Panasonic GH3 Color Profiles

Today I shot a grey/color chart with the Panasonic GH3 at ISO 200, my new on-camera light “Kaiser Star Cluster” and the 12-35mm at f4.0, showing different picture settings at 0 0 0 0 with manual in-camera white balance matched to 5600K.

Based on the dynamic range that is visible on the grey chart, I’d choose NATURAL or PORTRAIT as a base for my future projects.
Furthermore I find the NATURAL and STANDARD colors most pleasing and accurate by default whereas NATURAL has a little less blue shift.

I additionally learned that with a correct manual white balance the camera adds a little too much blue so I’m going to consider that in my camera settings.

MONOCHROME

MONOCHROME

MONOCHROME color chart details

MONOCHROME color chart details

MONOCHROME grey chart details

MONOCHROME grey chart details

NATURAL

NATURAL

NATURAL color chart details

NATURAL color chart details

NATURAL grey chart details

NATURAL grey chart details

PORTRAIT

PORTRAIT

PORTRAIT color chart details

PORTRAIT color chart details

PORTRAIT grey chart details

PORTRAIT grey chart details

SCENERY

SCENERY

SCENERY color chart details

SCENERY color chart details

SCENERY grey chart details

SCENERY grey chart details

STANDARD

STANDARD

STANDARD color chart details

STANDARD color chart details

STANDARD grey chart details

STANDARD grey chart details

VIVID

VIVID

VIVID color chart details

VIVID color chart details

VIVID grey chart details

VIVID grey chart details

 

GH3 COLOR OVERVIEW

GH3 COLOR OVERVIEW

5 thoughts on “Panasonic GH3 Color Profiles

  1. Could you please post the color swatches together? It would help to see them on screen together to be able to better compare them.

    Also, could you post one that is “correct” so we can see what the colors are supposed to look like? I understand that this is only really useful on a calibrated monitor, which I have.

    • Thanks for your comment. I added an overview at the bottom.
      Sadly I couldn’t find the explicit color values of the chart I use, so I took a photo with the GH3 (Natural), fixed the exposure to fill the histogram, did manual white balance, blurred the image with a gaussian filter and picked the colors to add them labeled as “MANUAL” to the overview.
      Does this make sense to you?

  2. This last graphic is GREAT! Especially if the Manual is, to your eyes, very close to the chart. I can really see how the 420 chroma subsampling affects the resultant color in video (these color charts are from video, correct?).

    Thank you very much for adding this graphic!

    • Sadly I don’t have a calibrated screen over here.
      And indeed are all charts – except MANUAL – frame grabs from video.

  3. If you were to do the same on the gray charts, does it more readily show the differences in dynamic range?

    Thanks again for your help!

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