Re: Hands on with the Lumix GF3
The second photo looks very sharp to me as well, just as Reggie says. The camera seemed to focus on the girl's face. Some other items on the table are out of focus because they are simply outside the depth of field with the selected aperture (f/stop). The color and contrast look good to me too. What is it about the photo that doesn't please you?
On the first photo, there appears to be a bit of motion blur, probably due to a slow shutter speed. I'm having more difficulty telling where the camera focused. The scene looks very dark, so I guessing that the problem is simply that there was too little light for a handheld photo without flash.
I'm guessing that the compact-camera images are sharpened more than what you're getting from the GF-3. Sharpening makes an image look sharp, but the GF-3 images will have much more true detail. Is the contrast you're used to seeing also a product of noise and a limited dynamic range in the compact cameras? These may give the appearance of good contrast, but will not have the subtlety of color and detail of the GF-3. There are also settings in the GF-3 to increas contrast and sharpening if you prefer.
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