The Panasonic GH5S with its dual native ISO became an immediate favourite amongst many filmmakers. Already having the reputation of the Panasonic GH5 upon which to build, the GH5S offered some great advantages for filmmakers over its older sibling. Sure, it lost in-body image stabilisation, but one of the big features was the dual native ISO.
Griffin Hammond has had the chance to test the new Panasonic Lumix S1 to task against both the GH5S and the GH5 to see how they all stand up. And in this high ISO test, the full frame S1 shows a massive improvement over the two Micro Four Thirds bodies.
While, for Griffin’s standards, the GH5 maxes out at around ISO1600 for good, clean usable footage, the dual native ISO in the GH5S goes all the way up to ISO12800 while still looking clean. The new S1 takes this even further showing fantastic detail with very little noise at ISO25600.
Given that the Panasonic S1 is aimed more towards stills photographers than video shooters, Griffin’s test shows that the camera is still rather impressive in this department.
Ultimately, though, Griffin does say that clients and viewers will rarely study the footage this close up. The story is far more important than the technical quality.
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