Panasonic GX1 vs Olympus E-P3 – Part 2 – Out of Camera JPEGS, Color and AWB
Continuing from yesterdays PART 1 with the high ISO testing between the Panasonic GX1 and Olympus E-P3, today we will take a look at out of camera JPEG quality as well as the color output from each camera. Also, the way each camera renders the white balance using auto white balance. Basically, I shot these scenes one after the other, same aperture, same lens. The lens I am using for these tests is the new highly praised Panasonic/Leica 25 Summilux 1.4. I am enjoying the lens quite a bit but how will it do on each camera? One having the latest sensor tech from Panasonic, and one with the old faithful 12MP Olympus sensor.
You can clearly see the color differences below, and this test is ONLY for out of camera color and JPEG QUALITY. I used each camera how it would be used by a potential owner. Each camera was set to evaluative metering, and for almost every images below the cameras were both set to “NATURAL” color. I did one or two in Vivid .
Let’s see how it went.
1st up, the GX1 with the 25 at f/8 – JPEG set to NATURAL color in camera. You can click the image for the full size OOC JPEG, saved a “10” quality.
Below is the file from the Olympus – same light, taken 15 seconds after the Panasonic. F/8, NATURAL color set in camera. Again, click the image for the full size file.
I prefer the Olympus rendering here, and again, we are talking only about out of camera JPEG color and quality. Without tweaks, the E-P3 does very good with exposure, color and sharpness. The Panasonic is a bit flat and dull and softer.
Panasonic 25 at f/4 this time…BASE ISO 160
Olympus same aperture – BASE ISO 200
Look at these full size (open each one in a new tab) and look how much more sharp the Olympus is on the hoses. Olympus has the default sharpening higher obviously.
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Panasonic GX1 at f/8 – natural color – AWB seems off when compared to the Olympus below..
The color is off here with the Panasonic, which gives off a yellowish cast…
Olympus E-P3, f/8, NATURAL – I like the way this one was rendered. Better color, AWB, and sharpness
The Olympus is just about how I remembered this scene, from the red to the green
The Panasonic GX1 with the 25 at f/2.2 – VIVID
The Olympus at 2.2 with the 25 – VIVID – I prefer the way the Olympus exposed this over the Panasonic
Another set to VIVID – Lens set at f/4 with the GX1
Olympus, F/4 – VIVID. Again, the Oly is a bit more “punchier” out of the camera.
One more that shows again that the Panasonic outputs duller looking JPEGS. Natural color, f/3.2
Again the Olympus shows it can put out a great JPEG. Detailed, great color and exposure.
The GX1, f/4, NATURAL color
Same aperture of f/4 but this time with the E-P3
Once again, to my eyes, the E-P3 puts out a more “pleasing” JPEG. The Panasonic looks like it has a haze over it in comparison.
All of the above images are full size out of camera JPEG files. You can download them and tweak them and see how they do for you when editing if you like. If shooting RAW (and I did shoot RAW as well) you could tweak the Panasonic to look just as punchy as the Olympus but if you are looking for a great JPEG camera and do not like shooting RAW then the E-P3 would be the better bet between the two. So far, the GX1 kicked the pants off of the Oly in the HIGH ISO test yesterday, bit this time the Olympus beat out the Panasonic for JPEG output and color AND white balance accuracy. I have to say, side by side in actual use I also prefer shooting the Olympus E-P3. It’s more substantial, feels a little more solid to me, and I like the ergonomics. BUT the little GX1 is a great feeling camera as well and has all the controls you need easily accessible.
Either way, this 25 1.4 lens appears to be very good, with a slightly different “richer” signature than the 20 1.7. What are your thoughts on the JPEGS? RAW performance coming tomorrow!