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    Default Re: [Hands On] Olympus OM-D EM1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensive

    This is the original image at ISO 200 original un-cropped


    The rest of the images below are shot at various ISO and cropped .... they've also been sized up to 1200pixels on the long side for a closer inspection

    ISO 200


    ISO 400


    ISO 800
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    Default Re: [Hands On] Olympus OM-D EM1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensive

    ISO 1600


    ISO 3200


    ISO 5000


    ISO 8000
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    ISO 10,000


    ISO 16,000


    ISO 20,000


    ISO 25,600
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    so many nice shots Eddie!!

    Quote Originally Posted by NazgulKing View Post
    How's the shadow noise pattern like at low ISO?
    Had the EM1 for a short period a while ago, here's one at ISO Low (ISO 100) which EP5/EPL6 and EM1 has, while EM5 lowest was ISO200.

    Here's OOC jpeg shot (high res here). F11, 40sec shot. With Oly 12-40/2.8 pro lens


    Its actually better than ISO200 of EM5 imo. However, highlights can be clipped easily as the base ISO is 200.


    The highlights can be recovered quite well even with jpeg (could see the art science museum lines), shot above was OOC so nothing was rescued on highlights.

    Hope that answers your question.
    Last edited by wonglp; 16th November 2013 at 01:10 AM.

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    Default Re: [Hands On] Olympus OM-D EM1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensive

    thanks LP !
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    Sharing a few more images from Bali









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    Default Re: [Hands On] Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensiv

    Final thoughts :

    1. The 12-40 f2.8 zoom is a fabulous little lens ..... I would pair it with a 35-100 f2.8 and its still a very light but powerful combination

    2. Weather sealing performed very well over the 2 weeks it was used in these trips

    3. Great all-day battery life

    4. Great and fun and easy-to-use customizable Art and Postcard functions

    5. EVF - no matter how fast I panned the camera I could not notice any lag

    6. On/Off switch on the left top side of camera takes some getting used to

    7. Diving into the Olympus user menu needs getting used to because it 'dives deeper' than most other user interfaces from other manufacturers ..... small price to pay if you want to customize just about every nitty little thing in a cam

    The camera used came with a firmware that is not final so certain functions I could not use .... I can only imagine how one will enjoy the final released version

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    Last edited by ed9119; 17th November 2013 at 03:29 AM.
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    Dear Ed,

    It is true that is better to shoot in ISO 200 rather than the LOW ISO offered by the EM-1?
    Any issues u experienced in shooting at the ISO 100? Thanks!
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    Default Re: [Hands On] Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensiv

    i did not activate expanded ISO (which includes lower ISO than 200)so cant comment now

    but will try it out if i have the time next few days and comment later

    at ISO200 the IQ and noise levels are already very very good
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    I haven't tested EM1 extensively on ISO200 vs ISO Low, though it shouldn't be that far off in terms of certain characteristic from say EP5. This seems to be concurred with DPR findings EP5 dynamic range
    EM1 dynamic range
    which was briefly mentioned on post #44 above.

    Simply put, ISO 200 gives the best dynamic range of for sensor, however if shooting ISO 200 for long exposure, the shadow noise (when shoot low light) will be more than ISO Low, however, being best dynamic range @ ISO200 means the chance of clipping highlights is lesser than using at ISO Low (100). For say daylight shooting, ISO 200 will give best performance, if set to auto ISO mostly it will be ISO200 unless it hits the max 1/8000s, then the ISO will go to Low.

    In real life ,I would use ISO Low for low light situations where shadow noise would be more a concern (EM5 doesn't have this ISO Low), while taking note of the highlights, also using ISO Low helps me to extend the speed by 1 stop so sometimes I can skip using filters.
    & use ISO 200 for daylight where shadow noise is less of an issue but DR I would want the best.

    It's more of what I normally shoot and the info can be used as a guide rather than a rule. Hope that helps.
    Last edited by wonglp; 18th November 2013 at 07:17 AM.

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    thanks for explaining, LP and ed !
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    Quote Originally Posted by wonglp View Post
    so many nice shots Eddie!!



    Had the EM1 for a short period a while ago, here's one at ISO Low (ISO 100) which EP5/EPL6 and EM1 has, while EM5 lowest was ISO200.

    Here's OOC jpeg shot (high res here). F11, 40sec shot. With Oly 12-40/2.8 pro lens


    Its actually better than ISO200 of EM5 imo. However, highlights can be clipped easily as the base ISO is 200.


    The highlights can be recovered quite well even with jpeg (could see the art science museum lines), shot above was OOC so nothing was rescued on highlights.

    Hope that answers your question.
    It still has the same splotchy stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NazgulKing View Post
    It still has the same splotchy stuff?
    I can see it's better though no side by side, at least it take pixel peep to really see it, can't remember tho if NF was set to low or off. Did aside by side for EP5 ISO100 vs 200, may not be full representation, but I don't think there will be huge difference btw EP5/EM1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wonglp View Post
    I can see it's better though no side by side, at least it take pixel peep to really see it, can't remember tho if NF was set to low or off. Did aside by side for EP5 ISO100 vs 200, may not be full representation, but I don't think there will be huge difference btw EP5/EM1.
    Well, I'm disappointed the noise looks exactly the same as the EM-5 though. Never liked that noise pattern.

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    Default Re: [Hands On] Olympus OM-D EM1 Review A Journey Through 4 Countries (Image Intensive

    last weekend in Jakarta at the markets did a little time-lapse with the EM1

    The time-la[se function is fully customizable and so easy to use ... you can choose countdown to start, the interval time between shot (from 1sec to 225hrs ) , the number of shots (up to 999) and if you want the camera to create it into a movie and automatically patch everything together after the sequence is completed. It will convert the images into a video clip in a format that is acceptable for download into Youtube or Vimeo

    Totally fun

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    shaddap and just shoot .... up close
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    shaddap and just shoot .... up close
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    great photos

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    Awesome photo. Thank you for sharing!!

    I'm so tempted now.. Hee (^_^)

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