Regular readers know it’s no secret that the Olympus OM-D E-M5 was a game changing camera for me and my photography, as well as the driving force behind starting Less Gear || More Photos. So, when the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II was released earlier this year, I really wanted to pick one up, but had a hard time justifying it. A lot about the two cameras is the same, and since I largely shoot still images, I knew I wouldn’t be gaining much from moving up to the E-M5 Mark II. But, there were a number of small features that enticed me on this new camera. A built in intervalometer, wifi, a silent shutter and focus peeking are all things that won’t make me a better photographer, but will definitely make certain aspects of my photography move more smoothly. Those features coupled with the drastically improved video handling on the OM-D E-M5 Mark II really pushed me over the edge.
Related: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review
I’ve only had a [very] small amount of time to spend with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, but I wanted to share my initial thoughts, as well as a few photos. Here are a few things I enjoyed right away.
- The new shutter sound – This is such a subjective thing, but I really love the sound and feel of the new shutter. It’s quieter than the original OM-D E-M5, but still has a substantial feeling and dampening that resonates nicely through the camera body.
- The new viewfinder – The E-M5 Mark II now shares the same electronic viewfinder as the flagship Olympus micro four thirds body, the OM-D E-M1. The resolution difference is almost double, with the original E-M5 having around 1.44. million dots in the viewfinder, compared to 2.35 million in the Mark II. I saw someone draw the comparision to the when the iPhone changed from the lower resolution displays to the retina displays, and I couldn’t agree more. The other day I was out on the beach on the Oregon coast and the crispness and clarity in resolution looking through the viewfinder was stunning (I love my original E-M5, but I’m a little worried to look through the viewfinder on my next landscape shoot!) 🙂
- More focus points – I’m getting used to 81 focus points being available to me rather than 35 on the original E-M5. More focus points are a great thing, but when I have so many more, moving them around the screen (via the arrow keys) can get cumbersome.
- Better/More buttons that are less “squishy” – The buttons on the original E-M5 were always a bit squishy due to the weather sealing. On the Mark II the buttons are more “clicky”. Inheriting more features from the OM-D E-M1, a wonderful addition to the camera is the 1/2 switch. The camera can function one way when it’s in position 1, and a complete different way when the switch is in position 2.
- Silent Shutter – there’s not much to say about this except when you need it, it’s awesome. I even made a Myset Preset for “stealth mode” where I turn on silent shutter, no focus beep and no AF illumination. Great for taking pictures of an infant! 🙂
There are so many tiny things that I’m enjoying (like the lockable mode dial, now my camera will stay in “Manual” (M) mode even if I bump it) and there are so many more that I’ve barely even touched with this camera. I’ve only taken a couple of videos, but even doing that you can see that the controls, options and quality are so much better than they’ve ever been on Olympus micro four thirds bodies. I’m also really looking forward to playing around with the wifi and Olympus app. Remote view coupled with a built in intervalometer will make family shots on the tripod SO much easier!
Here’s a handful of sample shots from the past couple of days.
The original OM-D E-M5 changed everything for me. Now, I’m really looking forward diving deeper into some of the great new features with the E-M5 Mark II and sharing some new images and tutorials with everyone here.
Do you own an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II? Are there things about it that you love? Things that you don’t like? Let me know in the comments!
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