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Olympus OM-D E-M1 The first 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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EM1 or EM5 mkii?

I am currently looking to buy either EM1 or EM5 mkii - which would you go for please? I had decided on the EM1 but now am wondering if the 5 mkii would be a better option?
My interests lie mainly in wildlife but I do some landscape & video as well.
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Re: EM1 or EM5 mkii?

Find the local dealer who does "try B4U buy" and see what suits you best

https://wow.olympus.eu/en_GB

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Re: EM1 or EM5 mkii?

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Find the local dealer who does "try B4U buy" and see what suits you best

https://wow.olympus.eu/en_GB

Thanks Graham, not so easy where I live as there aren't any camera shops within 50 miles but I may just go for the EM1 anyway as it seems the better option for me...hopefully!
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Re: EM1 or EM5 mkii?

The answer must be the E-M1 mk2 when it arrives!!
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Re: EM1 or EM5 mkii?

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The answer must be the E-M1 mk2 when it arrives!!
With the new E-M1 coming possibly later this year it might make sense to buy a second hand E-M1 now as it could be sold for a small loss or traded in when buying the new version.
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Re: EM1 or EM5 mkii?

em1 for me; just seems a more solid 'pro' camera
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Re: EM1 or EM5 mkii?

So many pros and cons both ways:

E-M1
- PDAF - essential for 4/3 lenses and maybe beneficial for CAF on u43 lenses
- Built in grip
- Tilt only screen (I don't personally like the new Olympus full-flip screens)
- Deeper buffer (might be useful for burst shooting)

E-M5ii
- Gorgeous shutter sound!
- Hi Res mode
- Improved IBIS

You can't go wrong with either - but the screen would be the deciding point for me. Floppy screens make the camera clumsy and twice as wide for waist-level landscape shooting.
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So many pros and cons both ways:
You can't go wrong with either - but the screen would be the deciding point for me. Floppy screens make the camera clumsy and twice as wide for waist-level landscape shooting.
I prefer the fully articulated screen, better for portrait shooting on a tripod and overall more versatile, that was the main reason I bought the EM5 MK2 over the EM1, the EM5 MK2 is also smaller overall.

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Re: EM1 or EM5 mkii?

The other significant difference is that the M1 sensor isn't quite so good at controlling noise during exposures of over a minute.

I must say I find the M1 grip much more comfortable in my right hand than the M5, although the mkII is quite a lot better than the mkI.
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Re: EM1 or EM5 mkii?

Thought about hire from Ian? Could be a good decider and a lot cheaper than buying the wrong model for your requirements.
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Re: EM1 or EM5 mkii?

Some really good comments and advice given here - I decided to drive the 50 miles to the nearest stockist in my area and tried the EM1 & EM5 and really felt like the EM1 suited my requirements and just felt right in my hand. I know there are arguments for and against but I really think I'll be happy with it.
Decided to buy it with the 12-40 pro lens and with a 75-300 bought here as well, I'm happy that I've got a good combination to begin with. Got a 45 f1.8 coming tomorrow as well. NI'll add another lens in time as I particularly fancy the 60mm f2.8 ED macro lens.
Happy with my new Oly kit and it's nice to have kit I feel I can carry around easily and still achieve high quality images...hopefully!
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Re: EM1 or EM5 mkii?

Good choice hope you enjoy it!
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Re: EM1 or EM5 mkii?

now you can't the blame camera for bad photos

EM1/12-40 is a great combo imo
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Re: EM1 or EM5 mkii?

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now you can't the blame camera for bad photos

EM1/12-40 is a great combo imo
Hopefully I'll get some good photos, I just need to get used to it as I've come from Canon so menu will be a bit different but I'll get there.
Looking forward to having lots of Oly fun!
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Good choice hope you enjoy it!
I'm sure I will, looking forward to using it.
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