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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:07 am 
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did you guys see the preview of the new micro 4/3 camera on DPR? It seems like the new True Pic V engine gives significantly better high iso performance-- their iso 6400 images are better than the current generation iso 1600! And iso 1600 looks like iso 400! Also, Oly will now implement a weaker AA filter because moire will be handled digitally-- resulting in sharper images with better color reproduction! This new technology will follow in the next generation of evolt dslr's too! Alot of people on DPR are rethinking the idea of purchasing e-30 or e-620 because a revolutionary new leap forward seems to be on the horizon! And for DPR to be excited about Olympus-- it HAS to be something special!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 2:25 pm 
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Well, I disagree. There is evidence of banding in the ISO1600 shot provided (but that is, of course, a little underexposed). The properly exposed ISO6400 shot looks quite usable, although it could do with some NR.

I won't say the ISO6400 is as good as the E-3 on ISO1600, though.

I'm starting to look forward to the E-3 replacement..

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 7:42 pm 
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Meh, I'm still happy with my E3. Best case scenario we get these new cameras by the end of the year, it will be another year and a half before they become as affordable as a used E3 or similar would be today.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:39 pm 
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Here is an interesting site with both 100% level crops and resized jpegs:

http://www.mycen.com.my/buzz/160609_new ... p1_03.html

I find it good up to iso 3200... iso 6400 is more like the e-30 iso-3200, so perhaps a one stop improvement rather than two?

I look forward to the next iteration on midrange bodies too. I wish they had waited and put True Pic V into the e-30 and the e-620 along with the weaker AA filter though :P

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really interesting note in that link you posted alex, the iso400 shot looks much sharper than the iso100.

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the iso is good, but not really a breakthrough to DSLR territory

for compact camera users, it is a great breakthrough!

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To be honest I am reconsidering buying the E30 now as well. My E500 still can produce good results as long as i dont need iso 1600 and not too much iso 800. I have to copare a little more though.

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Hans wrote:
To be honest I am reconsidering buying the E30 now as well. My E500 still can produce good results as long as i dont need iso 1600 and not too much iso 800. I have to copare a little more though.


Heh, the E-30 wouldn't be all that much improvement over the E-500 as far as noise goes. Have you considered the E-3? Now THATS a world of difference.

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Ja, I've thought about the E3, but at the moment it is a lot more expensive, heavier and just a little better at high iso. At low iso they are equal or maybe the E30 is a little better.

From people who have gone from the E500 to the E30 I have heard it's a big step up and samples I have made in a shop at iso 1600 are indeed better then my E500.

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Its more expensive when new, but there are WAY more used E3s floating around now and theyre built like tanks so no worries about mishandling or anything.
Not just used bodies, demo samples too. TONS of them floating around on eBay. The body I picked up had less than 500 clicks on it. I picked it up with 12-60 and HLD-4 grip and $130 lowepro bag for just $1435. The value of all these separately and new is $2500!
BTW, B&H has one in 9+ condition for $950. Same price as a new E-30.


hmm:

E3: $1250
12-60mm: $950
HLD-4: $199
Loweprow Stealth Reporter 500AW: $136
Accesories: Hoya filter, 1gig Lexar Pro: $40?

Altogether: $2575 when new.

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Do you think I should upgrade from the e520 to the e620? Im still on the fence. Im wondering what the differences are in high iso and dr.

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Atomic wrote:
Hans wrote:
To be honest I am reconsidering buying the E30 now as well. My E500 still can produce good results as long as i dont need iso 1600 and not too much iso 800. I have to copare a little more though.


Heh, the E-30 wouldn't be all that much improvement over the E-500 as far as noise goes. Have you considered the E-3? Now THATS a world of difference.

The E-30 would be a step up from my E-400, and that's better than the E-500 with regards to noise..

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A-L-E-X wrote:
Do you think I should upgrade from the e520 to the e620? Im still on the fence. Im wondering what the differences are in high iso and dr.


My 2 cents, only upgrade if you want a smaller body and swivel LCD. Otherwise, I'd stick with the E520 and save $600. Use that moeny to buy a 9-18 or 50 macro, if you don't already have one.

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A-L-E-X wrote:
Do you think I should upgrade from the e520 to the e620? Im still on the fence. Im wondering what the differences are in high iso and dr.

I would not do that. High iso won't be better, but DR is a little better. Altogether I doubt you will see much difference.

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Thanks, I think I will get the lens then. BTW, does anyone know if the Imager AF of the e620 is any faster than that of the e520, or are they the same?

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