Thoughts on the Newly Released Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Thoughts on the Newly Released Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

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Photo courtesy of Olympus

Olympus recently released an update to their flagship mirrorless camera, the new OM-D EM 5 Mark II. It’s been eagerly awaited by Olympus fans – let’s take a look at some of the new features and see how it stacks up.

In a hands-on field test the guys from The Camera Store (in Calgary, Canada) put the camera through its paces. See their thoughts in this video as the try out:

  • The new High Res mode for making large files
  • Image stabilization
  • High ISO settings
  • Video mode

Some other new features include:

  • Improved 5-axis image stabilization
  • Rotating and tilting screen
  • Electronic silent shutter to maximum 1/16,000th of a second
  • 10 fps burst mode
  • A new optional tilting/rotating clip-on flash
  • WiFi
  • Mic jack for video input
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Photo courtesy of Olympus

For more of an overview of some of these and more, check out this video by Olympus themselves (hosts name is Rich).

I had the pleasure of using the OM-D E-M5 original for 2 months in Nicaragua after my Fuji X-T1 had some issues and had to be sent back to Canada. A friend was nice enough to loan me her Olympus and I have to say I was really impressed with it. I’m happy with the Fuji now (they replaced the motherboard) but I’m kind of interested in giving this puppy a test drive. If it’s that much better than the first edition it could blow my socks off.

So have you considered this camera? Do you have the original and are ready for an upgrade?

What are your thoughts? Is this a real improvement or just an update for the sake of launching an update? At what point do you say, “Okay I gotta have that!”?

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