Is the high ISO image quality of the Panasonic GH-2 really that good?

Written by Gary on March 2nd, 2011

Dpreview.com just updated their comparative studio images to include the new Panasonic GH-2 micro four thirds camera.

Click on the link and for one of the comparison images choose Panasonic GH-2, and out of interest I had a look at the ISO 3200 images and to my eye, although having a touch more colour noise, they had more image detail and looked better than most dSLRs at ISO 3200, in particular, better than the Canon 7D, Canon 550D, Canon 1D Mark IV, Nikon D3100, Nikon D300s – check them out yourself – don’t believe me!

Don’t just look at the noise (the GH-2 does have a little more noise than the latest dSLRs) but look at the image detail – the GH-2 wins easily here, and I would always take image detail rather than over-zealous in camera noise reduction which irreversibly destroys it.

That’s a pretty amazing result!

Where things fall down for the GH-2 is at ISO 6400 and ISO 12800, but I think most of us would be very happy indeed with those results at ISO 3200 and below!

 

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