olympus omd em5 banding issue

Some of you might be wondering about the banding issue on the Olympus’ omd-em5.

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If you look closely at this picture, you will notice that there are these horizontal stripes going from left to right for the full height of the picture.

This phenomenon happens when you use the panasonic 14mm f/2.5 or panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lenses on the olympus omd em5 and use an ISO of over 1600. This is quite weird since they don’t appear when I use my 50mm summicron. Also it seems that this doesn’t happen every time, it depends on the lighting situation.

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However, as a long time micro 4/3rds user (Bought both the panasonic GF1 and Olympus EPL2 on their respective launch dates) I can say that it’s a miracle that I can shoot up to ISO 1600 with close to no noise. ISO’s of over 800 were noisy on the previous models.


It’s weird though, that there are not many forums online that address this issue. Many blame the image stabilization for making a weird frequency.

I sincerely hope that this issue can be resolved by a firmware update, as it does ruin the experience with this camera. If those high

I will be writing a full omd-em5 review in the next couple days. So stay tuned.