New life Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II behaves like a new camera in several respects. Firmware 3.1 shows the huge potential hidden in the camera software itself.

News for filmmakers

OMLog400 - new flat color profile gives up to + 2EV.

OMLog400 is a flat color profile which, compared to the Natural profile, even gives +2 EV of the tonal range, compared to the Flat +1 EV mode. This mode was first used in the E-M1X model. This type of flat mode Log is the daily bread for people recording movies with cameras. It gives great opportunities for further post-production, extracting information from shadows or limiting the burnout.

The producer has also prepared an official 3D-LUT , after which application (in DaVinci Resolve) we will get the REC 709 space. Thanks to him, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II enters the league of serious film cameras, giving filmmakers great freedom of postproduction.

Much faster autofocus in AF-C. This is not a delicate change. This is a change that I would expect from a completely new camera.

Autofocus in video mode E-M1 Mark II did well, as for the time when this camera was presented, that is 2016. Almost 3 years after the premiere, the producer managed to improve the software and squeeze out of the focusing system much, much more and match to modern standards. The new soft is based on the OM-D E-M1X algorithm.

The camera with 3.1 firmware not only focuses faster, but, most importantly, responds to changes in the frame much faster. Now the E-M1 Mark II is at the best level in this respect. AF works on the eye almost as well as in the E-M1X .

In the example recording I used two Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. One had 2.1 firmware, the other had 3.1. I attached a bright Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 45 mm 1: 1.2 PRO lens to both of them. The AF sensitivity was set to 0. I turned on the AF-C and set the focus on the right eye.

It is worth noting how quickly the camera reacts with 3.1 firmware. Admittedly, when the model was moving on an electric scooter, the picture was out of focus for a moment, but the camera quickly improved. The camera with the firmware 2.1 lost its focus immediately after the start.

News for photographers

ISO L100 sensitivity

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II has so far offered a minimum native ISO 200 sensitivity and a LOW value (ISO L64). Firmware 3.0 additionally introduces ISO L100, an intermediate value. This is a good solution for people who photograph a lot from a tripod, like Ireneusz Walędzik . People who take photos on long times in the studio will also be happy.

Developed AF capabilities

Firmware 3.1 improves the AF sensitivity in the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II with the aperture f / 1.2. AF has efficacy up to -6 EV. In practice, it can cope with focusing in really big darkness. The camera also received the C-AF + MF, i.e. the ability to freely switch to the MF when using AF-C, the Start mode in the middle of C-AF and the C-AF priority mode.

ImageShare is copying RAW files

Smartphone application Olympus ImageShare can now upload photos taken in RAW format. The program works stably and is easy to use. This solution should be standard in all cameras. Marcin recently wrote about a mobile Lightroom and shooting photos on a smartphone . I will add from myself that I happen to photograph in RAW + JPEG format, but only because I want to rip some frames on my smartphone at once, to quickly work and put it into a relationship or an Instagram profile . When the smartphone application reads RAWs, I will not have to write additional JPEG files. This not only saves time (after ripping the JPEG files to the disk I have to delete), but the card will also hold some more photos.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II firmware 2.1 vs 3.1

The ability to view photos when writing to the card

Olympus OM-D The E-M1 Mark II is still one of the fastest cameras on the market, although it did not allow the preview of photos taken during the recording. If the card was not very fast and the series of photos was long, you could feel irritation during the session. Especially when the customer peeked over his shoulder. The new firmware 3 solved this problem. After pressing the preview button while ripping material on the card, the camera displays the photographs just taken. Unfortunately, viewing them is quite slow. The camera does not react immediately, the whole works quite slowly.

Olympus OM-D The E-M1 Mark II really gained a second life

I am glad that Olympus has gone the way of improving software in existing hardware instead of presenting a refreshed model. Not only the new E-M1 Mark II users benefit from all these changes, but also the current owners of these devices. They are probably the biggest winners here. Their almost 3-year-old cans suddenly got their second youth. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is in many ways like a smaller E-M1X. This is a great filming body, which for many may be a viable alternative to the popular filmmakers and Lumix GH5 vloggers . Importantly, both cameras use the same type Micro Four Thirds mount, so they can share the lens.

The firmware update in the E-M1 Mark II shows how great potential lies in the camera software. At a time when computing photography and AI are starting to play the first violin in smartphones, producers of photographic equipment should develop their IT departments more and more. I am glad that Olympus understands this to a large extent.

New life Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II


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