In yesterdays post I showed just how good the Olympus OM-D E-M10 was at high ISO settings. I'm including some more samples shot at ISO 6400 in low indoor light.
Again I think this is very impressive and better than I was expecting. By shooting raw and doing my own noise reduction in Photoshop I can get slightly better results. However the OOC jpgs. are also excellent. This of course widens the possibilities for the use of this camera in many more situations than would normally be expected for a m4/3 camera.
What's most interesting is this isn't just a better way of noise reducing jpgs., because the raw files show a much lower level of noise than 4/3 sensors are known for. Plus there is excellent detail rendering also, without the smearing or destruction of detail that has happened previously. So why is this now the case? Well I can't say for sure, but the fact that lots of R&D is being undertaken to get the very small sensors in smartphones to perform better probably has a lot to do with it.
Anyway, whatever the reason, m4/3 users can now rightly claim that the latest sensors can get pretty close to the performance of their APS-C counterparts at ALL ISO settings. And certainly, it's made me have a bit of a rethink about what I want to keep and which systems I want to expand. To that end I'm picking up an Olympus 25mm f/1.8 today and one of my first tests is to put it up against my Nikon Df + Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART lens, just to see what the differences are.
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