Olympus E-P3 compared to E-PL1 - ISO settings

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Comparison of ISO settings between E-P3 and E-PL1. Click through to flickr to see a larger version.


There's been some discussion as to how different the E-P3 sensor might be to previous Olympus Pens. I did a test of the respective cameras using the new 14-42mm lens. Above is how the jpgs are rendered using identical in-camera settings. 


The difference is actually minimal. It seems at higher ISO's the E-P3 has slightly less noise reduction applied. The E-P3 also has a slightly cooler colour balance.


I did a few raw comparisons, using the supplied raw conversion software, Olympus Viewer 2 and again the results were inconclusive. There does seem to be a marginal improvement in the high ISO performance of the E-P3, but again its not huge.


It does seem as though the E-P3 sensor is basically the same as the previous Pens.


I will do another comparison when the Photoshop ACR update is released, but for now it seems we basically have the same sensor with very minor tweaks.