Panasonic Lumix DCM-LX3 VS Sigma SD14 – Digital Camera Shoot Out

by vitalbodies on January 10th, 2009

Panasonic Lumix DCM-LX3 VS Sigma SD14 – Digital Camera Shoot Out

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Sigma SD14

lumix_test_1Lumix DCM-LX3

3 Test Images:
The first two are a simple product shot done indoors near a window in fairly low natural light from the window.

The product shots were done on Automatic and were meant to simulate taking products shots where one needs some nice clear images in a hurry.

No time to fiddle with the camera.

Every setting on the camera is at the default as far as we know.

Lumix Product Shot 1: http://www.vitalbodies.com/ws07/images/offsite/blog/P1000107.JPG

Lumix Product Shot 2: http://www.vitalbodies.com/ws07/images/offsite/blog/P1000108.JPG

Sigma Product Shot 1: http://www.vitalbodies.com/ws07/images/offsite/blog/SDIM3414.JPG

Sigma Product Shot 2: http://www.vitalbodies.com/ws07/images/offsite/blog/SDIM3415.JPG

The second images are shot with a tripod set on the railing of an ocean front deck.
This landscape shot the cameras are set to Auto. The Lumix was taken first and the Sigma immediately after.

The Sigma uses a 17-70MM F2.8-4.5 lens and the lens was set to 17mm.

Every setting on the camera is at the default as far as we know.

This image was not intended to be artsy or amazing, but was taken in the spirit of trying to show something to someone.

To show something you see, as you would see it.

Like, here is what I see off my deck today…

Lumix Landscape Shot 1: http://www.vitalbodies.com/ws07/images/offsite/blog/P1000109.JPG

Sigma Landscape Shot 2: http://www.vitalbodies.com/ws07/images/offsite/blog/SDIM3416.JPG

The photos are likely to have some noise full size, but see how they look scaled down to the size you might print or show on your screen or a web site.

Additionally, no post production was done to the images.

To the eye of the photographer, the Lumix photo matched what the eye saw when the photo was taken way better.

Which photos do you think turned out best?

3 Comments
  1. Omar permalink

    Yes sure the LX3 images turned out better overall. But I don’t believe this is fair test on the SD14 which revels in better light conditions. Also, every scene needs a fair bit of (pre) tweaking and understanding of how the camera works to bring out a good shot. This comparison should never have been made.

  2. Thank you for your comment!
    Actually this comparison was made because with the SD14 “every scene needs a fair bit of (pre) tweaking and understanding of how the camera works to bring out a good shot” which is not always welcome or appreciated.
    If fact, that is why we bought the Panasonic. We just did not want to deal with tweaking (before and after) every single shot we take. The SD14 is amazing in the way it captures true color over all. As an enthusiast it is awesome, providing the shooting situation provides room for all that tweaking!

  3. This is an amazing test. I’d never thought, that a lx3 could cope with an sd14!
    greeting from germany

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