Olympus EPL2 noise superior to EP3 and OM-D?

Started Dec 8, 2012 | Discussions thread
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AngelicBeaver OP Contributing Member • Posts: 724
Here's what I'm talking about.

These are the noise comparisons from DPReview.  I selected ISO 6400 as this shows the characteristics most clearly, but they are visible at lower ISOs as well.  The EPL2 image just gets grainy (and VERY grainy), but it is  sharp and pronounced.  The OMD looks soft and painterly (look at the eyebrows).

To me, this looks like Olympus has taken a huge step toward what a lot of the competition does, and, in my opinion, it's moving away from something that I liked very much about how they handled noise reduction.  As far as I can tell, no other company really backed off the luminance noise reduction like Oly did.  My camera will come in a few days and I'll test it out more thoroughly.



Look at what Canon does.  Slightly smudging the luminance noise, AND leaving in some chroma noise.  The EPL2 shows a reduction of chroma noise, but seems to leave the luminance noise untouched.  I like this.

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