5 Reasons Why I Purchased the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

camera4For the last couple of years I have done all of my photography work on a Canon 6D – a camera which I love. It is fantastic for photography and I really enjoy using it. The Canon 6D is not, however, the best for filming unless you are willing to fork out a pretty penny for gimbals and the like.  Right now, I’m not. Though gimbals are extremely useful, they are also bulky and difficult to travel with when packing light. So this summer I decided to buy another camera and the Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II is the one I chose. Here are 5 reasons why I bought it:

1. Image Stabilization

There are a lot of reasons to love Olympus. The biggest reason why I was drawn to using a camera from them, however, was due to their exceptional image stabilization. The OMD EM5 Mark II has advanced 5-axis image stabilization with 5 EV compensation. This feature drastically improves the quality of footage as it reduces blurr and compensates shaky hand movements like no other camera I have seen, making it ideal for hand-held shooting. Seriously. Watch this video comparing it to the popular Panasonic LUMIX DCM-GH4 and you’ll see why I love it so much. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that I think Olympus’ IS is some of the best on the market right now. It’s just that good.

camera22. Weather Resistant.

Another feature that sold me on this camera is the fact that it is weather resistant. When shooting with my Canon, I always have to be careful around water and sand so as not to damage it. With the OMD EM5 Mark II, though, I don’t have to worry about this as much because it is splash proof and dust proof.

To test this feature out, I sat my camera on the shore this summer to record a big wave splashing onto it. I ended up with great footage and not a single water damage problem. And let me tell ya, this is a huge plus. I like to do a lot of filming at the beach and in the rain, so having a camera that is weather resistant is such an asset to me. (Note: I did still have a protective filter on the end of my lens. No matter what camera you have, I would always use one of these.)

Moreover, this camera also operates well in extreme temperatures. While my Canon lenses fog up in intense heat and cold, the OMD is freeze proof and can operate in temperatures ranging from 14 to 104 °F.

camera53. Vari-Angle Touch Screen

Yet another feature that made me excited to use this camera is the amazing screen that Olympus put on it. Unlike my other camera’s stationary screen, the OMD EM5 Mark II touch screen can be flipped out and turned to any angle that you need. And I mean ANY angle. You can flip it to face you when filming yourself for vlogs and travel videos. It can be turned upwards so that you can film on ground level without actually having to lay yourself on the ground. You can flip it downwards so you can hold the camera above your head and still see what you’re filming (to shoot a concert above the crowd, for instance).  ETC. This is extremely handy and provides you with many more shooting opportunities that you may not have accomplished well without it, so I am so glad its a feature on this camera!

camera34. Easy Portability.

Like all of Olympus’ cameras, the OMD EM5 Mark II is very portable. The body is small – just 4.9″ wide, 3.4″ tall, and 1.8″ deep – and it only weighs about 16.5 oz with its SD card and battery in. Likewise, the lenses are equally compact and lightweight. The 14-150 mm lens that I shoot with the most, for instance, is just 10 oz. And if that isn’t an easily portable camera setup, then I don’t know what is!

camera15. Exceptional Picture and Video Quality

Of course, none of this matters if the camera cannot actually take good pictures or video. The OMD Em5 Mark II definitely can, though. This Olympus camera has 16.1 effective megapixels, a 4/3″ live MOS sensor, a 1/8000s high speed mechanical shutter, and takes full HD 1080p video. To see what this looks like in photos, here are a few shots I took this summer:

sunflower-base bee elkflower2edited-23-of-1-7What camera do you shoot with? Have you ever used an Olympus? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

xo, mikéla

 

5 Reasons Why I Purchased the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

camera4For the last couple of years I have done all of my photography work on a Canon 6D – a camera which I love. It is fantastic for photography and I really enjoy using it. The Canon 6D is not, however, the best for filming unless you are willing to fork out a pretty penny for gimbals and the like.  Right now, I’m not. Though gimbals are extremely useful, they are also bulky and difficult to travel with when packing light. So this summer I decided to buy another camera and the Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II is the one I chose. Here are 5 reasons why I bought it:

1. Image Stabilization

There are a lot of reasons to love Olympus. The biggest reason why I was drawn to using a camera from them, however, was due to their exceptional image stabilization. The OMD EM5 Mark II has advanced 5-axis image stabilization with 5 EV compensation. This feature drastically improves the quality of footage as it reduces blurr and compensates shaky hand movements like no other camera I have seen, making it ideal for hand-held shooting. Seriously. Watch this video comparing it to the popular Panasonic LUMIX DCM-GH4 and you’ll see why I love it so much. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that I think Olympus’ IS is some of the best on the market right now. It’s just that good.

camera22. Weather Resistant.

Another feature that sold me on this camera is the fact that it is weather resistant. When shooting with my Canon, I always have to be careful around water and sand so as not to damage it. With the OMD EM5 Mark II, though, I don’t have to worry about this as much because it is splash proof and dust proof.

To test this feature out, I sat my camera on the shore this summer to record a big wave splashing onto it. I ended up with great footage and not a single water damage problem. And let me tell ya, this is a huge plus. I like to do a lot of filming at the beach and in the rain, so having a camera that is weather resistant is such an asset to me. (Note: I did still have a protective filter on the end of my lens. No matter what camera you have, I would always use one of these.)

Moreover, this camera also operates well in extreme temperatures. While my Canon lenses fog up in intense heat and cold, the OMD is freeze proof and can operate in temperatures ranging from 14 to 104 °F.

camera53. Vari-Angle Touch Screen

Yet another feature that made me excited to use this camera is the amazing screen that Olympus put on it. Unlike my other camera’s stationary screen, the OMD EM5 Mark II touch screen can be flipped out and turned to any angle that you need. And I mean ANY angle. You can flip it to face you when filming yourself for vlogs and travel videos. It can be turned upwards so that you can film on ground level without actually having to lay yourself on the ground. You can flip it downwards so you can hold the camera above your head and still see what you’re filming (to shoot a concert above the crowd, for instance).  ETC. This is extremely handy and provides you with many more shooting opportunities that you may not have accomplished well without it, so I am so glad its a feature on this camera!

camera34. Easy Portability.

Like all of Olympus’ cameras, the OMD EM5 Mark II is very portable. The body is small – just 4.9″ wide, 3.4″ tall, and 1.8″ deep – and it only weighs about 16.5 oz with its SD card and battery in. Likewise, the lenses are equally compact and lightweight. The 14-150 mm lens that I shoot with the most, for instance, is just 10 oz. And if that isn’t an easily portable camera setup, then I don’t know what is!

camera15. Exceptional Picture and Video Quality

Of course, none of this matters if the camera cannot actually take good pictures or video. The OMD Em5 Mark II definitely can, though. This Olympus camera has 16.1 effective megapixels, a 4/3″ live MOS sensor, a 1/8000s high speed mechanical shutter, and takes full HD 1080p video. To see what this looks like in photos, here are a few shots I took this summer:

sunflower-base bee elkflower2edited-23-of-1-7What camera do you shoot with? Have you ever used an Olympus? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

xo, mikéla

 

  1. Chantel Keona

    January 6th, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Nice camera! I used to have an Olympus camera but it died on me so I recently bought a Canon so far I am loving it.

  2. Davelyn

    January 6th, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Oh that’s too bad! I hate it when things get old and break :/ Glad your current camera is working for you though!

  3. Mich Joseph

    January 6th, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    That is such a gorgeous camera. I previously had a Canon something lol but I want an Olympus PEN-E PL7.

    Mich x
    https://michjosephblog.wordpress.com

  4. Davelyn

    January 6th, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Oh I love the look of the Olympus Pen camera’s! I needed something a little more advanced for my filming, but I definitely had that one on my shopping wish list for a while. So pretty!

  5. Amy Arnold

    January 6th, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Sounds like a great camera for you. Lovely photos!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  6. Davelyn

    January 6th, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Thank you!

  7. Katie

    January 6th, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    This looks like an amazing camera! I’m shooting the Canon 6D and absolutely love it <3

    Katie | WillowAndWhiteBlog.com

  8. Davelyn

    January 6th, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Glad you love it, it really is such a good camera for photography 🙂

  9. Caterina / 35mminstyle

    January 7th, 2017 at 2:11 am

    it’s good to hear your thoughts about this camera. i am saving for a proper camera either good in filming and shooting. My main thoughts were on a canon 5d mark iii since the mark iv just came out but I always had a soft spot for the olympus world.

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ 35mm in Style

  10. Davelyn

    January 7th, 2017 at 11:43 am

    The 5d Mark III is an amazing camera! For hiking around, I prefer the Olympus because it is weather resistant and so lightweight (the 5d is very heavy – much more than even the canon 6d). However, I really do love the Canon 5d Mark III as well and would take that on any trip where I can have a car and not have to hike with it haha

  11. Rach

    January 7th, 2017 at 4:41 am

    I’ve great things about this camera. Glad to hear your thoughts on this. So helpful!! I’m still shooting with Canon until one day I can splurge and upgrade. When you did shoot with Canon, how did you protect it from water and sad? Is there a trick to it?

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  12. Davelyn

    January 7th, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Oh I still shoot with my Canon 6d! Love that camera. I just don’t use it in the rain and never take it around the beach if it is a windy day or if there are a bunch of kids splashing in the water haha.

  13. Kimberly van Menxel

    January 7th, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Great reasons. I’ve been thinking of upgrading on my camera, except i still don’t know which one. There are so many good choices, cannon, nikon and now olympus. AH, driving me a little crazy haha

    Kim

    http://www.vanmenxel.com

  14. Davelyn

    January 7th, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I know how you feel, camera shopping is so stressful! haha What kind of camera do you currently use? Nikon is great, but I think Canon is an easier setup for people to get used to if not as experienced. The menu setups in cameras can be setup tricky and confusing and I have found Canons to be less challenging than Nikons in a lot of ways.

  15. katie

    January 7th, 2017 at 11:18 am

    This looks like such a great camera! Will keep it on my list for when I buy a new one in a few years!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

  16. Davelyn

    January 7th, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    It really is 🙂

  17. Cielo Fronteras

    January 7th, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    What a cool camera! I love the shots! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  18. Davelyn

    January 9th, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Thanks!

  19. Renee

    January 8th, 2017 at 4:08 am

    Wow! I NEED this camera in my life!! My Nikon is really starting to crap out on me and I’ve been checking out new ones for when I can save enough. This is definitely at the top of my list now!

    Renee | Life After Lux

  20. Davelyn

    January 8th, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Sorry to hear about your Nikon, but I’m glad this post was helpful!

  21. Nadia

    January 8th, 2017 at 4:25 am

    This was such a helpful post I don’t even know where to start thanking you, sweetie!! I have never owned an Olympus but I am so tempted to invest in one. All the benefits of this handy little device are immense!! The story of you filming a wave coming in with splashes and all that awesome jazz convinced me that this baby is one of the best out there on the market. Just need to save up now!!!
    The photos you have taken with it are stunning <3
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com

  22. Davelyn

    January 8th, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Oh I’m so glad <3 Thanks Nadia!

  23. Carol and Vero

    January 8th, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Wow, the results are incredibly good! 🙂

    GIVEAWAY – Aussie!

  24. Davelyn

    January 9th, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks!

  25. Shannon Jenkins

    January 8th, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    This camera sounds amazing and love the vintage look to it! We just upgraded from a Rebel to a 6D and love it so far!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  26. Davelyn

    January 9th, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Oh I bet, that’s such a good camera!

  27. simplyalexandra12

    January 9th, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Good to know! I hope to get into more legitimate photography this year! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  28. Davelyn

    January 9th, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions. xo

  29. laurajaneatelier

    January 9th, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Looks like a great camera, your photos are so beautiful! I just bought a Canon 6D and I am so excited about it
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  30. Davelyn

    January 9th, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Thank you! And I’ll bet you are – the Canon 6D is awesome 🙂

  31. banglesandbungalows

    January 9th, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Wow that sunflower shot is amazing! I have an Olympus Pen 7 and I adore it. Such great photos and so easy to use. So I totally share your love for their cameras!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  32. Davelyn

    January 10th, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Thank you! And I bet, the Olympus Pen looks great!

  33. justatinabit

    January 10th, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Omgosh I need to tell my bf about this camera! The one thing we struggle the most with is having super sharp and clear photos so the image stabilization would help so much. The weather resistant feature also sounds awesome. We definitely get scared getting close to the water with our current camera (the Sony A6000). Thanks for sharing!!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

  34. Davelyn

    January 10th, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Oh yeah that is hard. So if you need something weather resistant and small, this would be a great camera for you! If you are just doing fashion photography, though, the Canon 6D is definitely a good choice as well 🙂

  35. Gabrielle

    January 10th, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Oh wow, high praise indeed! I have been thinking about possibly upgrading my camera lately and so I will be sure to test this one out sometime. Thanks to it being weather resistant, it sounds as though it’d make a brilliant camera for when travelling!

    aglassofice.com
    x

  36. Davelyn

    January 10th, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Yes, it really is such a good travel camera! xo

  37. Ashley

    January 10th, 2017 at 9:07 am

    What an amazing camera- and I love the vintage feel of the body!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  38. Davelyn

    January 10th, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Oh I know, me too! Its so pretty!

  39. Gemma

    January 10th, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Oh wow what beautiful photos it takes. Sounds like such an amazing camera
    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  40. Davelyn

    January 10th, 2017 at 10:23 am

    It really is! 🙂

  41. Kamilla Haaland

    March 24th, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    So happy to read this! I just brought the OM-D E-M5 Mark II to replace my Canon 6D! Compared to the 6D, whats to pros and cons? 🙂 Did you sell your 6D og did you keep it?

  42. Davelyn

    March 31st, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Glad this was helpful Kamilla! I kept my Canon 6d. 🙂 I’d say one of the biggest pros for me is that when shooting on the Olympus, you can adjust the settings while still looking through the viewfinder. This makes shooting video so, so, so much easier. Plus, it also shows you what the photo looks like in the viewfinder right after you take them. So you don’t have to keep going back and forth between the menu and shooting. The biggest con for me would be the fact that the Olympus still doesn’t have quite as many megapixels.

    Hope that helps! 🙂

  43. JanW

    April 19th, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Have the MD5Mark ll on hold with the 14-150mm lens and battery grip. I currently shoot Canon but want something much lighter and having shot Olympus in the past I was happy to return to them as the image quality it outstanding. Thanks for the two thumbs up.

  44. Davelyn

    April 19th, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Sounds like a great set-up! Olympus is awesome 🙂

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