Are images from the E-m1 actually better than from the E-m5?

Started Oct 1, 2013 | Discussions thread
rrr_hhh Veteran Member • Posts: 6,022
Re: Are images from the E-m1 actually better than from the E-m5?

Tony Rogers wrote:

broody wrote:

Some bloggers like Ming Thein reported the EM-1 could perform at 1 stop ISO advantage over the EM-5. What they forgot to mention is that this is for JPEG files ONLY.

Indeed, the EM-1 has a visibly improved JPEG engine over the last generation and the competition, and it does yield nicer images in high ISO settings. However this does not apply to RAW at all. The EM-1 is tied with the OM-D EM-5 and the GX7 for RAW captures. Just look at DPreview's own test charts. The EPL-5 even seems to beat it in high ISO detail.

Let's keep it honest, guys. the EM1 was massively hyped by review after review comparing it to Full Frame cameras. But at the end of the day, it's the same Sony sensor we know and are used to, same DR, same ISO sensitivity, sure it also has PDAF, no AA filter and better JPEGs but that's it.

I recommend you guys take a look at this comparison. It will either make you feel great you don't pack an APS-C body, or bad you don't have a D600.

Anybody else concerned about how red the E-M1 images are? I'm finding this in the raw files too and so far, haven't found a way to compensate for it.

I find that mines are the E-M5 images are too yellow when shooting raws and using the LR standard calibration; the jpegs are way better. Anyway I don't think Ming Thein was referring to the general color balance, but rather to the magentaish color cast of the noise in the E-M5 when using very high ISOs : this becomes very apparent when you take a shot with the lens cap on and push the exposure to the right : what you get is mainly magenta noise only.

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