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Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance

A first comparison look at the Lumix G1's high ISO performance

More G1 samples for you to download

Our review sample Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Micro Four Thirds camera arrived today. Rather than wait for several days while we fiddle around in the test studio, I though you would like an immediate, if rather inexact comparison of a challenging image taken with the G1, its Four Thirds sibling, the DMC-L10, and an Olympus E-3.

Below are shots taken at ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 (just ISO 1600 for the L10). Click on the images below to view the full size camera JPEG.

Each camera had white balance calibrated with a white sheet of paper. Focus was set on the machined ring to the above right of the circular dial with the glass reflection. The L10 exposure didn't quite agree with the other two cameras, tending to over-expose slightly, so I chose an exposure that matched the others best. The E-3's noise filter was switched off - this preserves sharpness but means there is a lot of grain. The cameras were set to produced best quality (lowest compression) JPEGs. RAW file analysis will come later.

The scene chosen combines bright highlights, mid-tones and shaded regions.

Click on an image to download the full size camera original (which will be between 4 and 5MB roughly).

Lumix DMC-G1 1600 ISO

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph @18mm, ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/40th second

 

Lumix DMC-G1 3200 ISO

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph @18mm, ISO 3200, f/5.6, 1/80th second

 

Olympus E-3 1600 ISO

Olympus E-3, Olympus Zuiko Digital 12-60mm f/2.6-4 ED @17mm, ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/40th second

 

Olympus E-3 3200 ISO

Olympus E-3, Olympus Zuiko Digital 12-60mm f/2.6-4 ED @17mm, ISO 3200, f/5.6, 1/80th second

 

Lumix DMC-L10 1600 ISO

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10, Olympus Zuiko Digital 12-60mm f/2.6-4 ED @17mm, ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/60th second

 

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Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance

Four Thirds User editorial team Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
Our review Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 arrived today, so what better than to get going with a rough and r... (more)

Ian Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
Based on this very crude experiment (I admit it! :)) it does look like the G1 loses highlight detail... (more)

fluffy Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
That's sort of what it looks like. Indeed, the difference is striking. To just see it so readily is ... (more)

Bear Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
To my eye it doesn't appear that the G1 offers better high ISO performance than the E3. In fact poss... (more)

rogerioi Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
Well, everything you all say is true, but... to my eyes the G1 performs better in the curtain shadow... (more)

Ian Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
Sorry everyone - the links to the camera originals were messed up - all fixed now. Ian... (more)

Ian Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
One good thing though, in the dark area of the drapes in the E-3 3200 ISO shot I can see banding, bu... (more)

f22 Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
Hi Ian, Thanks for posting the examples, I notice you said that noise suppression was turned off ... (more)

Stuttaton Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
I wouldn't use the E-3 with noise filter off. Noise filter LOW seems to be the best compromise betwe... (more)

Ian Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
No, there is no noise filter mode on the G1 unless you use Film Mode. I will be able to assess... (more)

Ian Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
Actually, Standard mode is actually a film mode, so you can adjust noise reduction from there, bu... (more)

hschnee Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
I'll need to look at the images on my calibrated monitor at home for a better assessment, but my vie... (more)

f22 Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
Ian, I ran a comparison on the Imaging Resource site (comparometer) between the E3 and G1 and at ... (more)

timg Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
It looks to me like there's slightly more detail in the shadows on the G1... could it be that the IS... (more)

Bear Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
Shoot RAW and don't worry about noise filter. You then have the choise about how muc noise reduction... (more)

John Perriment Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
My impression is that the G1 overexposes by about a third of a stop compared to the E3. At ISO 16... (more)

Robert Watcher Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
[B]3200 ISO only[/B] I find from viewing on the screen that the G1 appears to be have a mottled lo... (more)

Ian Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
The E-3 JPEGs were take with the noise filter off. The G1 JPEGs were taken with the default Stand... (more)

bitslizer Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
how about a straight RAW to 16bit TIFF conversion with no adjustment? Yes the G1 shot look overexp... (more)

Ian Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
Noise reduction on the L10 was set to zero (middle setting). Yes, the G1 highlights were light... (more)

bitslizer Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
what about the histogram for each overall? is it shifted to the right for the G1 compare to the E... (more)

Ian Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
I'll be in the office tomorrow - so I will have a look then. Ian... (more)

fluffy Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
Using the downloaded JPEGs and ACR 5.1 the histograms are remarkably alike, and well concentrated to... (more)

Ian Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
Be my guest, Steve! :) Ian... (more)

bitslizer Re: Initial look at Lumix DMC-G1 high ISO performance
DIWA just posted some graphs/charts [url]http://www.diwa-labs.com/wip4/compare_camera3.epl?product=... (more)

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