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E-PM2 and RX100 side by side

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Amin Sabet, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Picked up an E-PM2 locally today. I love the size/weight/feel. Here it is next to the RX100:

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    Sorry for the lousy pic quality (bad phone camera, bad light).

    I know the CameraSize site has the size simulations down, but I like to see the real thing sometimes.
     
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  2. donlaw

    donlaw SC All-Pro

    Sep 14, 2012
    Texas
    Don
    Cool. Let us know what you think about the E-PM2.
     
  3. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Congrats, Amin. Look forward to reading your impressions on the new Mini PEN. Especially curious how you find the fixed screen outdoors.
     
  4. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

    598
    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Nice! The E-PM2 was on my shortlist when I picked up the RX100. Might still be if the wife steals the RX100 :laugh1:
     
  5. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    I like the silver one. I'm given the mini 2 serious thought, so color matters. :redface:
     
  6. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 SC Regular

    44
    Aug 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    How do the images compare to the OM-D? Have you noticed any difference in image sharpness?
     
  7. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Exactly the same image quality. I tested them together, and sharpness is identical.

    My mini made the big screen before the Celtics' game:

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    P1010067 by Amin Sabet, on Flickr
     
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  8. Hyubie

    Hyubie SC Veteran

    360
    Jun 8, 2011
    Massachusetts
    Why did you hide??? :) not everyone makes it to that giant screen!! :biggrin:

    Nice moment to preserve!
     
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  9. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Too funny! They must have been thrilled!
     
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  10. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Bye bye to OMD?
     
  11. Pelao

    Pelao SC All-Pro

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Stephen
    Nice to see the comparison. I'm thinking of the Olympus as a present for my kid. A very versatile yet small camera. I look forward to hearing what you think of it in use.
     
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  12. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    No, the OMD stays. Not sure if the GX1, E-PM2, and RX100 can all coexist though.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using S.C. App
     
  13. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    I've been away for too long! Had no idea you had a GX1! :)
     
  14. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    GX1 is the odd duck out ;)

    Amin -- I have a question on the EPM2/EPL5.

    One of the reasons (there were a couple others, too) I didn't keep my OMD was that it created a sort of "purple fringing" much more than my older m43 or my NEX 5n. I thought it was purple fringing, but when doing research, it seems to be a type of sensor blooming. See Chromatic aberrations

    This has made me trigger-shy on the new Pens. Below is some 100% zooming onto an OMD and 5n comparison shot I took before selling the OMD. There were others, but the upshot was all the same. This shot was taken with a CV75/2.5 -- a lens known for pf to begin with -- and you can see the 5n was much worse. In post, I could edit out the 5n, but it was hard to get rid of the OMD's issues. Have you seen anything like this on the new Pens?
     

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  15. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Bill, I haven't had any problems like that with the Pens, but I haven't with the E-M5 either.

    Fwiw, I've never been convinced by any arguments that a particular purple fringing fringing phenomenon represents sensor bloom when it can be explained on the basis of axial CA. Whatever the cause, I haven't had a problem with it.

    In the case of your attached shot above, I think the wider fringing with the OMD than NEX is explained by the higher pixel density of the sensor and higher crop factor, both of which resulted in the CA landing on more pixels. With this type of example, it's a one click fix in Lightroom:

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  16. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Bill, I haven't had any problems like that with the Pens, but I haven't with the E-M5 either.

    Fwiw, I've never been convinced by any arguments that a particular purple fringing fringing phenomenon represents sensor bloom when it can be explained on the basis of axial CA. Whatever the cause, I haven't had a problem with it.

    In the case of your attached shot above, I think the wider fringing with the OMD than NEX is explained by the higher pixel density of the sensor and higher crop factor, both of which resulted in the CA landing on more pixels. With this type of example, it's a one click fix in Lightroom:

    Screen Shot 2012-11-04 at 6.25.16 AM.
     
  17. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Thanks Amin. Blooming or fringe, the purple halo is actually still visible in the fixed OMD shot (same result I got) and there is a distinct white haze more so than the 5n.

    Any rate, it was in many shot comparisons. I think I'll wait a bit before getting back into m43. Wait for the Pens to drop in price to test on my own, or see what the EP5 might look like.
     
  18. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Bill, I have noticed a little bit of purple fringing more prevalent on my OMD than cameras with APS-C sensor. I was using the the PL25, and shooting RAW. It was not as bad as your sample above though. I didn't even notice the purple fringing until after I converted to JPG.