E-M1 mark ii ISO Comparison with E-M5 handheld

ISO 200-800 handheld.pngI tested  the high ISO to compare with E-M5 using tripod, still most of the time  high ISO is needed when using  handheld.

So I choose the same subject  with an indoor harsh lighting of an incandescent bulb. 

ISO 200-800

This is where the strength of E-M1 mark ii is really obvious.  Combined with the much better image stabilization, I can easily get a one stop better performance. With E-M5 ISO1600 provides good compromise between camera shake and the high ISO noise. But with E-m1 I can get sharp image the with ISO 800.

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E-M1 (Orange , *) on left                E-M5 on right


ISO 1600-6400

The metering is little bit different between E-M1 ii and E-M5, E-M5 appears little brighter but lost details in the highlight. In the yellow lemons there are hardy any details where as E-M1 preserved the details.

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E-M1 with * on Left           E-M5 on right


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ISO 8000 and up.

These doesn’t look usable at 100%,

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If I compare them at typical viewing size..the colors are well retained with E-M1 ii.

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I pretty much never used beyond ISO 6400 with E-M5, I do get very usable image till ISO 12800 with E-M1 ii, though it has noise , it’s almost like uniform grain with the colors preserved to most part.

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