A range of test shots are shown over the next few pages. Here, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality. The following pages consist of resized images so that you can evaluate the overall exposure. For those with a dial-up connection, please be patient while the pages download.
Note: The E-500 has 13 different ISO settings, ranging from 100 to 1600. I’ve just selected 5 samples here, to show the camera’s performance at low, middle and high settings. All these shots were taken outdoors using what little natural light could find its way to England through a 20 mile thick layer of rain clouds.
1/60th sec, F5.0, ISO 100.
At the minimum sensitivity setting, the picture is smooth, highly detailed and completely noise free, which is just what you’d expect from a camera in this class.
1/100th sec, F5.6, ISO 160.
Up two positions to ISO 160 and the image is still perfectly fine. In fact the slightly increased contrast makes it appear even sharper and more detailed.
1/160th sec, F8.0, ISO 400.
Up four places to 400 ISO and some noise is now just starting to appear, but only in the darker shadows. It is minimal though, and the picture remains sharp, clear and detailed.
1/250th sec, F9.0, ISO 800.
Up another three places to 800 ISO, and there is now definite noise visible in the darker areas, although colour rendition remains consistent and the image still has a lot of fine detail.
1/320th sec, F11.0, ISO 1600.
At the highest ISO setting there is noise plainly visible right across the image, and colour rendition has broken down in the darker areas. A lot of detail has now been lost, and the image would no make a good print.