It's been AGES since I last updated my blog. Life has been busy plus a lack of shooting inspiration..Anyway, after several trips with Leica M, I always have a thought that I need a new travel camera due to several reasons: - Not many people seem capable to take my photo with Leica M, therefore I rarely have decent photos from my trips :(

- Fix focal length is great, but can be disadvantage during action/ event shots where I can't get close.

- It's quite heavy and pricey, kinda need extra care and protection

So...I decided to go for Panasonic FZ200 after reading several reviews, comments, complaints, etc regarding pros & cons. This guy comes with Leica DC Vario- Elmarit (AKA Leica V-Lux 4), f2.8 throughout the zoom (25- 600mm), What an almighty spec! It's light and compact enough to carry around for several days/ weeks and yet, powerful and able to produce decent images. Before tagging this new friend along my next trip, I wanted to find out how it would perform against my trustworthy Leica M-E. So... I took both out for day & night shooting to compare the results head to head. This is not a scientific test in anyway (it's not even comparable to begin with), it's based on my real use and how I like to use it.

Set Up:

1. Leica M-E with Canon 50/0.95 (mostly shot at f2.8, 5.6 and 8)

2. Panasonic FZ200 (same f numbers)

3. I shot both in RAW and processed with PS CS5, applied mostly the same attributes with some minor exposure adjustments.

I dare you to find out which picture was shot with Leica and which was shot with Panasonic!

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It's probably hard to tell for some pairs and would be more obvious to see a large print. Personally, I am quite satisfied with this new gear, it costs only 1/10 of the M-E and I would say it produces image quality beyond its price tag. I'll definitely pack this guy for my next trip and see if it lives up to my expectation!

Without putting them next to one another, can you tell which was shot by which camera (post process applied)?

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