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Studio scene comparison (JPEG)

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F).

Panasonic DMC-GH1 vs. Canon EOS 500D

Camera settings:

  • Panasonic DMC-GH1: Olympus Zuiko 50mm F2.0, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer
     
  • Canon EOS 500D: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer (with MLU)
Panasonic DMC-GH1
Canon EOS 500D
5.9MB JPEG (4000 x 3000)
4.8MB JPEG (4752 x 3168)

Let's start by comparing the GH1 to Canon's latest addition the 'upper entry level' segment, the EOS 500D. The GH1 beats the 500D in terms of pixel level detail by a small margin and is, despite of its nominally lower resolution, on par in terms of rendered detail (However, the GH1's crops are slightly more magnified because our sample shots are framed vertically). In combination with the Zuiko lens the GH1 image is very sharp and detailed across the frame, very similar to what we've already seen on the sister model G1. Panasonic appears to be using a comparatively weak low-pass filter but despite of this the GH1 output is pleasantly clean and artifact-free.

At default settings the two cameras' color response is relatively similar (greens are rendered slightly warmer on the Panasonic) and at normal output sizes you'd struggle to find any significant differences between these pictures. All in all the GH1 produces and impressive amount of detail and is certainly up with the very best crop DSLRs.

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