August 18, 2019 by DaveB
Great Base Camera for my new Bag
Switched to Olympus from Nikon. Bought this body and the M1X. Love the size and customablity. The Firmware 3.0 makes this body almost as great as the M1X. Finding I'm just getting more Keeper shots with this camera. The EVF information is outstanding!
May 11, 2019 by Jim
Great camera - Jumbled UI.
Outstanding camera. I big step up from the original OM-D E-M1 on all fronts. The only real issue is there are way too many settings available and the UI is for those settings is a jumble that doesn’t help the matter much.
April 14, 2019 by Jeff
Great Camera
So far a great camera with lots of features. The only downfall I have is learning all the bells and whistles on this machine! Manual leaves some room for improvement.
January 9, 2019 by Gaylord
My Favorite Camera!
No doubt a great camera. Love the feel and quality of the build. But cameras are built to take pictures not to just feel good. I was dissapointed in my purchase until I dscovered the pro series lenses. Then it all came together for me. The Olympus price point is excellent compared to CANIKON type gear. The size is a huge advantage especially when traveling. Dont get the M1 Mark II as your first camera. Get is as your advanced enthusiast or pro unit. It can dance better than anything out there especially when it comes to speed and capture and ultra high res shots. Try buying a 1.2 lens in full format and you will need to invade your 401K and take weight lifting classes. Olympus is far advanced in low light lens building. I have hand held shots at 3 seconds in near dark and captured acceptable shots. To do this you must use a set of skills and practice but it can not be done with any other camera I know.
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February 27, 2018 by Linden
So close to perfection!
I don't know if anyone will ever make the "perfect" camera, but Olympus has come pretty darn close with the EM1 Mk II. This little thing has great image quality, an incredible feature set, and it won't break your back carrying it around all day. First, my nitpicks with this camera. After coming from Canon's 5D3 and 7D2, I'm used to highly customizable top-notch AF. The E-M1 Mk II has excellent AF, but at this point it's not quite to that level IMO. Of course, this could probably be remedied with firmware and more experience on my part with the new body. My main gripe is that there is no "small" AF point anymore. My wife's E-M10 II has it, the original E-M1 has it... so why is it missing in the E-M1 Mk II? Maybe there's some technical issue, but it's a big oversight from Olympus. Second, the tracking is good, but isn't quite as advanced as Canon's, but that's to be expected I suppose. I haven't put the Olympus through a ton of AF tracking testing, but with my daughter's softball season starting up now, it'll soon get a workout. My only other gripe is that I've only had this camera for a few months now, and the paint is already starting to show some brassing. I've never had this issue with any camera I've ever had in the past, so it'll be interesting to see how well the finish holds up over time. Of course, a little missing paint doesn't affect performance in any way. So why did I look into the E-M1 II in the first place? I've been shooing general photography, kids sports, weddings, and senior portraits with Canon DLSR's for going on 10 years, and I've got a roller case full of L's and other great lenses for them... but it was just getting to be too much to haul a ton of gear around all the time, especially once you add in lighting. I started hearing about mirrorless from some friends and one day walked into my local Best Buy to buy a Sony alpha to see how amazing it was. Well, it wasn't for me. I started walking out of the store and happened to pass by the Olympus section, so I picked up an OM-D and fell in love with it. The layout was intuitive (unlike Sony) and with them being MFT, even the PRO lenses were much smaller than their FF equivalents as well. I've compared the EM-1 Mk II (with Oly's 12-40 PRO, 40-150 PRO, 1.4x TC, 17 1.8, 45 1.8, and the 9-18mm) to my 5D Mark III and 7D Mark II (with Tamron 24-70 VC, Canon's 70-200 2.8 IS II, 300 2.8L IS, 85L II, 50 1.4, and 17-35L), and the image quality and ease of high ISO noise cleanup amazed me. I've heard horrible stories about MFT being noise monsters and that's certainly not the case with these newer sensors. Sure, they'll probably always lag a bit behind FF, but they're certainly more than adequate for most needs. While looking at a selection of images, it's really hard to tell which ones are from which camera! Sure the FF has a bit less DOF and a bit smoother bokeh for a similar angle of view, but the MFT is no slouch. I'm extremely pleased with the performance I'm getting out of this tiny little package.
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