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06.19.14         photography  

Panasonic GH4 VS Canon 5Diii ISO Noise Comparison Charts


Been getting a lot of questions about the Panasonic GH4 and how it compares to something like the Canon 5Diii for different aspects of still photography. You may be wondering “why all the buzz?”

Well, the short answer is that in terms of video, the GH4 is a giant slayer. When we are talking about video, bang for your buck, what you are getting out of the camera, it is nothing short of amazing, and most of my mainly video shooting buddies are dumping their Canon’s in droves for the GH4. While not many of them are questioning how sweet it is for video, most of the questions Im hearing revolve around how it performs as a stills camera, and thats why Im making these little posts.

I just do not have enough room on my plate to do a full Epic Shootout between these two, I can post what my thoughts are and give you some critical feedback and info. The GH4 is a very solid stills camera, it is surprisingly good, but it has some limitations and weaknesses.

Shooting JPEGs only, f5, on a tripod, with similar picture styles, standard noise reduction, in controlled lighting conditions and bumping up the ISO, while turning down the shutter speed, here is the ISO Noise comparison chart:
So as we can see, the GH4 starts running into noise artifacts around 1600, especially in the Greens and Greys. The 5Diii looks really good even through 3200, and arguably higher.

Does this change my mind about the GH4? No, 1600 is solid, not as good as the 5Diii, but good enough. Add some f0.95 glass onto it, it may not matter. Need to get my hands on some of that! :)

Please let me know if you guys have any questions or suggestions in the comments below:

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