Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Body Only, Silver Limited Edition
- New TruePic VII Dual Quad Core Image Processor
- 60 frames per second S-AF, 18 frames per second C-AF (silent electronic shutter)
- 15 frames per second S-AF, 10 frames per second C-AF (mechanical shutter)
- 121-Point Dual Fast AF with Cross-Type On-Chip Phase Detection focusing
The OM-D E-M1 Mark II is an advanced system of innovative Technology and features designed to forever change your photography: up to 18 frames per second sequential shooting with precision c-af tracking, 121 cross-type on-chip Phase detection AF points, up to 5. 5 shutter speed steps of compensation with powerful in-body image stabilization, plus a 50MP high-res shot mode. It’s all enclosed in a lightweight magnesium alloy weatherproof body. Paired with the superior resolution of Olympus M. Zuiko Pro lenses, The E-M1 Mark II will deliver brilliant imagery that’s coveted by professionals everywhere.
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Watch a few YouTube videos of unboxings before you open you Olympus OM-D E-M1 MKII. I had mine about five minutes before opting to send it back. All seemed fine when I opened the shipping box. Camera box seemed was fine. Little rivers of anticipation ran down my inseam as I cracked the main container open. Lifting the lid up and immediately, there like a turd in the proverbial punch bowl, was an empty plastic bag, tape still on one end. Stood out like a giant soiled prophylactic. Warning signs went off. Then, digging deeper, the box the instruction manual comes in had been bent in half. The bag that the camera was wrapped in was as wrinkled as a T-shirt on the floor of a college dorm room. There was no protective sticky plastic on the body or LCD screen. The cables had no wire tires and had obviously been fiddled with. The flash had no protecting plastic and was already in its felt bag. Again I direct you to unboxing videos. But, the pièce de résistance: NO BATTERY!
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So I am returning this one and have ordered another. Sordid details following...
My cameras before I bought this one were Olympus OMD EM-5, Sony A77, Panasonic G1 converted to infrared. I didn't "need" a camera but was looking. I don't want full frame (lens size, weight, and cost). Sony has recently spent most of their efforts on full frame and so far I don't like their crop sensor cameras plus I'd have to buy all new lenses for any new Sony camera. I was more and more using the Olympus day to day. It is lighter than the Sony and did what I wanted to do.
In an idea world, what would I want? low noise and image stabilization. Partly because I hate tripods but also because there are lots of places you either can't take tripods or they would not be convenient or welcome. I talk about monopods and have one but I don't use that either very much...
I also like features and customization. Also weather sealing and sturdiness are nice because I don't baby my cameras...
This is not a formal review but comments about this camera from my own perspective and needs. There are lots of formal reviews available now and you can read the specs yourself.
I love this camera primarily because of its marvelous image stabilization. I can hold at least 2 seconds with this camera. I've taken photos that I absoutely could not take without a tripod with my other cameras (Sony A77 and Olympus OMD EM-5). Also the noise levels are lower than the other cameras and the noise is easier to handle in noise reduction programs. This will allow me to shoot at higher ISO than I have previously felt comfortable with using.
I like the feel of it. It has a better grip than the EM-5. Yes it is larger and heavier, but well, you can't have everything in one camera. I like customization and this camera is excellent for that. Many buttons can be set to whatever you want. All you have to do is remember what you did... It also has three custom modes which you can set and put on the mode dial. (That is one less than the EM-1 Mark I.)
There are a couple of things I am disappointed in. One is the loss of scene mode. Apparently Olympus claims this is a "professional" camera and no professional would use scene modes. However, professionals will use ART modes? They have them already programmed because they are in the EM-1 Mark I and my EM5 and they could be an option for the ART mode dial position since they are out of dial space. Why do I care? Primarily for the multi-shot functions such as panorama and night shots. I do use both of those on my Sony.
It does have autoHDR but it is limited to ISO 200 (you can set the ISO for Sony's autoHDR). Admittedly you can get away with a lot with this camera because of its marvelous IS. I was experimenting with various things in a church and selected autoHDR and pressed the button. As soon as I did I realized I was in trouble because of the slowness of the clicking. So I was very pleasantly surprised when I got home that it came out fine despite the long shutter speeds. And I wasn't even particularly trying to stabilize myself at the time because I had no idea that setting would not choose a suitable ISO.
If you want to take multiple shots for HDR in post, options are very easy to get to with the standard button assignments.
I love to watch and photograph birds but have not been serious about it because of the required equipment (weight, price, size, required tripod). I may now try harder with birds with this camera. Especially using the new "pro capture" mode. In this mode the camera starts buffering images when you half-press the shutter. When you press the shutter fully it saves the last ones it stored plus starts taking more if you keep pressing the shutter. Much better chance to get just what you want, rather than what happened after...
I've not yet tried focus bracketing but I can see that could be very useful to me in landscape photograhy. It also supports focus stacking ( combined in the camera) but I don't currently have a lens supported for this feature. I have not tried the high res mode except to see if it worked...
The price? You have to decide for yourself. I'm very pleased with my purchase.