Part Two – Handheld Large Prints

This is a continuation of same setup discussed in early review pages.

Full Frame or micro 4/3rds

Real world usage of Full Frame and m4/3 – Part One, Images for Very Large Print

For this part I typically consider the large prints I would make by shooting handled. I consider this to be around 24″ x 30″.


No high resolution shot from m4/3. Just regular handled shots from both the cameras,except for night time where both are in tripod.  This is mostly about the lens than the camera.

Photos considered



This one I expected D810 to perform better, but to my surprise only one picture showed clear advantage with D810, couple of them being almost the same and two from Pen-F 12-35 lens easily out performing the 24-120 f/4 lens.

Here are the images where 24-120 f/4 lens easily outperformed 12-35 f/2.8 lens.

Olympus with Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8 has performed better

Images with about equal performance

Unless I shoot at f/8 to f/11 Panasonic lens easily out perfroms Nikon lens.


It’s hard choice. For the brick scene D810 (on the right) captured the details well.

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But the m4/3 got the exposure perfectly correct for the dark and bright building, had to manually compensate D810 to get the same exposure.

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For some scenes D810 looked better on glossy print, where as m4/3 looks better at lustre print.

For the night time skyline at this relatively smaller print size, one section looked better in D810 but the other section looked better m4/3 combo.

I very slightly favor  m4/3 combo for the 24″ x 30″ print size, as the lens is able to perform better over all.  With D810 combo performing better only on f/8 to f/11 range.

My Preference : Slightly prefer m4/3 combo only because it’s a better lens

Next Part 3 – Harsh Lighting ..