Today, DxOMark released the results of their Olympus OMD E-M10 Mk II evaluation. So what did they think? To be honest, in some ways it’s as expected but in other ways the results are a tad perplexing. Before I go on into an initial analysis, I’m going to preface this with saying that in real life shooting results, none of these numbers with the exception of the high ISO results are really significant enough to effect your work and post-production output.
So what am I talking about?
- Olympus overall has better high ISO results
- The OMD EM5 MK II is only really better than the EM10 Mk II in high ISO results when it comes to image quality. In fact, in real life tests I feel it’s significant enough.
- Panasonic has the best dynamic range capturing abilities. Indeed, it really does for what the sensor is though I still feel it could have been a bit better.
- The OMD EM10 Mk II is better than the EM5 Mk II in most ways except for high ISO output yet it is a more affordable and lower end camera.
So how does any of this translate to real world output? To be honest, the OMD EM5 Mk II has absolutely incredible high ISO output for what it is: a four thirds sensor camera. There is more noise with the GX8 and the EM10 Mk II. But with enough post-production they can be manipulated to a user’s satisfaction; it just requires less work with the EM5.
All of them have outstanding color output–and considering the lineup of lenses from both Olympus and Panasonic I’m really stoked about the results that can be created. Beyond this, when you manipulate the color channels for each you can get quite a bit of versatility.
In general though, what really differentiates these cameras from one another are price points and features–plus the fact that one has a rangefinder style camera body which I greatly prefer.