This is the first in a series of studies on how Auto Exposure, camera modes, metering modes, scenes, and tone mapping compare between Canon and Olympus. The specific cameras are a Canon EOS 50D (DSLR) and an Olympus E-PL2 (mirrorless).
AUTO MODE: Canon and Olympus handle their Auto modes differently. For Canon, Auto mode includes Auto flash. When the Canon AE detects low light (or even a lot of shade), it automatically pops up the flash and fires it. Olympus does not automatically engage its flash, instead you have to switch the flash on, even in Auto mode. Canon has a 2nd auto mode for flash free shooting, which Canon labels as “No Flash”.
This particular Canon, the 50D, lacks scene settings. The Olympus PL2 has several scenes and its Auto mode always attempts automatic scene selection. In cases where the Olympus Auto mode cannot match any scene, it reports the setting as “Program”.
The Canon 50D also lacks automatic picture enhancement. The Olympus PL2 does have this feature, and it always applies picture enhancement to every Auto shot.
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