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G3 highest acceptable ISO

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by xdayv, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Hi guys, asking what are your experiences for G3's highest acceptable ISO?

    I'm planning to add the G3 to my m43 kit. Currently using a GF1, and i find ISO800 to be the borderline.

  2. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    I shouldn't think that it'll be much different with the GF3 as it shares the same sensor as the GF2 and GF1.
  3. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    You can go 1600 no problem. Contrast and color hold up. I could probably go 3200 if I needed to. I also have the GF2 and above 800 the G3 is definitely better in high ISO. I even turn off NR and I feel the grain looks pretty darn good. This 16mp sensor really holds up to APS-C cameras in it's range.
  4. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    The OP was talking about the G3, not the GF3, which has a different 16mp sensor...
  5. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    I just noticed that...GAK, I can't believe I missed that. Sorry. :frown: I'll go sit by myself for a while.
  6. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    ... Or the original 12 MP sensor, but yes, not the same as the G3
  7. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Would you like me to bring you a drink? :cool: 
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  8. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Yes. :redface:
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  9. ksn

    ksn Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 6, 2011
    Feels the same way to me. 1600 seems sharper than the GF2 at 800 but 3200 is usable too.
  10. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    I don't have experience with the G3, but I use the GH2 (reviews would indicate sensor performance is almost identical).

    Up to 1600iso I find image quality very acceptable in terms of detail-retention, colour accuracy, dynamic-range (especially shadow/highlight transition) and noise (people often forget that high-iso performance is about more than just noise...).

    I'll go further (up to 6400) is the situation calls for it - ie. moments where the 'moment' itself is far more important that actual image quality.

    Here's some at 1600iso - note the smoothness of the fade-to-shadows in the first, and the colour in the second. I'd be happy printing 10" copies of these...

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  11. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    thanks guys for the replies. it looks like a done deal for me. i'll add the G3 to my m43 kit.
  12. Bill

    Bill Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 15, 2009
    Brisbane, Australia
    Bill (really)
    I think that I get another stop and a half out of the G3 over my GF1. More than that I start thinking of moving to B&W and throwing in a bit of grain.
  13. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Here's a G3 at ISO 2000, 12mm lens at f/2, night street photography... no noise reduction. Your call
    as to whether this is acceptable high ISO performance or not. All in all, I'm pretty impressed with
    the G3's performance at ISO 2000, if circumstances dictate going with that sensitivity. It's no 5DMkII,
    but in the world of m4/3, I give it a thumbs up.

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  14. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    seems to be a good combo, GF1 and G3... :smile:
  15. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    yes, for me it's good enough for the m43. at iso1600-2000! thanks for the post.
  16. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    Here a very low light image (late at night with one 40W lamp in the far corner of the room) taken at ISO 3200 with my MD 50mm at f/1.4 handheld (using viewfinder for a little more stability) for 1/10s:


    I had noise reduction set at -2. There's very shallow DOF due to being at f/1.4, but here's a 100% crop of the top of her head:

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  17. sLorenzi

    sLorenzi Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 15, 2010
    My G1 looks like this in iso 800. Very good results.

  18. dcisive

    dcisive Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 19, 2010
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    I think there are more than a few variables involved. I've noticed for example, that on a medium blue sky I get some sky noise even at lower ISO's, but on typical shooting I can shoot at ISO3200 all day long with minimal noise and it's darn sharp too. Also matters if you plan to print or just put on the web. Printing wipes out a lot of the noise and artifact issues for any camera.
  19. htc

    htc Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 11, 2011
    You shouldn't be so kind for him after what he did! :biggrin:
  20. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    This picture had better be called "The Light at the End of the Tunnel".:thumbup:
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