The Olympus OM-D E-M5 sensor. Can you save an under exposed shot? YES!
I noticed a comment in a post I made earlier with the Crazy Comparison between the Nikon D800, Sony NEX-7 and Olympus OM-D about pulling out shadow detail with a micro 4/3 sensor. So, I decided to try it out because yesterday while shooting in Sedona I purposely under exposed some shots to catch the lighting I wanted. The question is, could I take an under exposed shot and bring out the details hidden in the shadows? After looking at the sample below you will see that the answer to that is YES.
The image below is the SAME shot. I took the RAW file as shot for the 1st one, and for the 2nd one I simply pulled out the shadow detail in the RAW conversion. So it appears this new sensor in the E-M5 is a nice improvement over past M 4/3 sensors. In fact, if I look at the images I shot between all three cameras I brought along, all resized to 1800 pixels wide, I have a hard time telling what camera took what image. That tells me that todays smaller cameras are REALLY good.
Take a look!
These are both the same exact shot/file. The 1st is out of camera from RAW and the 2nd is with the shadow details pulled out. Click them for larger versions.