Three of the best Micro Four Thirds cameras currently out on the market all have been noted to exhibit exceptional high ISO image quality. Those three cameras are the Panasonic GH3, Olympus OMD EM5, and the Olympus EP5. Statements around the web have claimed that the cameras have the same sensor, but the firmware inside of these cameras is really what helps to determine the final image quality as well.
And in a very quick and super informal test, we decided to put the three up against one another.
If you were to try to get into the whole DSLR game today and you wanted to go super-entry level, what would you go with? Many people spring for Canon or Nikon, and both companies have some very good options. We’ve reviewed both the Canon Rebel SL1 and the Nikon D3200 extensively and have come to the point where we believe that it’s time to make a full comparison and conclusion to help you pick the right camera for you.
See for yourself folks! Canon Watch reported on the comparison of the new Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 DC HSM to a couple of primes, and shows that it basically destroys them in terms of image quality. But we decided to put it up against some other close possible competitors in the same near focal lengths. The results: it beats all other possible competition except for one Nikon lens.
The new Canon 35mm f2 IS came in for review recently and as a lover of the 35mm focal length, I wanted to see just how far Canon has come in their technological lens advancements. The new lens has IS built in: which is actually a heck of a lot more practical than you’d think if you’re an event shooter. It also remains smaller than Canon’s 35mm f1.4 L and Sigma’s 35mm f1.4 DG. They all have different prices and also have some major differentiating factors.
Today, Olympus is announcing their EP5 Micro Four Thirds camera. It is now the top tier of the Pen family of cameras under the Olympus brand and in some ways challenges the flagship from Olympus–the OMD EM5. Everyday, we see and hear about new people purchasing the OMD EM5, but if you want to go with the Micro Four Thirds system you’ll be able to now take a look at another very good option within the Olympus world (though Panasonic does offer some good selections as well).
At the moment of publishing this article, we’ve reviewed the OMD EM5 and have tested it in the long run. Additionally, some of our former staffers have sold everything they own to convert over to it. The EP5 hasn’t been reviewed yet, but there is more than enough to compare the two.
Editor’s Note: The EP5 is available body only for $999.99 in black, silver and white or with the 17mm f1.8 and new VF-4 viewfinder for $1,449.00 in black or silver.