Olympus E-PL2 Video

Olympus E-PL2 m.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6 720p edited in iMovie

Easily the best video performance I've yet seen in an Olympus m4/3 camera. This is actually pretty good. The E-P1 and E-P2 were somewhat soft, but this is nice and sharp with good colour. As is usual, nowhere near the flexibility of something like a GH2, but as I've said many times before, is this the point of video enabled stills cameras?

People moan about the lack of full manual control and various broadcast quality features, as if they were using these cameras to shoot some hollywood blockbuster. Some people obviously do use cameras such as this as a budget alternative for some serious filmaking, but the idea of them being a serious alternative to a dedicated video camera has always struck me as like asking for Formula 1 performance in a Nissan Micra!

The great thing is you get seriously good HD quality on many m4/3 cameras, but to expect them to be equipped with the same functionality as a made for the job camera, is asking a lot. Much is made about manual focus and being able to set the aperture manually. This is actually easy to do by buying a manual lens and using an adapter. You can get all sorts of really good manual lenses for m4/3 often at ridiculously cheap prices. I've always found it much easier to use them anyway. I've used MF Nikon lenses on all the Canon and m4/3 cameras I've had, and they work very well.

However this was shot with the 14-150mm zoom, and as you can see its produced some nice crisp footage even at the 150mm end.