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  • Where is the improved E-P1 noise performance?

    I'd be very interested to hear from anyone who has a Pen E-P1 and an older E-System DSLR and who can relate the performance of the E-P1's high ISO performance in both RAW and JPEG - with earlier E-System DSLRs, especially the E-30 and E-620, which have the same processor. I don't think there is any doubt that there is an improvement in the E-P1 thanks to its new TruePic image processor, but is the benefit only in JPEGs?

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    Re: Where is the improved E-P1 noise performance?

    I thought I would bump this - anyone?

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      Re: Where is the improved E-P1 noise performance?

      I have expressed my opinion on this "High ISO" noise issue several times and still see the comparisons that many magazines do as being specifically aimed at promoting one brand over another.

      Here however the question is one of improvement of a systems performance as the technology has developed, which is a valid and worthwhile question.

      However: I would really like to see some reproducible results along side the anecdotal evidence that results from user trials.

      All too often we see comparative images that are produced in less than ideal conditions, with variable lighting, offered as examples. What is needed is an industry agreed standard target, used in controlled conditions so that the results are reproducible.

      Many of us older folk will remember the AP "Center & Edge tests" featuring the bow of a boat anchored on the Thames. The images were quite variable depending on the weather, but they were used to show a specific feature of lens performance, and had a level of standardisation that we all understood. While I'm not advocating going back to that level of testing, we do need something that is consistently recognisable and can be easily reproduced to provide good quality results.

      We all know that the image itself can influence the performance, and that all the various elements of the production process affect the outcome, so unless we have some "standard test" to reduce the variables to a minimum, we really are into a fruit salad, let alone an apples & pears comparison.

      Last edited by Graham_of_Rainham; 16th September 2009, 11:38 AM. Reason: speelin
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      • #4
        Re: Where is the improved E-P1 noise performance?

        Well if you get me an EP1 to borrow with a 4/3->m4/3 adapter I will compare it for astronomy shots over the E400...yes I will give it you back afterwards!
        chris
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        • #5
          Re: Where is the improved E-P1 noise performance?

          Recently we bought the E-P1 for my wife. We were immediately impressed by the higher ISO- performance compared to my E510. It may be at bit more noisy than eg. Nikon D300 , but images are very detailed and crisper.

          There is a very good possibility for comparison here:

          http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTM

          There is also a review at

          http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/EP1/EP1A.HTM

          where the E-P1 is compared to the E30.

          What I see is a significant improvement in IQ.

          (I am waiting with great expectations for the successor to E30 with the same sensor and imageprocessor? That may be the update for my E510).

          Hans

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