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amjain10 Jan 9, 2011 7:35 PM

G1 - Grainy images indoors
I am getting a lot of grainy image with G1 while shooting indoors. I have gotten excellent results outdoors. I am posting one of the pictures below.Would appreciate if you can review and let me know if I am doing anything wrong. I am a beginner with limited photography experience.

The image is at

I think its my fault but I am getting a bit frustrated and am thinking of returning the G1,

shoturtle Jan 9, 2011 7:37 PM

That is one of the weakness of the panny m4/3 except for the GH2. They do not handle noise at iso pass 800 that well. It is not you, it is the limitation of the camera.

amjain10 Jan 9, 2011 7:48 PM

Thanks. This was taken at ISO 400. Based on the reviews, I thought ISO 400 is ok with this camera. Could it be the shutter speed?

The Pic specs are as follows:

Color Space: sRGB
Compressed Bits Per Pixel: 4
Contrast: Soft
Custom Rendered: Normal process
Date Time Digitized: 2010:12:27 15:27:40
Date Time Original: 2010:12:27 15:27:40
Digital Zoom Ratio: 0
Exif Version: 2.2.1
Exposure Bias Value: -0.66
Exposure Mode: Auto bracket
Exposure Program: Portrait mode
Exposure Time: 1 / 13
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
FlashPix Version: 1.0
FNumber: 3.5
Focal Length: 14
Focal Length In 35mm Film: 30
Gain Control: High gain up
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Light Source: unknown
Max Aperture Value: 3.613281
Metering Mode: Pattern
Pixel X Dimension: 4000
Pixel Y Dimension: 2248
Saturation: Normal
Scene Capture Type: Standard
Sensing Method: One-chip color area sensor
Sharpness: Soft
White Balance: Auto white balance

shoturtle Jan 9, 2011 7:53 PM

well some panny user say 600 iso the noise come in. Also improper exposure also can cause higher noise level. The link you post did not come through, so I can not tell the noise level.

amjain10 Jan 9, 2011 8:02 PM

Thanks. For some reason the upload is not going through. I have uploaded it on blogspot page. Here is the link:

Appreciate your time

shoturtle Jan 9, 2011 8:08 PM

yeah that is about what I have seen with the panny and the iso, that is about where noise start to creep into the shadow area. So it is really the camera and not you.

amjain10 Jan 9, 2011 8:24 PM

Wow. 400 ISO is low. I was expecting that it would be the settings.



shoturtle Jan 9, 2011 8:27 PM

compare to a point and shoot, that photo is really clean.

shoturtle Jan 9, 2011 8:28 PM


Do you have any noise reduction software. Topaz denoise at mild would clean that up very nicely and retain allot of details.

amjain10 Jan 10, 2011 8:01 AM

No, I dont. But I should probably get one.


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