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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November 13, 2017 by JadeUSA
The AF is fast as advertised, the body is solid, lightweight and it works with other MF lenses aside from M. Zuiko lenses. I need to use it more to give a thorough review/update.
August 3, 2017 by Charles
Nearly Perfect
The size, weight, and feel in my hands is the best yet and the size is a good complement for the long zooms that I prefer to use. I love the Pro-Capture mode when combined with the capture rate the MK II is able to reach. However, the changes to S-AF with 4/3 lenses and the lack of a small enough S-AF point (that was available in the Mk I) along with several other usability fixes that the Mk I had that so far have not transitioned to the Mk II lead me to say "Nearly Perfect". I do wish both slots had been UHS-II so that I could use the mirror backup function at the highest sustained shooting rates.
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January 25, 2017 by Timothy
The faster, bigger, heavier OMD progression.
I stepped into the realm of Micro 4/3 from Dslr's solely to take advantage of the portability, sacrificing the highest possible image quality for the ability & ease of having my camera with me ALL the time. My thought was that many great pictures far outweighed a few awesome pictures(which I could still get with my Dslr.) The progression from OMD-EM5 might naturally have been to OMD-EM1 eventually leading to this mark ll. But, I have come to the conclusion that this camera is not the portable M4/3 camera that the first EM5 was. While Full Frame and APS-C sensor cameras have been getting smaller and lighter, the Olympus M4/3's have been getting larger especially if you couple them with any of the new pro series lenses. I returned this camera because when it was sitting on my desk next to my Pentax K3 it was about the same size. Yes its a great camera, the most capable M4/3 yet. Its very versatile and fast focusing with somewhat better resolution than the previous 16mp version. But, it is no longer extremely portable, definitely not light and pocket-able like my original EM5. I don't really shoot video(the files are just too big to store) and I am not one to lug around a lot of heavy pro lenses - mostly just fast primes. On some occasions I do take landscape photos but a full frame camera is better at capturing the detail, depth of field and subtle qualities of light and color. So the EM1 ll has now developed into a camera that doesn't fit my needs anymore. In turn, I purchased a Pen F for half the amount. it doesn't have a weather sealed body and the new TruePicâ„¢ VIII Dual Quad Core Processor, and obviously doesn't shoot as fast - BUT it has the same 20mp sensor AND it's light and portable like my original EM5. I believe that the M4/3 sensor has reached its image quality limit, and my partner camera to my Pen-F will be have a full frame sensor because there are many quality small versions to choose from. If Olympus weather seals the Pen F ll along with adding the Dual Quad Core Processor and resolving a few manual dial design issues(I know if, if, if) But, my point is that I am sure I won't be the only one to head back to the smaller camera for the sake of portability. For now, I am happy that there was another option since I am invested in the M 4/3 lenses.
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January 21, 2017 by Barry
Fantastic and only one downside for me.
Haven't had the camera long but so far it works like a charm. Fast focusing, stabilization is amazing. Even though the menu is deep most everything is easily accessible from buttons. The only thing that needs to be better is startup time. Don't think you will see a shot and be able to turn on the camera to get it quickly. It can take a few seconds to get going. Only thing stopping me from giving it a 5 star.
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