camera site has a report comparing the FX100 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30. You can download comparison images from both cameras for evaluation.

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