Biowizard: Well well well - who would have guessed that Olympus' OM-D E-M5II can out-resolve the Nikon 800E in its special high-res mode. SERIOUSLY impressive stuff for tripod-based shots of stationary subjects. Actually, rather amazed!
Bravo Olympus! Now all I want is the same functionality on my E-M1 please - Firmware 4.0???
Pity - not that I find the E-M1 images lacking in detail ...
Well well well - who would have guessed that Olympus' OM-D E-M5II can out-resolve the Nikon 800E in its special high-res mode. SERIOUSLY impressive stuff for tripod-based shots of stationary subjects. Actually, rather amazed!
Suzanne D.: I have an OMD EM-1 which I love, love, love. How does the new EM 5 II compare? The prices will be very comparable. My main interest is the smaller size of the EM5 II compared to the EM-1.
@Eugene232 - My first two digital cameras were Sony, back in the days when floppy disks were used for image storage. Sony's choices (non-user-changeable) of sharpening and saturation made for DREADFUL images. I always found I could improve them in Photoshop by adding a 1.5 pixel Gaussian Blur and desaturating to about -15%, before halving the size to get rid of the all-too-obvious JPEG artifacts. So on my 0.7 Megapixel Mavica, I ended up with web-usable, 512*384 pixel shots.
While I am SURE that Sony has improved since then - I still don;t trust their PHOTOGRAPHIC credentials. They are far too consumer-oriented. I don't want an expensive Zeiss lens on a CYBERSHOT.
Olympus, on the other hand, have always quietly been at the cutting edge of photography. I'll stick with the brand I love and TRUST, thank you very much.
Richard, many thanks for adding some comments and images about the E-M1. Very much appreciated! :-)
My OM-D E-M1 is already WAY smaller than my 11-year-old E1, and so like my original OM-1, that I don't want anything smaller. It's nearly perfect - except that the cheaper E-M5II has extra features by comparison!
Biowizard: Richard, great review, but as per my earlier comment - please update with at least some reference/comparison to the OM-D E-M1 "flagship". It seems that the E-M5 II surpasses the E-M1 with several of its new features, leaving the E-M10 in the dust, and so considerably less relevant to this article.
If nothing else, please could you at least extend the table on Page 1 (Introduction) to include an E-M1 column, and put in a visual comparison of the E-M1 vs E-M5 II bodies, which you say are of considerably different sizes?
It would be greatly appreciated by this E-M1 owner (and hopefully, others) ! :-)
Thanks Richard - I get your point about the existing table, but looking forward to whatever you can do! :-)
anselsmyhero: I bought my EM1 when they first came out but have never upgraded firmware. Too afraid I'll screw it up and render camera inoperable. :-(
I have kept my E-M1 firmware up to date. The ONLY issue I had was when moving from version 1.N to 2.0 - all my custom settings were wiped. Not a huge problem, I could set them up again pretty quickly - but I didn't NOTICE until I came back from a shoot, only to find NO RAW images and all my JPEGs are a reduced size and increased compression. Effectively, I wasted the shoot. So - DO upgrade the firmware, there are bug fixes and cool new features (like electronic keystone correction / virtual tilt/shift lens) - but check your settings immediately after!
Good to see the firmware updates continuing into a new version. I wonder whether they will add a 40mp "high res" mode at some point, to avoid the E-M1 being eclipsed by the E-M5 II? The physical hardware should support it ...
Richard, great review, but as per my earlier comment - please update with at least some reference/comparison to the OM-D E-M1 "flagship". It seems that the E-M5 II surpasses the E-M1 with several of its new features, leaving the E-M10 in the dust, and so considerably less relevant to this article.
Biowizard: Why no direct comparison in this review with the "flagship" OM-D E-M1?
Richard - the whole point is, I don't KNOW how much smaller the E-M5 II is than my E-M1 - which is why, at the very least, I would have liked it to be included in the comparison! The E-M1 is VERY similar in look and feel to the OM-1 I bought new in 1976, and still have in 100% working order. That's one of the things I love about it. But the E-M5 II seems to have stolen the lead on certain features (like the 40MP high res mode). So this makes them something of rivals for new buyers ... again, why I feel a comparison between the 5 II and the 1 would be a good idea!
Why no direct comparison in this review with the "flagship" OM-D E-M1?
Beautiful. As is my OM-D E-M1. The nearest thing in Photography to my original OM-1. Very much in love with these Olympus cameras ...
Check out Zebralight, whose AA-powered and CR123A-powered lights come in two shades of white ("warm" and "daylight"). The latter are brighter, and many models can be warn as a head torch (they come complete with strap and soft silicone rubber mount) and are self-contained. They can also stand on their tails and light sideways. VERY useful as close-up illuminators - AND sitting around your head when setting up a tripod and camera at night. Plus NO need for a nearby USB socket!
Back in my film days, I ogled and rather fancied the Olympus Zuiko 8mm fisheye for the OM series - but these days, I just use my GoPro. Not sure I would want a fisheye with intentially POLISHED internals: for me there is no such thing as "creative" flare. I want the best starting point image possible (high contrast, sharp focus on the subject plane, soft bokeh in the back/foreground as desired) - but NOT low contrast and streaky flare, thanks.
Especially at a price point higher than my original OM-1 cost (OK, that was 40 years ago, eck hem ...)
Sorry, "KODAK", but how does turning a 180-degree fisheye lens skyward, convert it into a 360-degree lens? Never seen so much snake oil in a little yellow box.
A year ago, I would never have imagined travelling without a TRUE SLR ... but the Oly OM-D EM-1 has convterted me. It is a stunning camera, and its physical similarity to my original OM-1N is astonishing. I now love it to bits, and can no longer consider wanting the physical weight of a DSLR stuck in the century-old, 35mm film mindset!
A production run of just 77 ... that's about one for each dictator of a third world country!
racketman: I'm always losing lens caps......
Well at least you could find this one with a metal detector! LOL!!
Everyone is being mercilessly rude about the SHAPE of this device, and sure, the smutty-minded can suggests its relationship to various devices from certain shops with shaded windows ...
... but THINK about it for a moment. If you want an informal POV camera which you WON'T spend time looking into (instead of at your environment), which you want to HOLD comfortably without risk of dropping, then this is a PERFECT shape. Just GRIP and CLICK. The wide-angle lens will ensure that you get something interesting in-frame.
If ONLY this was fully waterproof, I'd choose it over the GoPro, because the latter is a pain to hold and operate one-handed.
If all else fails, you could always buy a CAMERA ...