Which PEN has the sharpest, most detailed IQ?

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by M4/3, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. M4/3

    M4/3 SC Rookie

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    Dec 21, 2011
    Is it conceivable that the lowly E-PL1 delivers the sharpest and most detailed images of all the PENS?
    To my eyes the camparometer at
    Imaging Resource "Comparometer" ™ Digital Camera Image Comparison Page
    shows the E-PL1 delivers a slightly more detailed image than the E-PM1 or E-P3:
    http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu87/4ALC/new/comparoa.jpg
    http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu87/4ALC/comparob.jpg

    Likewise the studio comparison feature at dpreview
    Studio shot comparison: Digital Photography Review
    shows the E-PL1 delivers a more detailed image
    than the E-PM1 and E-P3 and also very slightly more
    detailed than the E-PL3:
    http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu87/4ALC/new/dprb.jpg
    http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu87/4ALC/new/dprc.jpg

    Curious that the E-PL3 did better than the E-P3 and E-PM1 considering these three PENS were all supposed to have identical IQ.
     
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  2. PeterB666

    PeterB666 SC Top Veteran S.C. Charter Member

    Without looking at the pics, you could well be right. I have the E-P1 and E-P3. While the IQ of the E-P3 seems better than the E-P1 at lower ISO (up to 1600) the E-P3 goes down-hill much faster at higher ISO and once you get beyond the native ISO range and into the extended range (extended starts at 3200 in the E-P3) it is a real mess, especially is you get the exposure a little bit off or you need to lift shadow detail.

    It is always about compromise. The other area where the E-P1 out performs the E-P3 is with white balance accuracy with long exposurse. My E-P1 is excellent, the E-P3 is just plain terrible when exposures start going beyond 15 seconds.

    Overall, the E-P3 is still a winner, flaws and all.
     
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