Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Surprising Low Noise Performance From the DMC-G3 at High iso (6400)

I used my G3 at iso6400 at a concert.  This was necessary to be able to use my Lumix 100-300 mm, f4.0-5.6 Mega OIS lens.  Not exactly a low-light lens, I was worried about having to use the camera at maximum iso.

Lumix DMC-G3 at iso6400 with Minor Noise Reduction Applied
Melissa Wright of the Acoustic Burgoo
Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 100-300 f4.0-5.6 Mega OIS Lens at 100mm
iso6400, f4.0, 1/100 sec
Lightroom settings:  Sharpening 12,1.0,25,39
Luminance NR 11, Color NR 25

This first image (above) shows how it looks with a little Lightroom adjustment of sharpness and noise reduction (NR).

DMC-G3 high iso (6400) jpeg, right out of the camera.  Unbelievably good.
Jam - Jake and the Burtones, Hot Seats, Acoustic Burgoo
Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 100-300 f4.0-5.6 Mega OIS Lens at 100mm
iso6400, f4.0, 1/100 sec
Lightroom settings:  Sharpening, Luminance and Color NR all ZERO!

This second image shows the performance with no adjustments, right out of the camera.

I am amazed, completely blown away by the performance of this camera at iso6400!  

Interestingly, I forgot to reset my image quality settings after playing around trying to learn the camera's controls before the concert.  As a result, both images were shot only as jpegs, no raw files involved.  There are more images on my flickr account here:

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