i,m still get used to the camera,
I feel that for 90% of the shots any ISO setting above 400 is not really worthwhile
What camera are you using? What do you expect in terms of an image?
I use the Pen 1 all the time at 2400 or there abouts and the results are wonderful....
It would help to explain more and maybe post an image or 2 that you feel shows the problem...
Don't sweat it Bro'...we're all here with you and we'll figure it out...
I wonder why the GF1's high ISO performance is not as good... can't really shoot in color over ISO800. Can this change with a firmware update?
Possibly but I don't think it will happen. Panasonic prefers to concentrate on maxing the detail while Olympus prefers to shove user friendly JPEGs out of the camera. At the pixel level, the Panasonic image looks very good with an astonishing level of detail.
The Olympus, at pixel level, can look distintly hacked but it will print out very well at normal print sizes and looks great when viewed at normal screen sizes. The Olympus does better with noise handling but trades away detail. In my opinion, it is probably one of the best compromises out there. The Olympus probably has a minor edge in colours and white balance but there is not much in it there.
Then again, Panasonic trounces the Olympus with AF speed.
Compromise, compromise, compromise.
can you show us some examples?
Have you tried this with the new Lightroom beta version. What I see in your image is chroma noise and in Lightroom beta they claim to have implemented a pretty good chroma noise reduction. Maybe that could help.I try not to take high ISO shots!
Anyway, this was taken at ISO 1250, the noise is still visibile in spite of Lightroom NR (I'll post it large to show it):