The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II has now been officially announced and we’ve been able to shoot with a full production sample for a few hours. Amongst the many features that we were keen to test was the latest incarnation of the High Res Shot Mode. When this mode is activated the camera takes a sequence of shots and merges them together to create one much larger image. With the OM-D E-M1 Mark II the jpegs have 8160 x 6120 pixels.
High Res Shot mode was introduced with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, and while it works well with some subjects, images of moving water and foliage suffered from ghosting, making it unusable for many landscape scenes. Olympus claimed that this had been resolved for the new OM-D E-M1 Mark II, so I shot a couple of images of moving water and trees with leaves moving in the wind while we had a production sample of the camera for a few hours.
I’m happy to say that the results are good. If you take a look at the images in this sample gallery you’ll see that there’s some blurring of the moving elements in the frame (notice the woman walking on the right and some of the leaves on the left) but it looks natural as if the shot has been created with a slow shutter speed. The level of detail is also very impressive. I’ve included a standard shot of the scene for comparison.
At the moment I can’t process any raw files from the E-M1 Mark II because the software isn’t available and Adobe Camera Raw needs an update, so I can’t comment upon how they perform just yet. I’ll add more images to the sample gallery, including a few raw files as soon as I can, so watch this space!
View or download our Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II High Res Shot Mode Images