Olympus E-5 Review - Test shots: ISO performance Review

“The following were all shot as Large, Fine quality JPEGs under available natural light, with automatic white balance deployed and the camera set to ‘Natural’ Picture Mode.”


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Showing the full frame with ISO set to Auto, the camera has correctly ascertained ISO200 as being up to the task.


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The same framing at ISO100 and no noise to report. Nice colours too.


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Same shot at ISO200 and similarly no image noise to report.


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We’re at ISO400 and some very subtle image noise is creeping in.


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ISO800 and there’s noise, but again hardly at a noticeable level.


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Things are taking a turn for the worse at ISO1600, so avoid this setting if you want to avoid noise levels appearing incrementally worse.


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Noise is visible across the entire frame at ISO3200.


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And looking distinctly gritty in appearance at ISO6400, so this is one to avoid unless you are deliberately aiming for a grainy look and feel.