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(26th January 2020)
Olympus EM1-Mk2 high ISO examples.

The M43 system has certainly come a long way in the last 10 years...

Recently I have been placing very demands on the m43 system when trying to photograph Roller Derby in often extremely poorly lit sports halls. Fortunately my 2.5 year old Olympus EM1-Mk2 has been proving to be more than up to the task.

The first two images shown were shot in one of the slightly better lit sports halls hence only ISO4000 & 5000.  However the bottom two photos shot at ISO5000 & 64000 were taken in a dire sports hall with half the lights not working!

Disclaimer: The photos below have been chosen to illustrate the effectiveness of a reasonably modern M43 camera in tough conditions and I am fully aware that they are not visual masterpieces :o)

Note: All these images are unprocessed out of camera JPG's.
and a few are heavily cropped.
(Click images below to view the Full Size photos)

EM1-Mk2 - ISO4000
All images are unprocessed out of camera JPGs
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EM1-Mk2 - ISO5000
All images are unprocessed out of camera JPGs
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EM1-Mk2 - ISO5000
All images are unprocessed out of camera JPGs.

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EM1-Mk2 - ISO6400
All images are unprocessed out of camera JPGs.

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Fantastic progress...

Certain M43 camera forums frequently abound with derogatory statements about how poor M43 cameras are at high ISO and some so called M43 'fans' moan there has been little progress and also say the increase from 16Mp to 20Mp sensors was a waste of time and produces more noise with no other improvement. However from the examples shown above I beg to differ. The EM1-Mk2 is now nearly three years old and it is still proving to be an incredible tool and very capable of almost any task when in the right hands.

Further reading...

Back in 2017 I was so impressed after I was forced to use ISO3200 on my Panasonic GX8 - which was then already two years old - to capture a small bird in very dusky conditions I wrote a short article with both JPG and RAW examples HERE.


 Article Adrian Harris