Matt from PhotoNewsReviews tests the all new Panasonic Lumix GH3 at various ISO settings to see how it’s IQ (Image Quality) stands up to that of “Full Frame” DSLR.
We think you’ll find that the technology built in to the smaller sensors of many mirrorless and micro 43 cameras has come a LOOOONG way in recent years, and we are very impressed with the IQ that we’ve seen from a lot of these cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix GX1 and G5, The SONY NEX 5N, NEX 7 (and now the NEX 5R and NEX 6), the Fuji X-Pro1 and X-E1 and of course, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (and the new PEN cameras from Olympus that use the same sensor as the E-M5 – The E-PL5 and the E-PM2). And this is just to name a few.
We agree with Pro Photographer Giulio Sciorio, who ditched his big, heavy DSLR gear now shoots exclusively with micro 43 cameras, that the term “Full Frame” is somewhat of a misnomer. In his excellent article “How to overcome fears using Micro 4/3rds cameras in a professional environment” on his website SmallCameraBigPicture.com, Giulio actually lists the full frame issue as one of the top 5 fears that many people have when considering the move to mirrorless.
Fear #4 – It’s not full frame
I laugh every time I hear this because it’s just not true. Micro 4/3rds IS full frame. It is a full 4/3rds size frame. Same goes with any other sensor. The only time I don’t shoot full frame is when I set the aspect ratio to be something different such as 1:1 (square) then the image displayed is no longer full frame however the raw capture that is saved is a full 4/3rds full frame.
The argument can be said about cameras that use a 35mm film sized frame. They are not full frame if to you full frame is a 6×4.5 frame or a 6×7 frame.
The full frame argument applied in film when you were shooting with a half-frame 35mm camera such as the original Olympus Pen.
Don’t concern your self with this pointless argument. For me this fear was easy to get past.
Be sure to Read Giulio’s Full Article as he discusses many of the other myths regarding the smaller sensors in today’s cameras.
In the meantime, here’s an array of smaller cameras with BIG TECHNOLOGY (in varying price ranges) to give you the high IQ and performance that you want (without the bulk!), in both still photos AND HD Video!