Best Camera Settings for dSLR, Mirrorless, & Cinema Cameras

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11.13.19
Best Settings for dSLR, Mirrorless, and Cinema Cameras for Applying LUTs

Gamut LUTs were designed and tested with neutral profiles in mind. We also recommend filming in 1080p HD or higher quality. If you’re filming in a LOG profile, you’ll need to convert your LOG footage to a Rec.709 color space. The easiest way to do that is to apply our custom Conversion LUTs to the corresponding Log footage before applying any creative LUTs.

Here are our recommendations for the five most popular mirrorless/dSLR/cinema camera brands:

We will be updating this list on a regular basis so please check back. If we do not list your camera below, just reach out via our Contact Page so that we can add your camera to the list of compatible options.

Panasonic Camera Settings

Panasonic Camera Settings

Panasonic has risen in the ranks of filmmaking cameras in the past few years. In 2021, we released our Panasonic V-Log / V-LogL conversion LUTs to accommodate the massive rise in Panasonic users. Here are our recommended settings, whether you are shooting in Log format or not.

Supported Cameras
S1, S1R, S1H, S5, VariCam 35, EVA-1, GH5, GH5S, GH4, G9
*GH6 not yet tested

Shop V-Log / V-LogL Conversion LUTs
Learn more about Filming in V-Log

 

Filming in Log

Designed for 10bit Recording. For filming in Log profiles, choose either V-Log or V-LogL depending on your camera.

V-Log Profile Settings:
for S1, S1R, S1H, S5, VariCam 35, EVA-1
*GH6 not yet tested

Sharpness: 0
Noise Reduction: 0 (-1 for S1H)

V-LogL Profile Settings:
for GH5, GH5S, GH4, G9
Sharpness: 0
Noise Reduction: 0 

Filming in Non-Log

Designed for 8bit Recording. For filming in Non-Log profiles, choose a neutral based profile for an optimal starting base.

Natural Profile Settings:
Contrast:-5
Sharpness: 0
Noise Reduction: -4
Saturation: -2
Hue:-1

Cinelike-D Profile Settings:
Default Settings

(If your Panasonic camera model does not have the Natural Profile option, then select a neutral or flat alternative.)

Sony Camera Settings

Sony Camera Settings

For almost a decade, Sony has been making high-end mirrorless cameras that have revolutionized the world of filmmaking. Their technology, packaged in small, accessible camera bodies, has made it possible for so many people to explore the world of cinematography.

Supported Cameras
A7S III, A7S II, A7S, A7IV, A7III, FX9, FX6, FX3, FS7, FS5, A6500, A6400 

Shop S-Log2 and S-Log3 Conversion LUTs

Filming in Log

Designed for 10bit Recording. For filming in Log profiles, choose S-Log3 for Gamma and S-Gamut3.Cine for Color Mode for optimal results.

S-Log3 Profile Settings:
for A7S III, A7IV, FX9, FX6, FX3, FS7
Gamma: S-Log3
Color Mode: S-Gamut3.Cine

S-Log2 Profile Settings:
for A7S II, A7S, A7III, FS5
Gamma: S-Log2
Color Mode: S-Gamut

Filming in Non-Log

Designed for 8bit Recording. For filming in Non-Log profiles, choose a neutral based profile for an optimal starting base.

Sony Profile Settings:
Gamma: Cine 4 (Cine 2 as an alternative)
Color Mode: Cinema

(If your Sony camera model does not have Cine 4, then select Cine 2 as an alternative. You can set whichever PP settings you want. Doesn’t matter which one you use. Just set your Gamma and Color Mode accordingly. Everything else leave to default.)

Canon Camera Settings

Canon Camera Settings

Canon has long been a standard of excellence in the photo and video world. Today, Canon has an incredible suite of camera systems available for filming, both Log and non-Log footage. The output and settings are going to be much more specific for Canon than for other camera systems—mostly determined by your chosen color space. Find out more below!

Supported Cameras
C70, R5, R6, EOS-R
, 1DX Mark III, C200C300 Mark II & III, C500 Mark II, C700

Shop C-Log / C-Log 3 Conversion LUTs
Shop C-Log 2 Conversion LUTs

Filming in Log

Designed for 10bit Recording. For filming in Log profiles, choose either Cinema Gamut or BT.709 (Rec.709) for the Color Space. If Color Matrix is an option, choose Neutral for the most accurate color reproduction.

Canon C70 Settings
– Canon Log = ON
– Color Matrix = Neutral
– Color Space = C.Gamut
– Gamma = Canon Log 2
– Picture Style = OFF

Canon R5, R6 Settings
– Canon Log = ON
– Color Matrix = Neutral
– Color Space = BT.709
– Gamma = Canon Log 3
– HDR-PQ = OFF
– Highlight Tone Priority = OFF
– Picture Style = OFF

Canon C200 Settings
– Preset = OFF
– Gamma = Canon Log 3
– Color Matrix = Neutral

Canon 1DX Mark III Settings
– Canon Log = ON
– Color Matrix = Neutral
– Color Space = BT.709

Filming in Non-Log

Designed for 8bit Recording. For filming in Non-Log profiles, choose a neutral based profile for an optimal starting base.

Canon C70 Settings
– Canon Log = OFF
– Color Matrix = Neutral
– Color Space = BT.709
– Gamma = Wide DR
– Picture Style = OFF

Canon R5, R6, 1DX Mark III Settings
– Picture Style = Neutral
– Canon Log = OFF
– HDR-PQ = OFF
– Highlight Tone Priority = OFF

Canon C200 Settings
– Preset = OFF
– Gamma = Wide DR
– Color Matrix = Neutral


 

Nikon ::

Z6 / Z7

Neutral Profile
Contrast dialed down

 

 

 


 

Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera ::

6K  / 4K

ProRes Film

 

 

 

 


 

FujiFilm ::

X-T2 / X-T3 / X-T4  X Series

Eterna Profile
Saturation: -1
Highlight: -2
Shadow: +2
Black: -2

 

 


FAQs

How do I install Gamut LUTs for Final Cut Pro?

After you complete your purchase, you will receive a download of the installer pkg. (Make sure that the package is saved to your computer and not dropbox or google drive).

  1. Double click the installer and it will automatically install the LUTs for you to use within Final Cut Pro.
  2. Then open up Final Cut Pro, navigate to your Effects Browser and search for Custom LUT under the Color tab.
  3. Drag the Custom LUT effect onto your clip or adjustment layer. In the top right of your Inspector Window, you should see your Custom LUT effect displayed.
  4. Click to browse for the LUTs and BOOM, they should show up in the dropdown area for you to start using!

If you do not see the LUTs or have issues with installing, please contact us below.

How do I install Gamut LUTs for Adobe Premiere?

After you complete your purchase, you will receive a download of the installer pkg. (Make sure that the package is saved to your computer and not dropbox or google drive).

  1. Double click the installer and it will automatically install the LUTs for you to use within Adobe Premiere.
  2. Then open up Adobe Premiere, and select the clip or adjustment layer you want to use the LUTs on.
  3. Select the Color workspace at the top of your screen and you should see the Lumetri Color panel on your right.
  4. Under the Creative tab, just just select the Input LUT dropdown menu and you should see the LUTs you just installed available for you to start using!

If you do not see the LUTs or have issues with installing, please contact us below.

What is a LUT?

In it’s most simple form, a LUT is simply a video preset that gives you latitude to quickly and more efficiently color grade your footage.

A LUT is an acronym for Look Up Table, which works as a shortcut to transform  numbers into a computation that builds code for color. A LUT essentially decodes and builds a bridge between two images—the original input image (your camera) and the final output image (your delivered footage).

All major editing platforms include the options of loading and using LUTs to grade footage.

My computer crashed and I lost my LUTs, how do I get them back?

To access your downloads, you must first visit your account dashboard. Alternatively, you can go to the Menu and press “Login” if you need to login or “My Account” if you are already logged in.

Inside of your account dashboard, you can click on “Downloads” to access your downloads and download your purchases.