Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Olympus OM-D E-M1: The Travel Cameras



Jessie just got her new Huawei Mate 20 Pro cell phone. It had many interesting camera features such as the crazy night mode and 16mm ultra wide angle lens. Tonight (Day 2), we went to play with the phone at Olympus Oval. At the same time, We brought our travel camera Olympus OM-D E-M1 (with Viltrox EF-M2 0.71x AF + Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6) instead of Canon 5D Mark III as fair comparison.

*Jessie didn't choose 40 mega pixel mode but 10 mega pixel mode by mistake*
*E-M1 photos processed by Adobe Lightroom 6.14 (by Raymond)*
*Mate 20 Pro photos processed by Adobe PhotoShop Express Android version (by Jessie)*

E-M1 (m4/3 system) didn't have good ISO performance was a fact. However, its IBIS was a great thing for travel photography. We could take sharp photos at 1/3s shutter at most of the time. Tonight, we used ISO800-1600 + f/2.8 and hand-held in the low light environment.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro's Night Mode operation was like... Press the shutter and hold it for about 3 to 4 seconds. Of course, the photos were not professional-like quality but they are 80-90% quality of E-M1's (even at 10mp) on screen. Mate 20 Pro's photos were totally usable for leisure.

Surely, Mate 20 Pro has the ability to take much better photos (than this day 2 photos) after we understand more about its camera feature. We will show you more when we can get the most out of it.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Vicky + Allen Wedding



Every year in Vancouver, weather became very unstable after mid September... almost no exception. However, we didn't worry too much about Vicky & Allen's wedding. We expected to be a rainy day. Night time in Gas Town was beautiful when the floor was wet. Reflections of the light from below made interesting photos.Our plan was taking some night photos outside the reception but the rain fall was really really crazy during the time. Then we had to wait until almost 10pm to take those night photos. It wasn't as easy as before because Vancouver had more and more visitors in recent years. People were still there even weather wasn't good.

Our Christmas photo shoots are coming. We will be busy before 24th. Stay Tuned!

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Monday, November 5, 2018

My New Stage Of Leisure M4/3 Life



As many people know, we've been working with Canon DSLR for 12 years. In leisure time, we use Olympus OM-D (E-M1 & E-M5) for travel and daily life. Full frame camera users get use to noise-free photos and very low noise in night photos. I feel M4/3's ISO performance is annoying in these years. Recently, I looked at some samples from Japanese Olympus website. There was a photographer shooting black and white photos in high ISO. The thick noise dots became part of the photos. It inspired me a lot. Now, I start to ignore the limitation and push ISO over 1600. I try to use OM-D like I have 5D3 or A7 III in hand. As long as photos are not for my clients, I just shoot my photos without considering the camera's limitation. I think the fun from m4/3 camera is even more than my work cameras.

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Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 is now a 7-14mm f/2.8-4 with Viltrox EF-M2 AF adapter