Panasonic LX3 and noise

This is the view of the mountainous end of Mull from the coast opposite the Isle of Ulva.

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As you know, I’m still evaluating my new LX3 and I’m finding it a rollercoaster experience. I’m generally very pleased with it, but every so often I remember that it has a tiny sensor compared to my Canon 40D and that no small sensor camera using current technology can deliver what a DSLR user expects in noise terms. This image was taken in low near-sunset light at ISO 200, I thought it looked a bit grainy and so I looked at 100%, result, noise and plenty of it. I increased exposure here by about 30% so I was emphasising noise, but even at that, I will be keeping a close eye on this, I hadn’t expected much at ISO 200. I’ll keep you posted. (This was from the RAW file!).

On a positive note, the handling of the “toys’r’us” controls hasn’t got in the way at all despite my earlier reservations; I still don’t think they compare to the Canon G7/9/10 controls, but they are quick enough in use. I like the camera a lot.

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