Olympus OM-D E M1 Mark ii

Olympus OM-D E M1 Mark ii

Judging by the title, I’m sure that it’s very obvious as to what this is going to be about, and I couldn’t be happier to share the news! After a long and thoughtful process of research and annoying the Best Buy employees, I finally purchased a new camera to replace the Nikon D3100 DSLR I was using. In this post, I’ll go over as to why I made the switch to mirrorless, and more specifically why I went with Olympus. Along with those explanations, I’ll go over the features of the camera, what makes it stand out, and provide some sample images of my recent trip to Tacoma, Washington.

 Why Mirrorless?

To start, let’s answer the question as to what a mirrorless camera is. A mirrorless camera is essentially a camera without a mirror in it unlike a DSLR. DSLRs have mirrors in them which take up space and often make the camera heavier and bulkier. By eliminating the mirror(s), more space is available for a larger sensor size, something that is a big advantage in the mirrorless lineup as it provides higher quality images. The camera itself often ends up being lighter, more compact, and easy to carry around. That’s the basic gist as to what a mirrorless is and a brief explanation as to why I went the mirrorless route. I first came across mirrorless cameras after doing a bit of research on cameras and eventually came across Sony’s A series line up. What I discovered was that Sony was pretty much revolutionizing cameras with their mirrorless lineup and setting a major stepping stone. So naturally, that’s what my eyes were first drawn to and I made multiple trips to Best Buy to get a hands on with the Sonys. I fell in love with the idea of them and was for sure I was going to buy either the A7ii or A6500, but my attention was drawn elsewhere.

Choosing Olympus

I wanted a camera that could achieve great landscape shots, could handle any environment, and had an in-expensive lens line up that could be backed up with great quality. While Olympus has a Micro 4/3 camera line up, I wasn’t going to let that be a drawback in my hopes of becoming a great landscape photographer. While it is true that Sony’s A line up, more so the A7 series, has been globally recognized for its ability to achieve great landscape images, I had and still have faith in Olympus. What Sony didn’t have was a properly weather sealed body that was dust, freeze, heat, and splash proof that could ensure that a photographer would no longer have to worry about if they wanted to take their camera to environmentally difficult places. They also offer a fully articulating screen which meant that I could take shots from any angle and wouldn’t have to be limited in any way. On top of having an articulated screen, it also has very responsive touch screen capabilities which make it easy for me to choose my focus points along with navigating the menu. Olympus made sure to pack as many of incredible features it could into this lightweight camera body and that’s what influenced my choice.

Features Of The Camera

  • 20.4mp Live MOS Sensor
  • 5-axis image stabilization (which has been critically acclaimed)
  • Fully articulating touch screen
  • EVF (Electronic View Finder)
  • Cinematic 4k video
  • TruePic VIII Dual Quad Core Processor
  • 15fps(mechanical sequential shooting)/60fps (electronic sequential shooting)
  • Weather sealed body
  • Option of weather sealed lenses
  • 121-point dual fast autofocus
  • 50mp High Resolution shooting mode
  • Built in Wi-fi
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Lightweight
  • Customizable button options
  • Silent shooting modes
  • Timelapse movie mode


Images From Tacoma, WA

To get two things out of the way first, these images were shot using the 14-42mm II R f/3.5-5.6 lens and I was able to wirelessly transfer all of these photos from my camera to my phone using the OLYMPUS Image Share app immediately after I was done shooting.

The next images are from the Columbia Gorge a day after my visit to Tacoma

Portland Spirit Sternwheeler B&W
Portland Spirit Sternwheeler
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