M43 vs SuperZoom

Started Jul 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
Teru Kage
Teru Kage Contributing Member • Posts: 651
Under ideal lighting, even a smartphone is hard to identify

First off, I'd guess that the top photo was done by the M4/3, since the hair detail is much finer.

But photos shot under such ideal conditions will always minimize the  gap between different formats. The photos you used were shot under bright sunlight with a large subject occupying most of the frame, and very little small details.

Disregarding the focal length, it would be valid to argue that even a smartphone could produce a photo that was indistinguishable from the others. But not all real world usage photos are shot outdoors under the sun; try comparing the 2 cameras indoors using a wider angle and the differences should start becoming obvious.

BTW, I'm not trying to disparage superzooms; any gear that fulfills the role it was designed for is a good piece of equipement. I often use superzooms to shoot movies when I go wakeboarding and the results are usually satisfying.

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