Another Reason to Love the E-M1 — Great Jpegs

April 9, 2014

My daughter was performing in an opera at her university this weekend. We went to see her and of course I had to take some photos. Luckily, this was a very photo friendly performance.

Anticipating that my daughter would want me to upload some of the photos to social media quickly, I set my camera to Raw+Small Jpeg. The pictures here are the jpegs straight from the camera.  One is cropped slightly and watermarks have been added, but no other adjustments were made in Photoshop.


The performance was in Nashville, so that meant an airplane trip. It was easy to pack my E-M1 with 12-35 and 35-100.  Taking pictures in a performance like this means using manual exposure and high ISOs. This is where the live view of a mirrorless camera comes in very handy. I could see the exposure before I took the picture and adjust accordingly. The great high ISO performance of the E-M1 is also readily apparent here. The last time I tried to do something like this it was with my old Nikon D-200.  This is so much better. The camera is more discrete and the results are vastly superior.

Once the pictures were taken I was able to upload them to my iPad via wifi from the camera. From there I cropped as necessary and sent them straight to Facebook for my daughter. It couldn’t have been easier. The small jpegs are amazing for social media — sharp, low noise, and lots of detail.  Oh yeah, the Panasonic 35-100 is amazing too.

Equipment Used

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Panasonic 35-100