How good is the G9 at High ISO ?

Started Oct 15, 2018 | Discussions thread
left eye
left eye Senior Member • Posts: 1,803
Using the studio-scene comparison...
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phototherapy wrote:

I'm interested in the Panasonic G9, but I would like to know how good the Jpeg OOC are in real low light at ISO 3200, thanks.

I've never found the OOC jpegs from the G series to be that great - mainly too much NR is applied to hide the inherit noise from m43 sensors. I'd rather see the noise (and the detail). So you do need to turn NR to minimum - but even then too much NR is applied IMO. The sharpening radius is rather crude also.

In fact ISO 800 (and shooting raw) is my limit for ok quality. Really I find you need to shoot at ISO 200 or maybe 400 if you want good quality (i.e. detail retention). ISO 3200 is never going to be a strong point for a fairly small sensor! I would avoid it at all costs.

These will be with NR set to the default, low light, ISO 3200...

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison?attr18=lowlight&attr13_0=panasonic_dcg9&attr13_1=sony_a6500&attr13_2=fujifilm_xh1&attr13_3=nikon_z7&attr15_0=jpeg&attr15_1=jpeg&attr15_2=jpeg&attr15_3=jpeg&attr16_0=3200&attr16_1=3200&attr16_2=3200&attr16_3=3200&attr126_0=1&attr126_1=1&normalization=full&widget=1&x=0.5991645092963049&y=-0.3248241758241759

raw helps...

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison?attr18=lowlight&attr13_0=panasonic_dcg9&attr13_1=sony_a6500&attr13_2=fujifilm_xh1&attr13_3=nikon_z7&attr15_0=raw&attr15_1=raw&attr15_2=raw&attr15_3=raw&attr16_0=3200&attr16_1=3200&attr16_2=3200&attr16_3=3200&attr126_0=1&attr126_1=1&normalization=full&widget=1&x=0.5991645092963049&y=-0.3248241758241759

...where the Fuji x-trans sensor is showing a clear advantage.

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