This morning, “Tuna” the cat went out hunting at 5am. And when she came back at around 7, we wanted to get up anyway to go out for some last grocery shopping. So I turned up the halogen light in the living room, set the ISO in my camera to the highest possible setting of 3200, and took this one of the cat:
Doesn’t look too bad in this reduced “web size”, but if you look at the original, it falls apart a bit. These newer cameras with their Sony sensors definitely have an advantage here.
Nonetheless I decided to take away the upper limit of 800 I set for auto ISO for the moment. It’s better to get a not-so-perfect but still good-enough-for-documentary photo than none at all, hm?
Ok. With the 20mm on the camera again (the upper one was the 45mm), and now with daylight and “only” ISO 800, I took this:
Like yesterdays picture which was also taken with ISO 800, this would make a nice A3 print, while the ISO 3200 one would be good for a postcard maybe. I didn’t change much in that last one, it’s pretty much like straight out of the camera. Both again confirm my thoughts that anything up to ISO 800 is perfectly usable, while anything higher I’d consider “for emergencies”. Which pretty much confirms what DxO think about those sensors (they rate this one with a usable ISO of 487, while they give 889 for the newer E-PL5; see here).
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