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E-M5 at ISO 6400 - Where's all the noise?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by goldenlight, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    I went to lunch with a couple of friends today and, of course, my E-M5 came along too. I took this picture to test for myself the high ISO capabilities of the camera. Considering it was hand held, 1/15th sec @ f4.8, ISO 6400 with no noise filter, I think it did pretty well. I've printed it at A4 and although it is not the same quality you would get from ISO 400 or less it is nevertheless more than acceptible in my opinion.

    E-M5    LUMIX G VARIO 14-45/F3.5-5.6    23mm    f/4.8    1/15s    ISO 6400
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  2. Arvin

    Arvin Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 18, 2012
  3. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    Wow! I'm also amazed at the range of colors and DR . . . doesn't look anything like a high-ISO image on my old PM1!
  4. +1. The E-M5's ability to maintain colour and dynamic range even at higher ISOs really is impressive.
  5. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Impressive! I have only pushed the E-M5 to ISO3200 so far, but your image makes me want to test it out at ISO6400, too!
  6. twalker294

    twalker294 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 18, 2010
    The high ISO capability is one of the two things that sold me on getting rid of my Canon 40D and lenses and going strictly MFT. The other was the AF speed.

    With my EM5, I don't even think about what the ISO setting is any more. I have the upper limit in auto set to 6400 and I almost never notice any noise at all.
  7. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    That would be the same for me too.
  8. hankbaskett

    hankbaskett Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 21, 2012
    Not too shabby at all.

    p.s. Your friend has a vampire bite on his forearm. Thought you might want to know.
  9. incabloc

    incabloc Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2012
    Great & thanks for sharing. :thumbup:

    I've set my ISO at 3200. Will reset limit to 6400 & try out.
  10. Robstar1963

    Robstar1963 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 10, 2011
    Isle of Wight England UK
    Robert (Rob)
    Very very good for that level of ISO
    Im Impressed at what this sensor/ camera can achieve
  11. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Wow! Someday . . .
  12. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Nah, that was his pet rattlesnake! :biggrin:
  13. btango05

    btango05 Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 8, 2012
    Lathrop CA
    No way! really?
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  14. daimos

    daimos Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 23, 2010
    am i the only one who sees the double entendre ? :wink:
  15. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    At last! :2thumbs:
  16. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Is this OOC Jpeg or from RAW?
  17. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Shot as an OOC JPEG, with minor adjustments to Levels, contrast and sharpness in pp, but no noise reduction either in camera or pp (except for any hidden default that may apply even with filtering switched off - I'm naturally suspicious about this kind of thing!
  18. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Very nice! I asked because my low light/high ISO OOC JPEGs come out with black compression artifacts, mainly in the shadows. JPEGS from RAW (processed in Lightroom) look waaaaay waaay better, sharper and without the artifacts.

    You photo looks great aleady, but If you going to take time to do post processing, shoot RAW. Its going to be even better

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  19. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sometimes I notice that with Noise Filter set to Low or Standard, there are some areas that don't look very nice at all when zooming in (on the camera too) but is much better with the Noise Filter OFF, so that is why I prefer to save both JPEG & RAW for all my photos & select what I want in Olympus Viewer 2 from the RAW when needed. One day I might get something like Lightroom or Elements & wonder why I hadn't done it before.
  20. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
    Sony Sensor > Panasonic Sensor

    Just a matter of scale, Sony can leverage a lot more R&D cost since they provide sensors for almost everyone who isn't Samsung or Canon.
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