This article features high ISO crops of some handheld photographs I originally captured back in June 2019 shortly after I acquired my Olympus gear. I shoot my E-M1X up to ISO-6400 when required but seldom use ISO values above that. So, most of these photographs fall firmly in the test category.
Back in June 2019 I wrote an article about using my E-M1X at high ISO values. I thought it may be interesting to revisit some of my old test photographs as things have changed. My process in post was adjusted in the fall of 2020 to a dual noise reduction regimen. I now use DxO DeepPRIME in the first stage of my process, and usually finish my files with Topaz Denoise AI.
I should mention that I occasionally use Topaz Sharpen AI at the end of my process instead of Topaz Denoise AI. Overall I use Topaz Sharpen AI somewhat more than I have in the past as the software updates have been positive. None of the images in this article were adjusted with Topaz Sharpen AI as my focus was on processing high ISO images with my dual noise reduction approach.
Most photographs are displayed as full frame captures. These are followed by 100% crops. All images have been resized for web use.
The photographs in this article range from ISO-6400 to ISO-25600, with emphasis at the higher end of the range. All images were captured handheld with an OM-D E-M1X fitted with an M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 zoom and M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter.
Let’s begin by looking at three photographs, each captured at ISO-6400.
NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.
Our next four photographs step up in ISO value from ISO-10000, then ISO-12800, and finally ISO-16000.
The final two images in this article were both captured at ISO-25,600. Obviously this is not something that I would recommend people do with a small sensor camera. The high ISO performance of the newly introduced OM-1 is claimed to be improved by about 2 stops. This may result in OM-1 owners pushing their camera further than I do with my E-M1X.
Regardless of the camera gear that we own, doing some high ISO crops can help us establish our ‘comfort zone’ when pushing our equipment under low light conditions.
Every photographer will make their own evaluation as to what constitutes acceptable high ISO image quality.
Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. I used DxO DeepPRIME with Luminance setting of 15. Topaz Denoise AI was used with either the Severe Noise or Clear settings in Auto. Topaz Denoise AI settings were then adjusted as necessary.
Crops are indicated. Photographs were resized for web use. This is the 1,136 article published on this website since its original inception in 2015.
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