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Olympus E-3 Digital SLR - Test shots - ISO performance

By Jamie Harrison


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Olympus E-3 Digital SLR


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A range of test shots are shown over the next few pages. Here, the full size images at the minimum and maximum ISO settings have been reduced for bandwidth purposes to let you see the full image, and a series of crops taken from original full resolution images at a range of ISO settings have been included in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality.


This is the full frame at 100 ISO.


100 ISO. Great noise control at the lower reaches of the sensitivity range.


200 ISO. Still perfectly usable results as the gain is raised to a commonly used ISO setting.


400 ISO. Noise is just beginning to become visible at 100%, but is acceptable for most subjects.


800 ISO. We expect more noise to be visible here, and the E3 meets our expectations.


1600 ISO. The Olympus is maintaining reasonable control but the camera fails to match the Nikon D300.


3200 ISO. This is the high setting and is beyond the natural capabilities of the sensor, so mathematical methods are used to allow ISO 3200. It shows.


This is the full frame at the maximum ISO setting.


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