Olympus PEN E-P5 Ken McMahon, July 2013
 
 

Olympus EP5 vs Panasonic Lumix GF6 vs Fujifilm XM1 quality JPEG

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To compare real-life performance I shot this scene with the Olympus PEN E-P5, the Panasonic Lumix GF6 and the Fujifilm X-M1 within a few moments of each other using their best quality JPEG settings; RAW results will follow on the next page.

To eliminate quality differences due to lens factors I used the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II on both the PEN E-P5 and the Lumix GF6 on this page, although later in the review you'll see results with the Olympus kit lens. Meanwhile the X-M1 was fitted with the new Fujinon 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OIS kit lens

For the PEN E-P5 and Lumix GF6 the lens was set to its 14mm (28mm equivalent) wide angle setting. At its wide angle setting, the 16-50mm Fujinon lens has an equivalent focal length of 24mm and the X-M1 sensor has a 3:2 aspect ratio compared with 4:3 on the Micro Four thirds models. I zoomed in marginally with the X-M1 to produce an equivalent vertical field of view.

All three cameras were set to Aperture Priority exposure mode with the senstivity set manually to the base ISO sensitivity setting.

  Olympus PEN E-P5 results
1 Olympus E-P5 Quality JPEG
2 Olympus E-P5 Quality RAW
3 Olympus E-P5 Noise JPEG
4 Olympus E-P5 Noise RAW
5 Olympus E-P5 Sample images

The image above was taken with the Olympus PEN E-P5. The E-P5 was mounted on a tripod and the stabilisation was turned off. Aperture priority mode was selected with the aperture set to f5.6, which produces the best result from the Lumix kit lens. With the sensitivity set to 200 ISO the camera metered an exposure of 1/1250. At its base 160 ISO setting the Panasonic Lumix GF6 selected 1/1000 at f5.6 and the Fujifilm X-M1 at 200 ISO selected 1/900 at f5.6.

The cameras were left on their default settings for this test. The PEN E-P5's Picture mode was set to Standard, White balance was set to Automatic, Keep Warm Colour was turned on and Gradation was set to Normal. On the GF6, the Photo Style was set to Standard, White balance was set to Auto and i.Dynamic and i.Resolution were turned off. On the Fujifilm X-M1, Film Simulation was set to Standard, White balance and Dynamic Range were set to Auto, Noise reduction, Highlight tone, Shadow tone, Colour, and Sharpness were all set to 0. The PEN E-P5 JPEG file measured 7.18Mb and, as usual, the crops are taken from the areas marked by the red rectangles.

I've seen, and been impressed by the results from the E-P5 before - after all, this is the same sensor that's in the OM-D E-M5 and the PEN E-PL5. So it's no surprise that in the PEN E-P5 it produces sharp highly detailed results. As with the PEN E-PL5 these crops look to be a little more punchy than those from the OM-D E-M5, a difference that most consumers will probably appreciate. They also look a little crisper than the crops from the Panasonic Lumix GF6, but the GF6 crops themselves are sharp and detailed. Both these sets of crops were produced with the same Panasonic 14-42mm lens, so any differences you can see are down to the characteristics of their respective sensors and the in-camera processing. In actual fact, the differences in terms of detail are so slight to be hardly worth commenting on, but it'll interesting to see how results from the two Micro Four Thirds models shape up when given the same processing from a RAW file.

The Fujifilm X-M1's bigger sensor does, in my view, produce slightly better, more detailed crops. As well as it's larger size, the X-M1's sensor architecture is, of course, radically different, with a less regular colour filter array than the Bayer type used in the E-P5, GF6 and virtually every other digital camera. This does away with need for a low-pass filter and, as we've seen from previous X range models using this sensor, the results are impressive.

You can see how these differences are reflected in my Olympus EP5 RAW quality results on the next page. Alternatively you can see how these models compare at higher sensitivities in my Olympus EP5 Noise results.

 

Olympus PEN E-P5
 
Panasonic Lumix GF6
 
Fujifilm X-M1
f5.6, 200 ISO
f5.6, 160 ISO
f5.6, 200 ISO
f5.6, 200 ISO
f5.6, 160 ISO
f5.6, 200 ISO
f5.6, 200 ISO
f5.6, 160 ISO
f5.6, 200 ISO
f5.6, 200 ISO
f5.6, 160 ISO
f5.6, 200 ISO


Olympus PEN E-P5
results : Quality / RAW quality / Noise / RAW Noise


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