Is it worth the upgrade?
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.
Still trying to get my hands on the Panny 20mm pancake. In the meantime the CS 21 will have to make do. Some high ISO images taken wide open at F4!
GF1 with 20mmF1.7 on Amazon