Em-1 Noise in Low ISO, Low light shots.

Started Jan 29, 2014 | Discussions thread
Pete Berry Veteran Member • Posts: 3,274
Re: Good point

Sourze wrote:

Michael Jardine wrote:

Sourze wrote:

I think I understand developing raw-files pretty good. Noise is a weakness with the u4/3 sensors. The only reason i stay with u4/3 is the compact size of the cameras.

Sourze has two good points. My first thought when I saw this photo was "it's beautiful". My second was "hmm, but it may be a bit under-exposed". As he suggests, increasing your exposure a smidge will help with noise. It was only when I pixel-peeped, that I saw the 'noise' you are referring to - which led me to ask, what is the purpose of this photo? If it's to publish on the web or print it in a magazine, or print out up to 11x14, you'll be fine.

If you want to publish it in a coffee table book or make a highway billboard out of it you'd be better off with a D800. And this takes me back to Sourze's second point. We all know why we like M43

Hmm - but beware of pixel-peeping with your 36MP D800 photos (or your A7R photos) - you'll still see noise and blurs. Because, after all, you're still pixel peeping!

You're right, I'm pixel peeping and will always do

I borrowed a D800 once.. It's got an amazing sensor and when viewing images at normal size (not 100 %) I see less noice than from my E-M5... too bad it's got the size and weight of a bowling ball though.

The interesting thing to me is that the "noise" seems restricted to the sky - not darker structures such as the bridge. And on closer inspection with monitor brightness cranked up, it looks like a gradient problem with micro-posterization, not random noise. I'd be interested in seeing the RAW developed as a ProPhoto-RGB 16-bit file, if this isn't your current workflow.


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