Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/04/08[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
I had an interesting chance to do an in-depth comparison between a friend's Panasonic LC1 (with Leica lens of course!) with my Canon 20D. Said friend wanted to sell the LC1 and I was seriously considering buying it. In use the LC1 is really nice - I loved the solid feel, the manual zoom, focus and aperture rings and control dials etc. and the 2.5" screen is very nice. I didn't like the EVF though - the time lag annoyed me giving the feeling of not being "in-touch" with the subject. However, the big decider for me was the image quality. Doubtless the LC1 is better than most if not all digital P&S cameras, but it's a long way behind the 20D in image quality. OK, so the 20D is higher resolution which I expected to be noticable, but the images are also much smoother and more life-like. Any uniform coloured area is rendered by the Canon as a uniform colour, but on the LC1 it's a mosaic of different colours mixed to get the correct overall hue. This seems to be typical of CCD-sensor cameras, and the Canon's rendering is simply nicer in my opinion. I got some nice looking photos from the LC1, including portraits of my children using the bounce flash (which is another nice feature), and the Leica SF20 flash I use (rarely) on my M6TTL seemed to work nicely with it as well. The lens is very nice, although there's barrel distortion at the wide end. I may be being unfair in comparing dissimilar equipment, but the LC1 is almost as big and heavy as the 20D with a small lens, so I thought it not an unreasonable thing to want to do. I would just feel that if I carried the LC1 and left the 20D at home I would be getting inferior pictures, so there's no point in buying it. Anyone else have similar or oposing opinions? Simon.