I downloaded one of the Imaging-resource.com 80 MP High-Resolution Mode images from the new OM System OM-1 camera. Albeit just as a JPG (because I can't yet open OM-1 RAW files). So, that 80 million pixel high-resolution mode image, taken at ISO 1600 - looked to my naked eye more like what a fullframe camera would produce, with a 50 MP sensor at ISO 100-200.

 

Incredible - almost like a smaller medium format sensor !

Then - I applied 70% Topaz SharpenAI on top - which sharpened up fine details further, ans reduced the already very low noise to a level as if there was none. So, it looked like an image that comes from a Fuji GX 100 Megapixel camera, albeit the noise being even lower then that. Very clearly defined, very sharp details. That is a lot of magic you can get out of that "small" sensor, it seems. I am absolutely delighted, and frankly, also surprized. At least in haf theory from samples other people have provided to the public.

And they say, that a Micro Four Third sensor (which is 1/4th the size of a fullframe sensor) can't do magic.

Oh it can.

 

Sensor appears to be a good step up !

This far, in my opinion - it appears that this new type of sensor, does a lot more than the earlier ones, plus that the Olympus OM-1 hints on being an extreme capable camera, defining a new era in the Micro four Third line up, and does not need to be ashamed. I am also super happy that OM didn't use the same sensor like in the new Panasonic GH6 camera (25 MP which appears to come form TowerJazz ??) and did not impress me. I mean it was what you expect from a Micro Four Third sensor in the 20-25 MP class. But the OM-1 sensor, albeit "only" 20 MP, clearly pushed the envelope, especially in the npise department, I am so far, delighted.

If my perosnal limit always stayed at ISO 1600 with the Olympus EM1 Mark II and EM1X, I can imagine to set it at ISO 6400. But I will have to test this further.

Sice I don't have the camera, and frankly I am not a good reviewer anyway - I can only report a little from what I see, read, watch, examine in various files, etc. But it does seem clear to me, that the sensor is really a step up - in a good way.

 

I never thought that the 80 MP

(tripod) High-resolution mode from a Micro Four Third 20 MP sensor would be that good. Now since the scene was taken in a studio, the results for outdoor images might be slightly different - as there is always something moving "in the bushes", e.g trees, leafs, etc.

 

Multiple stacked images, result into lower noise profile

But even so - remember that whether you use the handheld 50 MP mode, or the 80 MP tripod High resolution mode - in both cases, the noise goes down tremendeously. (It's like stacking images, you know - which too, results into lower noise). This I have been using a lot on my EM1X camera, because despite using ISO 1600 at night (handheld), the noise would look more like ISO 400 instead. I often prefer that method (if the motive allows it), when I work with the Olympus at night, handheld. Of course, the bright Olympus ƒ1.2 lenses, help a lot in that matter.


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