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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

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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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