Olympus E-M1 Mark II 

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This is a flagship camera for Olympus and is often sold body only. I was sent the unit with a 12-40mm lens. It arrived at a time when I had several events at iconic place, the OXO tower, the Shard and perhaps the most poignant the 100 years from the end of the First World War at the Imperial War Museum which is currently the home of the Ceramic poppies.

Olympus OM D E M1 Mark II Compact System Camera
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The Olympus E-M1 Mark II weighs 1026 grams with the provided substantial neck strap attached. The camera is 13x8.5cm without any flash attached to the shoe. The depth with the provided lens attached is between 15 and 18cm.

An A5 book is over 200 pages but sadly this is a ‘basic’ manual so only nine of its pages are in English the rest are in 27 other languages.

Let’s start with the 6.4x4.2cm TFT screen on the back it can be rotated through 180 degrees to protect it. The viewfinder is above it and is heat sensitive so when your eye moves near to the viewfinder the TFT is cut out. Also on the back is a button to the left of the viewfinder that controls what is displayed on the TFT. To the right of the viewfinder is a turn button with a choice of two AEL settings to the right of this an angled padded thumb pressure point. To the right of the TFT are Info, Menu, Delete and View buttons as well as the ubiquitous five position joystick control.

The base has a standard tripod screw as well as the entry point for the camera’s solid battery. The left side has rubber bungs covering HDMI and USB connections, headphone and external microphone, finally an anchor point for the neck strap. The right side has the neck strap pair as well as a flip door where you insert either one or two SD cards.

Olympus OM D E M1 Mark II
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The top can be quite complex with AF and self timer controls on top of the flip button to turn the unit on/off, next the external camera shoe that lives on top of the padded viewfinder, to the right of this the ten position wheel, quick video button as well as Fn1 and Fn2 buttons and the shutter release.

As stated I used this out and about as well as indoors – including low light use – and I was happy with all the images I took.

This is a professional’s tool and for a lot of the outdoor shots a larger zoom factor lens would have been attached for capture of images.

The average size of a JPG image was around 10,000KB according to the detail contained and around 640,000KB per minute of HD video that had excellent sound using the built in microphone.

Again in my short test period the majority of my testing was done using the excellent Auto mode and only in the final few days did I venture to put my limited photographic skills to the test.

A lovely camera taking great images in a variety of conditions without flash, the videos were also rather good. I would have used an image of the poppies but I was told you cannot publish any such images without permission, so I have attached another image from elsewhere.

The Olympus E-M1 Mark II kit with 12-40mm lens is available from Amazon for £2099. Cashback offers are available from Olympus.

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