Film making has been a passion of mine for years, which is why it was clear that it should also be my profession. I dumped my office job, completed film school, and made my hobby into my career.
In 2015, when I used the OM-D E-M 5 Mark II for the first time to complete a project, I switched my equipment to Olympus from one day to the next. This combination of professional image quality, ease of use, and an excellent image stabilizer made the decision easy - and I have never regretted it.
In early 2017, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II accompanied me on my trip to Bali. It was clear from the very beginning that any additional equipment, such as a tripod or gimbal should stay home, and that the camera equipment I was taking with me should not exceed 1 kg.
Having a professional tool on hand that enables me to make movies or take pictures in the right moment is a real privilege. The camera fits the hand as if poured in - in combination with the battery handle the feel is just perfect.
Since January is rainy season in Bali, rain showers were expected daily not to mention the high humidity. And thus the camera got its daily shower. Nevertheless, I could always rely on it. Even when under heavy use, 2 - 3 batteries were usually sufficient. Another advantage is not being perceived correctly. I go around looking like a tourist, the benefit of which is that I could always use the camera and use it everywhere. I was very impressed by the quality of the 4K recordings. Blur-free videos, down to the smallest detail. Some individual frames could also be exported well as photos, and always at a resolution of 9 MP!
Even though the camera has an excellent built-in Auto Focus, I always set sharpness manually. With the zoom-in function and very reliable peaking, I always have sharpness under control. Thus, manual images using, for example, the 40-150 mm lens and zooming in fully, are not a problem.
You will have to grapple a bit with the menu guidance, but the ability to program buttons and switches to your requirements and habits makes work much easier.
I simply can no longer do without the flip-up, pivoting display. Often, I hold the camera over my head and move it down slowly, my eyes focused on the display the entire time. This makes for really beautiful camera movements, and the integrated 5-axes image stabilizer ensure the movement is smooth.
Although the camera has microphone and headphone ports, it wasn't always necessary to connect an external microphone. There was no noise with the integrated microphone, and the quality was perfectly satisfactory for many situations. I think you would be best equipped for this type of trip with this camera and a 25 mm 1.2 lens, as well as a 12-100 mm 4 lens. Of course, I don't fully do without aids in my other work, but I am simply overwhelmed by the new functions and features this camera offers, especially when traveling. I simply can't imagine working with a camera that does not include all these advantages.
Author, Photographer & Videographer: Dominique Züger