High ISOS : M4/3 < APS-C < FF ?

Started Apr 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
tedolf Forum Pro • Posts: 26,647
Not really........

Pixnat2 wrote:

As there's some posters agruing endlessly about the old sensors, it's worth to put things in perspective :

Of course one can take very nice pictures with whatever sensor, if one understand it's limitations. The cameras sporting the old Panasonic 12Mpix sensor, in skilled hands (shooting and PP), can produce outstanding results.

The problem is that technology marches on, and competition is stiff.

Not when you can pick up a new E-pl1 body for $130.00, a gf-5 or E-pl2 for not much more.

Pair them up with some good legacy glass and at those prices the old sensor looks pretty good compared to a GH-3 or OM-d.

Without comparing with other sensors, the 12mpix Panasonic sensor was a good sensor in itself. But it was not a good sensor compared to it's competitors (Canon, Sony). People could choose, for the same price, between cameras with better sensors, so potentially better IQ, which is the one of most important aspect of photography.

But most photographers (amature) shoot between ISO 100 and 800 where there really is no difference.  In the case of the E-pl1 maybe even to ISO 1600.

Now, the new 16Mpix sensor can compete with APS-C sensors. The difference in IQ is insignificant.

Not really.

At ISO 800 JPEG there is not much difference in it.

So potential buyers who care about IQ don't have to worry about the sensor quality, and they can focus on other important aspects of a system (lenses availability, size, ergonomics, accessories...).

Really it only matters above ISO 1600 and the vast majority of photographs are not taken there.

This is a huge step-up in 4/3 history.

It is a huge step up in 4/3 marketing hype.

Just like the Megapixel Wars was all marketing hype.

Who prints above 16 x 20" anyway?

8mp was fine.

But of course, and I repeat it, even the old 5Mpix E-1 or the 6Mpix EOS 300D can produce breathtaking pictures in skilfull hands.

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