Low Light Shooting With Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

One of the few complains I received about my recent Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III was me not having low light shooting samples in my image gallery. The main reason I did not do any low light shooting tests was because the E-M1 Mark III basically has the same image sensor as E-M1 Mark II and E-M5 Mark III, both cameras I have done full reviews here in this blog, my YouTube channel and I have been using these two cameras extensively over time that I thought I already have shown more than sufficient samples of what that 20.4MP Live MOS Image Sensor can do. Olympus did not claim any improvements in the latest E-M1 Mark III and based on my own experience during review I also did not see any difference worth writing about. 



I guess it gets increasingly difficult to make people happy, and even so I have received quite a loud nagging on how I made some mistakes here, and my quality of presentation/review is not up to standard as an Olympus Visionary. Seriously, guys, I have done the best I can and I am doing all this out of my own time, resource and I cover any expenditures incurred out of my own pocket. Olympus Malaysia did not ask me to do any of these articles or videos, I made them because I thought they would genuinely benefit the community. I do it because I enjoy doing it. I am human, I make mistakes, to expect absolute perfection from me and beat me down so harshly when I made some mistakes, that is a stretch too far don't you think?

Anyway, venting my frustration aside, here, a blog entry and a video dedicated to those who are interested to see how the E-M1 Mark III performs in low light shooting, torturing both the image stabilization capabilities of the camera and also the high ISO shooting.

All images were shot with Olympus M.Zuiko 12-45mm F4 PRO (F4 requires higher ISO in low light) and I kept the aperture wide open at F4 throughout all the shoot. All images were shot in RAW and post-processed in Olympus Workspace with only minor correction (white balance tweak, contrast, exposure compensation). Noise filter was set to "Standard", sharpness to "0". 

Spoiler - there are no surprises. The camera performed exactly as expected. Same image quality from the predecessors E-M1 Mark II and E-M1 Mark III when it comes to high ISO shooting, with perhaps improvements in 5-Axis IS, but I shall let the images speak.

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22 comments:

  1. A great review with amazing pictures! I was really interested in that topic and I'm blown away by the quality this camera delivers even at those low light situations.

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    1. The E-M1 Mark III delivers more than good enough results in low light situations.

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  2. Dont listen to the haters... you have been one of the major reasons why I have decided to use olympus. I rented one and after using Fuji XT3 there is negligible difference in image quality but I feel that olympus cameras are waaaaay better in many other ways. People need to try Olympus to realize how accurate your reviews are.

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    1. Thanks John, appreciate your show of support. Indeed, I always ask people to get their hands on the actual camera to test how it handles and feels in hand.

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  3. Please don't be to put off by the neg. comments Robin, you are doing a great job with your articles.



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    1. Thanks for the kind words, appreciate that!

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  4. Thank you! I always really enjoy your review and photos.

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  5. You're doing a great job Robin! Don't worry about the haters they are just sad, lonely people with nothing better to do than moan all over the internet. They're not even worth trying to engage with because they don't want a conversation they just want to hate. But as Sean Tucker says, "Trolls are attracted to good work. Trolls go where there are crowds and crowds gather around good work.So if you're being attacked you are doing something right."
    I love your channel and blog because it is different from a lot of others. You are honest in your reviews. You show the good and bad things and then show how to make the most of the good things. You've pointed out things in my camera I didn't know were even there. You're always happy and smiling and obviously love sharing your knowledge with others. I love that you're willing to push your cameras and lenses to the edge of their abilities to show us just how much you really can get out of them and that is so much more useful than someone reciting a bunch of facts and specs. You are what I think M43 has needed for ages. Someone that knows the cameras intimately and can walk the talk. We don't need more facts we need more images. The proof is in the images, talk is just talk. Your shutter therapy is excellent, I can't wait to see more. Take care and have fun :)

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words and show of support, appreciate them a lot. I will continue to do my best here, shooting more images, doing more shutter therapy and of course sharing as much as I can through my blog and my YouTube channel. I enjoy shooting so that is not going to change, shutter therapy must go on!

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  6. Don't listen to the whiners, Robin! They are, more often than not, just influencer pretenders thinking that their economy class ticket confers premium luxury class benefits, threatening "consequences" if their wishes/delusions are not immediately satisfied. Given your excellent output - again, the images speak for themselves - I think you happen to be an excellent ambassador for Olympus.

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  7. Hello Robin, good news, I'm testing this camera em1 III, and raw files are OK in Lighroom Classic 9.2, thanks Adobe , I'm verry Happy.

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  8. Thanks Robin. These are exciting and poignant photos. It opens my eyes as to what my gh5, hopefully, can do half as well as you've done with your Olympus.

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  9. Hi robin Wong, I am your fans, cause u explain the function of the Olympus is very clear. I need to ask u about some question. I using Olympus em5 mark ii, I am thinking need to change to E-M1 mark ii or E-M1 markiii. I am not pro photographer. Can u give me some advice? Thanks

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  10. Hello Robin Wong
    I follow all your films on youtube and think you are doing this super. Clear explanation and professionally made. Just continue with explanations and movies. Greetings Stef from the Netherlands

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  11. Thanks for all your reviews!

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  12. Excellent review. I have already loved your work. Your enthusiasm, insight and summaries of how to get the best out of Olympus equipment over the years has made a huge impression on me. Using your reviews, I have bought several cameras and lenses and have recorded some amazing family moments over the years. Are there more advanced cameras or better more advanced sensors out there... sure. But each system/cameras has its pluses and minuses. Ultimately, the best camera is the one that is with you when you need it most. For me, Olympus has been the best, most compact and comprehensive camera system which has fit my needs. Reading your reviews and looking at your beautiful pictures is a testament of what Olympus is capable of. Keep up the great work. I ordered the EM1 Mkiii and hope to achieve the same level of artistry that you have achieved with yours so far.

    Thanks for the time, passion and honesty you put into each of your reviews... They do make a difference to the majority of us that follow your work.

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  13. Keep on enjoying what you Love - Photography

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  14. You have captured my attention with great photos and clear precise observations about excellent cameras and lenses. Olympus is fortunate to have you as a commentator Please don't change Thank you Ross

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  16. Thank you very much for this review.

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  17. Hi Robin, I always amazed by your excellent photography. Thanks

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