The family and I headed to New York for the holidays to visit family and I got a chance to go into the city and take a few photos. The main goal was to get a few skyline images from Brooklyn and maybe some from Times Square and just see how the Olympus E-M1 performed in low light situations. Overall the camera did well, the only real issues were related to the autofocus, sometimes it would hunt a little in extreme situations. Photographing a subway train coming at you with the headlights on would cause problems occasionally, but not always. High iso performance is nowhere as good as a Nikon or Canon pro body, but that does not mean it is not good, far from it. The E-M1 is great at 1600 iso and very usable at 3200. Image sharpness is also really good, the images of the skyline show tremendous detail in the buildings, much better than I thought a micro four thirds camera could produce.
The images of the skyline were done at 200 iso and f8 on a tripod, high iso not required here! The images were fantastic and I have no issue with the results. In Times Square I shot between 800 and 1600 iso hand held. The beauty of the colors was phenomenal, and the image detail at the higher iso’s was pretty darn good considering the size of the sensor. I shot some images in the subway as well at 1600 iso hand held and the results were great. Overall, I’m really satisfied with the Olympus system and I’m kicking myself for not switching sooner. Here are a few images to check out. Click here to see the gallery in the archive.