Testing Out The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

There’s no doubt that the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a great photography camera, if you haven’t already, check out the full product review and test shoot we wrote just for that here. We wanted to test out how the video functions are, so we took it out for a field test in Winter Garden, Florida and we found out that the Olympus isn’t ONLY a great photography camera, but it has some amazing video functions as well. We came to the conclusion that the E-M1 Mark II is in fact great for both photo and video. Some functions that stood out to us are the amazing 5-Axis Image Stabilization, Pro Capture mode, Auto-focus capabilities and Live Composite mode.


5-Axis Image Stabilization

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II compensates for camera shake in 5 axis directions, using 5-axis image stabilization.


The 5 axis directions are:

Vertical angle rotation

Horizontal angle rotation

Horizontal shift (side to side)

Vertical shift (up and down)

Rolling camera shake



The sensors in the camera detect the amount of camera shake, and an IS (image stabilization) unit build in the camera body accurately compensates for camera shake, making for an amazing combination. Turning on the OM-D camera energizes a coil and magnet arrangement that causes the image sensor to float in magnetic suspension. This allows the image sensor to move freely, so it can be rotated or moved vertically or horizontally depending on the movement of the camera. It can also be used to compensate for the gentle vibration that occurs when the user is walking, such as when recording video. With this feature, you might as well leave your tripod at home. The E-M1 Mark II automatically adjusts for all types of camera motion to provide an incredible 5.5 shutter speed steps of compensation. 5-axis image stabilization lets you capture handheld super telephoto shots without blurriness, even in low light, and makes up for the need for high ISO shooting for many situations. This technology makes for some beautiful handheld photography and video.













We know the E-M1 MarkII is an amazing camera, which is why its been made our pick of the week! We loved it so much that we just had to take it out to get some test footage.

Check out the video below to catch a glimpse at the footage we captured


Pro Capture Mode

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera has an innovative Pro Capture mode that makes it easier to capture decisive moment. Simply set the shooting mode dial to the Pro Capture setting, then press and hold the shutter release button halfway. The E-M1 Mark II will then continuously buffer a series of full resolution images until you fully press the shutter button, at which point it will capture the image plus the 14 previous frames. If you want to take full advantage of the E-M1 Mark II’s amazing 60fps shooting rate, continue to keep the shutter release fully pressed down to take up to an additional 99 frames. This makes this camera incredibly fast, so fast that even the slowest modes feel speedier than most other cameras’ fastest.

We tested it out, here are the frames laid out in a grid


Auto-focus capabilities

If you want continuous tracking AF, then the electronic shutter offers an impressive 18fps. The new 121-point hybrid AF system is very quick and impressive, nearly covering the whole screen on the camera. Auto-focus is accurate for subjects in all lighting conditions. Shooting indoors and outdoors, the focusing latches onto subjects quickly. The innovative new subject-tracking focusing algorithm effectively captures and follows sudden movements, stopping, and acceleration.

We tested the continuous AF tracking in reasonable light, selecting a subject and pulling to and from, to see if the subject stayed in focus. Check it out here:


Live Composite Mode

In Live Composite mode the camera shoots a series of images continuously with the same exposure time. The camera combines all the images together into a single composite, however, only the first image is used to record the ambient exposure of the background or foreground. After that, only the brighter pixels in any following images are used. This means that while the background won’t change, the bright moving parts will be written onto the composite image. As the camera uses the electronic shutter there’s only the briefest interval between shots and moving lights appear as a continuous streak. In Live Composite mode the camera shoots a series

Check out these images:





The E-M1 Mark II is not only a wonderful piece of equipment, but it is pretty revolutionary, having all these features in just 1 camera. The principals to its success being the built-in image stabilization and its super-quick reactions across the board, from start up, to auto-focus, burst speed, capture and playback. It’s no doubt that any photographer shooting sports, or fast action, would fall in love with this camera. This piece of equipment is noting short of impressive and is well worth giving it a try, and not only is it wonderful, but we do have it available here at The LensPal! Consider renting the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II today at www.thelenspal.com

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