I’ve had my Olympus OM-D E-M5 for quite a while now. It has some cracking features which I’ll probably run through in other blogs but it also full HD video capability. Something I’ve not played around with that much on this camera so I decided to go to the local park today and shoot some video at the highest setting of 1920 x 780 25i. The following vid is the result after stitching the shorter clips together. A superb feature of the Olympus which I will mention is the IBIS Image Stabilisation. This helps enormously in maintaining a steady scene.
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As always though, you have to be aware of how large the file sizes get. This 5 minute clip came in at just under 1 GB.
Some of the footage here, especially of the rippling water, doesn’t look brilliant upon closer inspection but there’s a lot of complex stuff going on with the reflection. I guess the image processor is wondering WTF! The camera was set on Program mode and Continuous Focusing too which doesn’t help. It’s pretty obvious that the shutter speed may not be at its optimum and the focus is hunting at times. Maybe I’ll try another shoot some time and use Manual mode with S-AF. Silly me! That’s what I should have done in the first place. Having said this, the general results are impressive.
Overall, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is one slick piece of photographic machinery and, along with the Nikon D800, was “the camera” of 2012. Funny! I’ve got both of them.