When I heard that Olympus was coming out with the OM-D E-M5 Mark II, being the gear head that I am, I was excited. When it was revealed that it would have a silent mode, I was absolutely giddy! How silent would it be though? I read reviews and watched some videos of others that had the camera before me, but I needed to hear it (or not hear it) for myself.
One of the first things I did when I unpacked this camera was take some photos. Immediately I noticed the shutter sound was different. The sound is a little more subtle than the OM-Ds that came before it. I then went in search of the setting to make the shutter completely silent. It's in Shooting Menu 2 as pictured here. When set to silent the shutter cannot be heard at all. I had to check the playback to make sure I was actually capturing images!
When considering this purchase, I thought the ideal application would be for street photography. There are many times I've been in locations where I would have liked to take a photo, a train for example, where I was too close to a subject and firing off a photo would have easily been detected. Well no more!
The past two weekends I attended both a baby shower and a wedding shower. Events where photography is welcomed and expected. What I didn't realize is how nice it would be to take photographs in stealth mode. Often times I was sitting right next to guests and who wants to hear the constant sound of a shutter firing off time after time? It was so nice to not have to even think about whether or not I was disturbing the other guests. I even received a few remarks from attendees who asked if I was actually taking photos because they couldn't hear anything.
I'm so thrilled that Olympus added this feature! Weddings, street photography, anywhere you need to be discrete...this is the perfect mode!