Comparison between Olympus OM-D E-M5 and E-M5 Mark II

Is it worth the upgrade?

E-M5, Focal length 12, F3.5, 1/60

E-M5, Focal length 12, F3.5, 1/60

E-M5MarkII, Focal length 13, F3.5, 1/60

E-M5MarkII, Focal length 13, F3.5, 1/60

E-M5, Focal length 12, F3.5, 1/80

E-M5, Focal length 12, F3.5, 1/80

E-M5 Mark II, Focal length 17, F3.5, 1/80

E-M5MarkII, Focal length 17, F3.5, 1/80

E-M5, Focal length 12, F3.5, 1/60

E-M5, Focal length 12, F3.5, 1/60

E-M5MarkII, Focal length 12, F3.5, 1/60

E-M5MarkII, Focal length 12, F3.5, 1/60

E-M5, Focal length 12, F3.5, 1/80

E-M5, Focal length 12, F3.5, 1/80

E-M5MarkII, Focal length 14, F3.5, 1/80

E-M5MarkII, Focal length 14, F3.5, 1/80

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Olympus OM-D E-M5II Initial Impressions

The first Micro Four Thirds camera I bought was the Panasonic GF1 back in 2009. The point and shoot form factor made it an excellent carry anywhere camera. I still have it and would rather sell the old Canons to make space in the cabinet. Although a little slow to focus the Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH kit lens was an awesome piece of glass. It’s bokeh is as good as some Leica lenses and perfect for portraiture. The GF1 was so good that I didn’t think I needed another M4/3 camera and I skipped all the subsequent upgrade GF models.

Then a couple of years ago, my friend Ken got the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and we did a few side by side comparisons with other cameras. The OMD bested the others in high ISO, auto white balance and focus speed. I was floored! The reviews online were all generally positive, but I decided to wait to see what version 2 would bring. After doing some research before my recent trip to Sapporo I decided that the upgrades seemed significant enough on paper. After an hour of testing at BIC Camera I decided to buy a black one with the 14-150mm kit lens. I was also gifted the silver Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm F8. Not including this pancake lens I saved about HKD 3300 (USD 425) buying the camera in Japan!

I’ve had the camera for about a week now and it’s everything I’ve been waiting for and a little more. The E-M5II does suffer from some Olympus quirks such as user unfriendly menu system. But the overall performance of this Micro Four Thirds camera definitely surpasses the GF1 and some non-MFT cameras too. Will be posting some more indepth reviews over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, hope you enjoy this gallery of sample images.

Comparison Between “Leica M9 with Noctilux 50mm F1” and “Olympus OM-D with Panasonic Leica Summilux 25mm F1.4 ASPH”

Leica M9, 1/125 sec at f / 1.4, ISO 200

Olympus OM-D, 1/125 sec at f / 1.4, ISO 200

Leica M9, 1/125 sec at f / 1.4, ISO 250

Olympus OM-D, 1/125 sec at f / 1.4, ISO 250

Leica M9, 1/125 sec at f / 1.4, ISO 800

Olympus OM-D, 1/125 sec at f / 1.4, ISO 800

Leica M9, 1/125 sec at f / 1.4, ISO 200

Olympus OM-D, 125 sec at f / 1.4, ISO 200

Leica M9, 1/500 sec at f / 1.4, ISO 200

Olympus OM-D, 1/500 sec at f / 1.4, ISO 200

Leica M9, 1/500 sec at f / 1.4, ISO 200

Olympus OM-D, 1/500 sec at f / 1.4, ISO 200

Leica M9, 1/500 sec at f / 1.4, ISO 200

Olympus OM-D, 1/500 sec at f / 1.4, ISO 200

Leica M9, 1/125 sec at f / 1.4, ISO 800

Olympus OM-D, 1/125 sec at f / 1.4, ISO 800

Leica M9, 1/125 sec at f / 1.4, ISO 800

Olympus OM-D, 1/125 sec at f / 1.4, ISO 800

Olympus OM-D E-M5, Fujifilm FinePix X100, Leica M9 Sample Image Comparisons

Olympus OM-D E-M5: 1/80 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 320

Fujifilm FinePix X100: 1/80 sec @ f/3.6, ISO 320

Leica M9: 1/90 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 320

Olympus OM-D E-M5: 1/125 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 1600

Fujifilm FinePix X100: 1/125 sec @ f/3.6, ISO 1600

Olympus OM-D E-M5: 1/125 sec @ f/1.7, ISO 1250

Leica M9: 1/125 sec @ f/1.4, ISO 1250

Olympus OM-D E-M5: 1/30 sec @ f/1.7, ISO 1250

Leica M9: 1/30 sec @ f/1.4, ISO 1250

 

Olympus OM-D E-M5, Fujifilm FinePix X100, Leica X1, Leica M9 Sample Image Comparisons

Olympus OM-D E-M5: 1/125 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 1000

Fujifilm FinePix X100: 1/125 sec @ f/3.6, ISO 1000

Leica X1: 1/125 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 1000

Leica M9: 1/125 sec @ f/3.5. ISO 1000

Olympus OM-D E-M5: 1/60 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 400

Fujifilm FinePix X100: 1/60 sec @ f/3.6, ISO 400

Leica X1: 1/60 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 400

Leica M9: 1/60 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 400

Thanks to Ken K. for helping out with this comparison post!