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Olympus OM-D E-M1 grain noise ISO ISO 200

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#1 GavinHallPhoto

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 03:28 AM

Hi guys

 

Does anyone else out there notice a fair amount of grain/noise in the E-M1's images at ISO 200?  I certainly do and I have to say, 8 months into owning the camera I'm a little disappointed by this aspect of the image quality.  High ISO capability is all very well but I'm looking for images which are as clean as a whistle at base ISO - like my old Nikon D90.  So far I'm just not seeing that.  Am I doing something wrong?  To be clear, we are talking about well exposed images here.  

 

I say grain/noise because it has a different quality to it than typical high ISO noise.  It's more like film grain.

 

Any thoughts?

 

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 01:48 PM

I notice it, but I don't find there is a lot of it. Just a tiny bit of noise reduction gets rid of it from most of my images, unless I turn off all options for every type of noise reduction. I have 2 D90 cameras as well, and they do have less noise at ISO 100.

 

It's one of my major peeves with Olympus, since I'd much rather have ISO 100 rather than the higher shutter speeds they keep adding.



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Posted 04 January 2016 - 02:08 PM

Something which has helped the situation a little, is to turn off Sharpening in Lightroom. By default it sets a Sharpening amount of 25.  However as the E-M1 doesn't have an AA filter it just doesn't need it.



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Posted 04 January 2016 - 08:10 PM

Well, it doesn't present much of an issue unless I shoot a very plain background that is light (daytime sky) or dark (astrophotography). I fiddle with those a bit longer in PP to get them as clean as I can. MFT is otherwise very similar to APS-C, besides the minimum ISO that can be used, which for me, is good enough for more than 99% of my images.

 

I currently use a pair of EM-5 Mk.2 bodies which have a Hi-rez mode that can nearly eliminate that noise, but I think I have not used it more than a few times in actual shooting--mostly to play with the feature. Can't really find a practical application for it yet. Haven't really needed stupendous image quality of a still subject yet.



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Posted 06 May 2017 - 06:33 AM

I too experience noise with both my EM1 mk1 and EM5 mkii even at base iso, so much so am thinking of going back to my Canon 5d3 (good job there still in the cupboard).
So if any one has any suggestions I'd be grateful.

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Posted 06 May 2017 - 06:34 AM

I too experience noise with both my EM1 mk1 and EM5 mkii even at base iso, so much so am thinking of going back to my Canon 5d3 (good job there still in the cupboard).
So if any one has any suggestions I'd be grateful.



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