Olympus OM-D E-M5 Comparative Crops
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is known to deliver the very best image quality from a Micro Four-Thirds digital camera to date. To evaluate the advantage of sensor-size with current technology, here we compare it to state-of-the-art 16 megapixels APS-C and Full-Frame sensors from the Pentax K-5
Pentax K-5 and the Nikon D4
Nikon D4 respectively.
|Olympus OM-D E-M5||Pentax K-5||Nikon D4|
|ISO 200||ISO 200||ISO 200|
|ISO 400||ISO 400||ISO 400|
|ISO 800||ISO 800||ISO 800|
|ISO 1600||ISO 1600||ISO 1600|
|ISO 3200||ISO 3200||ISO 3200|
|ISO 6400||ISO 6400||ISO 6400|
|ISO 12800||ISO 12800||ISO 12800|
|ISO 25600||ISO 25600||ISO 25600|
Even though noise-reduction is turned off on all these cameras, they each takes a different approach to image processing which is why the crops look so different. However, it is clear that the gap between Micro-Four Thirds and APS-C is much smaller than between APS-C and Full-Frame. This makes sense since the surface area of an APS-C sensor is closer to Four-Thirds than to Full-Frame.
APS-C currently shows a visible lead over Micro Four-Thirds from ISO 400 to 6400, while Full-Frame leads from ISO 400 to 25600 and beyond. The comparison stops at 25600 because that is the maximum sensitivity of the OM-D E-M5.
Olympus E-M5 Facts
Mirrorless digital camera
|16 Megapixels Mirrorless (SLD)||ISO 200-25600|
|Micro Four-Thirds Mount|
Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|0.45" Built-in EVF 1.4 Megapixels||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Spot-Metering|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Hot-Shoe|
|Weatherproof||Stereo audio input|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Lithium-Ion|
|9 FPS Drive, 17 Images||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording|
|3" LCD 610K Pixels|
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