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ISO won't go higher than 800 in auto

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by Phil66, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. Phil66

    Phil66 Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 27, 2011
    Only meeeee,

    No matter what I do I can't get the ISO to go higher than 800 in auto mode, I've tried Aperture priority and shutter priority and even in a very dark room it won't go above 800. I have checked and the limit isn't set.

    What should I do or is this normal? I mean to go over that do you have to intervene manually?

    Cheers

    Phil
     
  2. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    Which camera? Olympus models have a menu setting that allows you to set the upper threshold for auto ISO.
     
  3. Phil66

    Phil66 Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 27, 2011
    Sorry, Doh!, it's a Panny G3

    :rolleyes:
     
  4. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    The G3 has a menu option to let you set the max ISO in auto mode, EXCEPT:

    If you're using iA, I think the max ISO is limited. If you're using iISO (not the same as Auto ISO), it's limited to 800 no matter what you set the upper limit to elsewhere. Not sure why Panasonic limited it that way, but I don't use iISO or iAuto for just that reason.
     
  5. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oregon
    I believe you have a g3?

    When you say auto mode, do you mean IA?

    In A mode, once you press the ISO button, you have a choice of going higher or lower in selecting different iso settings by pressing either the right (WB) or left (AF) botton.

    Are you saying that it just stops at 800 as you are moving up? :confused:
     
  6. Phil66

    Phil66 Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 27, 2011
    Sorry, not explaining myself very well am I?

    If I set ISO to AUTO it never goes higher than 800 no matter how I set shutter speed or aperture or how dark it is.

    Phil
     
  7. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oregon
    I see - I'd set it manually and see if you get an improvement in quality.
     
  8. Phil66

    Phil66 Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 27, 2011
    Yeah I know I can do that but I want to know if the camera is working correctly.

    Phil
     
  9. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Luke
    An Auto ISO mode is available, and you can set the upper limit to ISO 200, 400, 800, 1,600, or 3,200 in Record Menu 3. (The "Off" setting defaults to a limit of ISO 800.) Intelligent ISO mode detects subject movement, and will boost ISO to increase the shutter speed as needed, in an attempt to freeze subject motion. The maximum sensitivity selected by Intelligent ISO is ISO 800.
     
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  10. Phil66

    Phil66 Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 27, 2011
    Ahh that's great thenks. I set it to "OFF" thinking that it would allow the camera to go all the way to 6400 which seemed to make sense because you have set the limit to OFF which in my mind meant "No limit".

    We live and learn eh?

    Cheers

    Phil
     
  11. scottyboy

    scottyboy Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 13, 2011
    mercer county,OHIO
    mine is the same,will go lower but not higher than 800 in auto .
     
  12. Phil66

    Phil66 Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 27, 2011
    YOu have to make sure you have set the ISO limit to something, if you set it to "OFF" it is limited to 800 which in my mind is stoopid because you can set it to 800 yourself in the limit. Surely limit OFF should mean no limit!

    Try it.

    Phil
     
  13. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    I have set mine to auto ISO 3200 max, don't know why they won't let you select a max auto ISO of 6400, to use 6400 you have to manually select it. It's quite irritating.

    Paul
     
  14. mrmessy

    mrmessy Mu-43 Rookie

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    Mar 12, 2012
    Is there a quick way of setting maximum iso without working through the menus?
     
  15. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oregon
    It takes hardly any time to get to ISO settings.
     
  16. Phil66

    Phil66 Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 27, 2011
    Quickest way is to press the ISO button on the back.

    Phil
     
  17. mrmessy

    mrmessy Mu-43 Rookie

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    Mar 12, 2012
    Pressing the iso button on the back sets a fixed iso. It cannot be used to vary the max iso.
     
  18. dre_tech

    dre_tech Mu-43 Veteran

    314
    Jan 31, 2012
    Yes, that is clear to everyone. Max ISO is more of a set it and forget.

    Just set it to whatever noise level you're comfortable with, if you need higher ISO, set it manually by pressing the ISO button.