Compared to...Olympus Pen Digital E-P2

Studio scene comparison (RAW)

For a (more) level playing field for comparison we also shot our studio scene in RAW mode with each camera and converted it using Adobe Camera RAW (in this case a Beta version of ACR 5.6). Because Adobe Camera RAW applies different levels of sharpening to different cameras (this confirmed) we had to use the following workflow for these conversions:

  • Load RAW file into Adobe Camera RAW (Auto mode disabled)
  • Set Sharpness to 0 (all other settings default)
  • Open file to Photoshop
  • Apply a Unsharp mask: 80%, Radius 1.0, Threshold 0
  • Save as a TIFF (for cropping) and as a JPEG quality 11 for download

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F). Camera settings as per previous pages.

Olympus E-PL1
Olympus E-P2
7.7 MB JPEG (4032 x 3024)
7.7 MB JPEG (4032 x 3024)

The E-PL1's advantage over the E-P2 are still visible in RAW. Again the differences are subtle but the PL1 gets a tiny bit more detail out of what is, in essence, the same sensor.