October 10, 2020 by Jess
Stumbled into it, and never looking back.
I bought this camera because I inherited some Olympus lenses. I did not think to check if they would fit on this camera, though. They were 4/3 lenses, and this is a micro 4/3. They work with an adapter, but continuous autofocus does not. Im a video enthusiast, so I wasn't going to settle for not having continuous autofocus. I thought I was going to save money by not having to buy lenses, but ended up buying 3 to go with this camera. Sob story. Now, I'm happier than I could have imagined! I probably would not have gone with this set up if not for those old lenses, and im SO GLAD that happened because this is a competitor and even superior video beast than other cameras costing thousands more. I have since looked around at what im dealing with, and haven't found anything in his price range that compares to the C4K 237 Mgbit video. There are other 4k cameras around this price, but they all have half the information in the files, if that. I went for the 17 and 45 f1.2 pro lenses, and now im getting videos on par with set-ups that are thousands of dollars more. Im particularly grateful for the focus tracking and stabilization. In terms of deliverable video there is no reason this is anything short of pro-level quality, especially if you're using an external recorder if you are really serious. The missing headphone jack is ok because I recommend recording audio on the Olympus LSP4 anyway, and syncing it afterward. I would hardly ever use sound recorded on any mirrorless or dslr anyway. Finally, the size and weight allows for the use of my selfie stick half extended, and then this becomes a vlog champion.
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June 28, 2020 by Robert
Perfect for my needs...
I bought this particular camera since it was perfect for my actual, non-professional needs, and for most of the reasons you already understand: lightweight, great glass, compact, in-body IS, portable, and, for me, adaptability and existing familiarity with Olympus (my last SLR was an E-500, which I enjoyed, of pre-Micro 4/3 days). I got it as a kit with the new 12-45mm F4 PRO zoom, and have since added two primes and a travel zoom (40-150mm Mk II), which will more than cover most situations. It's a quantum leap in capability over my earlier E-500, and that one wasn't a shabby camera, but I know technology has advanced over time, and yet this one's learning curve isn't too overwhelming to learn. Yes, there are some necessary menus for really refining your set up, but everything you really need can be accessed on top or on the back. Anyway, in the short time I've had it, so far, so good, and I'm exceedingly happy with it.
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April 8, 2020 by Bent
What was I thinking?
I've been using Olympus cameras for a while, starting with the original Pen-F 1/2 frame film cam, and other brands from back in the 60s. So, a friend of mine casually mentioned Olympus to me one day and I looked into it. I didn't realize they were still around and so I bought an EPL5 I was very impressed with image quality, but it was hard to see the screen in sunlight. She then told me about the OMD series. She wanted my EPL5 and offered her E-P3 with an EVF in trade. I loved it and It's been a roller coaster ever since as I jumped to an EM10, EM10-II, EM5-II, and PEN-F. I recently purchased an EM1 II because of the discount offered by Olympus and was blown away at how good it was. What a tool for anyone seriously interested in photography. Then I completely lost my mind when my dealer got in a silver EM5-MkIII. I bought it, as well, to have two bodies. I sold a couple and traded a couple, to afford them. Bottom line: I'm in love with the Olympus M4/3 system and have one with me at all times. I'm still reeling at how good the EM5 MkIII is. I'd have a hard time making a choice between the EM5-III and the EMI-II. Thank God I don't have to.
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April 7, 2020 by Floyd
Best Decision I Made
Ok, I have to be honest I am a big time Panasonic Lumix Photographer. I have been since I switched to M4/3 several years ago. My current primary camera is the G9. I also have a backup Body G-85. I also had the LX100 MK II. I have both Lumix/Leica Lenses and 2 of the Olympus Pro lenses. After reading a recent review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III I was impressed. Also when comparing the physical specs to my LX100 MK II, the Olympus was only marginaly larger. With the Instant $200 savings being offered I decided to sell the Lumix and get this body. I am so glad I did. Heres why: I can get Dual IS when using my Olympus 12-100 Pro Beautiful Ergonomic Body, Light weight, and weather sealed On-sensor phase detect 121 point autofocus provides Excellent Fast auto Focus The same 20.4Mp Live MOS sensor as the OM-D E-M1 Mark II TruePic VIII image processor Complete Variable Angle LCD Screen makes shooting from different vantage points easy Many enhanced photo features like Hi Res Shot and Pro Capture Modes, In Camera Focus Stacking and Keystone Compensation to name a few. And I love the way they handle in camera Partial Color shooting with the use of a color wheel to select the color and 3 different settings which allows for very fine narrow selection to a bit broader result. So much better then the way Panasonic does their One Point Color. Lastly the Super Controll Panel is BRILLIANT! So for about the same price as I paid for the LX 100 II I have a powerhouse of a camera, loaded with features. Honestly there is so much to like about this camera. So what's not to like: Olympus's horrible, non intuitive Menu System and their even more horrible Owners Guide. I'm not new to using Olympus cameras, ( I love my TG5 and owned their first E-10 many years ago) but I'm sorry their menu structure and terribly written manuals need to change. Thank goodness for YouTube videos and David Thorpe's book on the Menu System.
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March 29, 2020 by Andy
Best camera I’ve owned since I started my photography hobby.
I started years ago with a Fujifilm finepix probably back in 2006. I decided to upgrade to an Olympus E-420 dslr, and thats been my go to camera since. I’ve had such reliable and ease of use, I decided to stay with olympus and buy this camera. This new mirrorless tech surprised me. Having things like image stabilizer, smart autofocus, 10 shots a sec, and art / scene modes are great upgrades. Function is similar to my E-420 which I love, but battery life is obviously not as great, though expected with these new mirrorless ones. Even though I usually shoot manual, its been a significant upgrade!
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