Here are two real-world picture profile comparisons from the Sony A7s review. You can use your knowledge of how each profile works to get a more deeper understanding.
Click to enlarge:
You can see quite clearly that, except for S-Log2, all the other profiles are designed to minimize the need for grading.
Notice how Cine2 and Rec. 709 clips in the highlights. That’s because I probably had the Knee setting all the way down (coming up later). Disregard it.
Overall, this confirms (to my eyes!) that Cine1 and Rec. 709 800% are the next best options to S-Log2 if that’s what you want.
Car in shade
Click to enlarge:
It’s great to see how all the profiles reproduce the color of the car well, at least close enough.
Notice how the white patches on the wall get blown out in an ugly way for CIne2 and Rec. 709. Same reason: I had Knee all the way down.
Which ones do you like?
Anyway, I think you’ve seen enough tests and comparisons. By now, your list should be whittled down to just a few so you can conduct your own tests. Here are my preferences, from most favorite to least favorite:
|S-Log2||Very filmic, excellent dynamic range|
|Rec. 709 800%||Excellent dynamic range|
|Cine1||Beautiful colors and good dynamic range, sort of filmic|
|Cine2||Good for low light scenes, but not preferable to Cine1|
|Cine4||Alternative to Cine1, but not as good|
|Neutral||Nice colors, but doesn’t have the dynamic range of Cine1|
|Standard/Movie/Still||Colors pop, just a personal preference. Lower perceived dynamic range to Neutral|
|Cine3||Don’t like it, personal preference|
|Rec. 709||Limited dynamic range of Rec. 709|
For my personal projects, I’ve committed to shooting S-Log2. For any rare family videos, I’ll probably pick Cine1.
Click on the link below to the next lesson or head over to the main menu (above). If you need help with something, feel free to send me an email. I’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible.