It's a cool morning today, the sky seems quite blue. Let's start off the day with some technical discussion. Olympus has briefed me about how they achieved "Highest per pixel sharpness" with the E-5. What this means is that with whatever technology that Olympus has, hopefully it's cutting edge, the Truepic V+ "Fine Detail Processor" looks into each pixel and process the sharpness and moire to ensure the best image quality the sensor can capture. Also, the Optical Filter, aka AA (Anti Aliasing) Filter is much weaker than the E-30 to allow more resolution from the Zuiko Digital lens to pass to the 12M Live MOS Sensor. In effect, the only changes made from the E-30 to the E-5 with regards to image capture are these two.
From the sample images, I have started to see improvements on the sharpness of the E-5 over the E-3. I have yet to take some E-30 images to compare, though. I might do it today or tomorrow. I apologize for not having time pixel peep, as I only have 3 days to test this camera.
I managed to make a shot to compare the E-5 and E-30. All settings at default, with ISO200 base and pre-set Sunny WB. Noise Filter is OFF.
From my first impression, the E-5 exhibits sharper resolution, but it's really hard to tell. I think I need a better sample. Hmmm.. maybe later in the afternoon if time permits. Now it's time for breakfast.
What a long and hectic day. In the morning rushed to my aunt's house for the Aqiqah feast (it's a celebration for the birth of a child, where it's recommended to slaughter a lamb and have a feast with family and friends). This time around, I mostly used the Zuiko Digital ED35-100mm F2.0 lens.
The roast lamb being prepared for the feast.
Prayers for child's well-being and family's prosperity
Matrix metering seems able to cope with strong backlighting
At ISO 1600, the shadows are well controlled in strong backlighting
AF is responsive to follow children's playtime action
Colors are still vivid at ISO1600
Later at noon, we rushed to our kid's kindergarten concert event at Shah Alam Convention Center. I decided to leave the Zuiko Digital ED14-35mm F2.0 in the car, and solely used the Zuiko Digital ED35-100mm F2.0 lens. Most of the shots will be from a long distance, anyways. I think all shots in the grand ballroom was shot at ISO1600, and I am very satisfied with the results. The FL-50R became redundant.
See, focus, snap. The AF is fast to rapidly record in split second to get the mood.
Eagerly waiting, the E-5 AF was so quick to lock within milliseconds to capture the moment even at low light
I see Ultraman flying in the hall
Costumes and colors galore in this concert event, and the kids had a great time
Well, that sums up the 3rd and last day of shooting with the E-5. I will be returning the camera on Monday afternoon, during lunch time. I don't think I have time to squeeze during working hours to churn out more shots or explore the E-5.