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Know which Hi-ISO Photos is from Olympus OM-D & which is from Nikon D700?

By fotosiamo on May 2nd 2012

Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Nikon D700

 

Here is a quick pop quiz for you. Lepidi Pierre-Paul from lepidi-photo.blogspot.fr wanted to know if the new Olympus OM-D E-M5‘s high ISO photos are really as good as it many reviews say it is. So he decided to compare it to his Nikon D700 at ISO3200 and ISO6400.


Here are the conditions:

  • Jpeg directly from the housing 
  • Type of image: “neutral” for the D700 and “natural” for the E-M5 
  • Noise reduction disabled
  • 24 mm full frame equivalent
  • f/5.6 
  • focusing on the body the doll Central 
  • auto white balance 
  • ISO 3200 and 6400

Which ones of these straight-out-of the camera JPEGs are from the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and which ones are from the Nikon D700. The latter is of course, known for its high-iso image quality. Can you tell which one is from each cameras?


More importantly, how does the Olympus OM-D hold up against the D700?

ISO3200

ISO3200

ISO3200

ISO6400
ISO6400

ISO6400

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26 Comments

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Nice comparison.

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  2. rob440

    It is clear that the first images are from the Om-d, absolutely not matching the d700 but performing fine. As someone else said this is in perfect lighting, I would like to see some more stressful tests.

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  3. JT

    I like the IQ comparison, but feel the size comparision conveyed is misleading. It would be a better caparison to use the Nikon 24mm f/2.8 on the D700 or to have used the Olympus 14-35mm f2.0 SWD on the OM-D

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  4. Paul-Pierre

    Nice comparison. It gives an impression of the high ISO performance of both camera’s. However, these photos where made in relatively good light. It even looks like it was daylight too. Daylight has all the colors in it. Artificial light often has not and that’s when a digital camera will show it’s true colors.

    Pierre-Paul could have tried another scene with less light, higher contrast and more shadow regions. The image quality of the micro 4/3 sensors quickly deteriorates and the Nikon full frame sensor will do better for sure. I don’t think micro 4/3 technology is suitable for serious low light work yet. Maybe in a year or five it will be. If you don’t need good low light performance and don’t mind the harsh contrast, a micro 4/3 camera is an interesting light weight alternative.

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  5. CamMan

    but…
    d700 is a Full Frame.. compare to micro 4/3.. – d700 must be better and it is but NOT SUPER MORE
    Olympus is really great.
    Its like comperision Maybach to Porshe 911 GT – cannot compare couse r two different cars but Porshe and Maybach r excelent !

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  6. Gert Olesen

    feel fre to look at my pictures on my web site http://www.dinkok.dk all taken with the GF1 think 4/3 perform fantastic.

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  7. Gert Olesen

    I guess that the first one must be Olympus at 3200 and 6400

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  8. Anonymous

    Pretty obvious which one is which by looking at the depth of field, no need to look at exif data or even look at it full-size. lol

    While the EM-5 is definitely impressive for a micro 4/3 camera, the D700 still has better noise performance.

    That being said I’d still choose the Em-5 for being half the size and price of the D700 while being competitive performance-wise. It’s also just a lot better designed (gotta love Olympus design).

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  9. Bryan

    Noise “Pattern” gave it away.
    Nine600two: exif viewer for google chrome didn’t work for me, but adobe bridge saw it all.

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  10. Nine600two

    Sorry, newbie question….how did you view the exif data?

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  11. Brandon Fierro

    I guessed right and confirmed with exif. While the Olympus is very respectable for a micro 4/3, the d700 (which is 4 years old) still looks much better @ 6400

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  12. Irish

    Thats insane!  A bit of an eye-opener to me as I had picked what I was sure was the Nikon shots only to find out they were not!  Think I’ll go stand in the corner now….. 

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    • Irish

      “what I was sure ‘were’ the Nikon shots…” Pardon my lack of verb tense ;-)

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    • Irish

      “what I was sure ‘were’ the Nikon shots…” Pardon my lack of verb tense ;-)

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  13. Elrazor

    You forgot to hide EXIF! :)

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  14. Gretsch59

    Hmmm… If they are using the same aperture and focal length for both, shouldn’t the DOF be the same as well? The top image from each set has a deeper field. Look at the lamp and picture on the wall. Am i missing something?

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    • Poradis Kenneth Vinyaratn

      The post said “24mm full frame equivalent”Neither are full frame cameras, so the D7000 was at 16mm (16mm x 1.5 crop factor = a 24mm field of view for full frame).The Olympus (using a Micro Four Thirds sensor) has a crop factor of 2. So it was was shot at 12mm to achieve a 24mm field of view.(16mm would have a shallower DOF than 12mm sooo we can can conclude that the bottom pictures are from the Nikon)

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    • Dai1976

      Post says d700 and not d7000

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    • Dai1976

      Post says d700 and not d7000

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    • Joe Gunawan

      My post and the photo of the Nikon clearly says D700, actually. The Olympus OM-D was shot with the 12mm f/2 lens in order to match 24-70mm f/2.8 Nikon Lens at 24mm. Both shot at f/5.6

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    • Gene

      Its a Full Frame D700 Nikon actually.

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    • Anonymous

      D700 is a full-frame camera

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    • iam

      READ PROPERLY…IT WAS D700 no D7000
      u should get a reading glasses

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    • Brian Dougher

      No, because of the difference in sensor size, the D700 will have shallower DOF at the same aperture/focal length.

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    • White Hot Phoenix

      Smaller sensors = less dof

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  15. Anonymous

    The Olympus is surprisingly good, but I’ll guess the top image is the Olympus and the bottom is the Nikon.  I see a little more noise in the top images.

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