After shooting with it for over a week, I can easily say it is a great little camera. I will now mainly use the E-PM1 for doing time lapse photography and video work. The E-PM1 is still a great camera, but the E-PM2 is just much better for image quality. I wanted to know if the noise performance is as good as my Canon EOS 650D. I set up a simple test in my bed room with a calendar and a suite with fine pattern. In my experience, noise and morie pattern are worse on men's suites when shot in dark rooms.
Here is the 100% view of the test image. The bed room was very dark and only lit with one bedside lamp to the left. Both cameras were mounted on a tripod. They both had custom white balance set and focused using live view. Finally, the shutter had a 2s time delay to avoid camera shake. The lens on the E-PM2 was the Panasonic 20mm F1.7 at F4. On the Canon, the lens used was the 17-40mm F4 L USM at F5.6.
|100% view of test image|
I had to apply more chroma noise reduction in Canon DPP to get rid of the really bad chroma noise from the 650D images. However, I did noticed there was a small colour shift from 3200 ISO with the images of E-PM2. This was very noticeable on the suite. Click on each image for a larger view.
|800 ISO E-PM1 on the left EOS 650D on the right|
|1600 ISO E-PM1 on the left EOS 650D on the right|
|3200 ISO E-PM1 on the left EOS 650D on the right|
|6400 ISO E-PM1 on the left EOS 650D on the right|
I am very impressed with the images from the E-PM2 and how well the fine pattern on the suite is preserved at 3200 ISO. Even at 800 ISO, the fine details on the 650D is already worse than the E-PM2.
After seeing the results, all I can say is Canon is well behind in the sensor development when compared to Olympus (I've heard it is using a Sony sensor). It will be interesting to see what Canon will release next year. They really do need a 650D replacement soon with a new sensor, or they will be left behind.
How ever, it does not mean the Canon 650D is a bad camera, it is just not as good as the E-PM2 for image quality. I still prefer to use the Canon 650D for a lot of work due to handling and the lenses I've for it. It means I no longer have to compromise image quality when I am traveling light with the E-PM2.