I have recently acquired an Olympus OM-D E-M10, a 16mp compact system camera. The idea was to use this smaller camera as my 'out and about' camera for when I didn't want to lug about my Nikon D800 plus lenses etc. Some time ago I bought the Olympus Xz-1 point and shoot compact and I was extremely impressed with the results from that. So I went and fiddled with the OM-D at the Photography Show in March.
To say this is an impressive little camera is an understatement. I haven't had time to use it to its full potential yet but I will be carrying it everywhere with me.
As an experiment, I thought I'd see how it does against my D800 in the High Speed Photography stakes. I set up the equipment in my shed and got to work. I was using the Camera Axe with the microphone sensor attached. Both cameras were fired by using the self timer so getting the timing right was a little tricky and to make things easier I elected to leave the shutters open for longer than I normally would so to ensure both cameras caught the action. Two flashes at either side of the balloons at approximately 45 degrees. Both cameras were set to F/8 and ISO 400 and 4s exposure. I tried to keep the post processing identical but as the space to work was very limited (4 tripods and a multitude of cables) plus all my other gear, it meant a little cloning was necessary in places.
Here are the comparisons, just for fun. Please don't contact me telling me the results are flawed, this wasn't a science experiment :-)
The first shot with the three balloons was timed all wrong. The first and second balloons are going but the third is not affected.
Keywords: Balloons, Graham Moss, High speed photography, Nikon D800, Olympus OM-D E-M10, captivephotons.co.uk
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