OM System OM-1 Mark II Hands On Review

Let me introduce one of the most rugged but powerful little cameras. I'm talking about the OM Systems OM-1 Mark II, the ultimate companion for outdoor adventurers and professional photographers. This compact powerhouse boasts added RAM, updated algorithms, and a couple of other minor but oh-so-helpful updates. If you're ready to capture some breathtaking shots without breaking the bank, buckle up and get ready to be wowed by the OM-1 Mark II. 

First and foremost, I was glad to see that the design and handling of the OM1 Mark II remains similar to its predecessor, the original OM1. This is actually a good thing, as the camera is already known for its exceptional design and is one of the most weather-sealed cameras on the market. OM Systems is one of the few brands that provide an IP53 rating on their cameras, which means we can test them and push their limits.

What's more, the camera feels great in the hand, with a comfortable grip and intuitive controls. We especially appreciate the many dedicated buttons on the OM system cameras, allowing easy access to key settings. The dials have been slightly tweaked with a rubberized coating, to make it easier to adjust while wearing gloves. This adjustment is a welcome addition during the Canadian winter months.

Despite the similar design, there are several notable upgrades in the OM-1 Mark II thanks to the increased memory and optimized processing power. The autofocus performance has been enhanced, with the addition of human body detection that aids in subject tracking. We put this to the test and were pleased with its ability to stick to the subject, even when it was a small and fast-moving bird.

Perhaps the most exciting feature of this camera is the digital ND filter, which allows for in-camera control of light intake. The original OM-1 had a digital ND filter up to ND64, but the new Mark II takes it even further with an ND128 filter. Even more impressive is the graduated ND filter, which allows for equalization of exposure in situations with a bright sky and dark foreground. We can even twist the filter left or right to adjust for specific landscapes.

While some may argue that 20 megapixels is not enough resolution, this camera's handheld high-res mode can take up to 50 megapixels. This is a game-changer for photographers who want to capture incredibly detailed shots without the hassle of setting up a tripod.

Additionally, the OM1 Mark II boasts 8.5 stops of in-body image stabilization, making it an excellent choice for handheld shots and video. Even with longer lenses like the new Monster lens (the new OM System 150-600mm), we were able to take slow exposures without any issues.

Speaking of video, the OM1 Mark II has several functional upgrades, though there hasn't been a significant change in video quality. Nevertheless, videographers will appreciate features like 4K video recording, 120fps slow-motion, and high-bitrate recording.

In conclusion, the OM Systems OM-1 Mark II is an impressive evolution of the Olympus camera system, with upgrades in autofocus, digital filters, and image stabilization that make it a standout choice for photographers and videographers. Despite its similar design to the original OM-1, it still delivers a fantastic user experience and offers many new innovative features by taking advantage of the increased RAM that set it apart from the competition. We look forward to putting it to the test and seeing what incredible shots and footage we can capture with this amazing camera.

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