Panasonic Lumix GH3 Review

 
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Panasonic GH3 Noise Reduction

The Panasonic GH3 offers no fewer than 11(!)  noise reduction levels, offering very fine granularity on noise reduction strength, however there doesn't appear to be a way to assign different NR levels to specific ISO ranges as weve seen on some cameras. The Panasonic GH3 user manual doesn't say when noise reduction kicks in, so we've included crops from the entire range of ISOs in the tables below.

See for yourself how the Panasonic GH3's default, -2 and -5 (lowest) noise reduction settings compare to RAW without noise reduction under daylight-balanced lighting. (Note that these RAW images also have no sharpening applied, so they're a little softer than camera JPEGs at low ISOs.) Click on any of the crops below to see the corresponding full-sized image.

High ISO Noise Reduction Comparison
Daylight-balanced illumination
Default
-2
-5
RAW (no NR)
I
S
O

1
2
5
Default
-2
-5
RAW (no NR)
I
S
O

2
0
0
Default
-2
-5
RAW (no NR)
I
S
O

4
0
0
Default
-2
-5
RAW (no NR)
I
S
O

8
0
0
Default
-2
-5
RAW (no NR)
I
S
O

1
6
0
0
Default
-2
-5
RAW (no NR)
I
S
O

3
2
0
0
Default
-2
-5
RAW (no NR)
I
S
O

6
4
0
0
Default
-2
-5
RAW (no NR)
I
S
O

1
2
8
0
0
Default
-2
-5
RAW (no NR)
I
S
O

2
5
6
0
0

The Panasonic GH3's defaut noise reduction setting provides a good tradeoff between noise and detail at lower ISOs to our eye, but we'd shoot with the lowest setting at higher ISOs and reduce noise ourselves in post-processing (or just shoot RAW). As you can see, the GH3 already applies noise reduction at its lowest (extended) ISO of 125. At the other end of the ISO range, you can see that the GH3 works pretty hard at reducing chroma noise even at the lowest NR setting.

 

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