OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 Review - Part 5 - More on High ISO noise + that "whooshing" noise.


As yet there is no Adobe Camera Raw support for the OM-D. However Rawker the Mac dcraw software processes the files with no problems. It also converts the files in as "pure" a raw state as I'm able to produce.

Here are a series of comparisons of OM-D files from ISO 3200 to ISO 25600 between these Rawker conversions and the out of camera jpgs. Not sure whether you can see it but the camera has done some distortion correction on the files as well.

If you click on the files > flickr > Actions > View all sizes > Original you will get the high-res. version.

The final image is an ISO 6400 file that I converted in Rawker and then applied some noise reduction to in Photoshop CS6. 

I'll make no comment on these and let you decide what you think of them.

Olympus OM-D EM-5 Raw - ISO 3200
Olympus OM-D EM-5 Raw - ISO 3200

Olympus OM-D EM-5 Raw - ISO 6400
Olympus OM-D EM-5 Raw - ISO 6400

Olympus OM-D EM-5 Raw - ISO 12800
Olympus OM-D EM-5 Raw - ISO 12800

Olympus OM-D EM-5 Raw - ISO 25600

Olympus OM-D EM-5 Raw - edited


Finally just a brief comment on the "whooshing" noise, caused by the IS system. It is there, but usually only if you put your ear next to the camera. I certainly don't find it a problem, and in fact I find it quite soothing. A bit like the wind in the trees in the distance. More camera manufacturers could consider adding "sounds of nature" to their cameras to hide some of the grinding and clicking sounds some of them make!! Fuji, take note.


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