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A Real World Comparison Of Sony's Film Simulation Recipes | Best Sony Picture Profiles

Updated: Jan 10



There is a New and improved article on this matter,

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In February I posted a Color Checker Comparison showcasing All 50 Sony Film Simulation recipes, You can find the article right here. Check it out

But some of you told me you don't know how to apply the Color Checker Samples to real life situations, and you are right, that can be tricky, so I planned a real world comparison shot outdoors with a model so you can see all the characteristics of each Film Simulation Recipe Straight Out of Camera.


Since this article appeared I've brought updates and improvements to the Film Recipes. You can check the NEW and Updated comparison article >HERE <



I would've done this earlier, but weather was extremely unstable, and the comparison would've only resulted into many wasted hours and a lot of frustration.


Yesterday we had luck with a bright sunny day and constant weather, so the comparison results are usable. Also included the color settings each Sony Film Simulation has been shot at as a reference, but please note that in the Sony Film Simulation Pack you will find multiple color settings for different moods and styles, so these recipes are very versatile and are made to convey everybody's color preferences.


I've translated these results into a PDF, so you can Download and take it with you, together with the Film Simulation Chart, to help you choose your favorite Sony Film Simulation Recipe.


All images shot around 4-7PM, so the light was still pretty harsh, but I wanted constant lighting, since the whole thing took about 2-3 hours, could not risk shooting later in the sunset when light changes dramatically and fast.

But anyways I think it's a great example to showcase these Sony Film Simulation in the harshest conditions and see how each performs when discussing about Dynamic Range, Skin tones and Highlight Roll Off.


If you don't know how to read the Color Checker and what each color square represents, Check this Article. It will make more sense after you have all these references to translate the Film Recipes into any kind of situation.

Also remember, you can Download Each Image for closer comparison!

SOOC Resized for Web in Capture One.


Without further ado, here are the results.

Check 'em out!



Standard Sony Colors

Auto White Balance: White Priority

Vektro 100

Senova Light


Fuji 400H


EvPro+


Ektar 100


Portra 800


Kodak Gold


Blue Velvet / Cinestill 50D


Sony Eterna


Cinestill 800T - Nightime Recipe


Fuji Eterna▼

Classic Chrome


Kodachrome 64 V1


Kodachrome 64 V2


Leica Chrome 64


Kodak Ultra Max 400


Kodak Portra 400


Astia


Classic Negative


Fortia 50


Oktar


Zero Mute


CineChrome▼ - A little bit underexposed


Kodak Portra 160


Pro Color


EktaChrome


Delta 3200


T-Max 100


Kosmo Pan


Chroma Fade


Kodak Tri -X - 1600 Pushed


Kodak Tri -X 400


MidRed Infra - New


Acros X


Acros XY


Acros XR


Acros XG


DreamNeg


Agfa Precisa


Velvia Pro


RedScale Ultra


Zetra 100


Rose Spectra


Provia RX


Classic Cinema


Kodak Color Plus 200


Neo Max▼ - In progress


Nostalgic Neg▼ - In progress



Hope this comparison helps you understand the differences between all Film Recipes, and in combination with the Sony Film Simulation Chart to choose the right one for your project!

Download both the comparison and the Chart in as a PDF Document.









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Pavel Sinagl
Pavel Sinagl
08 de mai. de 2023

Hi and thank you for elaborate reply! I have re-read my previous comment and must apologise for poor choice of words on my side.


The "nothing alike" sound bit harsh indeed and unfair. I try to explain my impression bit better this time.


My experience with Fujifilm comes from 4 months using the X-H2s where I have mostly used Classic Chrome and Classic Neg profiles (mostly as jpegs). Although I loved the Fujifilm circumstances made me switch to Sony A7IV recently and I am naturally searching for an alternative to in-camera jpeg settings resembling the Classic Chrome and Classic Neg in Fujifilm and also I have hoped to find similar community as you can see gathered around the X-Weekly. While…


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Veres Deni Alex
Veres Deni Alex
08 de mai. de 2023
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Thank you for your response. I understand what you mean, and you are probably right because after all it's not a 100% accurate recipe, more like an 80% since I have only limited options to match colors in camera. But still, I think it's pretty crazy we can get it 80% of the way closer to totally different camera, and mostly because it's a sony.


So as you said, it's a great base to start from, and it's getting you closer to that fuji look straight out of camera, and for some people it will eliminate color grading completely, because many don't want to edit their shots.


But you can definitely continue editing, I certainly do for my videos, because…


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Roltan Josue Martinez Rocha
Roltan Josue Martinez Rocha
07 de mai. de 2023

I like how the leica chrome looks, tell us something more about it. A separate suggestion, could we put the update date of the improved recipes?

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Veres Deni Alex
Veres Deni Alex
08 de mai. de 2023
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will check, thanks!

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Pavel Sinagl
Pavel Sinagl
07 de mai. de 2023

I appreciate your effort and all the work! On my iPad and iPhone display I just see all of those color images sporting unpleasant magenta tint and somehow “dull”. The Classic Chrome *EDIT* still feels different to my uneducated eye than */EDIT* Fujifilm. I understand this is difficult and ungrateful task, just giving an honest feedback.

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Veres Deni Alex
Veres Deni Alex
07 de mai. de 2023
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Hei, thank for your feedback!


Many of the real film stocks had a blue magenta cast in real life as well, so of course even the film simulations will try to bring more of those tones into the scene. For example Cinestill 50D, Provia, and other.

There are a couple Film Simulations, like Senova Light, Nostalgic Neg, Zetra 100, which were purposefully made with a strong orange magenta tint brought to the image, so that is a matter of preferences.


It's true that some Film Simulation like Classic Cinema or Ektachrome came out more magenta than I've designed them to be, and that might be because they have been created using another camera model than the one used for this…


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