January 12, 2016 by Joe
So many camera options. Why this one?
Context: I was looking for my first camera system, for personal use and some stuff at work (photography and video seemed value adding to my skill sets) As i sifted through many cameras online and compared the specs and numbers on paper - nothing beats picking up the real thing seeing for yourself. I had my eye on sony a6000 and a few others, but the Olympus system blew me away when I felt it and used it. The local specialty store was the place to go! My big concerns were - quality images, light and compact, good video, and easy to use. I was dedicated to learning a new camera system, but was worried my wife would be overwhelmed by everything. The touch screen navigation, touch focus and simple shooting options made her fall in love. So she gets the simplicity and quality, and I have an awesome camera system I can learn and grow with for years to come. I would talk with a rep to see which model is best for you. I liked the idea of the 5-axis stabilization (i'm not professional so I need all the help i can get!) - this newer model of the m10 sounded like a good fit and price was comparable (consider the gains of stretching extra $$ over a 3-8 year period). And finally, I decided to buy the body only and throw the $$ towards higher quality glass (25mm 1.8) as I think this well help me grow in photography quicker than using kit lens. The kit seemed perfectly fine at the store so consider your own needs. Hope this helps!
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December 15, 2015 by Tom
Learning to Love It
At first I was overwhelmed by this camera's many buttons and dials. Then I downloaded the complete manual and started to learn how to use it just one step at a time. I slowly worked my way through the various still picture modes, investigated the more advanced settings accessed through the super control panel, and experimented with videos. The more I learned, the happier I became. I especially like the camera's low light capabilities, the sequential shooting option, the panorama mode, and the ability to control the camera remotely from my iPad. I can do so much more than I could with my old point-and-shoot camera. By being patient, I have learned to love my new camera and am totally satisfied by it.
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December 15, 2015 by showmeyourpics
Another excellent OM-D camera
Hello fellow photographers, in the last 50 years I have photographed a bunch of different subjects in all kind of light conditions with all kind of gear. Today, I sell my large format art prints as a part-part-time pro. My formal education and career are in military electronics. All together, I am quite picky about equipment and my main interest is always about what it can do for me (in exchange for my hard-earned money). For years, I have been photographing with Pentax K cameras (K5 presently) and their pro lenses. Last year, I bought a couple of EM10's to shoot snow and ice in very cold weather with the most portable, high quality gear I could find. The cameras fit nicely in my Parka pockets with minuscule, slower but good quality Panasonic zoom lenses on them. Last Winter we did get that kind of weather in Lower NYS and I fell in love with the EM10's to the point of adding an EM5II (mostly because I wanted a weatherized body) and, more recently, upgrading one of the EM10's to an EM10II. The entire lineup of current OM-D cameras is a masterpiece combination of high IQ, advanced features, compactness, affordability, and lens selection and quality. The only point I would make about the EM10II body is that people with truly large hands could find it difficult to handle it (it fits beautifully in my medium size male hands). Olympus has found the way to further improve the ergonomics of the EM10 repositioning some controls and beefing up the two dials. The 16Mp sensor is tried and true. If you doubt that 16Mp are enough, consider that you can make high quality prints up to 24x36" at low ISO and up to 13x19" up to ISO3200. The camera has a larger, top of the line OLED EVF which allows you to do most of your shooting without taking your eye off it. It can adapt to the camera exposure and show you how the your picture will look like. I like to expose with the displayed histogram but I know of pros who just work with how the scene looks in the EVF. Whenever you need it, the LCD is clear and sharp and, since I regularly shoot above my head and low on the ground, its tilting comes particularly handy. It is touch screen and the Super Control Panel works like a charm. Single AF is very fast. Continuous AF works much better if you shoot at low sequence speed (L = 4fps). Image stabilization is now the state-of-the-art Olympus 5 axes system. There is plenty of direct external controls between dials, buttons and the 4-way controller, much closer to the ones offered by a pro DSLR than an intro ILC. It pays to figure out what functions are paramount to your photography and set the direct controls up accordingly. The EM10II feature set merits a discussion all by itself. You can put the camera in AUTO and shoot it like an RPG to kill a mosquito. If you get the camera because you are serious about your photography, you are going to set it up the way you want it to work. This means that, with its awesome array of (useful) features, you will have to read the (online) manual from cover to cover, take notes relevant to your photography and carry them in your bag when you go out shooting, and probably spend time on the web searching for additional useful hints on the camera's behavior and capabilities (yes, this it's hard to believe in its price range but it explains why so many pro reviewers are madly in love with it). It is the EM10II ability to save four custom sets of favorite settings that is going to keep you afloat in this sea of features. You experiment with the camera and when you are happy with the settings, immediately save the custom set (you can easily recall it if anything "mysterious" happens to the behavior of the camera). If you are not a pro, very probably the camera can do much more that you can. Exploring its features would give you the opportunity to get inspired, experiment and improve your technique. Among all the goodies, focus stacking, Live Time and Live Comp would certainly blow your mind (photographing Xmas lights come to mind at this time of the year). Video has been further improved but it's not my cup of tea. Wrapping things up, this is another outstanding OM-D camera packing an almost pro-level feature set in a lovely body for a very convenient price, supported by a great selection of high quality lenses. The robust choice of body upgrades would let you grow within this remarkable system. In my opinion, it's worth spending the currently additional $100 to get the OM10II instead of the OM10.
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December 12, 2015 by RONALD
December 10, 2015 by Peter
A good camera with some bugs
I've been a bit of an Olympus fan for a while now. I previously owned an XZ-2 and have had my trusty Stylus-1 for almost 2 years now. In Sept, I decided it was time to upgrade to a mirror-less camera. After serious consideration of the new Fuji X-T10, I chose instead to stay with Olympus and got the new E-M10 II along with the 14-42 pancake zoom and M.Zuiko 14-150 waterproof zoom. Getting used to the new camera was a snap as the interface is similar to the Stylus-1. Although the menu system offers many more choices, the menu order is the same. I shoot exclusively outdoors in the mountains. I wanted a really compact kit so I could take the camera on alpine climbs. The longer lens would be great for hiking and backpacking. Most of my trips are 4-7 days and so battery life is extremely important. I tend to shoot S-AF in shutter priority with exposure compensation at the lowest possible ISO. I almost never use the flash. Typical shooting scenes have me taking 2-4 shots and then moving on. I read more than a few lens reviews before making my purchase, and after a month of shooting with these two lenses (approx 24 days out in the field), I would say the reviews are quite accurate. Image quality at wide open is not so good. The higher the f-stop, the better the resulting image. My problem has been that the 14-42 pancake zoom uses far more battery juice than it should. I kid you not that I get approx 100 shots per battery using either the BLS-50 Li-ion or BLS-5 Li-ion. Something is not right here. The Stylus-1 with its long zoom does not suffer from this problem. I have both cameras set to go into sleep mode in one minute. They both close the lens after some arbitrary time. However, the Stylus-1 gets well over 200 shots per battery cycle. I don't understand the descrepancy. For example: I spent 8 days in the Tablelands region of Sequoia Nat Park in Sept 2015 where I took 389 shots with the E-M10 II and more less completely drained 4 batteries that I carried with me. I have also had the occasional problem with the 14-150 randomly shooting a couple of stops dark when my intention is otherwise. I use the EVF pretty much all the time. So composing my shot, adjusting compensation and taking the shot should not result in a dark image. The only solution to this rare but frustrating problem is to turn the camera off, wait a minute or so, and turn it back on. That seems to solve the problem until the next time. On all occasions this problem has only happened when the lens is zoomed out to the long telephoto range of 120-150. Another feature of the Sylus-1 that I would have liked to see in the E-M10 is turning on playback by pushing and holding the playback button on the camera. Once again the pancake zoom wastes power when you need to turn on the camera to look at images. Why does the zoom need to open just to review images already taken? I like the E-M10 II, but I don't know if I can keep it if a solution for the short battery life with the pancake zoom can not be found.
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