DXOMark: The Olympus Pen-F Has the Best High ISO Results of Any Micro Four Thirds Sensor

The latest news from DXO Mark rates the Olympus Pen-F as one of the best Micro Four Thirds sensors overall but extremely well when it comes to high ISO results. This seems to make a lot of sense as the sensor and the camera overall are designed to cater to the street photographer. When paired with a fast aperture lens, it’s bound to also help to keep the need to raise the ISOs down.

Despite all this though, it’s quite odd. Why? One of the black and white presets on the camera does the best job of emulating the look of Ilford Delta 400 that I’ve seen. Plus, the grain just looks nice!


Compared to the rest, Panasonic is still ahead in the game overall when it comes to DXO’s sensor scores. Part of this is because of the better dynamic range and color depth that is capable from a camera like the GX8. Indeed, both Panasonic and Olympus have really come a long way. Even with cramming more megapixels on the sensors, they’re clearly putting more and more engineering into their cameras to deliver better results for customers.

All in all though, I’m going to remind folks that even though you like reading this stuff it doesn’t really matter because the RAW files from all modern cameras are so incredibly versatile with modern software that one camera’s output can easily be made to look like another’s.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.