Monday, February 13, 2017

Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review

Olympus' OM-D E-M1 has been one of our favorite mirrorless cameras since its introduction in 2013. It impressed us with its build quality, image quality, ridiculous amount of manual control (that's a compliment) and boatload of features. Three years later, it's still very competitive.

To say that Olympus has outdone itself with the E-M1 Mark II is an understatement. The company told us that this camera was overdeveloped, and it shows. Its blazing dual quad-core processors allow for 60 fps burst shooting (18 fps w/continuous autofocus) and ridiculously fast image playback. Combine that with one of the most advanced autofocus systems we've seen and 5-axis in-body image stabilization – along with what made the original so impressive – and the Mark II is a force to be reckoned with.

One thing about the Mark II that makes us pause is its price. While its MSRP of $2000 is equal to that of Nikon's D500 and full-frame D750 (though, at time of publication, they are selling for $1800), the Mark II's Four Thirds sensor is small in comparison to the D500 and other APS-C cameras and tiny versus full-framers.

Key Specifications

  • 20MP Live MOS sensor
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization system
  • 121-pt hybrid AF system
  • 60 fps burst shooting (18 fps with continuous AF)
  • Fully articulating 3" LCD display
  • High-res electronic viewfinder
  • Cinema (DCI) and UHD 4K video
  • 50MP High-Res Shot mode
  • Weather-sealed body
  • USB 3 (Type-C)


Conclusion

ProsCons
  • Market-leading image stabilization for both still and video shooting
  • Hybrid AF system is quick and generally tracks subjects well
  • Weather-sealed body is sturdy and has well-placed buttons and dials
  • Incredibly customizable
  • New 20MP sensor increases resolution without impacting noise levels
  • High bitrate UHD and DCI 4K video
  • Great JPEG colors
  • Continuous shooting at 60 fps (single AF) and 18 fps (continuous AF)
  • Dual SD memory card slots
  • Above average battery life
  • High Res Shot mode offers extra detail and improved handling of motion
  • USB 3 (Type C) jack
  • Clever articulating external flash included
  • Expensive
  • Noise reduction in JPEGs a little strong
  • UHD 4K not as detailed as DCI; 1080p video is soft
  • Subject tracking can be unreliable during burst shooting
  • Customization options can be overwhelming
  • Placement of I/O ports can impede LCD rotation
  • Menu system is a step back from previous models
  • Highest frame rates with electronic shutter may result in rolling shutter effect
  • Non-OLED EVF lacks contrast
  • Only one SD card slot supports high-speed UHS-II media
  • Cannot enter playback mode while buffer being cleared


Read on, to find out.
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympus-om-d-e-m1-mark-ii

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