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Oly jpegs are hard to beat

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Uncle Frank, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. Uncle Frank

    Uncle Frank Photo Enthusiast

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    Jul 26, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    Frank
    After shooting with my new Panasonic g5 for a few days, I decided to compare its results with a recent series from my "old" Oly ep3. The ergonomics of the g5 are wonderful, but, I prefer the ep3's jpegs. These were taken with the Oly ep3, Rokinon 7.5 and Panasonic 20/1.7.

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  2. Batfink

    Batfink New to Mu-43

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    Jun 14, 2011
    Newcastle Australia
    Yes they are very nice, care to share your E-P3 settings for Jpegs?
    Thanks
     
  3. entropicremnants

    entropicremnants Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 16, 2012
    John Griggs
    I think even Nikon doesn't compete and certainly not Canon in the jpg department. Panasonic has gotten much better (points for "most improved", lol) but really I still think everybody is playing catch-up to Oly.
     
  4. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    I don't know, John, some of those Fuji JPEGs I've seen posted here and elsewhere look like they give Olympus a run for its money. That X-E1 is looking more appealing every day especially since Fuji keeps adding features via firmware.

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  5. entropicremnants

    entropicremnants Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 16, 2012
    John Griggs
    Actually that's not a bad point. Fuji has been known for some peculiarities related to the X-Tran sensor layout though. I don't know as they are completely resolved but I still have to agree that the Fuji's do turn out some great stuff. I wasn't even thinking about them when I wrote my first response.
     
  6. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    From what I understand the peculiarities you speak of effect primarily RAW manipulation, but perhaps someone with first-hand experience with an X-Trans Fuji can weigh in.

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  7. entropicremnants

    entropicremnants Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 16, 2012
    John Griggs
    Yeah, I'm not sure either. I remember it being a problem, but not how -- maybe it was just the crappy RAW converters that first came out.
     
  8. Uncle Frank

    Uncle Frank Photo Enthusiast

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    Jul 26, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    Frank
    I shoot in aperture priority mode, matrix metering, and standard jpg setting. Afterwards I do some modest finishing touches in Photoshop.
     
  9. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    I loved the OM-D (and E-PL3) which I both owned. I initially shot with JPEG on my E-PL3 and was plenty happy with it except I would run into noise problems at ISOs above 800. I switched to RAW after picking up the OM-D so can't comment on JPEG performance in the newer generation Sony sensor. On the other hand, dynamic range and high ISO performance in the OM-D RAW files rocked.

    I've sinced tried the Fuji X-E1. While I still shoot RAW, being well aware of the suboptimal X-Trans RAW conversion issue, I've opted to instead use the in-camera converter then edit the JPEG in LR. So far, I've noticed 2 things with Fuji JPEGs... 1) Noise was very well controlled even at ISO 3200 thru 6400. 2) And auto WB just works really well relative to the OM-D. So I agree that Oly JPEGs are hard to beat. Then again, I think the Fuji JPEGs do edge them out in the high ISO and auto WB departments.