Yes, Virginia, there is Banding
There has been some hand-wringing and finger pointing in the camera forums about the GH1 exhibiting banding at high ISOs. I’m here to tell you that it’s all true, and I have the proof. Witness this photo and 100% crop thereof, Subaru Telescope on a recent cold morning at 14000 ft in August. The crop is from the top of the picture, showing Subaru’s unconventional dome shape and some sky.
Does this bother me? Not particularly,…yet. Word is that it can be dealt with fairly straightforwardly with certain noise removal programs, or even with certain camera settings. Haven’t yet played with any of that. Outside of the banding, I like what I see at ISO 1600. And Panasonic may yet have some help for this with a future firmware update.
I’m sure I’ll have more to say about this later.