Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Review Extension by Robin Wong

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Here is the extension to the original Robin Wong review, with specific tests on the High Resolution Mode, Jello effect/rolling shutter, more explanation on Continuous AF and also more sample photos! Among the infos I missed to report yet Robin mentions this:

Olympus claimed that the new Truepic 8 processing engine can recognize the subject movement area in the image and correct it by superimposing the same area with a 20MP original image. The downside is that the “corrected movement area” will have reduced resolution since it was taken from a single shot, but this should not pose an issue especially in typical situations with subject motion, such as moving water or leaves. I was curious on how effective this new methodology is and did some quick tests.

One more E-M1II test by Ugo Baldassarre.

Olympus E-M1II preorders:
In USA at BHphoto, Amazon, GetOlympus and Adorama.
In Europe at ParkCameras. WexUK. Digitech.ch.

Dissonant view: Sylvain Duford explains why the E-M1II $1,999 pricing might be right

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We read many complains about the pricing of the new Olympus E-M1II. So I thought be fair for once to offer an opposite view from Canadian photographer Sylvain Duford:

But as much as I would have liked this camera to be priced lower, is it really overpriced? Just the fact that almost 4 years of inflation have passed since the original E-M1 plus the fact that the Japanese Yen has appreciated about 20% in the last few months, this alone nearly justifies the entire 33% price hike. Add to this the Japanese earthquake that has caused a rise in sensor prices…

And than there are all the new class leading new features:

I say the technology alone and the amazing capabilities that this camera provides justify the price of entry. These things require a lot of R&D and manufacturing and miniaturising this kind of power isn’t trivial either. Is there any other camera that provides this combination of functionality, speed and ruggedness in such a compact package? I don’t know of any at this time. This is market-leading capability.

I still do believe the price is a big hurdle for many who would have loved to buy the camera. But in Olympus defense I will also say this: Expect ALL camera manufacturers to raise their prices on future new cameras by a 20-30% margin. In a shrinking market and strong YEN perspective things are going to cost more.

Olympus E-M1II preorders:
In USA at BHphoto, Amazon, GetOlympus and Adorama.
In Europe at ParkCameras. WexUK. Digitech.ch.

Olympus E-M1II accessories:
HLD-9 Power Battery Holder at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and GetOlympus.
BLH-1 Lithium-Ion Battery at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and GetOlympus.
BCH-1 Battery Charger at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and GetOlympus.
AC-5 AC Adapter at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and GetOlympus.
CBG-12 System Backpack at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and GetOlympus.
CB-USB11 USB Cable at BHphoto, Amazon and Adorama.
CC-1 USB Cable Holder at BHphoto and Adorama.
RM-CB2 Release Cable at BHphoto, Amazon and Adorama.
PT-EP14 Underwater Housing at BHphoto, Adorama and GetOlympus.
PPO-EP03 Underwater Macro Lens Port at BHphoto, Adorama and GetOlympus.
Underwater Diffuser Plate at BHphoto, Adorama and GetOlympus.
O-Ring at BHphoto and Adorama.
LCD Hood at BHphoto and Adorama.
STF-8 Twin Flash at BHphoto, Adorama and GetOlympus.

New set of E-M1II tests and previews and size comparison

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The E-M1II with the new 12-100mm PRO and 25mm PRO lens at CameraSize.

Closer Look by Engadget:

While I’ve only been testing the camera for little more than a day, all of those specs have translated well in real-world use. At least so far. As advertised, the E-M1 Mark II makes capturing moving subjects a breeze, especially compared to its somewhat aging predecessor. That’s namely thanks to the new AF system and improved tracking performance. I also noticed right away how much heavier it feels than the original E-M1, likely due to the bulky 1,720mAh battery, which Olympus claims can handle around 440 shots per charge.

Olympus E-M1 Mark II – Hands-On First Look (Lensvid)
Olympus Malaysia E-M1 MK II Touch and try even (Robert Evangelista)
Olympus E-M1 II First Shots (Imaging Resource).
E-M1 Mark II Image Stabilization in action in 4K video mode (Karl Grabherr)
Olympus OM-D E-M1 II 4K video compilation (Mirrorlessons).
E-M1 Mark II + MZD 25mm F1.2 Pro (Youtube).
Fotos con la E-M1 MKII (Martin Gallego).
Finnish professional nature photographer Jari Peltomäki seems to be getting impressive results with the EM1 Mk II :) check this out on Facebook.
Olympus Em1 mark 2 = 2000 caffè. Bene così!! (Ugofoto).
Olympus OM-D E-M1 II raw support in AccuRaw and PhotoRaw (Chromasoft).
E-M1II – Die Antwort geben wir auf dem Platz… (Pen And Tell)
Olympus E-M1 Mark II: preguntas y respuestas tras unas horas de uso (Photolari).
Olympus E-M1 Mark II (Fotosidan Sweden).
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II – Prueba de campo (DSLRmagazine).
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Sample Images (Photographyblog).

Olympus E-M1II preorders:
In USA at BHphoto, Amazon, GetOlympus and Adorama.
In Europe at ParkCameras. WexUK. Digitech.ch.

Olympus E-M1II accessories:
HLD-9 Power Battery Holder at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and GetOlympus.
BLH-1 Lithium-Ion Battery at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and GetOlympus.
BCH-1 Battery Charger at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and GetOlympus.
AC-5 AC Adapter at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and GetOlympus.
CBG-12 System Backpack at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and GetOlympus.
CB-USB11 USB Cable at BHphoto, Amazon and Adorama.
CC-1 USB Cable Holder at BHphoto and Adorama.
RM-CB2 Release Cable at BHphoto, Amazon and Adorama.
PT-EP14 Underwater Housing at BHphoto, Adorama and GetOlympus.
PPO-EP03 Underwater Macro Lens Port at BHphoto, Adorama and GetOlympus.
Underwater Diffuser Plate at BHphoto, Adorama and GetOlympus.
O-Ring at BHphoto and Adorama.
LCD Hood at BHphoto and Adorama.
STF-8 Twin Flash at BHphoto, Adorama and GetOlympus.

E-M1II preview by Luminous Landscape: “Yes, I will buy it. Somewhat reluctantly…”

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Luminous Landscape posted their E-M1II preview and writes:

No question — this a great camera.  It’s loaded with features that some people might never use.  However, if one takes the time to become familiar with the camera and its many features, then a photographer would find this to be a very versatile camera that can produce nice images in a small, lightweight camera.
Yes, I will buy it.  Somewhat reluctantly because of the price, but I am vested in the lenses, and this camera will just make my investment that much better.Plus, it will be a nice Christmas gift for my wife (Don’t tell her). I hope that we see some firmware upgrades in the future to fix the minor but important concerns I have pointed out.  

Digitalrev writes:

This isn’t a camera that every M4/3 shooter needs, but it’s a fantastic option for professionals to upgrade into. While US$2,000 makes sense for existing M4/3 shooters that are interested in the sheer speed and power of the camera, this won’t convert any photographers using other mounts to the system. 

Imaging Resource posted the in depth image quality analysis. Comparing with the E-M1 at Base ISO they write:

The resolution advantage of the 20-megapixel E-M1 Mark II is apparent here compared to its 16-megapixel predecessor by virtue of the larger scale of the images on the left, but the E-M1 II also resolves more fine detail while showing similar if not slightly lower noise levels. Detail in our tricky red-leaf fabric pattern is less defined from the E-M1 II, though, due to what looks to be stronger noise reduction, however another reason is the increased resolution renders more of fine thread pattern which tends to break up the leaf pattern a bit more. The E-M1 II also appears to apply slightly stronger default sharpening, as well as slightly higher contrast and saturation than the E-M1, but in other respects, both cameras offer very similar image quality at base ISO.

Olympus E-M1II preorders:
In USA at BHphoto, Amazon, GetOlympus and Adorama.
In Europe at ParkCameras. WexUK. Digitech.ch.