This article shares a selection of images captured hand-held with a Nikon 1 J5 and an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. The creative spark for this article came from Anders, one of our regular readers. The primary objective of the article is to do a brief comparison of J5 and E-M1 Mark II straight out of camera (SOOC) jpeg images. We have also included some corresponding samples of images created from RAW files after some post processing was done to them.
In an attempt to keep the comparison on an equal as possible footing, we used a 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm zoom and an Olympus 12-100 mm zoom. Both of these zooms are often used as ‘walk around’ lenses. ISO values were kept at the same level and we tried to frame images in a similar fashion. Each camera’s default jpeg settings were used.
As you progress through the article you will see four images of each scene that was photographed. Each group of images follows the same order: Nikon 1 J5 SOOC jpeg, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II SOOC jpeg, Nikon 1 J5 processed RAW file, and finally an Olympus processed RAW file.
Readers can make their own evaluations of the various images displayed in the article.
For readers who are interested in DxO Mark test data here’s how the Nikon 1 J5 and the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II scored:
Overall Score: Nikon 1 J5: 65, E-M1 Mark II: 80
Colour Depth: Nikon 1 J5: 22.1 bits, E-M1 Mark II: 23.7 bits
Dynamic Range: Nikon 1 J5: 12 Evs, E-M1 Mark II: 12.8 Evs
Low Light ISO: Nikon 1 J5: 479 ISO, E-M1 Mark II: 1312 ISO
NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.
My main consideration in potentially adding Olympus gear to our kit is video focused. Should I eventually decide to move forward with some Olympus gear, I will definitely need to spend a lot more time examining their RAW files. They respond quite differently in post (as could be expected based on DxO Mark lab testing) and will require their own set of custom presets in DxO PhotoLab.
The E-M1 Mark II images in this article that were processed from RAW files, were my first attempts with this type of file.
All photographs in this article were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Many of the photographs displayed in this article are straight-out-of-camera jpegs without any cropping, or adjustments in post, done to them. They were resized to 1200 pixels for web use. Other images were created from RAW files using my standard approach.
Use of Olympus Loaner Equipment
Some of the photographs in this article were captured using Olympus Loaner Gear which was supplied by Olympus Americas Inc. on a no-charge basis. We are under no obligation what-so-ever to Olympus Americas Inc. in terms of our use of this loaner Olympus camera equipment. There is no expectation or agreement of any kind with Olympus Americas Inc. that we will create and share with readers any images, articles or videos, or on what that content may be.
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