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Imaging Resource test: Can the new Olympus E-M5II beat the Nikon 36MP resolution?

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Image courtesy: Imaging Resource.

Imaging Resource tested the new Olympus E-M5II 40 megapixel “High resolution Shot” mode and compared it with the Nikon D810 36 MP images:

While the two images are fairly similar in most respects for overall sharpness and clarity, the one clear difference is the lack of moiré in the E-M5 II on the green label, where the D810 produces obvious moiré artifacts. The results at ISO 1600 are equally interesting, even here with in-camera JPEGS and default noise reduction settings. The shadow area at the top right tends to produce ISO noise in most cameras by this time, and while the D810 handles it about as good as most any camera we’ve tested, the E-M5 II also handles it surprisingly well and even produces slightly sharper results in the mosaic tile pattern.

With the obvious limitations (tripod needed, no moving objects) the Olympus 40MP “trick” really seems to work very well!

Preorders (if you preorder through those links you will support 43rumors…thanks!):
E-M5II in Black or Silver at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus. In Europe at Jessops, WexUK, Namencolor.
14-150mm II lens at Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
FL-LM3 Flash at AmazonAdorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
Olympus ECG-2 External Metal Grip at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
Olympus HLD-6P Battery Grip at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
HLD-8g at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
E-P16 eyecup at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
HLD-8G and HLD-6P kit at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
Full leather case at Amazon, Adorama and GetOlympus.
Olympus PT-EP13 Underwater Housing at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 at Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.

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