Photography Lesson #2

It’s been a while since I did lesson #1. I’ve been busy making soap. If you’re interested, I create under the name Ocean Blue Soaps. A business that has grown from almost nothing. Although it’s still in its foetal stages and it’s requiring a lot of input to get it to where I’d like it to be. All this before I start building a house which is looming on horizon. Sorry, getting side tracked. This lesson is a relatively easy one, to look up the differences between mine and another camera. I did a lot of research when I bought the camera. I wanted a DSLR  and had to work out what was best with the limited budget I had.


Lesson #2

In this lesson I have to…

Take a good look at your camera and try to identify each component. Now look up a different camera and compare their specifications. Try doing this for both a less advanced and a more advanced body, and for different lenses.



I’ve cheated a little here. This table was copied from Dpreview showing 3 different OM-D models with mine being the E-M5 II. To make it fair and a little more interesting I’ve included a few comparisons to a full frame camera below the table.  

Olympus OM-D
Olympus OM-D
Olympus OM-D
Pixel count 16MP 16MP 16MP
Image stabilization 5-axis 5-axis 5-axis
Stabilization (CIPA) 4 Stops 5 Stops 4 Stops
Max shutter speed 1/4000 1/8000
(1/16000 electronic)
On-sensor PDAF No No Yes
Continuous shooting
(without /with AF)
9fps / 3.5fps 10fps / 5fps 10fps / 9fps
Flash Clip-on
Fixed direction
Fixed direction
Viewfinder 1.44m dot LCD
1.15x mag
2.36m dot LCD
1.48x mag
2.36m dot LCD
1.48x mag
Max video res/rate 1080/30p 1080/60p 1080/30p
Max bitrate 17Mbps 77Mbps 24Mbps
Mic socket No Yes Yes
Rear screen Tilt 3.0″ OLED
0.61m dots
3.0″ touchscreen
1.04m dots
Flip up/down
3.0″ touchscreen
1.04m dots
Wi-Fi No Yes Yes
Accessory Port? Yes No Yes
Environmental sealing? Yes Yes Yes
Battery life (CIPA) 360 310 350
Weight 425g 469g 497g
Dimensions 121 x 90 x 42mm 124 x 85 x 45mm 130 x 94 x 63mm

squaresThe E-M5 is a small bodied four thirds camera which makes it ideal for travelling. This was one of the main reasons why I chose this camera. At the time I was taking off on an adventure on a push bike. Space and weight were an important factor. A full frame camera is still a dream which may come true one day so here are a couple comparisons between my little camera and a Nikon D850 that I found most significant.

The first thing that leaps out at me is the weight, the D850 weighs 1005g compared to 425g and of course the price. Costing double that of the little E-M5.  The other thing I noticed with the E-M5 is that lenses are compared to 35mm (full frame). I have a 17mm f1.8 lens which I bought for general purpose snapping. This is would be a 34mm lens in full frame terms. There’s also less choice when choosing lenses and add-ons for your camera.

Now, the difference between the two formats that seems to trouble me is the ISO capabilities. I haven’t used a full frame camera but apparently with a full frame you can shoot with a higher ISO allowing you to take pics in lower light levels. This is something that has troubled me with the E-M5, I take a lot of photos later in the day and I usually don’t have a tripod to shoot from.

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