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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II The second Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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Have had my OM-1 Mk1 for 4 years now and am contemplating upgrade to Mkll. Are there any sound reasons for doing so? If so what are they and why/
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Re: Opinions sought

I have both and the biggest difference I find important is the improved focussing from one to the other.

So IF you use it mainly for landscapes and still life I’m not certain I would spend the money, however if you are a wildlife or sports photographer then the improvements are very worthwhile.

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Agree with Walti.

Also Image Stabilisation is improved considerably, focus tracking is much better. As said if you are photoing moving things it's a better camera. With still subjects (landscapes and portraits) you might not see an immediate difference. But it is enhanced by slightly more pixels, and has a couple of tricks up its sleeve to get high definition photos.....

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Re: Opinions sought

Things which are improved over the mark i:

- Better battery life
- Better IBIS
- Much improved long exposure noise
- Better highlight recovery
- Slightly better shadow noise when pushing
- Slightly better resolution (ca 10% more in linear dimensions)
- Much faster electronic shutter
- Improved shutter action for anti shock (EFCS is simpler)
- Improved CAF
- Defish in camera for 8mm fisheye lens
- High resolution mode (which personally I never use)

Things which are worse (IMHO):

- Flappy screen vs tilt
- Slightly larger
- More expensive. Ridiculous launch price
- CAF still lagging DSLRs despite hype
- Only 3 programmable settings on mode dial not 4

Overall it's a solid upgrade, even if you're not a long lens type. But the original is still a very good camera.
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Small improvement which makes a big difference: the battery charge gauge actually works. On all previous models as far as I am aware the gauge was full - half-full - FEED ME NOW and the transition happened pretty randomly. On the Mark II it is a percentage, and it seems to behave sensibly. On the E-M5 and the original E-M1 I always used the battery grip with a fully charged battery in the body so I would't be caught out when the first battery died. With the Mark II I almost never bother with the grip - which means that in practice the Mark II is smaller than the Mark I.

Shooting stuff in low light I find the high ISO performance is better. I can run the Mark II up to about 6400 with reasonable confidence, which is possibly around a stop better than the Mark I.

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Ability to save the camera customisation settings so reduced need to reset the camera after installing fresh firmware updates.
If you get to the point of having two of the Mkiis then you can copy the settings from one camera to the other (via a computer)
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I found this website very useful in presenting the advantages of the Mk II. http://www.ayton.id.au/wp02/?p=8967 And there have been some firmware updates to it since this was published!

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Had both and think the mkii is my stay with camera it does all I need and on my pension I think a mkiii would be a step to far. I cannot think what it would do that cannot be done by the mkii.

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Adding to what has already been written:
- Improved focusing thanks to cross-point AF sensors
- Dual SD card slots
- Higher EVF resolution
- Up to three custom setting can be activated using the A/S/M/P/... wheel
Regarding the LCD, changed from tilt to flip/swivel I have mixed feelings. Sometimes I miss the ability to quickly take low or high perspective shots without having to first flip it, however being able to flip it to protect it is is nice.

It was (and still is) an expensive upgrade, but I don't regret it.
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To add to the lists before:
- deeper shooting buffer and faster card writing, delaying lockups while shooting prolonged bursts for motorsports and field sports especially.
- less EVF flickering and much faster refresh, easing following fast-moving subjects.
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Re: Opinions sought

All the above - plus there were many reports of the rear dial and strap lugs failing on the Mk I version. Touch wood, I haven't noticed any similar problems being reported with the Mk II.

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Well if all the above aren't reason enough just go and try one, then you will be sold. I'm sure it's psychological but my photography definitely seems to have improved since I upgraded.
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Do you do long exposures and low lights? If you do, then upgrade. The noise handling is a tat better but the main improvement that I notice was that reddish hune that the Mk1 produces while the Mk2 does not.
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Thanks to all for your comments. I will ponder these things in my heart.
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