Micro 4/3 Which PEN has the sharpest, most detailed IQ?

M4/3

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Dec 21, 2011
Is it conceivable that the lowly E-PL1 delivers the sharpest and most detailed images of all the PENS?
To my eyes the camparometer at
Imaging Resource "Comparometer" ™ Digital Camera Image Comparison Page
shows the E-PL1 delivers a slightly more detailed image than the E-PM1 or E-P3:
http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu87/4ALC/new/comparoa.jpg
http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu87/4ALC/comparob.jpg

Likewise the studio comparison feature at dpreview
Studio shot comparison: Digital Photography Review
shows the E-PL1 delivers a more detailed image
than the E-PM1 and E-P3 and also very slightly more
detailed than the E-PL3:
http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu87/4ALC/new/dprb.jpg
http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu87/4ALC/new/dprc.jpg

Curious that the E-PL3 did better than the E-P3 and E-PM1 considering these three PENS were all supposed to have identical IQ.
 
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Without looking at the pics, you could well be right. I have the E-P1 and E-P3. While the IQ of the E-P3 seems better than the E-P1 at lower ISO (up to 1600) the E-P3 goes down-hill much faster at higher ISO and once you get beyond the native ISO range and into the extended range (extended starts at 3200 in the E-P3) it is a real mess, especially is you get the exposure a little bit off or you need to lift shadow detail.

It is always about compromise. The other area where the E-P1 out performs the E-P3 is with white balance accuracy with long exposurse. My E-P1 is excellent, the E-P3 is just plain terrible when exposures start going beyond 15 seconds.

Overall, the E-P3 is still a winner, flaws and all.
 
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