Olympus E-M1 Mark II Field Test Part II: Putting continuous autofocus to the test and more


posted Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 5:35 PM EDT


When I first got acquainted with the new Olympus E-M1 Mark II, it was up in Iceland, an absolutely stunning place filled with awe-inspiring landscapes anywhere you turned as well as some rather harsh weather conditions. I was able to get a good sense for the E-M1 II's overall image quality performance and its build quality, but I wasn't really afforded an opportunity to truly test out one of the camera's major upgrades: continuous autofocus.

Now, in my just-published Field Test Part II on the Olympus E-M1 II, I put a major focus on finally testing the camera's claimed C-AF performance improvements. Trading my hiking boots and down jacket for sandals and a canoe, I spent a weekend camping down in the Okefenokee Swamp, capturing various wildlife photos including birds-in-flight, alligators and other critters. As for C-AF performance, both from my swamp adventure and from some in-house testing here at IR, suffice it to say, I'm a very happy camper!

Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro: 150mm, f/2.8, 1/2500s, ISO 400

I also dive in to look at High-Res Shot mode, and while it's a bit limited in usefulness, it can be used to capture some stunning photos. I then wrap things up by looking at image stabilization, which has also undergone some improvements with the Mark II model (spoiler alert: it's astonishing).

For all the details, jump over to my Olympus E-M1 II Field Test Part II, and if you haven't done so already, be sure to check out Part I. Also, the E-M1 II Gallery Page has, of course, been updated with a variety of new RAWs and JPEGs for your perusal.

Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro: 100mm, f/3.2, 1/2500s, ISO 400
Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro: 12mm, f/2.8, 4s, ISO 200

Olympus E-M1 Mark II Field Test Part II