E-M5 ISO Low Share your thoughts and findings

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E-M5 ISO Low Share your thoughts and findings
Feb 10, 2014

If anyone is testing out the new "ISO Low" setting on the 2.0 E-M5 update, please share your real life findings.

So far, for myself, I'm more or less a strict JPEG user and initially I was impressed by the lower noise levels and creamier look of ISO Low (especially in shadows), but now that I'm testing it more outdoors, I'm pretty sad to see how bad it clips highlights.

Here's an example I'm showing bellow. I used spot metering and didn't move the camera or focus point. Only thing changed is ISO (Low and 200), and I set noise filter to "off". Also Gradation is set to "auto".

Notice the building on the left hand side of the image and how its top is totally clipped out in ISO Low. That's the bad side of ISO Low. I was hoping that Auto Gradation would do something smart and fix it but I guess even in JPEG the clipping shows.

Also notice how much cleaner the shadow areas (bellow the window) are in ISO Low compared to ISO 200. I really like the "cleanness" of ISO Low but at such an expense of highlight clipping, I wouldn't say I'll be using this setting. Good thing it doesn't even show up in Auto ISO.

ISO Low (100)

ISO 200

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