EM-5 For Video

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by slickh, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. slickh

    slickh New to Mu-43

    Dec 19, 2013
    Has anyone used their EM-5 for video? Please give me your opinion on how satisfactory it performed.
  2. wildwildwes

    wildwildwes Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 9, 2012
    Brooklyn, NY
    It does a very good job despite what some naysayers opine! Working on a documentary film and both the editor and I are VERY pleased with the "footage" we're able to capture on the fly when the E-M5's small form-factor and superb IBIS make it possible to shoot where it would otherwise be VERY difficult to shoot with larger gear...
  3. sgreszcz

    sgreszcz Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 7, 2012
    I agree with the above, with the only letdown being if there is a lot of detailed movement in the frame (like leaves rustling in the wind). Then the image breaks down and gets a lot of blocky artifacts.

    Another thing to consider is turning down the sharpening to -2 to give a more pleasing image with less compression artifact 'jaggies'. You can always add in a bit of sharpening in your editing software.

    The em-5 does produce a beautiful image for things like portraits, interviews, and scenes that are not too complicated. The ibis is amazing (I can run behind my 3-year old and the results are quite stable!). Search vimeo for em-5 video and see the one shot from a moving tram.

    There is a fairly active em-5 video group on Facebook. One of the guys there shoots lovely wedding video with the em-5.

    If olympus ever improved the video codec (better compression down to 1080p and more frame rates) they wouldn't be able to keep their cameras on the shelves.
  4. sgreszcz

    sgreszcz Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 7, 2012

    I would love to hear more about your project!
  5. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    Search Vimeo as well for sample videos.
  6. Bif

    Bif Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 28, 2012
    San Angelo TX
    Bruce Foreman
    Question: Is it possible to use ISO values higher than ISO 3200 in video/movie mode? I haven't been able to find anything in the menus on that. High ISO performance in still modes is outstanding and it sure would help to be able to use 6400.
  7. M4/3

    M4/3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 24, 2011
    I use the E-M5 almost exclusively for video and don't use any Panasonics
    because they lack 5-axis image stabilization and I don't like Panasonic
    colors. EM-5 sample:
  8. slickh

    slickh New to Mu-43

    Dec 19, 2013
    Thanks everyone for your response. Now I need to get busy and look for a body, as I have a couple of lenses that will work.
  9. JamieW

    JamieW Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 25, 2013
    The butterflies are nice, but if you listen to the end of the video, there are clearly dinosaurs nearby. Is there a follow-up video? :)
  10. Bif

    Bif Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 28, 2012
    San Angelo TX
    Bruce Foreman
    Someone over on E-P1.net came up with a possible answer on this, suggesting if in Manual with the dial on top that ISO could be changed to higher than ISO 3200. In Movie mode there is a "hard" 3200 high limit.

    I tried a quick test last night, set the camera to Manual, ISO to 12,800, shutter to 1/60th, aperture f2.8 (wide open on that lens), and did a quick video pan around the living room (darker part of the room). It seemed to work, looks like if in "M" (dial on top) and you press the red button, the exposure system "honors" the settings you have made.

    Jamie: Nice butterfly!!!!

    Edit: The above info on the E-M5 being able to do video with ISO higher than 3200 seems to be in error. According to the review on dpreview, when video recording is initiated from any mode other than Movie mode itself exposure is accomplished from Programmed Auto. It appears that the high ISO limit of 3200 in Movie mode is a "hard" limit.
  11. PatrickVA

    PatrickVA Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 31, 2012
    Central Virginia
    I use it a lot for video - I think the issues some more advanced videographers have is in bitrates, compression, audio and other things. For consumer level I think it does a terrific job. The onboard mics work OK, and I've had very good results with the SEMA adapter using a shotgun mic and a high-end wireless lavalier.

    We do a web-based video series at my work (mostly on-location interviews and associated B-roll). Our kits are Canon 5D MkIIIs, but I use my EM-5 and our editors think my footage looks terrific - as good or better than the Canons depending on lighting and other factors.

    Here's an example I shot for fun - this was all auto white balance using the 20mm and 45mm lenses, mostly wide open, 1/30 shutter speed and 3200 ISO. These are generally speaking the most open you can get for low light. The audio was captured with a Samsung smart phone. Good footage doesn't have to be hard - the difficult part is planning and editing to "tell a story."


    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/70830309" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/70830309">The Embalmers</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user18568449">Patrick Tremblay</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
  12. Lobbamobba

    Lobbamobba Mu-43 Veteran

    May 15, 2013
    I would say this is not an easy question. For Run N Gun its exelent because of the IS. Its just a shame that the codec is so weak which lead to lacking image quality.
    I only used it for a project that couldnt include a tripod and it needed to be small. Then I sold it.
    Here are two test videos I did that whent ok.

    Here is a test where the weal codec shows even more.

    It is such a shame. If the OMD would get better codec or lets say the GX7 got IS in the body it would change the game! i would preorder two the same minute it was anounced. But they do like always, slowly releasing small upgrades. Thats why we need companys like BMD ans Digital Bolex to kick then in the butt and wake them up.