Choosing a Micro 4/3rds camera
When Olympus offered the first Mirrorless cameras, there was little competition. Now there are dozens available by Sony, Panasonic, Nikon, Fuji and more. How do you choose?
The FIRST consideration in choosing a system for underwater is to find the one with the best housing.
Olympus continues to make their own, wonderful, ergonomic, low-cost housings with clearly marked controls, and light-weight neutral buoyancy. These features are important to divers and are why these systems are so popular.
Another excellent housing option is made by Nauticam. While they are more expensive and complex, and much heavier above and underwater, they offer several important advantages that are worthwhile to the serious photographer. See my review below.
Housed Olympus mirrorless cameras that we recommend are:
The Exceptional OM-D E-M5II, available with an Olympus or Nauticam housing.
The Full featured OM-D E-M1II, available with an Olympus or Nauticam housing.
(*Note -- our packages include camera, housing, Sea and Sea YS-D2 strobe with fiber optic II cord, ultralight arms (buoyancy arms when required), double handle tray, lens gears, port covers and caps and a free lesson to make sure that you have everything put together correctly.
All of these Olympus mirrorless cameras have (and range from):
• a large micro 4/3rds 16 MP Live MOS sensor that produces SHARP, clear images suitable for large prints.
• full manual and easy program shooting modes
• easily moved point of focus
• image stabilization (from 2-axis in the EPL5 to 5-axis in the EM1 and EM5)
• ISO to 25,600
• cameras range from 8 to10 FPS sequential shooting
• 12 bit RAW
• full HD 1080 video
• live guide
• customizable function buttons to help you set up the controls YOU need for easy access underwater
• an attachable strobe that fits in the housing to provide accurate TTL strobe exposure with an external strobe connected with a fiber optic cord.
On the disadvantage side, the menus for Olympus cameras are quite detailed. While this is actually an advantage, they can appear over-whelming and cumbersome at first. However, we take care of it all for you by adjusting the settings ourselves and including a detailed list of those settings with your purchase or class so that once everything is set, you can just ignore them and concentrate on the few simple controls that you need to easily take great photos underwater.