Olympus E-M1 MK II: The End of the Steadicam? – On the Go Ep. 41 – feat. Janne Amunét

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In this second part of our conversation with Finnish filmmaker Janne Amunét, he tells us a little more about his experience as a camera tester for the Olympus E-M1 MK II.

There are many ways to skin a cat, they say. And there are many ways to stabilise a moving camera: Steadycam, gimbal, dolly, slider… and in recent times, also the In-Body Image Stabilisation available in many modern cameras. In this part of our conversation with Janne, he tells us about his opinion of the excellent sensor stabilisation found on the new Olympus E-M1 MK II.

A few years ago, brushless gimbals took the market by storm, and it has got to the point where you can get a stabiliser for your DSLR or mirrorless for a relatively low cost. But as it becomes easier and easier to get similar results just by handholding the camera without having to worry about extra weight, power, or setup time, it feels almost certain that we will see a change in the visual language, as shooters come up with new ways to exploit what new cameras have to offer. Exciting times ahead indeed!

Olympus E-M1 MK II

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James Bridges Reply
James Bridges November 19, 2016

Billy Hong, have you seen this?!? GH5 should have the same stabilization…

Tat Leung Chan Reply
Tat Leung Chan November 19, 2016

Gh5 will not at this level of ibis

James Bridges Reply
James Bridges November 19, 2016

Tat Leung Chan how do you know?

Marko Koskenoja November 19, 2016

It will be even better with a dual IS 2 Lumix lens. My new G85 (with the firmware update) and my 12-60 weather proof lens and small 45-175 zoom is incredible.

Markus Magnon November 19, 2016

Interesting. Also nice to hear the thoughts about 4K vs. 1080p at 10:54 min. Sure. People argumenting that Netflix only accept 4K. But who is working for netflix? If you work for netflix you can afford a RED. And if all smart phones can shoot in 4k, that doesn’t mean a good professional camera must have 4K. I am not sure, but i think 95% of all cinema projectors in the moment are 2k projectors. And do people really watch 4K on Netflix? you need really fast internet connection to stream 4k in high bitrate.

4k is nice. you can crop into the image. and bigger is allways beter. more details, sharper image. i get it. But more important than 4k is the sensor. Is it a “real” 16mm digital film sensor. raw recording, 13 stops dynnamic range. this is more important than 4k, imho. 4K will come. I don’t know if its 2017 or 2020. but if people have to decide which camera they buy right now they should think about other features than 4k.

Kai Liu Reply
Kai Liu November 19, 2016

And the dynamic range seems very good.

Kristian Appel Reply
Kristian Appel November 19, 2016


Jeremy Woods Reply
Jeremy Woods November 19, 2016

I feel like they’re going to bust into karaoke

paolo baroni November 20, 2016

looks like the same steady u can get from a7s2 with a stabilized lens….loosing full frame and iso…..dumped

Myles Thompson Reply
Myles Thompson November 25, 2016

Where’s the footage shot on this camera by Janne?