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    Re: E-M5, E-P3, GH2, GX1 image quality comparisons

    By the way the below image of the "old lady" seems to belong to a bill-note.

    DPR - RAW - in-studio - Base ISO - E-M5(200) vs GH2(160) details comparison

    E-M5(200) to the left, GH2(160) to the right



    Could somebody tell which exactly note-bill is that?

    Thanks in advance,

    Ed

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    Re: E-M5, E-P3, GH2, GX1 image quality comparisons

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuttaton View Post
    When you look att real world images at real world magnification however, the E-M5 tends to give the more pleasing results. I guess this is due to better processing, more aimed at real world images, and an important part of the famous "Olympus colour".
    And that's a key reason some people prefer the Olympus brand. On another forum, a fellow who has owned all the latest M4/3 offerings from Panasonic and Olympus concluded:

    "I always seem to have to fight with Pany images to get the color and WB right - even the raws can be tough in un-natural lighting. For me. I've obviously seen a LOT of great images that people have gotten with Pany cameras. I never had an issue with the GH2 in natural outdoor light but both the GH2 and G3 turned into wrestling matches for me to get good images taken in un-natural low light conditions. The Olys, even with the lesser sensor, seemed to pull this off a lot better, and with the IBIS, I was getting a higher hit rate for low light shots anyway. Given the improvements in the EM5, its an easy call for me. I didn't even like the G3 as much as my epl3 despite its obviously better sensor."

    Likewise, there are plenty of Pany fans that have equally compelling reasons they prefer Pany.

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    Re: E-M5, E-P3, GH2, GX1 image quality comparisons

    Here you can see all visible part of that bill-note, we want to identify, to try to obtain a better image of it to really know which camera is reproducing better its actually details.



    Ed

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    Re: E-M5, E-P3, GH2, GX1 image quality comparisons

    Quote Originally Posted by M4/3 View Post
    And that's a key reason some people prefer the Olympus brand. On another forum, a fellow who has owned all the latest M4/3 offerings from Panasonic and Olympus concluded:

    "I always seem to have to fight with Pany images to get the color and WB right - even the raws can be tough in un-natural lighting. For me. I've obviously seen a LOT of great images that people have gotten with Pany cameras. I never had an issue with the GH2 in natural outdoor light but both the GH2 and G3 turned into wrestling matches for me to get good images taken in un-natural low light conditions. The Olys, even with the lesser sensor, seemed to pull this off a lot better, and with the IBIS, I was getting a higher hit rate for low light shots anyway. Given the improvements in the EM5, its an easy call for me. I didn't even like the G3 as much as my epl3 despite its obviously better sensor."

    Likewise, there are plenty of Pany fans that have equally compelling reasons they prefer Pany.

    I would really prefer to keep doors closed to Fanboys of any brand, and just base our analysis in the objective information and conclusions that Ian's or others' real world samples could provide.

    And about colors, sharpening, contrast, etc., etc. vs details-resolution, I would just repeat what I posted in the original thread today:

    "Well, in my case and as an engineer and corporate executive for decades, I’m just more pragmatic and simple.

    Since I know that even my 8 years old nephew could modify any image's sharpening, colors and contrast not needing more than his IPod. But I also know that nobody can make details appear where there are not.

    So, I just need to know which equipment gives me the most and better details digging as deep as I have to find both compared cameras limits (as we use to do using extreme tests when we evaluate equipment that we are deciding to buy or not).

    It's very simple in fact, at least in the real world, but I suppose it is more complex in "The Emperor's new clothes" world and its imaginary qualities’ parameters."

    Ed
    Last edited by Happy Birder; 4th April 2012 at 06:14 PM.

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    Re: E-M5, E-P3, GH2, GX1 image quality comparisons

    If I ever get lost around Reims I'd be lost with the E-P3 6400 jpeg but I'd find my way with the E-M5 version..what a difference!

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    Re: E-M5, E-P3, GH2, GX1 image quality comparisons

    I think the improvements over the 12mp Olympus cameras is quite marked even though I prefer the older Olympus colours, but against the Panasonic GH2, its not so clear cut.

    Pete

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    Re: E-M5, E-P3, GH2, GX1 image quality comparisons

    Hello everyone, just got home, but now have to do some extra work (all will be revealed tomorrow) but I think I have time to add the 160 ISO Panasonic files. I will add the rest tomorrow.

    I hope I have something nice for Ed, at least!

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    Re: E-M5, E-P3, GH2, GX1 image quality comparisons

    I was able to bring a GH2 and an E-M5 with me today and, remarkably, I spotted a slightly dozy sparrow who hung around long enough for me to photograph him with both cameras and the SAME Panasonic 100-300 lens. It was cloudy and dull and so ISO 1600 was required. The aperture set on both cameras was f/6.3 and the shutter speed agreed by both cameras was 1/400th. On the E-M5 the JPEG noise filter was OFF and on the GH2 noise reduction was set to -2 (lowest setting). And this was the result:


    GH2 uncropped frame


    E-M5 uncropped frame


    GH2 cropped 100%


    E-M5 cropped 100%



    There is more from today but that will have to wait until tomorrow - apart from the ISO 160 Panasonic files from last night that I promised - coming up...

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    Re: E-M5, E-P3, GH2, GX1 image quality comparisons

    Ian,

    It seems that full size JPEG samples are crossed, or it could be just the titles.

    Ed

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    Re: E-M5, E-P3, GH2, GX1 image quality comparisons

    Yes - already fixed, sorry!

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