Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only)

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Camera with 12-40mm f/2.8 Lens Kit (Black)

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Camera with 12-40mm f/2.8 Lens Kit (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • 20.4MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VIII Dual Quad Core Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 2.36m-Dot LCD Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • DCI 4K/24p & UHD 4K/30p Video Recording
  • 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
  • 15 fps Shooting and Expanded ISO 25600
  • Dual F.A.S.T. 121-Point Autofocus System
  • M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens
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  • 1Description

Take your imaging to the next level with the speed, features, and durability of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Camera, which comes here as a B&H Kit that includes the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens that will cover all of your basic shooting situations due to its 35mm equivalent zoom range of 24-80mm.

  • Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only)

    Fast, durable, and versatile, the black OM-D E-M1 Mark II from Olympus is a workhorse Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera, offering a broad range of stills and video-minded functionality. Revolving around a high-resolution 20.4MP Live MOS sensor and TruePic VIII image processor, the E-M1 Mark II sports a truly fast 60 fps continuous shooting rate with an electronic shutter, 18 fps with continuous autofocus, and 15 fps with a mechanical shutter. For video shooters, both DCI and UHD 4K recording modes can be used, along with a Time-lapse Movie mode for producing in-camera 4K time-lapse sequences. The sensor and processor also avail a top expanded sensitivity of ISO 25600 to support shooting in difficult lighting conditions, and sensor-shift-type 5-axis image stabilization also helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. Additionally, the sensor's design also incorporates 121 on-chip phase-detection points, all of which are cross-type, along with 121 contrast-detection areas for fast and precise focusing and subject tracking performance.

    Complementing the imaging capabilities, the E-M1 Mark II also sports a durable magnesium alloy design that is weather-resistant for working in harsh climates. The body also features both a 2.36m-dot electronic viewfinder and 3.0" 1.04m-dot vari-angle LCD touchscreen for intuitive control and working from a variety of angles. Built-in Wi-Fi further expands sharing and remote shooting capabilities, and dual SD card slots and a USB 3.0 Type C port expand file saving and tethered shooting options.

    20.4MP Live MOS Sensor and TruePic VIII Image Processor
    A high-resolution 20.4MP Live MOS sensor and TruePic VIII image processor pair to avail notably fast shooting performance, along with impressive image quality, an expanded sensitivity range up to ISO 25600, and 4K video recording capabilities. Ideal for sports and wildlife shooting, the sensor and processor combination avails a full-resolution, raw file continuous shooting rate of 60 fps when working with the silent electronic shutter function and single-shot AF, or 18 fps with continuous autofocus. If working with the mechanical shutter, up to 15 fps with single-shot AF is possible.
    DCI and UHD 4K Video Recording and Time-Lapse Movie Mode
    The sensor and processor also support recording both DCI (4096 x 2160) and UHD (3840 x 2160) 4K movies. When working in DCI, a true 24.00 fps frame rate is used, along with IPB compression and a 237 Mbps bit-rate, and UHD 4K is available in frame rates up to 30p and a 102 Mbps bit-rate. Full HD 1080p and HD 720p recording is also supported. Audio recording is possible using the built-in stereo microphone, however both an external mic jack and headphone jack are available for improved audio monitoring.

    In addition to video recording, a Time-lapse Movie mode is also available for recording up to 4K UHD resolution with a 5 fps shooting rate to highlight subject changes or movement over a longer period of time. Full HD and HD time-lapse settings are available, too.
    Pro Capture Mode
    Helping to ensure you don't miss the shot, Pro Capture Mode is a unique setting that starts recording and buffering full-resolution JPEG or raw images prior to fully depressing the shutter. As soon as you press the shutter button halfway, frames will begin to be recorded, and once you fully press the shutter, the image will be saved in addition to the previous 35 frames. Additionally, you can hold the shutter button in this mode to keep shooting continuously using the silent electronic shutter function.
    Dual F.A.S.T. Autofocus and Focus Controls
    A Dual F.A.S.T. autofocus system combines both 121 on-chip phase-detection points and 121 contrast detection areas for focusing performance that is both quick and accurate. All 121 phase-detection points are cross-type, too, for improved precision in mixed lighting conditions, as well as enhanced subject tracking capabilities. A single button can be used to switch between focusing modes, including all point, single point, 9-point group, and 5-point cross, and a Subject Tracking Cluster Display utilized continuous AF for fast-moving subject tracking. In contrast, manual focus users are benefitted by live view magnification and focus peaking controls for greater accuracy.
    5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
    In-body, sensor-shift image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 5.5 stops with any lens in use and compensates for camera movements that become especially noticeable when working with telephoto shots, macro imagery, and long exposures. Furthermore, this unique image stabilization system works across five axes to compensate for vertical angle rotation, horizontal angle rotation, horizontal shift, vertical shift, and rolling camera shake movement. This range of detected movements serves to benefit traditional still image shooting as well as movie recording and working with moving subjects more effectively. Additionally, image stabilization can also be used when framing shots, for more accurate compositions, by half-pressing the shutter button.
    Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi
    • High-resolution 2.36m-dot electronic viewfinder is available for eye-level monitoring, and an S-OVF (Simulated Optical Viewfinder) mode can be used to expand the live view dynamic range to suit working in bright, contrast-rich lighting.
    • Rear 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD features a vari-angle design to support working from a variety of angles, as well as making front-facing selfies.
    • Magnesium-alloy body design is hermetically-sealed for resistance against dust and moisture to better enable working in harsh environments, as well as freezing temperatures down to 14°F.
    • The included FL-LM3 external flash is also dust and splashproof to match the camera's resistance to harsh weather.
    • Dual SD memory card slots afford greater flexibility in regard to how files are saved, and also enable a greater overall capacity for longer shooting sessions.
    • USB 3.0 Type-C port avails fast connection and transfer speeds, as well as enables tethered shooting capabilities with Olympus Capture.
    • Built-in Wi-Fi permits wireless image sharing and remote camera control from a linked smartphone or tablet.
    Other Camera Features
    • High Res Shot Mode offers the equivalent output of a 50MP image by combining eight single JPEG frames, which are recorded within one second, into a single, larger image. In between each of the eight exposures, the sensor-shift stabilization mechanism moves slightly in order to acquire more information than in a single exposure and these frames are then composited into a final JPEG with greater resolution and color detail. The TruePic VIII processor aids this process by compensating for any subject movement blur and this feature can also be configured to record 25MP images for file size flexibility.
    • Silent Shutter Mode completely eliminates shutter noise and other electronic sounds to benefit working in nature, concert halls, or other sound-sensitivity locations.
    • Live Bulb and Live Time settings can be used to produce creative long exposure imagery. Live Bulb lets you hold the shutter open for up to one minute and Live Time lets you press the shutter button once to open the shutter and then press again within a minute to end the exposure.
    • Live Composite is a unique long exposure mode that allows you to gradually build up an exposure over time without overexposing key elements within the frame. This mode works to only record newly detected light sources over time, and allows you to watch as an image develops, making it ideally suited for photographing star trails or other moving light sources.
    • Interval shooting is supported for up to 999 frames with 1 second to 24-hour exposure intervals.
    • In-Camera Focus Stacking will automatically record eight images of a subject while shifting the plane of focus slightly, then composite these exposures into a single frame to exhibit an extended depth of field. Alternatively, Focus Bracketing allows you to record between 3-999 frames with adjustable focus steps in a 1-10 range for manual compositing during post-production. These modes are only available when working with M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO, 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO, 30mm f/3.5 Macro, 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO, 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO, and 300mm f/4 IS PRO lenses.
    • Picture Modes: i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, e Portrait, Underwater, and Art Filters.
    • Fourteen different in-camera Art Filters are available, and include Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, Watercolor, Vintage, and Partial Color, and these modes can be further adjusted through the use of Art Effects, which include a Soft Focus Effect, Pin-Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect, Star Light Effect, Defocus Effect, B&W Effect (Yellow, Orange, Red, and Green), Picture Tone (Sepia, Blue, Purple, and Green), and Shade Effect (Top & Bottom, Left & Right).
    • Keystone Compensation allows you to correct for convergence when working in live view.
    • A multi-exposure mode blends two frames using an auto gain to maintain a controlled exposure value.
    • Language support: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, and Thai.
    UPC: 050332191181
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens

    A flexible zoom covering a popular focal length range, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO from Olympus is a wide-to-portrait-length 24-80mm equivalent lens for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. Its sophisticated optical design, which includes a variety of aspherical, low dispersion, and high refractive index elements, reduces both chromatic and spherical aberrations throughout the zoom range for notable clarity, sharpness, and color accuracy. A ZERO lens coating has also been applied to improve contrast when working in strong lighting conditions. Beyond the advanced lens design, this zoom is also characterized by its constant f/2.8 maximum aperture, as well as its durable weather-sealed construction for working in a variety of conditions. Additionally, a Movie & Still Compatible autofocus system achieves fast, smooth, and silent focusing performance, and a manual focus clutch affords instant switching between focusing methods.

    Standard wide-angle to portrait-length zoom lens is designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras and provides a 24-80mm equivalent focal length range.
    Constant f/2.8 maximum aperture enables consistent low-light performance and selective focus control throughout the zoom range.
    The lens construction integrates one aspherical ED (extra-low dispersion) element, two aspherical elements, one DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) element, two extra-low dispersion elements, one HD element, and two HR (high-refractive index) elements into its design to minimize aberrations, distortion, and color fringing throughout the zoom range while also contributing to overall image sharpness, clarity, and color accuracy.
    A ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating has been applied to individual elements to minimize lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
    Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) autofocus system benefits both photo and video applications due to its smooth, quiet, and fast performance.
    Manual focus clutch lets you quickly pull the focusing ring into place for direct, intuitive focus control.
    Programmable L-Fn (lens function) button for easily accessible settings adjustment.
    Dust-, freeze-, and drip-proof design ensure the lens' performance in inclement and harsh conditions.
    Rounded seven-blade diaphragm produces a smooth bokeh quality.
    UPC: 050332186835
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  • 1Description
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black, Body Only)
    Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
    Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 21.8 Megapixel
    Effective: 20.4 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 5184 x 3888
    Aspect Ratio 4:3
    Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.4 x 13.0 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: AVI, MJPEG, MOV
    Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo), WAV
    Bit Depth 12-Bit
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type SD
    Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
    Video Format 4096 x 2160p at 24 fps237 Mb/s 
    3840 x 2160p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps102 Mb/s 
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
    1280 x 720p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes
    Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
    Optional External Mic: With Video
    Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 121 (121 Cross-Type)
    Contrast Detection: 121
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Resolution 2,360,000 Dot
    Viewfinder Eye Point 21 mm
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 1.3x
    Diopter Adjustment -4 to +2 m
    Display Screen 3" Rear Touchscreen Swivel LCD (1,037,000)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200 to 6400 (Extended Mode:64 to 25600)
    Shutter Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 60 to 1/8000 Second 
    Type: Electronic
    Speed: 60 to 1/32000 Second 
    30 to 1 Minute in Bulb Mode
    Remote Control RM-CB2 (Optional)
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering, Spot Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Art Filter, Custom, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority, Underwater
    Metering Range: EV -2.0 to EV 20.0
    Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV Steps)
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Sunlight, Underwater
    Continuous Shooting Up to 15 fps at 20.4 MP (Raw Format)
    Up to 10 fps at 20.4 MP (Raw Format)
    Up to 8.5 fps at 20.4 MP (Raw Format)
    Up to 60 fps at 20.4 MP (Raw Format)
    Up to 18 fps at 20.4 MP (Raw Format)
    Flash Modes Fill-In
    Red-Eye Reduction
    Second-Curtain Sync
    Slow Sync
    Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
    Built-in Flash No
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 250 Second
    Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)
    Dedicated Flash System TTL Remote Firing Groups: 4 Channels: 4
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal
    Self Timer 2, 12 Seconds
    Custom: 1 to 30 Seconds at 0.5, 1, 2, 3-Second Intervals
    Number of Shots: 1 to 10
    Interval Recording Yes
    Connectivity 1/8" Headphone, 1/8" Microphone, 2.5mm Sub-mini (2-Ring), HDMI D (Micro), USB 3.0, X-Sync Socket
    Wi-Fi Capable Yes
    Battery 1 x BLH-1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    AC Power Adapter AC-5 (Not Included)
    Operating Temperature 14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
    Operating Humidity 30 to 90%
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.3 x 3.6 x 2.7" / 134.1 x 90.9 x 68.9 mm
    Weight 1.26 lb / 574 g with battery and memory card
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.9 x 6.6 x 4.7"
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens
    Focal Length 12 to 40mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 to 80mm)
    Maximum Aperture f/2.8
    Minimum Aperture f/22
    Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
    Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
    Angle of View 84 to 30
    Maximum Magnification 0.3x
    Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" / 20 cm
    Optical Design 14 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
    Focus Type Autofocus
    Image Stabilization None
    Filter Size 62 mm (Front)
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.75 x 3.31" / 69.9 x 84 mm
    Weight 13.5 oz / 382 g
    Warranty Length None
    Packaging Infocafydqawuwsqxbcezbeuuvtfav
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.7 x 4.7 x 3.2"

Olympus E-M1 Mark II Reviews

OM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Camera with 12-40mm f/2.8 Lens Kit (Black) is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from IN LOVE I. AM. IN. LOVE! Super fast, pairs perfectly with the 12-40mm pro lens. I think it does fantastic even in low light. There are so many settings on this camera, just be prepared to really take the time to learn the camera. It can be set up uniquely for any situation and once you learn the ins and outs, you can customize for your own workflow. I love the wireless photo transfer option. Keep in mind, I didn't realize this but it will only transfer JPEG images, but that doesn't bother me, I usually shoot in RAW + JPEG anyway so I have the option. Can transfer all of them perfectly to my ipad and I can do quick edits there and post. It's a beauty.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome camera I made the switch from Canon full frame and L lenses and have no regrets. I'm a photo enthusiast and I do not make a living with a camera. That being said I do most of my photography while on the move and in the woods and carrying the Canon with multiple L lenses was just a pain. I now have focal lenths from 12-300 (24-600 on the Canon) with fast aperatures than can go with me everywhere and no drop-off in image quality. Maybe not the system for everyone but certainly a great option for me!
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An inspiring camera and lens Great tech inside. Wow software! Many people have agreed that the camera is so adaptable as to border on difficult, and that may be (I am not there yet), but conversely the camera will work beautifully right out of the box. A few tweaks, and boom, it is doing what you want! Excellent color, a ton of resolution, super sharp in lens and sensor, and crazy fast. Electronic viewfinder is surprisingly easy to get used to. Camera is as quiet as a rangefinder. Light, easy to tote all over the place. No reason at all to go full-frame. Still too soon for it to be my best ever camera, but it is already pretty dang close!
Date published: 2019-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! I recently sold my Canon full frame gear in favor of lighter, more nimble equipment.  The finalists were the Fuji X-T3, Lumix G9, and the E-M1 Mk II.  I opted for MFT because of my favorable experience with a Lumix G7 and the variety of lenses available.  All I can say is that this camera is just brilliant.  Its quality, capabilities, and output are superb.  Ergonomics are perfect for me.  I spent 2 days with Tony Phillips E-M1 Mk II book to learn the menu system and customize the controls.  My one area of concern was low light / high ISO performance.  My first attempt at astrophotography, shown here, allayed that concern.  The 12-40 2.8 lens is also superb.  I live in a climate that can ruin electronics (Kauai) so weather sealing is important.  I am more than 100% satisfied with this package.  I honestly have not missed the Canon 5D III for a second.  All my expectations have been exceeded by the E-M1.
Date published: 2018-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better not bigger I have worked with Canon cameras my entire working career and still like them fine. But after nearly 40 years of carrying heavy packs and having to leave long heavy lenses behind due to weight restrictions on air travel and simple logistics, I bought into the Olympus system first with an E-M1, then the E-M5II and now the E-M1II.? The Mark II is a worthwhile upgrade in most areas over the Mark I but both are excellent cameras! I tested the Mark II at World Cup downhill ski races this winter making use of the incredible 60 fps motor drive speed. Amazing to be able to pick from about six or seven sharp frames even when using manual focus. The IBIS on the Mark II when combined with the new 12-100 f4 and the 300 f4 is unmatched in the business. The 12-100 is sharp from end to end and corner to corner. One of the finest 'all in ones' yet made. The 300 focusses down to 1.4m and weighs about the same as a FF 300 f4 from a DSLR but is equal to a 600 f4 in terms of angle of view. A pro quality 600 f4 you can carry and use every day. The new 20MP sensor is about one stop better than the 16MP in the Mark I in low light. I find it excellent to ISO 1600 and useable to 6400.? Olympus cameras while smaller give up nothing to the 'big two' DSLRs in terms of build quality. The Mk.II's larger grip makes holding the camera with the new f1.2 'PRO' lenses much better than on the Mk.I. The three customizable settings on ?the mode dial are excellent for storing settings for say, sports, landscape, astral or other very diverse groups of settings. The Super Control panel gives fast access to most of the more important settings used regularly and can be used with the viewfinder up to the eye. There is a combination live histogram and camera level in the viewfinder that I find very useful.? M43 cameras have a smaller sensor that allows for much smaller lenses. While an a7 or a9 has a very similar sized camera body, it's lenses are even larger and heavier than are Canons, totally negating any weight savings. The excellent Olympus 40-150 2.8 (80-300 eq in 35mm terms) weighs less and is smaller than a Nikon 24-70 2.8! And certainly gives up nothing at all in terms of build quality and features. The Mark II when combined with a PRO lens is a close as it gets to being waterproof. Battery life on any mirrorless camera can definitely be an issue but Olympus gave the Mark II a MUCH improved battery over the Mark I. Still not up to DSLR levels but not a deal breaker anymore. I'd suggest ordering an extra battery with the body if you're coming from a Mark I as those batteries do not fit into the Mark II. The new battery charger charges batteries very fast btw too. I've made 24x30" metallic prints from my Mark I and am more than pleased by how good they look.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would buy this camera again, and I would buy it from B&H A friend is a photography and camera enthusiast, and I liked his Olympus Micro 4/3. This is my second, and I LOVE the EM1 Mark ii. It's robust, it is more complex than the M10 but it is actually much easier for me to figure out and get the best from it. The defaults are, for the most part, very close to what I had set up for the M10. I've only had to customize minimally, and it was easy to figure out. And I love the additional buttons and robust dials that don't change when you accidentally bump them. The new 20 Mp sensor is even better, focusing is superb and accurate, the colors are right up there with the best cameras. It's easier to use, weatherproof, and it works superbly with my existing Olympus 14-150 zoom lens, focusing it more quickly than the M10. I also purchased the Olympus 12-40 Pro f2.8 lens, and it does a superb job at family indoor events. My wife has a Nikon D500, and the Olympus matches it in color accuracy and sharpness, but the M1 Mark ii also has a lot more customizations available. I like the feel of it, it's a joy to use, and the shortcomings of this model are few in number and very minor. I am not a professional photographer, but Olympus has re-awakened my passion for photography. And the M1 Mark ii has really ignited that passion. B&H is a wonderful company with which to do business. They are very professional, knowledgable, easy to work with, and when I ask questions I receive thoughtful, complete, and accurate answers within a day or three. Amazing!
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good News Different people buy cameras for different reasons. My reason for this camera is to have something lighter and more compact than my full frame DSLR with a 24-70 stabilized lens when I go on travel and for for day to day carry about. At the same time, I was NOT interested in very much compromise on image quality, quality of the EVF and general sharpness. Micro 4/3 was definitely the answer because of the lens ecosystem, but it could have been an even smaller more compact camera than this one. The smaller ones M4/3s don't have as much image quality, so this one is just a little bit larger & heavier than I want. That's why this one. But now that its here, what about it? ITS GREAT! The image quality is super, (camera & lens combination), its very easy to handle and control, fits the hand well and just works great. The camera does things that full frame DSLRs do not do, (aside from size + weight). Like there is a high resolution mode that puts out 45 Mpxl images if you use a tripod and shoot a non-moving scene. There is a hand-held in camera HDR feature that works well, you can capture high dynamic range images that even a good full frame DSLR canot get and there is a live bulb mode that does a bulb exposure, but it shows you the image every second or so as it builds up and lets you stop the exposure when it looks right to you on the screen. Auto whibal and auto exposure work VERY well and auto ISO is effective. Focus is fast too. There is one downside, and its not major. Face detect is spotty, sometimes it works and sometimes not, I guess it works about somewhere from 40 to 60% of the time. And eye detect? forget it. On the other hand, its very easy to select and move focus points. The 12-40 lens f/2.8 (24-80 equivalent) is very very good and that's a useful focal length range. The body and lens are both weather sealed. OOC camera JPGs look good too. There is a lot of talk about the Olympus menu systems being hard to follow. Its true but its not a big deal. Pressing the center button of the 4 way controller brings up something called Super Control panel. Its all the camera settings, each one controllable on a very smart touch screen. Easy to use, clear and intuitive on that one. Finally, there is the tilt-swivel display screen. The top brand full frame DSLRs don' have that one. Its GREAT! you can get camera positions and points of view that would never happen otherwise. So the bottom line is that its a good no, great, compact camera and you will get photos with it that most likely would not happen with larger full frame gear.
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Results in a Small Package I've given this camera 5 stars because I love it. ?It is not perfect as the number of stars may suggest but I still love it. I shoot professionally and have done so since 2006. ?I've owned some very expensive cameras, all DSLRs then switched to mirrorless, primarily, since being semi-retired. I now shoot editorial stock for a very large (macro) stock agency. ?They have some rather demanding standards. ?I find myself using this camera for 90% of my work. The camera is very complicated. ?It is almost too complicated. ?I spent a great deal of time on the Internet and YouTube to try to fully understand all of the features. ?The manual just doesn't get you there. ?So if you are just starting out in photography, this camera may not be suited for you. I like it because it is small, light, has unbelievable IBIS and great image quality up to around 800 ISO. ?Above that and I have to go to a larger size sensor for the best results or my agency will more than likely turn me down. ?Now, if you print, you won't be disappointed at the higher ISOs but at 100% on a 5K monitor (where my images are reviewed), it does make a difference. ?So far that has not limited me one bit. The in body stabilization (IBIS) is something to behold. ?It just works. ?It is decent at continuous tracking focus and has a decent frame rate. ?It's good enough for what I do. ?If you want to shoot your child's basketball or volleyball game, you probably will need an FX camera and very fast lens. ?I doubt this camera can do it. ?Outside in good light for a soccer game, you'll probably be surprised at what it can do.? The only negatives I can come up with are the ISO limits, the complication of the camera (and menu), and the EVF. ?The EVF is not nearly as good as the current crop of Fuji cameras. ?EVFs are suppose to give you what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) but that is not the case with the E-M1. The EVF is often washed out in very bright daylight and can be too dark in low light. ?It does have a live view histogram that I have found to be very accurate for luminance. ?I had to update the firmware after receiving the camera and that did help but it still needs work. ?This however is not a deal breaker for me. ?The histogram is what I go by. Once you get used to little quirks of the camera and memorize some settings and procedures, the camera is just fun to use. The image quality is superb. ?In fact, I find myself marveling at the quality on my 27" iMac 5k Retina display. ?It is hard to believe the sensor is so small. This camera does have some limitations, but, so do all cameras. ?It is not a do all camera, in my opinion. ?But it certainly can produce images I can use without hesitation in my business. All I can say about the 12-40mm f2.8 lens is that it is also worthy of professional results. ? I could go on but I think you can see that I'm happy with my purchase. ?I'm also happy with B&H. ?They have in the last few years really upped their game. ?The purchase was seamless and I was able to take advantage of a great deal they offered on the package.
Date published: 2018-01-30
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Olympus E-M1 Mark II Add-On Savings

The more you Add-On the more you save (when you buy the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Camera with 12-40mm f/2.8 Lens Kit (Black))
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