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Reviewing the Olympus OM-D EM5 Mark II

After the rousing success of the OM-D EM5, Olympus recently unveiled the successor to this successful compact mirrorless camera, the OM-D EM5 Mark II. How does it fare compared to its predecessor and to other mirrorless cameras out in the market? We shall find out in this review.

Design and controls

First things first, the EM5 Mark II looks very much like its predecessor. However, the EM5 Mark II offers some improvements in the design, with a better grip, easier navigation of the control dials even with one hand while still retaining a good, solid build for its body.

The camera offers a large and detailed electronic viewfinder, one of the best viewfinders found in cameras today which provides great detail and information and a fully-articulated 3 inch touchscreen LCD that provides a better intuitive interface. It also offers a built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for better sharing of the images caught on this camera

Superior image quality

The EM5 Mark II offers a native 16 megapixel image resolution. It also has a high-speed Live MOS Sensor which offers an improved performance and a remarkable level of clarity and speed in all aspects of image capture. The camera’s TruePic VII image-processing engine improves image quality as well in low-light environments.

The camera’s sensor allows for a maximum ISO of 25,600, and the dynamic range has been expanded for more faithful color reproduction. It also offers a quieter mechanical shutter and a fast, accurate, focusing system to better capture images

Image Stabilization

However, the EM5 Mark II’s killer feature is with its performance in image stabilization, a feature many cameras in the market today tend to overlook. In the case of Olympus however, they have developed for this camera an ultra-sensitive 5-axis VCM (voice coil motor) technology that employs updated gyro sensors for a full 5 exposure steps of compensation. This gives the camera an exceptional performance in image stabilization, being able to deliver sharp, clear still images even in low light or steady HD video when capturing movies.

Another good thing is that this feature works with any lens you wish to use for the camera. So there’s no need to worry about what lens to use that would offer stabilization as the camera does it exceptionally well for you.

High Res Shot

With an improved stabilization mechanism, the EM5 Mark II offers another interesting feature, the 40MP High Res Shot. This allows the camera to shift the sensor over eight frames and then combining them into one higher resolution image of up to a whopping 40 megapixels.

Please note though that this does not increase the camera’s native megapixel resolution; you will still get 16 MP on your camera even when using the High Res Shot feature. What it does instead is enhance the quality of the image taken into the camera and make it more detailed. Also, this feature would only work well in ideal situations and environments, such as still subjects.

Final Thoughts

The Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II is a worthy upgrade from the previous EM5 model as it offers more features and, most especially, an improved photographic performance.

Its features are not only impressive, they are also unique in the sense that not many cameras offer those features, most especially the image stabilization feature. That only makes the EM5 Mark II a solid camera that can rival any mirrorless camera in the market at least. If you are a surrey wedding photographer looking for a good mirrorless camera, or a camera that can provide an improved image quality, the Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II is a camera worth very much considering.

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A Review of the Fujifim X-T1

Today, we take a look at mirrorless camera courtesy of Japanese camera manufacturer Fujifilm, the Fujifilm X-T1. With Fujifilm having a good reputation in its mirrorless cameras, we shall see in this review if the X-T1 would do just as well.

Exterior

With dimensions of 129.0mm (W) x 89.8mm (H) x 46.7mm (D) and a weight of up to 440 grams, the Fujifilm X-T1 is a bit larger and a bit heavier compared to a number of mirrorless cameras, though not as bulky and heavy as that of a DSLR. The camera body itself looks sturdy with a solid waterproof and dustproof build that is typical of many Fujifilm cameras. The controls are set up quite nicely in a way that you won’t feel overwhelmed seeing a lot of buttons especially at the back.

One feature going for ii is its built-in electronic viewfinder with its high magnification and a faster response time, something many professional photographers would find enticing. It also has a tilting LCD screen which is sadly not a vari-angle type.

The camera can shoot images of up to 16 megapixels and capture high definition videos of up to 1080p. It also has a built-in Wi-Fi capability which lets you add locations and share your photos instantly online. There is no built-in flash in the camera but an external flash is included in the package.

Photographic Performance

The Fujifilm X-T1 boasts of an APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and an EXR II processor which allows you to capture images of stunning quality. Aside from this, the sensor also helps reduce the noise on your image more effectively.

The EXR II processor also plays a role in the camera’s speedy performance. Thanks to this processor, autofocus performance is fast as it is capable of shooting up to 8 full frame images per second. So if you’re an Essex wedding photographer, this camera is great for capturing those instant wedding moments.

The Fujifilm X-T1 also boasts of a feature called Intelligent Hybrid AF which is a quick, responsive autofocus system that uses contrast and phase-detection methods for better focus performance in a wide variety of lighting conditions and shooting situations. Manual focus is not left out as the camera also has an Enhanced Manual Focus feature that greatly enhances the manual focus accuracy.

The camera can shoot up to ISO 51200, though for RAW it is limited only up to ISO 6400. It also boasts of a built-in panorama feature which allows you to take extensive landscape photos, though it does not perform quite as well if there are moving subjects involved.

Speaking of RAW images, the camera has a built-in RAW converter that lets you modify some elements in the file like exposure and white balance before doing further processing on to your computer.

Video Recording Performance

The camera’s video capabilities allows you to shoot 1080p videos in 30 fps or at 24 fps. Video also has an autofocus tracking that will ensure the sharpness of the video even if the subject is moving.  For better video sound, you can connect an external microphone to the camera’s hotshoe via the external mic jack of the camera.

Other Features

The Fujifilm X-T1 has a range of filters to provide some additional effects or create some artistic renditions on your images. It also supports the usage of UHS-II memory cards which provide faster transfer speeds during shooting.

As this camera has WiFi capability, you can use it along with Fujifilm’s Camera Remote app. With this app, you can browse through the images stored on your camera over your iOS or Android phone and transfer photos and videos as well.

Final Thoughts

The Fujifilm X-T1 is a worthy addition to an already impressive lineup of cameras Fujifilm has introduced to the market in recent years. Overall photo quality is topnotch with the vivid and stunning images this camera produces. Automatic and manual focus performance is also topnotch, and this camera is one of the best focus performing cameras in the market these days. It also doesn’t hurt that the camera’s design looks good and sturdy, mimicking the look of classic cameras with modern features to boot. Its Wi-Fi capabilities are also impressive as well, especially with the app set up on your phone.

On the downside, there are a few I can note here. For one, the RAW capabilities of this camera is somewhat limited and the panorama function needs some improvement as well.

Overall though, the Fujifilm X-T1 is a very good camera. If you’re looking for a mirrorless camera, or a DSLR-like type of camera, this one of the best mirrorless cameras in the market that I would highly recommend.

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