With the newest releases of micro four thirds cameras coming from reputable manufacturers—Panasonic, Olympus and Fujifilm—competition is rising. I decided to take out the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II on a test shoot. This camera thoroughly impressed me. The E-M1 mark II features a 20.4-megapixel sensor, 5-axis in camera image stabilization, and 15fps sequential shooting. Here’s a quick rundown of the most impressive features of the E-M1 and a sampling of images from my shoot
Impressive 15fps Mechanical Sequential Shooting
With an added 5fps over its predecessor, the Olympus E-M1 boasts powerful high frame rate shooting. From sports to recreational action shots, this camera is ready to give you all you need so you don’t miss a single moment. Alongside the Panasonic Leica 12mm f/1.4 lens, I captured 24 frames in just under 2 seconds creating an almost cinematic look when scrolling through the shots.
Ultra Fast 121-Dual Hybrid Autofocus System
Without adequate autofocus and tracking, pictures become unusable. Here’s where the Olympus EM-1 really shines. Whether I shot stills or action shots, I saw superior performance in the autofocus system. The camera was quick to recognize faces and track them throughout the frame, making it easy to capture incredibly sharp images—even at f/1.4.
The Power Of Flawless Ergonomics
I can see that Olympus focused on design with the E-M1. I found that the grip and placement of the aperture and shutter speed wheels create a streamlined flow when in manual mode. The camera also holds a quad-core processor that allowed me to shoot 40+ RAW images without any lag. A handy flip screen also proved useful when shooting low to the ground without having to bend down.
If you’re looking for a light and compact camera that carries professional specs the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the mirrorless camera for you. Take it out on your next shoot and give it a try. I promise you’ll have a blast!
Check out some more gorgeous shots taken with the EM-1: