IQ upgrade

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by caspert79, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. caspert79

    caspert79 Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 4, 2013
    Hi guys,

    Right know I own a E-P1 and G1. However, I'm looking for a significant IQ upgrade.
    3 things are absolutely important to me:
    - price (I don't have an extreme budget)
    - significant IQ improvement
    - an EVF

    Any suggestions?


  2. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2011
    London, England
    One thing to consider is a second-hand E-PL5 with add-on VF2 (also secondhand).
  3. Just Jim

    Just Jim Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 20, 2011
    How about a G5? That should be in the $300 - $375 area new
  4. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    If you want Olympus, any of the cameras with the newer sensor such as the E-PM2, E-PL5, E-P5 should give you significant improvement in IQ. On the other hand, for Panasonic, although not very small I do agree with Just Jim, the G5 i think is the best bang for the buck at the moment.
  5. caspert79

    caspert79 Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 4, 2013
    Significant iq differences between a g5 and an e-p5 you think?
  6. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror! Subscribing Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Used em5
  7. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    No, EP5 is better, but not massively. Step up to the GX7 and they're basically the same. But the G5 is better than any of the 12mp Olys, like the EP3 or EPL3. If you want a built in viewfinder with good to very good IQ, your best bet is a used EM5 (there are a lot of them at the moment because of people upgrading to the EM1) but it that's still too expensive, a used G5 is hard to beat - not as good IQ but still very good and a LOT cheaper. I just bought and sold a used G5 body for about $200 US and I've seen others in that price range.

  8. caspert79

    caspert79 Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 4, 2013
    Hmm, I see. The G5 is pretty cheap indeed, even when new. The in-built VF is definitely a plus. Certainly an option I will consider!
  9. mrjr

    mrjr Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 25, 2012
    If you can't afford a used/refurb EM-5 or EPL-5/EPM-2 + VF-2, then a G5 really is your best option.
  10. caspert79

    caspert79 Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 4, 2013
    I might save a bit longer to get one of these. In comparisons, the Olympus shows to have the better sensor.
  11. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    The issue is complex. IQ has many aspects. My e-P1 beats many cameras on colour and "pop" in many situations.
    The G1 has "Dynamic B&W" as a still-unsurpassed Jpeg mode.

    What IQ improvements are most important to you and are you willing to sacrifice controls (G!) and/or colour and feel (e-P1)?
  12. caspert79

    caspert79 Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 4, 2013
    Today my new camera E-PL5 :) 
    The VF-2 I will buy later.
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  13. bikerhiker

    bikerhiker Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 24, 2013
    This is assuming you already have nice glasses to begin with? Usually a significant IQ upgrade can come more from a good lens rather than just getting a new body. Sometimes though getting a newer higher megapixel body can make an IQ downgrade, because not only the new sensor can record more detail and provide cleaner files, it can also record more flaws on your lens (logitudinal and lateral chromatic aberrations plus spherical aberrations), so it's best to ensure your lenses are of good quality first rather than investing into a new body.
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