Tuesday, November 3, 2015

{sponsored} Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark ii review.

A couple of weeks back, Olympus sent me their new prosumer camera model, the OM-D E-M10 Mark II, for a review.
I've always been a Canon girl.
I've been using my Canon DSLR for many, many years now, and while the old body has stayed with me throughout, I upgrade the lenses once in a while.
Before my Canon DSLR, I actually started with a Canon prosumer camera, the Canon Powershot series.
The "latest" Powershot I own now is the G10.
Therefore, receiving an Olympus is a different kettle of fish altogether.
It will certainly be my devil's advocate on whether I should be updating my camera collection.

The Olympus OM-D EM10 mark i received much fanfare when it launched.
It's like the answer to intermediate photographers who want both form and function, minus the bulkiness of a DSLR.

Let's take a look at the new upgraded version, the Mark ii!

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It looks like a film camera, but is actually digital.
Don't be fooled by its retro look, because it is actually very high-tech.

Technical features:
1) 5-Axis in-built stabilization using VCM (voice coil motor) technology. For the techies, read more about VCM here.

2) 2.36M dot OLED viewfinder with new Stimulated-OVF mode

3) OM-D Movie stabilization with full HD 24/25/30 fps options; CLIPS video mode

4) AF Track Pad with touchscreen AF point selection

5) 4K resolution time-lapsed movies

6) 16.1 megapixel LiveMOS sensor

7) Tilting 3" Touchscreen LCD with 1.04M dots reolsution

8) High-speed AF and minimal shooting lag with Olympus Fast-AF technology

9) 8.5fps burst rate (RAW/JPG)

10) Wi-Fi control and picture transfer with smart devices

Too technical and don't understand half of what I just mentioned?
No worries, me neither!
Now just take a look at some of the camera functions, simplified.

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Palm-sized and lightweight, easy to bring around.
Built-in flash function

Tilting 3 inches touchscreen LCD with 1.04M dots resolution.

The function toggles.

14 art filters:
- Pop art
- Soft focus
- Pale & light colour
- Light tone
- Grainy film
- Pin hole
- Diorama
- Cross process
- Gentle sepia
- Dramatic tone
- Key line
- Watercolour
- Vintage
- Partial colour

Upload your high resolution photos to Instagram and Facebook instantaneously with Wi-Fi control and picture transfer to mobile devices (Android and iOS using Olympus OI.Share app).

There's a function for you to collage your photos with 5 different layout templates to choose from.

Example below:
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Take a series of photos to create a montage instantly.
Here's a comparison of using my Canon EOS 550D vs Olympus OM-D E-M 10 mark 2, in terms of image sharpness and light exposure:
There is a toggle to adjust brightness of the subjects you wanna take. Low light situation? No problem.

Sample photos I took with Olympus OM-D E-M 10 Mark II in natural daylight for another of my product review.

Sample photos: taken in extremely low-lighting during Halloween night out.

The Olympus OM-D E-M 10 Mark II is now available at all authorized Olympus retailers, priced at the following:
Single Lens Kit - $1148
Double Lens Kit - $1348

Finally, here's what I think about the Olympus OM-D E-M 10 Mark II:

- Small and compact, fits easily into a small handbag
- Has many filters and montage function that allow you take away the extra step of editing with mobile apps. Time-saving.
- Built-in wifi function allows you to transfer your photos to social media on your mobile. Very convenient and no time lapse from moments to media.
- Performs as good as some entry- to mid-level DSLR cameras.

- Not user-friendly (too many function buttons)
- A bit on the pricey side for a prosumer considering many entry level Canon DSLRs are around that price.

Thanks, Olympus and Vibes media for sending me this Olympus to review :)
For those tech junkies and camera professionals who have differing opinions, please feel free to email me or drop me a comment so I can improve on my photography knowledge.

Disclaimer: I was provided a set of the Olympus camera on loan for review purposes. All opinions are mine.


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