I decided to use ISO 2000 for the following image, but tried to get a correct exposure using positive compensation because of the large areas of white:
Phalaenopsis and cup in low light – Olympus E-PL1 and 45mm lens, with light from the kitchen (next room) only
So does the image have noise? Sure it does. Does it bother me? Well – I wouldn’t make a 40x30cm print from this, but for web use like here it’s perfectly adequate. You have to know what you will do with your images before deciding on a camera.
If you want less noise with small cameras – well I have some links to three more reviews of the Olympus OM-D E-M5, all of which are a worthwhile read. If that one is too expensive, consider either an E-PL5 or E-PM2 “Pen” camera which have the same sensor like the E-M5.
And if you still want or need something better: well there are always alternatives like a 6D, 5D3, D600, D800(E), or A99… or, for stills like the one above, use ISO 100 and the best image stabilisation there is: a tripod
Thanks for viewing.