E-M5 focusing in low light (compared to dSLR)

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E-M5 focusing in low light (compared to dSLR)
5 months ago

Sometimes I forget how dSLRs still may have an edge in some instances.

Was comparing the autofocus capabilities of:

- Olympus E-M5 with Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 (Mk I);

- Sony NEX-5n with Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6;

- Fujifilm X-E1 with Fujifilm 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0;

- Fujfilm S5 Pro with Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 AF-D.

In good light, all the cameras performed at least in an adequate manner; but when I switched off a couple of bulbs, then in almost completely darkness, in a 3x4 meters rooms, things changes: not one of the mirrorless could lock the focus, if not - say - for 10-20% of the times.

Given that the kit zooms are not the best tools to test such a relatively extreme setting, I mounted the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 on the E-M5: things went somehow better, but not by a large margin.

The surprise was the combo of the old (2007) S5 Pro dSLR with the Nikkor: I was able to catch the perfect focus almost without mistakes.

Are there any tricks (apart from setting the EVF refresh rate to "normal" from "high", what helped a little bit) to improve things on the E-M5?

Ciao!

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