As I said Other than that M2 is better than M1better IBIS and shutter. SCP is not an answer for usability, but make direct control access more usable such as. - Oly should make dual dial more usable, I assign Flash to one of the 4 way iqoption/pt, after I press this button, I can use real dial to select Flash mode, but why NOT lets us to use front dial to change the Flash intensity. - Why we only can assign functions to two of the 4-way dial.
- We can not do too much for the 2x2 switch too b c they are more less per-defind by Oly already. - I still do not understand why fix the ISO to 200 for HDR. - It has HDR1 and HDR2, why can not let the HDR button to select the HDRs such as HDR1 - HDR2 - OFF. One more thing, the M2 is not very stable, I need to take the battery out and re-insert to get some function back such as. - Selecting Flash in SCP has no response as it is greyed out. - Can not select RAW any more as it is greyed out.
- Can not release shutter by touch. I do not think my copy is a bad one. I also have to cold restart to make the camera work again on my other Oly cam, but my other Oly only stuck two times so far while using HDR in years with more than 5K shots. Anyway, I m looking for the add-on grip. Did you ever solve the problem with RAW being greyed out.
I can t seem to select raw only anymore either. I m not sure the root cause of your can t seem to select raw only anymore either. Fully-articulated screen great for video. I would love it if this mythology would be laid to rest forever. Yes, perhaps that is the majority use, but it steers manufacturers into stereotyping camera users. I often use the viewfinder for video, it is easier to track birds in flight, butterflies, etc.than looking back and forth from subject to LCD, and is steadier in hand held telephoto mode.
I use the articulated LCD all the time for stills to extent my range of perspective, as well as for close ups. I also fold the LCD side in when hiking, climbing or walking, exposing only a rugged metal surface to zippers and gear, as opposed to the delicate surface coatings on fixed LCD screens. What happened to the noise reduction comparison section of the review. Be careful, they have flip screen problem. Just after a month, flip screen took off from the body. My friends also have same problem.
I would like to post pictures if possible. But I don t know how in here. But speaking in general, all the functions will be functional again by resting the camera. You can post pictures in DPReview s Forum, and post a link here. Having owned the original version since its release, all I can say is that I hope that there s been some massive revision of the truly abominable ergonomics of this camera. Mine seems to be in some different and unwanted mode every time I deploy it on account of its handling characteristics.
The track buttons are all but impossible to use - even moving the cursor around is a trial. I ve lost count of the number of shots I ve lost because of this terrible design. Horrible minute, numb buttons. And then the s the masterpiece of mal-designed fimware. Extensively customisable is a good way of obscuring this muddle. I have the original EM5, two EM1s, and bought one of the first EM5-2s my dealer received. I use them mostly with 4 3 lenses and MMF3 adapters, relatively big and heavy, but incredible performance.
They shoot everything from handheld concerts in dim light, to the Oregon Food Bank s Waterfront Blues Festival, to highly critical microphotography of subjects blown up from their 1-mm size to 20 x30. They have been wonderful in most aspects, the EM5-5 excelling in work where I can use the high resolution setting in particular. Things I would like to change The front dial, around the shutter button, turns much too easily, like the original Canon AE-1s shutter dial did.
I ve been at this a while. Shooting photojournalistically with multiple cameras, if I let one camera hang while using another body lens, just contacting my shirt is enough to change the settings on that front dial, with or without the motor drive attachment. Otherwise, they re better than you. And the menu is Byzantine.
I am an experienced part-time pro. I agree with the enthusiastic findings of the most trusted on-line reviewers. For the last month, I have been testing my new E-M5II outdoors and in my home studio photographing landscapes, architecture, nature and small products. With the 60mm macro, 12-40mm, and 40-150mm f 2. 8 weatherized lenses, the 1. 4x teleconveter and the two-piece grip, the E-M5II can handle a lot of professional work while offering a very enjoyable shooting experience.
Even cropping down to 12Mp, I can make impeccable prints up to 24x36 up to ISO1600 Raw developed in DxO Optics Pro, processed in Photoshop and upsized with Perfect Resize. I find that criticizing this camera without hands-on experience is meaningless and that one needs to be an advanced photographer to master its more sophisticated features.
Otherwise, one would do better considering an E-M10, possibly with the slower, smaller M4 3 lenses such as the very good Pana 12-32mm f 3. 6 and 35-100mm f 4-5. So OK I rented an EM5 II, no manual, so forgive me if this is posted somewhere. Having problems with live view in one case. Using shutter priority, auto-iso. When exposed properly live view seems to accurately represent what the resultant image should look like.
But when I crank the SS up or down past the rails into an area which the camera can t expose the image properly, the f-stop display blinks accordingly telling me the exposure is either over or under exposed as it should. Problem is, the live-view display still looks great which is really misleading. Histogram looks fine as well. I can crank an indoor exposure to set my ss at an 8000th of a second and the live view looks wonderful.
Of course, when I take the picture and look at the resultant image, it s way too dark as you might expect. Seems the live view is stuck at good exposure regardless of what the ss is set at. Other cameras I use don t do this. simply change the live view mode. You can download the camera PDF manual at Olympus website.
Can you be more specific on how exactly to change the live view mode. What do you mean by that. I often have the same problem with it not accurately displaying what my final image shows. I just picked up the M5 Markii and my question is this. Shooting in manual using live view whenever I change settings the image displayed remains the same regardless of changing iso aperture or shutter speed. However, the image I capture certainly changes as I change settings.
I just want the image displayed through live view to change as I change settings manually. Does this make any sense at all. I come from shooting with canon using live view and zoom in to focus 100 manual everything. I m sure there has got to be a fix for this and I simply haven t figured it out yet. Someone anyone. All 7 SEVEN E-M5IIs i held im my hands in different camera stores in Germany and in Switzerland had the same issue - wobbly and misalinged it is not parallel to the top of the camera program mode dial on the left camera shoulder.
You can see the problem if you hold the camera at your eyes level and press with your finger on the dial - it is moving up and down. Has somebody else seen this. Is it just a bad camera batch delivered to Germany and Switzerland. The same dial on E-M5 is rock solid. Mine is level and firm, no problems. Might have been a bad batch, I m in Australia.
Janneman I bought this camera early spring and was shocked to find out a feature not even one single professional reviewer seemed to have noticed. From standby it takes 2 to 3 seconds to activate the camera for a new shot. This makes it in my opnion totally unfit for a lot of photographers. So far nobody has come up with a solution. The only way to get around this problem is keeping it atcivated. This can be done by 1. using live view 2. pressing the button half constantly. Another option is turning it off because then the start is much quicker.
I do use the extra handgrip. Another problem I met is that the Main Control Panel does not work as expected. If you want to change an item it seems very regularly changing the focus field alone. I hope Olympus will soon come up with a solution or else I am forced to buy another camera for this really does not work with me. Maybe you should have researched the issue a little further.
But it makes the camera, as you observed, slower to wake up. The camera has a quick sleep mode, I think it s on by default, and it tries to conserve power since mirrorless cameras go through batteries fairly quickly. It can be deactivated. Menu - Custom menu gears icon - K utility - Quick Sleep Mode - OFF. So save your money and enjoy the camera again.
Not sure what you mean by focus field so can t help you out with that. Thank you Bluevellet, I will try when the camera is back from repair. Strange that nobody came up with this suggestion. The slow activation however remains but will occur less frequently and I will have to take along extra batteries. About the Control Panel I meant the field with which you can change the focus area by moving a pointer, it is positioned below WB Auto. I assume the main dial is dedicated to this field and has to changed in the menu.
Blue Velvet the quick sleep mode is standard OFF so that is no solution for the slow activation, I changed the release lag time from normal to short but the problem still remains. The question has been brought to the attention of Olympus Holland many times but no reaction. My advice to future buyers would be THINK TWICE.
I ve owned this camera for a month, and while the silver award is disappointing, I mostly agree with the rest of the review. Except for 3 con pros. - C-AF is actually not that good, even with DPR s recommended settings. The camera can track but it doesn t mean it has the subject in focus when it s time to take the photo.
I get much less than the 75 hit rate. S-AF is fine though and I mostly rely on it instead of C-AF. - Buffer is too small. It s a shame because the frame rate can be really fast. It just fills up so quickly. - I think unless you re a professional videographer, the video here is excellent. Less than a second with JPEG RAW. 1080P at 60fps is great to begin with, but the spooky stable IBIS takes it to another level.
improved C-AF YES. easily Trumps EM1 Video focusing Broken by Design. E-M1 has worst C-AF which is really non existent, Olympus should be Vary embarrassed. on top of that 2015 Olympus still stuck in 30fps Video is hard to believe. but then this cool little E-M5 MK II came along with much welcome 10. 80P at 60Fps. and as far as stills go. i m hearing people on DP wondering where quality I. Q Samples are. i say to those People.
Do yourself a favor go look on flickr, i v seen some pretty wicked E-M5 Mark II shots there. sure some doctored in light room. others Not not at ALL. Many vary nice right out of the E-M5 MK II Jpeg s as well. in fact there s a shot with a little boy standing on a small bridge that shot is Beyond Beautiful. colors really pop razor sharp even with aperture wide open at f 1. having the Nocticron 42.
2 didn t hurt either. Talk about Macro with the Olympus 60mm f 2. This is really a Vary capable Nice looking little Camera Silver. I m really enjoying this one, using only the PRO lenses as recommended by some other enthusiast friends. It is certainly a huge WOW - beats my Nikon 90mm recently gave up my Nikon for weight and bulk.
The lovely wee 60mm mentioneed above is not PROhowever, it is an incredibly sweet lens, that I bought on the spot once looking at it. This little small and compact OMD EM5 Mark II doesn t live up to it hypes. I have it in about one month and half, and die. The camera turn on with fully charge battery and no power is on. At first I switch the lever between Fn1 and Fn2 to change my setting, it makes a clunking sound while pressing on the shutter.
I take out the battery and recharge again, put the battery back in and no power. It allows you to take a picture but with LCD screen and viewfinder black out. I have only one battery so I sure if the battery cause the problem or the camera itself. Now, I have ship the camera back to Olympus for repair and have not hear back.
I am very disappointed and might be my last Olympus camera. You just have a dud, get it changed. Yea what he SAID SSantana is Right. I moved to Olympus OMD EM5ii from shooting Nikon both full frame and cropped bodies for a couple of years. I also purchased the Sony A6000 at the same time to try, which instantly became my everyday camera. I loved Sony so much that researched and bought the new Sony A7ii with some nice native lenses. My dilemma is that although I love iqoption/pt Olympus OMD EM5ii and think that s one of the best cameras I have ever used in terms of performance, I have never been able to achieve the same IQ and sharpness I get from Sony A6000 with a cheap 50mm 1.
8 lens I have Olympus 12mm, 25mm, 45mm, 60mm Macro, 75mm, 12-40mm PRO. Is it due to the mere sensor size, user error, or am I missing something here. Does anyone have EM5ii image samples that showcases its legendary IQ. i m guessing when you say olympus cameras don t achieve the iqoption/pt IQ and sharpness as Sony, you really mean you don t get the same sharpness as Sony. I dislike sony colors almost as much as i do panasonic s.
i ll be moving to olympus by the end of the year. i d be obliged to showcase some once i make the switch. Possibly setting related. I know Sony cameras boost saturation levels by default compares to Olympus warm but more neutral colors. Post samples to compare. Its probably just the case of more megapixels to work with. I was advised only to buy the PRO lenses by other local users, there is a large price difference in NZ, however, there is a huge difference in the glass.
Haven t yet found out if it is the body or lens activating the difference, would be keen to know more. This was done years ago on 1 or 2 cameras but it did not work well Equally it would have been nice to gain a four-shot, 16MP mode that offered Foveon-like full color resolution images, but I m not going to criticize a pretty cool new feature for not offering something that I hadn t even thought about until I played with this camera.
I have been a loyal Olympus e-series user for years. E-500, E-510, E-30, E-3, and now E-5. I am now going to finally upgrade. I like the MK II, eagerly awaiting E-M1 MK II question, I have a 10,000 budget, I need something that does not weigh 2 tons, has the f 2. 8 trinity, would love to go FF, travels well, any of you folks have suggestions. Muchly technical term appreciated. Does not have to be FF, any thoughts on Sony AR7II. The obvious choice is E-M1 all the f 2. 8 PRO zooms, then the E-M1 II when it comes out.
Thank you, just touched the EM-1 with battery grip and I love it. The size is perfect and can t wait to order up my new system. Question FL600R or FL50R. As far as holy f2. 8 trinity, m43 is the only game in mirrorless town. Samsung and Fuji come close but they re lacking the fast wide-angle zooms I think. Sony is stuck at F4. Depends on how bright you need the flash to be. The FL600R is newer and seems to have a faster recycle time, but the FL50R is brighter, while also being larger.
I was wondering if any other M-5 Mk II owners have noted a pronounced flaring in their M-5 Mk II viewfinder when shooting in a room with bright light coming in through a window or door. I can t tell if this is a normal EVF manifestation or something strange about my particular camera. Gimp will open the Olympus high rez raw files and convert to psd tiff jpeg and more.
This program is free works great. I rented the OMD5 II for a trip to Chicago, along with the Panasonic 8mm f 3. 5 fisheye and a Voigtlander 42. 95 manual focus and aperture. I own the OMD10, Panasonic 35-100mm f 2. 7, and the Olympus 9mm f 8 body cap lens. Better IS, Silent mode, more buttons, 40MP mode, all great improvements. The camera was a lot of fun to use.
I ended up buying the Voigtlander, but I m going to wait on upgrading the body until next year if not longer. A great iteration, but not enough to justify spending the money, yet. I was very happy with the Voigtlander, but that s a different thread. Could anybody please share some photos shot using the in-camera HDR, modes 1 2 would be helpful to compare.
I m still wondering whether there s anything really compelling to upgrade from the Mk I, especially as the sensor appears to be the same. What s everyone s opinion on this compared to the mark I. I m looking to get into M 4 3. The mark II seems to be around twice the price of the mark Is it worth it. I currently have both models. Had the Mk1 for over a year now and the Mk2 for about a month.
Like the Mk2 over the Mk1 by many factors. still working a few things out but love it. I m considering on selling my Olympus setup to offset the Sony A7Rii purchase, which I tried and loved. with an appropriate grip, it just sits in the hand better and there is more you can customise to your own taste. Cost wise, in the UK they are on eBay for around the 625GBP which is good. that is body only. I would say if you have a choice, go for the Mk2 because it is a good investment.
The new commend dial positioning is definitely a better arrangement for me. My hands are not all that big. I like to use the upper part of the grip for handling reasons with the original EM-5, which makes getting at the back dial with my right thumb less comfortable. The shifting of the back dial further to the right, more like the E-M1, is very much a positive change for me. That said Joe, if price is a big factor I would go for one of the E-M5 Elite sets B H still has, for 499.
Nicer body covering and slightly larger command dials. If I were in the market for a second E-M5, I d jump all over that. The Micro Four Thirds System standard maintains the Four Thirds System concept of High-picture quality digital-dedicated design, but focuses on reducing overall system thickness and size by aiming for a highly portable compact system.
Copyright 2015 OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. So how exactly does not including an on-board flash meet this criteria of a highly portable compact system. An included swivel, bounce flash. I m disappointed that Olympus have not included in-camera Panorama HDR modes or GPS. This leaves me in the weird situation that my phone remains a more versatile camera than my proper camera. Now, with the OM-D E-M5 II, if a fill flash is needed, one also has to carry along the included swivel, bounce flash.
At least Sony do a decent job on these features. What I don t understand about this is that panorama HDR are purely software features, getting the most out of the hardware, and they should not be difficult to implement I m a software developer. My main camera is an OMD M5 Mark I, and I can t really see any major reason to upgrade other than the built-in WiFi.
Not only that, the image quality according to this review is not as good as its predecessor. It has panorama. Are you thinking of some other camera. PDFand they have indeed added in-camera HDR, this sounds really useful and I d love to see some example photographs if anybody can post some. However the Panorama mode is nowhere near Sony s automatic sweep stitch. Olympus require you to manually frame each shot, then use external software on your computer to stitch the photos. I ve used this on my current Mark I camera, it s a cumbersome slow process and a long way short of the functionality either Sony cameras or an Apple iPhone offer.
I use the Galaxy Note 4 with its extremely easy stitch panorama mode. Too bad the sensor is waaaaay behind my e-m5 mark 1, although he Note s 4 sensor and camera was the best iphone came distant second place before the S6 and G4 came around. This camera has some impressive features. I wonder if you could really get 40 mp from it. It d be amazing to be able to take 10 photos a second. I had the EM-5 and EM-1 a bag of lenses as I tried to recreate my pro canon kit which I sold because of the weight involved which aggravated my arthritis, in neck, shoulders and hands.
I then discovered that I had recreated the same problem I had with the canon kit so in a fit of sheer stupidity I sold the lot and went to a couple of 1 sensor bodies BUT the one thing I could no longer do to the quality I wanted was shoot my bees, bugs and butterflies. So - I have now had the EM-5 mk2 60mm macro for around 3 months in which time I have shot in excess of 5k images, mainly macro. It was like coming home but better, the quality of shots I can now get exceeds anything I was achieving with my canon 7D 100 LIS macro and they are certainly better than I was achieving with the EM-1.
For me its the perfect match for the job I have it for I won t be buying any of the longer heavier lenses this time round. Hi, I have a first generation OMD 5, which I like very much, so I read your comment with interest. I guess you have shot with Hi-Res, when you get better pictures than with the Canon. nope, I was specifically commenting on the quality of Macro images of living subjects, I m getting with the mk2 60mm macro, which is all done hand-held so I can t use the HR mode.
Iqoption/pt you still liking your MKII. I just purchased one to upgrade from my EM5i a week and a half ago and still have a few days to return it if I decide to. I m feeling squirmy about the LCD screen issues people are having and honestly miss the simplicity of the MKi screen. I love the speed of it and other features, I just want to make sure folks like you that have been using it for over a year are still loving it.
Hello all I ve finally decided to go with Olympus. I was considering a Sony a6000 don t like the looks of their FF A7 series but their lack of fast wide primes 24mm F 1. 8 is their only offering sealed the deal for me going Olympus instead. The majority of my shooting is landscapes and close-up. I don t like zooms. For my uses the Olympus M Zuiko 12mm f 1. 8, M Zuiko 17mm f 1. 8, and 60mm f 2. 8 macro made more sense and are more affordable than Sony s 24mm f 1. 8 900 and their 90mm f 2.
8 macro 1500. Query If you had to choose one body to use with these lenses for these applications, would you opt for the OM-D EM-5 MII or an OM-D EM-1. I like the OM-D EM-5 MII hi-res mode, offering a 40MP composite image. I wish the EM-1 had this feature. But the EM-1 has a far more ergonomic form-factor, unless I d spring iqoption/pt the additional grip available for the EM-5 MII.
I plan on making large prints. Your responses are most appreciated. I would choose the M5II because for landscape you could sometimes use the high res mode to great effect, and for macro the next-gen IBIS should yield more keepers. Sony APSC has a fast 35 and 50 f1. I know you chose Olympus but it bears pointing out you missed two lenses. To answer your query, I d choose the EM5ii in your shoes. 8 primes, similar in price and performance to the m43 offerings.
But ergonomics mean that much to you, follow your heart. The first biggest selling factor for me was the variable tilt screen - something I used hugely on my D5200. It is no fun missing it on other cameras. Awesome for awkward angles, covert street photography and astro photography, as well as macro etc to avoid bright sun hitting the live screen at times. I keep considering the M1 as my second body, however, it keeps coming back to that tilt screen - so will watch this space.
I ve had the camera for a few months now and it has been functional for only a few weeks in that time. So far the function lever has broken off and the control dial has broken. And to be clear, I didn t drop the camera, it was in a camera bag, in fact the function lever broke the first day I had it in the parking lot at the start of a hike.
I hardly used it on the trip I took it on after repair because of the lighting, and the one day I used it regularly it broke. I ve sent it for repair and, under warranty, the turn around time was over 1 month, also since I don t live in the US they won t pay for shipping. The brief time I had the camera I very much liked it, unfortunately if it is rarely functional and poorly supported its not worth the price tag.
If anyone is worried about using the camera for more than light city photography I d suggest getting a better designed and supported camera. The lack of phase detect AF on this camera is baffling. Olympus thinks that the only advantage to PDAF is for old 4 3 lenses and so they only included it on the E-M1 but it s also useful for tracking moving subjects with Micro 4 3 lenses. And, if I m not mistaken, legacy 4 3 lenses can be adapted to ANY Micro 4 3 camera, not just the E-M1.
If the Sony a6000 can include PDAF for WAY less money than either the E-M1 or the E-M5, then why can t Olympus do this with all of its camera bodies. It s such a huge barrier for adoption. They should have put it on the E-PL7 and E-M10 as well. That would get me to upgrade from my E-PL5. Reviewers say it tracks moving subjects very well. DPR review says Autofocus tracking is really very impressive. Doesn t sound like a huge barrier for adoption to me. Very impressive compared to what.
The previous E-M5. If they were thinking compared to something specific, they would have said so. They just plain liked it and thought it worked. Which contradicts the assumptions in your post of 3 weeks ago, about lack of PDAF technology meaning it won t track moving subjects well. Turns out you were wrong. That s good news to all camera lovers, I would suggest. How interchangeable are the lenses. Could i put a Panasonic f 1. 4 on the Olympus body and expect it to work well.
Is there much faster than 1. 4, as I have the smaller sensor to allow me to run rider with same DoF. I use Panasonic lenses most of the time with my Olympus camera. They work just fine. On the DP Review comparisons the OM1 scores higher image quality than the EM5 Mk II. The sensors are different. Or is this a variation in the review process. Total 235, showing 1 50 First Previous 1 2 3 4 5 Next Last. Is this actually the case.
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Compact, powerful and weatherproof, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II lets you shoot great photos and videos nearly anywhere. Petite, weather-sealed body Excellent photo and video quality Five-axis image stabilization Large articulating LCD with tap-to-focus Electronic viewfinder. Compact, powerful and weatherproof, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 lets you shoot great photos and videos nearly anywhere. Overly complex interface No built-in flash Autofocus sometimes sluggish in low light.
Olympus cameras inspire affection in many people because of the devices petite, metal-clad designs; retro SLR looks; and colorful photos. It also packs impressive goodies, like five-axis image stabilization, that make it one of the best mirrorless cameras, especially for video. The new OM-D E-M5 Mark II is no exception. Design Small enough to take anywhere. The E-M5 Mark II is a candid and street photographer s dream. Its weatherproof, black magnesium-alloy body feels reassuringly solid, and it s easy to carry anywhere.
Weighing just a pound for the body, plus 0. Zuiko 25mm f1. 3 pounds for the 25mm lens I used, it was barely noticeable hanging from my shoulder. Even with the lens I used for testing the 400, 1. The E-M5 Mark II also has a fairly quiet mechanical shutter and the option to enable a silent electronic shutter for stealthy shots of animals, people or performances. 8 50mm equivalent I could fit the camera inside my winter coat.
The E-M5 Mark II doesn t have a built-in flash, but Olympus includes a small flash that slips into the hotshoe atop the camera. This flash is not very powerful, but it does tilt up, so you can use bounce flash for softer lighting. Olympus sells more powerful external flashes separately. Olympus declined to reveal the resolution of the screens on the E-M5 Mark II, other than to provide an overall count of dots, or subpixels.
Its tap-to-focus capability is great for action shots when you can t trust the camera to know what to focus on. The screen swings out to the left and rotates 270 degrees for framing shots from just about any angle including for a selfie. That s generally a good thing, but it makes the whole package bigger and harder to hold. We reverse engineered the likely resolutions. The 3-inch, 720 x 480 LCD touch screen is massive for such a small camera.
A 1024 x 760 LCD viewfinder will help DSLR switchers feel at home, although it has a more digital look than the lifelike OLED viewfinders in Sony, Fujifilm and some Samsung cameras. Below is an example of the fleeting moments you can catch with the E-M5 Mark II thanks to its small size and quiet shutter. Using the rotating LCD screen, I could shoot while holding the camera in my lap.
Image credit ISO 2500, f-2. 8, 1 80 sec, 25mm Credit Sean Captain. You can click on any photo to bring up a larger version. The E-M5 Mark II s controls feel solid, but they and especially the on-screen menus were a frequent annoyance. Autofocus and Speed Pretty dependable. The E-M5 Mark II s image sensor uses old-style contrast-detection autofocus rather than the DSLR-grade phase detection found in Olympus older, 1,400 OM-D E-M1 see review and even in cheaper rivals such as the 550 body only Sony a6000.
So I was happy to see that in bright or medium lighting, this camera s 81 focusing sensors quickly locked on. In lower light, such as a bar, I encountered occasional hunting, with the lens moving back and forth to find its target. That s a classic weakness of contrast detection Under low light, there s less contrast to detect. Image credit ISO 200, f-3. 5, 1 80 sec, 25mm Credit Sean Captain. Burst shooting up to 10 fps was more than enough to ensure at least one good shot during action.
Unlike cameras such as the 11 fps Sony a6000 see review with phase detection, the E-M5 Mark II can t refocus for each photo at its top burst speed. But it can for shorter 5 fps bursts, which was still plenty for the photo below of people walking toward me in the snow. The color is just about perfect, too. Short of sports photography or capturing dimly lit streets and interiors, the E-M5 Mark II should be plenty fast, even for candid photography.
Image Stabilization Remarkable in video. The E-M5 Mark II s five-axis image stabilization is phenomenal, especially for video. The sensor shifts to counteract five types of inadvertent motion pitch tilting up and downyaw turning side to side and roll rotatingas well as vertical shift moving straight up or down and horizontal shift moving to the left or right.
In video mode, the M5MII also provides digital image stabilization to further smooth out the jitters. The camera has four image-stabilizing modes plus the option to turn image stabilization off for using a tripod or saving battery. An Olympus representative told me that it s best to use the Auto I. mode for general shooting, and I did. Here are still-image samples from about a dozen shots taken in a speeding subway train, at 1 30-second shutter speed, with stabilization on for some and off for others.
Sometimes photos looked equally sharp regardless of settings. But in the worst cases, when the train was really rocking, the difference was clear, as in the comparison with Auto I. on, at left, and off, at right. Click on the image to bring up a 100-percent-crop comparison. Image credit ISO 250, f-1. 8, 1 30 sec, 25mm Credit Sean Captain.
Video is where the five-axis stabilization really matters. To test the system, I shot many long clips walking with the camera, such as an eight-minute journey from the subway station to my office. Below is a one-minute excerpt. If you d like to see the whole segment, head over to the Tom s Guide YouTube channel. It s not completely free of jitters, but I wouldn t be able to get anything so smooth with a typical camera, even using an image-stabilized lens, unless I put it on a steadycam rig several times the size of the camera.
With its image-stabilization system, the E-M5 Mark II is as good for spontaneous movie-making, even action movies, as for candid photography. The rival Sony a7 II full-frame, mirrorless camera also has five-axis stabilization, which worked very well in our review. I didn t have an a7 II on hand to compare the two cameras, but I believe this Olympus system is at least as good.
Image Quality Very pleasing. Like other Olympus cameras we ve tested, the E-M5 Mark II consistently captured attractive color. I also found the contrast and dynamic range to be very good. Pixel noise, or graininess, was tolerable up to ISO 6400, depending on the lighting. That s good for a camera in this price range, and enough to allow some nice low-light photography. The camera s sensitivity goes up to ISO 25,600 four times greater light sensitivity but the top ISO settings never look good on any camera.
The color accuracy is excellent in the Natural picture mode I used for most of my testing, which I found to be the best. This photo looking up Fifth Avenue is an honest portrayal of a pale winter day. The flags on the right did have the faded look you see in the photo. The sky looks about right, too. Image credit ISO 200, f-8, 1 500 sec, 25mm Credit Sean Captain. The next photo shows the E-M5 Mark II at its best. This shot of houses in Bedford Stuyvesant on a cold, clear morning with direct, warm-colored sunlight was taken under optimal conditions the camera s lowest ISO of 200, a fast shutter speed of 1 500 to eliminate camera shake and an F 9 aperture to provide some depth of field.
By Sean Captain 16 March 2015. The colors are gorgeous without being oversaturated. The highlights are bright without overexposure, and detail remains in all but the very darkest areas under the steps. Image credit ISO 200, f-9, 1 500 sec, 25mm Credit Sean Captain. This photo from an exhibit at Lincoln Center contains a lot of info. Shot in Pattern Metering mode, which evaluates the whole frame equally, it shows respectable exposure.
A spotlight trained on the glass sculpture is also shining on the woman. Only some of her hair and collar are overexposed, and just the bits of her coat that are in full shadow have gone totally black. The dimmer background is well-illuminated, too. Image credit ISO 6400, f-2. 2, 1 80 sec, 25mm Credit Sean Captain. Shot at ISO 6400 sensitivity, the picture shows little noise.
Viewed at 100 percent magnification big enough for a posterthe woman s face is a little grainy but still presentable. Down around 75 percent or smaller still hugenoise nearly disappears from the subject. That s impressive because Olympus uses the small, oddly named Micro Four-Thirds image sensor, which is about two-thirds the size of the APS-C sensor in most mirrorless and DSLR cameras and just a quarter the size of a full-frame sensor, as found in the Sony a7 II.
Smaller sensors and pixels gather less light. Below is a 100 percent crop. The white balance is great, with scarcely any iqoption/pt the warm orangey cast typical of any camera s indoor shots using auto white balance. Some people like that warm glow, and the E-M5 Mark II has options to please anyone. Deep in the camera s menus is a setting called WB Auto Keep Warm Color. If you like the warm glow, leave it in the default On setting. If you want the most accurate color, turn it off.
Below is an example of the difference. The photo on the left was shot with the feature on, the one at the right with it off. Image credit ISO 5000, f-2. The right-hand photo looks extremely good for auto white balance, and is more accurate. With other cameras, I would have to pick a preset mode such as Tungsten light or do a manual white balance to get that close.
You can always add a bit of warmth with the color temperature control found in even the cheapest and free photo editing program. See our recommendations. 40-Megapixel Mode A neat trick. The E-M5 Mark II s sensor contains 16 megapixels. But Olympus figured out a trick using the image stabilizing system to shift the sensor ever so slightly for a series of eight shots that make up a 40-MP photo. The math is complex.
There are caveats, though. The camera has to be completely still, ideally mounted on a tripod, and nothing in the scene can move, so no portraits. This feature is best for a still life or for product photography, especially in a studio setting. And that s how we tested it, in the same studio where we shoot products, on a seamless white background, complete with strobes. Image credit 40-Megapixel Mode ISO 200, f-8, 1 15 sec, 25mm Credit Jeremy Lips.
The composited 40-MP image has substantially more detail than the basic 16-MP photo. It also shows a bit more detail than a photo we took with a 22. 2MP Canon 5D Mark II DSLR. That may seem like a given, based on the number of megapixels, but Canon s 5D cameras use full-frame sensors and are standard equipment for many studio photographers. The E-M5 Mark II more than held its own. Pros probably won t be rushing out to get the E-M5 Mark II, though. They probably already have expensive collections of lenses for Canon, Nikon or some other brand that already provides very high-res options, such as the 36.
3-MP Nikon D810 see review or Canon s upcoming pair of 50MP DSLRs. Video Quality Sharp with great Color and clear sound. As you saw above, the E-M5 Mark II keeps video steady and quickly snaps focus onto new subjects as they enter the frame. It does all that in low light, too, while maintaining accurate color balance with the Keep Warm Color option turned off. 5-minute steadycam-style shot at an event space, I walked up and down steps, strolled around, panned across the room and even kept video rolling as I sat down.
The video also shows the E-M5 Mark II s continuous autofocus, in the same place where I encountered the hunting autofocus for still shots. In video, the camera took a few split seconds to figure out the right target, which is far better than jumping all around. The video is very sharp considering how often the camera had to refocus on something new. Rival cameras with phase-detection autofocus can shoot in even lower light.
Videos and photos I tried to capture in a dim karaoke bar were mostly out of focus. When the camera did lock focus, it couldn t sustain it, and kept blurring. Given how common phase-detection has become, even in some budget mirrorless cameras, the failure to include it in the pricey E-M5 Mark II is a glaring oversight. The built-in stereo mics captured solid audio, as you can hear in this trumpet and trombone duet on a subway platform.
Forgive the bad panning shot. If you re shooting something that isn t so high volume, such as an interview or dialog for a movie, you should plug in a higher-quality external microphone. This clip is also a good test of color and white balance, with varying skin tones and white tiles under fluorescent light. Controls and Interface Aggravating. Here s where things get ugly. The E-M5 Mark II has one of the worst interfaces I have seen, and its closest rivals are other Olympus cameras followed by Fujifilm.
The physical controls look good. The front knob encircling the shutter button and rear knob are easy to reach for quick adjustments, such as Shutter and Aperture in Manual mode or Shutter and Exposure Compensation in Shutter Priority mode. But the knobs spin too easily. I got dozens of shots that were under- or over-exposed because my finger brushed against the front exposure-compensation knob.
As a camera geek, I loved the five function buttons and the four-way rocker on the back, which can be reprogrammed to access a particular setting. But some of the settings I use the most are missing. None of the buttons can be set to bring up options for light metering like matrix or center weightedfocus area such as single point or whole frameor autofocus mode like manual, single or continuous.
You can get to a lot of, but not all, important settings by pressing the OK button on the back of the camera to launch an on-screen menu, optimistically called the Super Control Panel, with icons for items such as ISO, White Balance and, yes, light-metering and autofocus modes. But you won t find a focus area control, only a grid icon that lets you move a single focus point around the frame.
Getting to that setting is just one example of how difficult the menus can be. To change focus area, you have to press the OK button to open the on-screen menu, scroll over to the focus grid icon, press OK again to bring up a grid of green squares on the screen, press the Info button on the back of the camera, and finally use the four-way rocker to select focus area as well as face- and smile-recognition options.
With the Sony a7 II, all I had to do was press a shortcut button I had set up and use one of the control knobs to scroll through my autofocus area options. Battery Life Adequate. Olympus tests show that the stock E-M5 Mark II battery will last for 310 shots in default setting or 750 shots with Quick Sleep Mode enabled. Both with image stabilization turned on. Using Quick Sleep mode, I got a mere 413 photos. However, I also captured about five minutes of HD video at 60fps, and spent a lot time with the LCD while reviewing photos and evaluating menus.
Still, 750 photos seems optimistic based on my experience. As with nearly any mirrorless camera, you should buy a second battery to make it through a full day of shooting. A spare battery for the E-M5 Mark II costs 60. The E-M5 Mark II is one of the best cameras for candid shooting, and certainly the smallest, as long as the lighting is good.
Autofocus is quick in most conditions; five-axis image stabilization keeps photos and especially videos steady as you move around, and the alloy body with weather sealing means this camera is ready for all conditions. The camera s tiny size and negligible weight, especially with Olympus smaller lenses, make lugging it around a nonissue.
For candid photography, the E-M5 Mark II s size, rotating screen with tap-to-shoot and quiet shutter with a silent option are ideal for keeping a low profile. Not to be forgotten, this camera s photos and videos are gorgeous, with accurate color, good exposure and acceptable noise at high ISO. The lack of phase-detection autofocus is a bummer, as it would complete the package for this candid shooter. Still, for all-around shooting, with constantly changing subjects and weather, the Olympus E-M5 Mark II is worth the price.
Thanks for this first hand experience article. I appreciate the warnings and this has encouraged me to stop and think about how I want to use this sort of camera. Much thanks, from Richard Jackson, in New Zealand by the way. My name is Robin Wong. I am a Malaysia based photographer, blogger and content creator. I TALK TO CAMERAS.
I shoot passionately with Olympus cameras and lenses. Check out my extensive list of product reviews. PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO. I provide professional services covering portraits, weddings, food, products, lifestyle, event and stage photography. SHUTTER THERAPY. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Review Extension 40MP High Res Shot Questions Answered, High ISO Shooting and More Samples Images.
I coined the phrase shutter therapywhich means go out and enjoy making images. The Olympus Capture computer software to enable tethered shooting, connected via USB to camera is supported by OM-D E-M5 Mark II. I live and breathe photography. 7 Why is the JPEG high res shot only 40MP. Why is the RAW 64MP instead. The full resolution captured is 64MP, hence the RAW file is 64MP. Simple calculation steps 8 images of 16MP yield 128MP in total, but images were moved at half a pixel pitch, hence we get effectively half of the 128MP, resulting in recorded 64MP RAW file, which should be compatible with Adobe RAW when the plug-in is released.
Why is the JPEG only 40MP. Olympus R D has found out that the optimum resolution would be 40MP, and that extra 24MP in the 64MP RAW file will not give you any more useful detail. We can verify this once the official support for 64MP RAW is released. Currently all my high res shot were taken with JPEG, hence I am showing the default 40MP shots, straight out of camera. Also worth noting is that, having a tillable and rotatable head both horizontal and vertical axiswireless flash control now via optical trigger can be made easier.
Previously I would have issues triggering Olympus external flash units wirelessly if the external flash off camera units are being places behind me where there is no direct line of sight from the triggering on camera flash unit to the slaves. Now the commander unit has flexible head that I can tilt to any direction.
While the flash is useful with bounce, drawing power from the camera does have it s downside. At full power GN9, the flash is not exactly that powerful. The flash recharge time at full power was around 5 seconds, which is not bad, but surely not suitable for fast action shooting. For portraits and still life, or subjects that do not require quick reaction from the photographer, 5 seconds wait is not an issue at all. MORE THOUGHTS ON E-M5 Mark II VIDEO RECORDING PERFORMANCE. 92 comments. Love the comparison photos D Robin throw me one Mark2 pls hahaha.
Tian Chad, thanks for the kind words.