Olympus OM-D E-M1 Video Performance Reviews


If you have owned any of the older models of Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras, you probably know that one of its weakness is their video recording performance.  It's not so much about the quality of the video itself, but it suffers from so called, "rolling shutter" or "jello effect", which worsens if you turn on image stabilization.


Recorded with Olympus E-P3, hand-held which doesn't exhibit rolling shutter effect.

However, the video gets jittery without IS unless you are shooting the video on a tripod and keep the camera staionary.  It's a catch 22 situation without any solution to remedy the issue.  Most of the rival cameras from Panasonic, Sony's NEX line and even some of the compact cameras outperforms Olympus MFT cameras.

Olympus claimed to have fixed the rolling shutter problem with OM-D E-M5, but it wasn't really fixed in my opinion. It's more reasonable to say that it was noticeably improved.  If video recording is important to you, avoid all Olympus PEN series, because you won't be pleased with the output.

Now back to the main topic, O-MD E-M1 doesn't exhibit any level of rolling shutter effect.  Finally, you can capture great stills and video with one camera.  One a side note, Panasonic GH3 is still seems to produce a little better video with more of a cinematic feel to it.

Check out the in-depth video review by cameralabs.com

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Video Performance Reviews Reviewed by Brandon Oh on 1/27/2014 Rating: 5

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