Welcome to my 5-minute review of the Olympus OMD EUM one, mark two. Now we’re doing a full detailed review. It’s just over a half-hour long focus on the article aspects. And since that review is so detailed, we go over so many topics.
It’s that long. I decided to make a 5-minute version of it for those of you guys who don’t want to watch the full thing.
Now, I’m not doing anything talking about photos, stuff like that, because I really want to spend this last month of this camera and really dove deep just into an article so I can learn much in tests, do tests and comparisons and really give you guys great information. So that’s what we’re gonna be covering in these 5 minutes.
The first thing I want to mention is the build quality and ergonomics.
Now, this is one of the best micro 430 cameras that have held in my hands. It feels really high quality. All the buttons, switches, dials, they feel really nice. And it feels like it’s gonna last a long time. And it definitely feels worthy of that price tag.
Which, of course, is 2000$. It’s the most expensive microphone third’s camera that has been released so far, at least until the G.H.5 comes out, which similarly priced. I really like how easy it is to access all the settings.
The menu system is decently easy to learn, but on the video side, there are some menu options where you just trail in really deep and it does take some time to learn to figure it out.
Once you do, it’s not too difficult to know where you need to get.
Now, a couple of quirks is if you want to adjust ISO and your shutter and aperture, there’s a little switch that you have to flip up and down so you can either adjust aperture and shutter speed or you have to flip a little switch first and then you can access ISO or your microphone input. So that’s a little quirky, but you do get used to it.
Now, if you want to adjust microphone gain settings, you could do so, but all the dials are really clicking.
So if you’re using a shock and Mike, that is going to kind of get in the way, you hear those clicks while you’re switching those settings. So be aware of that.
Now, while we’re talking about mikes, the actual preamp in the camera for video use is really bad. It’s one of the node’s most noisy preamps that I’ve ever use. And even if your feet are really high quality, loud signal into it, inset the internal gain settings to the very setting.
It’s still quite audible that hiss. So if you’re gonna be using this for work and you want to use internal audio, you’re gonna have to be using post-production noise removal software, which is what I had to do with the article that I made with it.
Now rear LCD and touchscreen work really. It’s nice and bright and easy to see.
It’s not sharp as Panasonic or Samsung or Canon, but you can’t use it to manual focus. So I like the way they did a couple of things, such as the levels. They don’t take a lot of the screen space, so you can still see if your horizon is level. And that’s a nice feature.
And the histogram you. It doesn’t like stick out or takes a lot of the screen space.
You want to turn it on and off. It’s small but long. And that’s kind of where you have to use for exposing because you can’t change the metering and camera in the video mode, you’re locked out. So you’re definitely gonna have to use the histogram to do your exposure.
A couple of things I really like is the battery indicator is read out in minutes.
So, you know, if you have a half-hour left or an hour, that makes it nice to use instead of having a percentage or even just a few bars of the battery going into four key quality, the image decent. But it’s not great.
I would say it’s about the average or a little below average as compared to Panasonic or Fuji or Sony, a similar to the five D mark for which to me I’ve been using for K for over three years now.
It looks more like a 2.7 K upscaled. Now one issue that is the bitrate is very low.
Olympus really advertised their 237 bitrates, but it’s usually about 35 average, sometimes hitting 50, etc. If this is just a bug or why this is. But you can definitely see compression artifacts inside 4K video.
There is one flat mode which they call picture profile on and it’s not very flat.
It’s kind of like in-between a flat profile and a regular profile. But this is the mode that I would suggest because in the other modes, the colors are kind of weird and auto white balance is too sensitive and not very accurate compared to the other cameras I’ve used.
So definitely use picture profile on, which doesn’t mean you’re gonna spend more time in post-production, adding, in contrast, saturation tweaking your colors, which is a shame because this is what I thought would be a nice run and gun camera, but it doesn’t seem like it’s turning out that way.
The low light performance isn’t great. It’s average to a little bit below average.
Interestingly, the Panasonic’s that are cheaper perform better than this camera does and might have something to do with that bitrate the dynamic range.
It isn’t great average or maybe a little bit below average. It’s not bad. And impressively, when you lift up the shadows, they’re quite clean compared to the competition. But the highlights just get cut off.
So if you overexpose anything, it’s lost even in that flat picture profile video.
AutoFocus is average to below. It’s better than what Panasonic offers, nothing close to Sony or Canon, which is a shame because that would be great for fun and good filmmaking. Now, on the bright side, the ibis is very good.
It honestly is the best ibis around in handheld footage. Even with manual lenses look really nice and really stable.
So this is a plus. So in conclusion, if you’re looking to pick up this camera for a video or even a 50 50 photo video mix, I wouldn’t recommend it. Not that it’s a bad camera.
It’s a really good camera overall. But for that price point of 2000$, it really doesn’t offer too much. It does have some Stena features like the really good ibis. But there’s a lot of areas as a video where it’s average or below average.
And with the GJ five coming out for the same price, I think that’s going to be a really great alternative, they guess, for watching this 5minute review. If you guys want to see the full review, which is really detailed and we cover a lot of different topics we can cover here.