Will sensory deprivation doom m 4/3

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Will sensory deprivation doom m 4/3
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It is notable that the DPR first impressions review of the G9 says nothing about low light performance, the Achilles heel of M4/3. Presumably there is no comment because the sensor is the same 20mp (Sony produced?) unit that is in the GH5, G8 and presumably the Oly EM1–II (though it appears the EM1-II scores much higher on low light in the DxO chart than any other M4/3 camera). AFAIK every other current M 4/3 camera uses the 16 mp sensor whose first iteration came in the Pany GH2 back in 2010.

While there have been many welcome improvements in M 4/3 cameras, sensor quality has not kept pace with rivals (it may be that Sony, the major sensor maker, chooses not to sell its latest sensors to a rival) and consequently low light performance remains far behind the leaders even allowing for the smaller sensor size. It appears Sony one inch sensors are catching up with m 4/3 on low light. For M 4/3 users restricting ISO to max of, say, 1600 to keep noise down(DxO rates all M 4/3 cameras below 1000 aside from the EM 1-II) means indoor sport shots are a lottery, and even at children’s birthday parties you can’t get that (natural light) shot of blowing out the candles (ideas welcome).

A while back Pany said it would invest more in sensor development but it’s since announced cutbacks in the camera division. Does that mean the 20mp ‘flagship’ sensor is expected to soldier on for as long as the 16mp one? And whatever happened to Sony’s stock investment in Oly? – they spoke of synergies between sensor technology and lens design at the time of the announcement and then backed out before anything bore fruit – or did I miss something?

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