Canon R6 vs Olympus - my experience

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Canon R6 vs Olympus - my experience

Hey folks !

It's been 1 week since I got my Canon R6 + 35mm 1.8.

I did some side by side testing with my Olympus E-M1 II + 17mm 1.2.

My findings:

  1. I like Olympus colors but Canon is better for skin tones alone.
  2. There is quite a large difference in DOF between these 2 lenses. 3:2 ratio has an advantage here for portrait orientated photos (even when Canon is stopped down to an aperture 2.5). Though I much prefer 4:3 aspect ratio.
  3. Eye/face detection is FAR superior on Canon (at least shooting my 1.5 year old body)
  4. IBIS is FAR superior on Olympus 1.5 - 2 stops better !
  5. R6 is really an ugly camera
  6. I prefer Olympus grip + its ergonomics is noticably bettter (buttons + dials).
  7. Olympus PRO lenses are far superior to Canon RF lenses (construction and AF wise). All normally priced RF lenses are consumer lenses = slower AF, noisy AF motors, no manul focus clutch, plastic build, softer corners wide open).
  8. I much prefer shooting Olympus for whatever reason (it has a soul). Actually Fujifilm and Olympus are cameras that I love shooting. It does not mean that Panasonic or Canon are bad cameras though they do not speak to me that much.

I shoot jpegs only so it's very important how these look. Comparing them side by side - Olympus is too warm. Too strong orange while other colors are not saturated enough (except the red color). Problem is that it's not that simple to fix it. Sadly E-M1 cameras do not allow individual colors setting (like Pen F does). I did my preset for Pen F (orange -1, yellow -1, red 0, all other colors + 1) and I was really happy with it.


I am not willing to sell my m43 gear since I am heavily invested and because I like shooting Olympus gear.


Is Olympus E-M1 III significantly superior to Olympus E-M1 II when it comes to an eye/face detection ?

Thanks and Cheers

Canon EOS R6 Olympus E-M1 Olympus PEN-F
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