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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 2:04 am 
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Nice samples Popo. Maybe they can somehow release an update for the E620 that will yield results similar to the TruepicV. Looks very usable all the way through 1600.


definitely drool-worthy results. i may have to invest in the next e-x camera already. olympus truly has improved their sensor.


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The ISO performance looks impressive! 1600 looks almost noise free, but then at 3200 its like night and day from 1600. Only proves size of the sensor isn't 100% of the story!!!

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I think iso3200 would still be fine for 8 x 10


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While I have yet to do similar in raw, my suspicion is that the sensor probably isn't magic, and all this is due to the camera processing.

A-L-E-X, I'm not familiar with CS3, probably best you start another suitable thread and ask about it.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:00 am 
Hmmm, Popo thats what people told me when I asked if the e620 DR was really that much better than the e520-- they said that if you took a raw, you could manipulate the tone curve to match the DR from the e620.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:18 am 
good work on iso elevator test.

1600 is as good as most of current crop sensor DSLR line up
it nice to see there are still plenty of details

3200 is quite acceptable, but some detail are lost.

it is all good.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 2:47 pm 
Thanks for the review popo!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:50 pm 
Great Review Popo! :D


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 2:20 am 
For an example of how far Oly has come... here is an iso 400 IR shot from me handheld with the Oly e520, 1.6 sec exposure, at the wide end of the kit lens!

Did channel mixer and autolevels in photoshop-- this is at the wide end of the 14-42mm zoom, there was no bracing whatsoever involved with this shot. The blurring in the foliage is due to the wind (because its a 1.6 sec exposure), note the house and fence in the background is not blurred. The noise would have been less had I not had saturation and sharpness turned up high lol.

http://i73.photobucket.com/groups/i206/ ... 24ir-1.jpg

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Image Description = OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
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Camera Make = OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
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Camera Model = E-520
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Picture Orientation = normal (1)
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Exposure Time (1 / Shutter Speed) = 16/10 second = 1.6 second
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Lens F-Number/F-Stop = 56/10 = F5.6
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Exposure Program = manual control (1)
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ISO Speed Ratings = 400
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Exif Version = 0221
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Original Date/Time = 2008:08:26 16:19:34
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Digitization Date/Time = 2008:08:26 16:19:34
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Components Configuration = 0x01,0x02,0x03,0x00 / YCbCr
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Exposure Bias (EV) = 0/10 = 0
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Max Aperture Value (APEX) = 925/256 = 3.61

Max Aperture = F3.5

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Metering Mode = pattern / multi-segment (5)
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Light Source / White Balance = unknown (0)
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Flash = Flash did not fire, auto mode
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Focal Length = 14/1 mm = 14 mm


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 6:07 am 
Those are really good results. I dare say the noise handling is better than the current crop of Sony Alpha cameras(!).


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Nice ISO shots there popo, thanks!


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Some minor updates after using it yesterday.

The kit zoom front element rotates, so it will be fun when I get a polariser.

The contrast AF has the same problem as phase change, in that it tends to pick a higher contrast background over a lower contrast foreground. I wonder if they can make smaller spot focusing.

The focus lag is really annoying when shooting moving wildlife.

No complaints on screen visibility even in direct sunlight.

As I was going out for a day I had to top up the battery before running the first charge dry. I got over 500 shots and the battery indicator only just went down to one bar out of two.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:37 am 
I really like the sound of the pen :D
However as tempted I am to buy this, I'm waiting for other releases, or just for the price to come down.
You haven't got some Olympus manual focus lenses back from the days of OM1...etc...
and could tell us what it is like shooting with manual focus primes.
But Great review :)


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I did use it with the kit zoom in manual focus sometimes. It has a focus zoom option, where on a manual focus operation it zooms in for you so you can look more precisely at the focus. A half press then brings it out ready for final composition and a shot.

I guess with OM lenses there wont be any coupling so it wouldn't be automatic, but you can still manually zoom I believe.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 4:04 pm 
Popo,

How does the zoom-in view work when in manual focus? Does the camera automatically zoom-in for the purposes of the LCD view as soon as you turn the focus ring (sort of like the Panasonic G1 does)? Or is it a cumbersome process like in the Oly E series cameras?

Thanks!


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