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

ISO Comparison GH2 vs. G6 vs. GH3

As long as I still have the three beauties from Panasonic at home, I thought about doing a comparison to decide which one I’ll keep, and because some others may ask themselves a similar question: Here it is, the first excerpt of my comparison experiments:

All Shots are done with the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 at f3.2 with shutter speed set to1/25th at AVCHD 24p, Standard picture profile at 0 0 0 0 and manual WB 10000K.

The GH2 is hacked with Driftwood’s T7 Moon high bitrate hack. And because Nick Driftwood recommends it for 24p video, the GH2 uses i.Dynamic at LOW.
G6 and GH3 have intelligent settings disabled.

I found it very hard to match the cameras via their color profiles so I decided to use STD 0000 on all of them.

For post production in After Effects and Premiere, I decided to convert all shots to DNxHD first.
Sorry for the poor white balance, but I just had one LED spot that was dimmable and no proper video light. I then decided to leave it as it is and did not apply any color grading in post.

I’m going to publish a comparison at ISO 800 with some more individually optimized settings on each camera and – as far as my skills go – some optimization in post.