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OM SYSTEM OM-1 Mark II Review

OM SYSTEM OM-1 Mark II Review

Right, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of the OM SYSTEM OM-1 Mark II, shall we? This little beauty is the successor to the original OM-1, and it’s clear that the boffins at OM SYSTEM have been burning the midnight oil to make some serious improvements.


Autofocus Performance

First things first, the autofocus. The OM-1 Mark II boasts a souped-up AF system that’s supposed to be better at tracking and detecting subjects. In practice, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. While the AF is undeniably snappy and accurate in most situations, it can still struggle a bit with fast-moving subjects or in low light. It’s not a dealbreaker by any means, but it’s worth keeping in mind if you’re planning on shooting a lot of action or dimly lit scenes.

Image Stabilisation

Now, let’s talk about image stabilisation. With a whopping 8.5 stops of compensation, the OM-1 Mark II’s IBIS is nothing short of incredible. Whether you’re shooting handheld in low light or using a longer lens, the IBIS does a fantastic job of keeping your shots sharp and blur-free. It’s a real game-changer for anyone who wants to get creative with their photography without lugging around a tripod.


Creative Features

Speaking of getting creative, the OM-1 Mark II has some nifty tricks up its sleeve in the form of Live ND, Live Composite, and the new Live GND. These features allow you to capture long exposures, composite images, and balanced exposures in-camera, without the need for additional filters or post-processing. It’s a great way to experiment with different techniques and expand your creative horizons, even if the interface can be a bit fiddly at times.


Of course, no camera is perfect, and the OM-1 Mark II has a few drawbacks worth mentioning. For one, the 20.4-megapixel sensor, while capable of producing excellent images, might leave some photographers wanting more resolution. Additionally, the camera’s menus and customization options, while extensive, can be a bit overwhelming and confusing at first.


That being said, the OM-1 Mark II more than makes up for these shortcomings with its impressive high-resolution shooting modes, top-notch video capabilities, and rugged, weather-sealed build quality. Whether you’re a professional photographer or a passionate enthusiast, this camera is a serious contender for anyone looking for a powerful, portable, and versatile shooting tool.

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At the end of the day, the OM SYSTEM OM-1 Mark II is a camera that rewards those who are willing to put in the time and effort to master its features and capabilities. It may not be the most beginner-friendly option on the market, but for those who are up for the challenge, it offers a level of performance and flexibility that’s hard to beat. If you’re in the market for a high-end Micro Four Thirds camera that can keep up with your creative vision, the OM-1 Mark II is definitely worth a closer look

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Owen Howell
Owen Howell

Owen Howell is a highly respected camera reviewer at Cambridge Photography, known for his in-depth knowledge. Born into a family with a rich history in the camera trade, Owen learned the ins and outs of the business from his father, Barry, and grandfather, Tom. As the third-generation owner of Campkins Cameras, Owen has assembled a highly qualified team of practising photographers, collectively boasting over 100 years of experience. When he's not reviewing the latest gear or sharing his expertise with fellow enthusiasts, you can reach Owen and his team via live chat on the Campkins Cameras website, by emailing sales@campkinscameras.com, or by calling 01223 368087.

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