I know this is silly. The Olympus has a far larger sensor and a big glass lens. I am trying to prove to myself how much better the images are on the Olympus and I am not seeing it. Why am I doing this? When I travel I take my Oly and a few lenses with me and as time goes by I've gotten less patient carrying the gear around. So, I want to know - how much better are my images?
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens shooting raw or jpeg, Olympus OM-10 Mk1 body
- iPhone 11 Pro
I've tried looking at the images without any processing. I've tried processing them with MacOS Photos and with On1. (Admitedly I am a newby at the processing part) Yes the images look different but not better. If I enlarge them a lot looking for details neither one is necessarily better.
I realize that my Olympus OM-10 Mk1 has manual control ahead of the iPhone and also that I can use other lenses. After all I am using a fairly expensive "Pro" Olympus short zoom in this particular example. When zooming in close (e.g. a 300mm equiv zoom lens) then the Oly is an easy winner. But in the common range of say 24-160 equiv zoom, I can't prove that one is better than the other.
In practice, even when I am taking photos that I hope will be great and ready for enlarging and hanging on the wall, I don't use many "features" of the camera. I might purposely underexpose a litte, I might pay attention to the f-stop for depth of field, I definitely note the shutter speed. But that's about it. So that is the use case I am most interested in. And in that use-case, I cannot prove for myself that the image coming from the Oly is better than the one coming from the iPhone.
My question has gotten lost in the words and discussion. Bottom line:
- I can find no clear difference in photo quality between a micro 4/3 camera and an iPhone 11. (Specifically photo quality. I understand the advantages of interchangable lenses and far greater manual control). Have you looked at this and is your experience different?