How to cure banding in DSLR footage (and GH4 4K holds the key…)

The EOSHD Panasonic GH4 Shooter’s Guide is now available

8bit DSLR codecs get quite a lot of bashing for banding, and it is something we’re well used too… A sky or a wall taking up half the shot with only 4 or 5 shades where there should be a silky smooth gradient with thousands of tiny steps in-between darker and slightly lighter areas of the image.

However one of the first things I noticed with the Panasonic GH4 was that banding was greatly reduced and it looked like my 10bit Blackmagic footage, even though it was still an 8bit codec (internally with 4K). Why such a turn-around for an 8bit codec? It turns out the 4K mode on the GH4 holds the key to hiding this banding… yet it is something we can apply to all DSLRS

Here’s how…

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Nikon takes lead from Canon in the APS-C high ISO noise race

DPReview.com’s most recent review is very revealing. They’ve benchmarked the Canon 60D, Panasonic GH2 and Nikon D7000 for RAW sensor noise.

Who takes the lead in the sensor race? Surprisingly, Canon is beaten to second place and Nikon now has the best APS-C sensor in terms of high ISO noise. But not by much.

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New high bit-rates improve the GH1’s low light performance

https://vimeo.com/12718346

The new 44MBIT AVCHD is amazing in low light. It holds onto so much more detail at ISO 1600.

The GH1 needs careful handling and a great lens to perform at ISO 1600. You need to expose well, maybe a little over.

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