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

Updated: Oct 5

There is a New and improved article on this matter, Check it out >Here<

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.

Follow this Link to Download Both The Sony Film Simulation Chart and the Comparison

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

4000 Kelvin A5-M0.5

Senova Light

9900 Kelvin B3-M2

Fuji 400H

4700Kelvin B2-G1


4700Kelvin A2-M1.5

Ektar 100

5500 Kelvin B2-G1.5

Portra 800

4500K A3-G0.5

Kodak Gold

7000 Kelvin A5.5-M1

Blue Velvet / Cinestill 50D

6000Kelvin B7-M2

Sony Eterna

4000 Kelvin A2.5-M0.5

Cinestill 800T - Nightime Recipe

<2500 K B5-M2

Fuji Eterna - Maybe should've shot this with a colder setting like A3-M1.25

4300K A5-M1.25

Classic Chrome

4300K A1.5-G1.25

Kodachrome 64 V1

3900 Kelvin A6.5-M3

Kodachrome 64 V2

5200 K B3.5-M1.25

Leica Chrome 64

5500K B3-G0.5

Kodak Ultra Max 400

3600 K A5.5-M0.5

Kodak Portra 400

4000 Kelvin A5.5-G0.5


4000 Kelvin A3.5-G0.75

Classic Negative

3700K A7-M2

Fortia 50

3500 Kelvin A7-G1.5


5000 Kelvin B2-G0.25

Zero Mute

5500 Kelvin B1-G1

CineChrome▼ - A little bit underexposed

3200K A7-G1.5

Kodak Portra 160

3800 K A6-G1

Pro Color

3900 Kelvin A7-G3


4300 Kelvin A3.5-M0.5

Delta 3200

5500 K

T-Max 100


Kosmo Pan


Chroma Fade


Kodak Tri -X - 1600 Pushed

5500 Kelvin A3-G2

Kodak Tri -X 400

5500 Kelvin A3-G2

MidRed Infra - New

5500 Kelvin A3-G2

Acros X

5500 Kelvin A3-G2

Acros XY

5500 Kelvin A3-G2

Acros XR

5500 Kelvin A3-G2

Acros XG

5500 Kelvin A3-G2


4000 Kelvin A2-G1.5

Agfa Precisa

3200 Kelvin A7-G1.5

Velvia Pro

5000 Kelvin B1-M1.5

RedScale Ultra

>9900+ A7-G7

Set with Custom WB

and a Teal Card

Zetra 100

4100 Kelvin A2.5-M1.5

Rose Spectra

3800 Kelvin A1.5-M0.5

Provia RX

4000 Kelvin A3-M1.75

Classic Cinema

Auto White Balance

White Priority - B2-G1

Kodak Color Plus 200

3700 Kelvin A7-G1.5

Neo Max - In progress

6000 Kelvin B2.5-M1.5

Nostalgic Neg - In progress

Auto White Balance

White Priority - M3-A3

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.

You can explore All Sony Film Simulations

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