G5 - first impressions

Started Mar 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
Hen3ry
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Re: G5 - first impressions_Part II_IQ_good light

viorel wrote:

bowportes wrote:

viorel wrote:

either: g5 applies some default noise reduction in raw files that is not dependent on in-camera setting for noise reduction and the corresponding camera jpeg processing sharpens back the files accordingly or Olympus is applying sharpening to their orf files.

I much appreciate your review and observations. Nicely done.

Thanks, very much...

Although I haven't done it nearly as systematically as you did, I've scrutinized the difference between raw files captured with my EPL5 and G5. At 100%, I see no difference in detail/sharpness at all except at high ISOs, so I'm guessing your ORF and RW2 files are equally sharp. What must be different is some LR default for noise reduction, sharpness, detail, or the unsharp mask. I did most of my comparisons in Noise Ninja, so maybe the default handling/interpretation of ORF and RW2 files there is more uniform than in Lightroom.

that's good news, (not all hopes are vanished...joking of course) I should try a different raw converter as well. But I strongly suspect I can live with the jpeg quality of g5 in 90% of the cases :).

Viorel, might I suggest you download a trial of PhotoLine and give their RAW conversion a go? The results might be interesting. Having looked at a couple of reviews of the G5 which spoke of this detail smearing, I was thinking that if/when I move to the G5 I will continue to shoot JPEGs, as I do with my E-PL3, but would switch to RAW + JPEG for some critical stuff -- probably including landscapes with lots of detail like this one:

Cruise ship Aurora in Rabaul harbor

Anyway, thanks for your analysis. There's something about the G5 that says plasticky the first time you pick it up. I'm not sure whether it's the light weight or what. I came to it from a GH2 and my initial response was that the G5 wasn't as well built. That perception lasted for all of 24 hours. While it remains small and light, it now feels solid and well built to me. There's nothing about the wheels, buttons, or articulating screen that feels fragile or like it won't hold up. My main objection is the placement of the Quick Menu button and the loss of the MAR sensor. Otherwise, as you said, the colors and dynamic range are nicely improved over the GH2 and GX1, both of which I used to own.

Thanks, I'm happy I was not alone in having this initial feeling, it may be a little disturbing at first. It may be the lght weight combined with smooth plastic texture. Nevertheless a really really good handling of this camera.

I've been thinking about this and about the size thing. I suspect the problem is the appearance of the G5. It is chunky looking. It’s appearance says tough, strong, and of necessity when those two factors are taken into account, heavy.

When you pick it up, you find it is light so, along with the feel of it to touch, you think "empty plastic shell". Like when you pick up a bucket you think is full of water and it isn't. Your hand holding the bucket shoots skywards (to your embarrassment) for a moment.

In 24 hours, your conception has adjusted to reality and your preconception has disappeared -- never to return, hopefully!

I was surprised when I first checked the G5 dimensions. Weight is important for me, so I checked the specs to see how much heavier the G5 was than the E-PL5 + VF2 (my alternative upgrade path from the E-PL3).

It is NOT heavier! It might even be lighter than the E-PL5 with VF2 attached (I shoot 95% or more with the VF2 on the E-PL3 -- literally couldn't use the E-PL3 without it).

Then it was time for the linear measurements. Eh? The G5 is actually (very) slightly smaller than the E-PL5 + VF2 on two dimensions -- length and height. Thickness/depth? yes, the Oly has a big advantage there -- until you add a standard lens! Then it is pretty much of a muchness, unless you add the PZ to the G5, in which case it wins again!!!

But it continues to lookbigger and heavier. Like all those DSLRs perhaps.

Cheers, geoff

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