First Look: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

I said I wasn't going to get it. "I don't need another camera." I said. Then I got the emails...two of my local stores got the camera in stock. The silent shutter was a big deal for me.  "Maybe I'll just go check it out" I said.  And then the inevitable rationalization began.  Well, I just sold my E-M5, so I have effectively raised some of the money for it already.  I could just go look, I don't have to buy it.  Don't ever do that if you are on the fence about purchasing something.  Wait...let me rephrase that.  If you are a camera junkie like me, don't ever go to the store to just "take a look". Now here we are and I have a new camera and an unboxing video!

I'm delighted with the looks of the camera.  I purchased the silver and black.  I have wanted this color combo for a long time, but I bought my first E-M5 and the E-M1 used, so I had no choice on the color.  This time I wasn't going to settle for anything else but the silver.  Luckily my camera store had it.  It brings back memories of using my Dad's Canon AE-1 Program.  I loved that camera and this one really brings me back to that time. The dials are knurled and I just love that look. They rotate nicely and are firm, but not overly so.

Olympus has updated the flash. The head swivels from side to side and it's adjustable up and down as well.  It comes with a carrying bag too.  The articulated LCD screen is also welcome. 

The extra grip was not available at my store.  They had the two piece set, but because I have the grip from my original E-M5, I only need the slim grip. Olympus went ahead and made the old battery grip portion compatible with the new slim grip, which is fantastic.  

On looks alone, I'm in love with this camera.  In the coming days I'll be giving it a workout and will let you know my first impressions of how it operates.

Take a look at my video below where you can get a closer look at the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. If you have this camera, leave me a comment about what you like and dislike about it.