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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Indoor Crops

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Indoor Crops

The crops below show the performance of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 next to the same ISO for the Pentax K-5
Pentax K-5
. Both these cameras use a 16 megapixels CMOS sensor which at least covers the ISO sensitivity range from 160 to 12800, the K-5 also support ISO 80, 100, 25600 and 51200. The K-5 is presently the top-performing APS-C sensor (1.5X FLM) DSLR, while the GH2 is the highest-reslution SLD using a Four-Thirds sensor (2X FLM).

All images below are 100% crops from their respective camera taken at the highest image quality JPEG setting available. ISO, aperture and white-balance were set on camera. Other settings were left at their default values. These crops help determine which ISO settings is acceptable on these cameras. As noise increases, most cameras compensate with noise reduction which introduces softness. The point at which a print become unacceptably noisy is a matter of personal taste.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Pentax K-5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 - ISO 160 Crop
ISO 160
Pentax K-5 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 - ISO 200 Crop
ISO 200
Pentax K-5 - ISO 200 Crop
ISO 200
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Pentax K-5 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Pentax K-5 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600
Pentax K-5 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 - ISO 3200 Crop
ISO 3200
Pentax K-5 - ISO 3200 Crop
ISO 3200
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 - ISO 6400 Crop
ISO 6400
Pentax K-5 - ISO 6400 Crop
ISO 6400
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 - ISO 12800 Crop
ISO 12800
Pentax K-5 - ISO 12800 Crop
ISO 12800

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 does very well in this series of indoor shots but its smaller sensor gives in to the top APS-C sensor. The sensor output, even with noise-reduction at its minimal setting produces soft output compared the the K-5. Still, the GH2 keeps noise well under control until ISO 800 which it appears with minimal damage. ISO 1600 is still relatively good but a yellow color-shift starts appearing. By then we notice the K-5 taking a 2-stop lead in terms of details and at least one in terms of image noise. This being two 16 megapixels camera, these differences will not be visible except on moderately large prints.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
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By on 2011/03/22
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Panasonic DMC-GH2 Facts

Mirrorless digital camera
16 Megapixels Mirrorless (SLD)ISO 160-12800
Micro Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

Shutter 1/4000-60s
0.20" Built-in EVF 1.5 Megapixels (0.70X)Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
Automatic Eye-Start sensorCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
Built-in Dust ReductionSpot-Metering
5 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesHot-Shoe
1920x1080 @ 24 FPS Video RecordingStereo audio input
3" LCD 460K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
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