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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II 4K Mirrorless Camera Body, 20.4 Megapixels, 5-Axis IS, 60fps, 3-Inch Touch LCD, Black
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- New 20.4 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor
- New TruePic VIII Dual Quad Core Image Processor, Autofocus Points - Phase Detection: 121 (121 Cross-Type),Contrast Detection: 121
- 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
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Revolutionary High-Speed Performance
The E-M1 Mark II captures full resolution RAW images at an astonishing 60 fps in S-AF and 18 fps in C-AF Tracking using the silent electronic shutter, and 15 fps in S-AF and 10 fps in C-AF Tracking with the mechanical shutter. To nail hard to get shots, Pro Capture Mode buffers a running series of JPEG / RAW images when you press the shutter release halfway. Then, by fully pressing the shutter button, you capture that moment's image plus the 14 previous frames all at once. You’ll never miss the perfect shot.
Image shot by Larry C. Price with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO.
Quick & Precise Dual FAST Autofocus
Get autofocus speed and accuracy to capture heart-stopping, split-second moments. The E-M1 Mark II’s Dual AF system boasts 121 points of on-chip Phase Detection AF plus Contrast Detection AF. Each Phase Detection point is cross-type for superior detection of vertical and horizontal lines. The innovative new subject-tracking focusing algorithm effectively captures and follows sudden movements, stopping, and acceleration. And the in-body AF Limiter works with any lens to reduce drive time for faster focusing.
Image shot by Larry C. Price with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO.
TruePic VIII Image Processor
The TruePic VIII Image Processor easily powers the E-M1 Mark II’s blazing shooting and autofocus speeds. The dual quad-core design features four CPU cores, four image processing cores, and a dedicated AF calculation circuit. High speed reading, on-chip Phase Detection AF, and image processing all happen simultaneously for superior performance.
20 MP Live MOS Sensor
The high-speed 20 MP Live MOS Sensor boasts an Anti-Reflective Coating on both sides of the sealing glass to minimize flare. With the sensor’s accelerated signal processing, you’ll capture distortion-free images of moving subjects that are rich in color and detail.
Image shot by Ray Acevedo with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and M.Zuiko ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO.
5-Axis Image Stabilization
Leave your tripod at home. Thanks to Olympus’ advanced 5-Axis Image Stabilization, the E-M1 Mark II automatically adjusts for all types of camera motion to provide an incredible 5.5 shutter speed steps of compensation. This proven technology lets you capture handheld super telephoto shots without blurriness, even in low light.
Smooth Handheld 4K Video
Using a combination of 5-Axis Image Stabilization and electronic stabilization that’s optimized for video, capture ultra-smooth 4K video without a tripod or other stabilizing equipment. Plus, shoot C4K (4096 x 2160) video up to a max bit rate of 237 Mbps for true cinema quality.
Shot by Vitek Ludvik with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 PRO.
Engineered for Pros
The interactive EVF features a smooth 120 fps refresh rate with a 5 msec response time that’s imperceptible to the human eye. Dual card slots provide four recording settings for flexibility. For longer shoots, the high-capacity Li-Ion battery takes up to 440 shots on a single charge.
Image shot by Tracie Maglosky with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and M.Zuiko ED 25mm F1.2 PRO.
Lightweight & Weatherproof
Combined with M.Zuiko PRO lenses, the E-M1 Mark II is more compact and lightweight than DSLRs, perfect for comfortable handheld shooting. With a shape that provides outstanding grip and hermetically-sealed metal construction that’s splashproof, dustproof, and freezeproof (down to 14°F / -10°C), enjoy worryproof shooting in challenging conditions.
50 MP High Res Shot Mode
High Res Shot Mode automatically captures 8 consecutive shots in a second, then composites the images into one ultra-high resolution shot. For greater shooting flexibility, the TruePic VIII Image Processor prevents image blur caused by subject movement.
Image shot by Adrian Rohnfelder with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO.
Advanced Shooting Modes
Silent Mode eliminates all shutter and electronic sounds. Live Composite and Live Bulb Modes create incredible nighttime compositions as you watch the images build up on the monitor. Focus Stacking merges 8 shots with differing focal points into 1 image with deep depth of field.
Image shot by Hiroyuki Tomura with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO.
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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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.
Everybody likes to complain about the "limitations" of M43, but after spending a decade shooting with full-frame pro Canon bodies and L lenses, I am happy to be using something 1/2 the size and 1/3 the weight. I will still whip out the 1D body and 85/1.2L for those rare, special occasions, but otherwise, it's M43 for me now.
The exterior is very solid. The grip is much, much improved. There's no gap between my fingers and the grip like there was with the M10, and I know with the M1-I. Everything feels more solid too. I know it's weather sealed, and have seen many reviews and videos of early, promo shooters in Iceland, dropping their body & lens in freezing water with no ill effects. The M10 always felt a bit flimsy to me, and in fact have had some parts come off/fall apart (eye piece, hot shoe plate). All the flaps for the battery, SD Cards (2! Thank you, Olympus!), USB 3 (and type C), mic & headphone (again, thank you , Olympus!) jacks have a good feel to them, as is the fully articulated (3rd thanks!) LCD screen. Only potential downside is if you have the mic and/or headphones plugged in, you won't be able to flip the screen over for selfie-mode on the fly.
Fair IQ tests will have to wait, since I don't have a raw converter yet (still on LR 5.7, LR CC has early support, no lens correction as of this writing). DxO Mark had some tests done, and it looks like a tiny increase in high ISO quality over the M1-I, nothing huge, but going from 16 MP to 20 MP will net you a bit more resolution. Maybe a bit more noise if you pixel peep, but if you compare, say, an 8x10 to 8x10, you'll find a better overall image. But I'm not too worried about high ISO shoots, because...
The stability is a giant leap over my M10, since it only had 3-axis IBIS. I can't say for sure how much better the M1-II is over the M1-I, but I did some 1 sec hand held exposures at 12mm no problem. (Edit: I've now pulled off an 8 sec (!!!) hand-held shot with my 25mm 1.8, while leaning against a doorframe). I've seen on YouTube a 10sec(!) and a 20sec(!!) hand held exposures with just the body braced against a wall. That latter was paired with the 12-100mm F/4, which gives you an extra stop of stability, but even with a "mere" 5.5 stops of stability, you should be able to get a 12mm, 1 sec exposure for still scenes just by following the reciprocal rule. That is frankly mind blowing. So maybe if you're shooting action in low light, you'll miss having a FF camera, but for still scenes or even portraits, I don't think you'll have issues with image quality.
The menu system is, well, it's Olympus. If you're used to previous Oly models, you'll be able to figure things out. The controls are fairly instinctive (again, for Oly shooters) and very customizable--far more than the M10. Some people complain about the mode dial lock, but I absolutely love it, since I rarely take it out of M, but sometimes I'll brush the dial by accident and then wonder why I can't set my shutter or aperture properly. I do have to get used to the power switch being in a new location. New battery is huge. Should last most people a day easily.I got a spare anyway.
I'll next update this review when I get a fully supported raw converter, and also when I can pair it with the 12-100mm for the added stability, especially for video shooting, but I'm expecting very good things. There's also a ton of action photography features I need to test, including the ludicrous 60 FPS shooting and the Pro Capture mode where it starts buffering when you press the shutter 1/2 way down. I'm planning on an ice skating shoot in late January (2017), so stay tuned. For now, my initial findings are:
Solid, weather sealed exterior
Ridiculous stability, makes up for the need for high ISO shooting for many situations
Dual SD slots
Video-friendliness: 4K, mic & headphone jacks, fully articulating LCD
Tons of excellent Olympus glass with which to pair, and now some combined lens stability too, Really looking forward to testing the 12-100mm F/4 and the 25mm F/1.2 (no lens stability though).
18 FPS with C-AF, 60(!) w/S-AF, all in raw.
Bigger, better battery. Faster charging too.
Price. Only you can determine if this camera is "worth it". To me, yes, absolutely. but $2K USD is a lot of money.
For this price, you may honestly expect better high ISO performance.
Base ISO is 200. There's extended, but I really wanted a 100 or even 64 base ISO.
Only 1 SD slot is UHS-II.
Kinda bad placement for the mic/headphone jacks for the articulating LCD.
Can't reuse old battery.
This is probably THE flagship micro 4/3 camera body, with maybe an edge for video to the Panasonic GH series, but for stills, or even combining stills & video, the M1-II is the new king. Whether M4/3 works for you is a different story, and way too long to write about here.