Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Review

17 July 2017

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a camera designed to be a competent, reliable workhorse for anyone from an enthusiast to a professional level and we see this immediately in the body design.


 There's a nice big hand grip for comfort and to prevent it feeling too cramped if you're using the camera for hours on end. The body itself is splashproof, dustproof, and freezeproof so it won't let you down even in the harshest shooting conditions.

Not visible from the outside is the latest 20 Megapixel image sensor, paired with a pair of new TruePic 8 image processors. TruePic 8 is incredibly powerful and the fact that there's 2 of them in here is what allows the E-M1 to shoot up to 60 frames per second. That's 60 full, 20-megapixel resolution images per second with fixed focus, or up to 18 frames per second using continuous autofocus. It's no surprise they added a second SD card slot for additional storage. Speaking of continuous autofocus, there's a new 121-point hybrid autofocus system, which in burst mode has an entire processor dedicated to fast and accurate focus, perfect for high-speed sports shooting.

The extra horsepower also gets used for amazing 4K, high bitrate video recording which can be output over HDMI to an external recording device. While a lot of my customers tell me that they're not that interested in the video capabilities, in my experience with it the auto exposure transitions incredibly smoothly, the way it pulls focus during recording is just amazing, the video-focused 5-Axis Stabilisation keeps it super steady, and being all automatic it's just so easy that even if you're not trying to create a blockbuster film, the E-M1 simply won't let you capture video that doesn't look beautiful.

Being one of the longest standing brands in this category, not only is there an immense amount of built-in features to take advantage of their mirrorless technology such as the 50 megapixel High Resolution photo mode and keystone compensation for a digital tilt-shift effect plus a heap more, but there's also a lens or accessory to suit just about any style of photography. Even if you're doing something as niche as underwater photos or video, Olympus has the best support for underwater housings and strobe lights. The E-M1 Mark II is a camera which is seriously capable of just about anything.

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