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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II review

The best Micro Four Thirds camera yet

Editor's Choice

Verdict

This is by far Olympus most impressive and feature complete camera to date. Whether you’re a sports photographer, videographer or a professional getting into commercial work, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II has something for you.

Whereas the original OM-D E-M1 only felt like a flagship camera among its own line and not cameras from other brands, the Mark II was made to steal the limelight from everyone else. 

Olympus has shown its video features are more than a match for the Sonys and Panasonics of the world. Meanwhile, the new 20.4MP sensor shows the Micro Four Thirds format still has room to evolve and improve.

As an overall package, Olympus has left no stone unturned between the improve image stabilization, dramatically more powerful image processing and expanded AF system. It’s not as affordable as the Sony A6500 or the Fujifilm X-T2, but if you’re looking for a weatherproof system that can do still and video, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is the total package.

Comparisons

Sony A6500

A fast focusing, image stabilized beast

Sensor size: APS-C | Megapixels: 24.2MP| Viewfinder: 2,359k dot EVF | Screen type: 3.0 inch 921k-dot | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 11 | Movies: 4K (3,840 x 2,160) 30p

If you want even more lightning fast autofocus performance, the Sony A6500 has you covered with 425 phase detect points combined with 169 points of contrast detection coverage. The A6500 packs all the benefits of Sony’s full-frame A7 lineup including 4K video capture and in-body image stabilization. The only things this camera lacks is long battery life and a growing lens lineup as Sony continues to focus it efforts on the FE-mount.

Read the hands-on review: Sony A6500

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm’s best action and video camera
 

Sensor size: APS-C | Megapixels: 24.3MP | Viewfinder: 2.36m dot EVF | Screen type: 3.0 inch, 1,040K-dot | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 14fps | Movies: 4K (3,840 x 2,160) 30p/25p/24p

Fujifilm’s classic SLR-styled has plenty to offer including a physically larger and higher-resolution 24.3MP X-Trans sensor. On top of this, the X-T2 offers a more generous autofocus spread with 169 phase detection and 156 contrast detect points. While the X-T2 can also shoot 4K video, the camera’s physical controls and sensor lend it to be better used for still photography.

Read the full review: Fujifilm X-T2  

Panasonic Lumix GH4

The former king of video in Micro Four Thirds

Sensor size: Micro Four Thirds | Megapixels: 16.05MP | Viewfinder: 2,359k dot EVF | Screen type: 3.0 inch 1,036k dot | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 12fps | Movies: 4K (3,840 x 2,160) 30p

Although Panasonic has announced the upcoming Lumix GH5 is on its way, the Lumix GH4 is still a very relevant camera for videography. As one of the first cameras to feature 4K video capture, the GH4 is still a powerhouse with the ability to take 8MP stills from 4K video shot at 30fps and capture photos at 12fps.

Read the full review: Panasonic Lumix GH4