Not too long ago, I have published an article on Ming Thein’s site, demonstrating that I could stay with just ISO200 for the entire night street outing, shooting urban scenes in dark environment with Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. The 5-Axis Image Stabilization allowed steady hand-held shots down to ridiculous numbers, I could have-hold a long exposure shot of about 5 seconds. This negated the use of high ISO in low light shooting, plus ISO200 is the base ISO, providing best resolution, color tonality, dynamic range and noise control. You may find the original article on MT’s site here (click). Now that I am on the YouTube bandwagon, I thought why not do it on video as well? You get to see me shooting in action too.
I fully understand that this method has limitations, and may not be suitable for use when dealing with moving subjects. For scenarios where everything stayed still, or movement is not crucial, then sticking to ISO200 can produce results even more superior than “larger format” cameras in a similar shooting scenario. I have shot side by side with full frame and APSC users, they needed ISO3200, sometimes 6400 in the same situation where I was easily snapping away images at ISO200. ISO200 on a Micro Four Thirds camera today will still outperform ISO3200 or 6400 on a full frame camera.
Again, please be reminded that this is not a small sensor vs big sensor argument, it was never meant to go that direction. All I wanted to highlight, and perhaps share with the Micro Four Thirds community (both Olympus and Panasonic users) is that you can maximize the potential of your camera and it is not difficult to do so. Understand what the camera is capable of, and push it to the limit. I find that for everything that I do both for commercial work and personal shoots, the Olympus OM-D is more than adequate to the get the job done effectively, and satisfactorily.