TEST: Olympus series IF-D has been popular ever since it was launched for the first time. Now comes a more professional version of the earlier right between the model E-M5. But how much better is it? A lot, it turns out.
The micro four thirds format has always been a bit neglected treated by those who are looking for a» proper «camera. But the further progress in developing the bigger competitor against the larger format becomes the smaller systems. Olympus now offers, for example, a situation where you get an image file with 40 megapixels resolution, this in part thanks to the new processor in the camera.
High resolution mode is one of the major innovations of the camera, another is the aforementioned processor. Externally, some buttons got a little stronger protrusion which makes them simpler and clearer to find and press.
The image stabilizer has become even more efficient and the already fast the autofocus might have been slightly faster. But more on all these news will come later in the test.
New hardware will give increased opportunities
The processor in the Mark II is so new, however, it is not new for Olympus, it is the same processor that sits in the top model E-M1. The new processor provides as clear opportunities to manage more data at higher speeds than before. This means, among other things, that the Mark II, unlike its predecessor can take a picture more in the second, giving ten frames per second for IF-D E-M5 Mark II. The processor of course also gives extra precision to the five-axis image stabilization, which according to the Olympus might have been even better. During both the filming and still image capture during the test period, it could be stated that the stabilization works very well. Especially during filming where it now is not any problem to get beautiful cut scenes with camera on Freehand. A major step forward.
Speaking of filming so the new, increased processing power also to higher bitrate when filming. Up to 77 megabits per second is now possible, which is a big jump from its predecessor. It means that you get a larger image files which gives more details of the films. Full HD can record in either 24 or 60 frames per second.
Okay, IF-D E-M5 Mark II is not low resolution in its original position. The sensor is similar to its predecessor on 16 megapixels. It seems difficult to cram more pixels in the micro four thirds sensor format, but I’m happy to disprove.
In the absence of higher resolution sensors have Olympus arrived at your own solution to offer users high-res images. Because the sensor is moving so there came representatives ought to exploit by taking several pictures and allow the sensor to move slightly between each image then put these into a new image with higher resolution.
Said and done, the technology was implemented in the IF-D E-M5 Mark II and actually works surprisingly well. It forces you to set the camera on a tripod and the camera takes eight individual images which are then added together, so it’s not something that works on moving subjects. The image to be saved in jpg, maybe get some to Pooh-Pooh. But.
The result is very good. Images are very detailed and largely without negative aspects. For stillebenfotografen or for those who like to photograph landscapes, this may be a convenient solution if you’re shooting on a tripod. However, it has been rumored that Olympus is in the works with a variation of the technique should work even when shooting Freehand.
More buttons, better buttons
The Mark II has changed some. the essential features are the same when it comes to design, but the Mark II has been given a slightly more professional appearance. Sökarhuset has got a different profile and the grip is slightly more powerful. But above all, it has appeared more buttons and some old buttons have changed places.
The power button has been moved up to the camera and is now easily accessible by program steering wheel (which, incidentally, has been a most excellent slider where you can choose whether to be locked or not) and a review make way for a play button. On the top side of the camera, most changes have taken place, it has two new UN-buttons popped up which gives a more direct access to various functions. On the front there is also a button in default mode used to dazzle down and get a Visual preview of the depth of field and exposure.
One of the best features is that there emerged a mode selector which in one mode uses the input wheels to set the shutter and aperture (or exposure compensation) and in the other mode, select ISO and white balance. A great little feature, once you learned how to use it. To avoid a lot of button presses to be able to choose ISO or white balance is good.
Together with the slightly more professional look that was mentioned at the beginning of this paragraph, so has knapplayouten become a little more professional, this means that it can be easy to go away, but it also makes it a bit more in the know get a nicer camera to work with.
Already the precursor was praised for its fast autofocus. It would be silly to downgrade it to a sequel so even Mark II has a fast af operation. Using the OK button which allows you to access the main settings you wish to do so, you can also choose the focus setting. The following focus works very well and as long as it’s not too messy pictures so follow the above expectation.
If you are using the camera in combination with for example 12-40 mm f/2.8, you can very quickly and smoothly switch over to manual focus through the lens, which is very good if you mix still and filming because it can quickly switch over to manual focus for filming, if it so wishes.
The autofocus while filming however, works very well and it is both soft and moderately fast. But that is also part of the lens to the camera can’t take all the credit for it.
In addition to the new high resolution mode, there is also another mode called Live Composition. It is a perfect location for those who like light painting or other image using long shutter speeds and plays with the light. This takes the camera namely multiple exposures in packing, a whole bunch to be correct, and the only thing it adds at each exposure is changing and becoming brighter.
Therefore, you can start the exposure and then run around with a flashlight or sparklers and bring out a really cool effect. Instead of having to select the shutter speed and worry over noise and similar camera will start their series of exposure when you press the button and end it when you press the button again. A write on the whole may seem, if you are not interested in the type of images, but it is a really fun time to experiment with for those who like it.
Stable for filming
The improved image stabilization gives the course great benefits even for still image shooting. But by filming shows it really his true face. It is possible to make the hand-held camera rides that, with a little practice, looks like if you mounted the camera on a glidecam equipment for thousands of dollars.
In combination with the action is so good it makes it very easy for would-be entrepreneurs to make a neat video. You can now shoot in higher bitrate and thus get better quality makes it even better.
The picture quality is good, but it has not happened as much on image quality front from previous models with the same sensor. However, it is so good that the MFT sensors become today. 40-megapixelsläget, however, is what makes it special.
You should summarize the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II you will be using quite a few positive words. For it is a very good camera. If you can live with the restrictions that the smaller sensor gives, or if you do not have the advantages that a bigger sensor gives, it’s a really good camera.
Many features and solutions, I would be happy to look at other cameras and the extra features like slotted in provides the user with an added value. Compared to its predecessor, the Mark II more towards the more professional way, for enthusiasts who want a small compact camera body that provides excellent image quality and provide great opportunities for great video, it’s really a camera to consider.