Olympus have long been positioned as a good all-weather brand, but there’s a lot more to the line then just this. Here we take a look at some of the best from the Olympus line which you might want to consider as a vlogger.
The Olympus brand name doesn’t quite carry the heavy hitting power of, say, Nikon or Canon, which can work to your advantage when it comes to price tag as well as availability. They carry a similar degree of quality and style, however- there are photographers who still have running Olympus 35mm cameras from the 80’s! They’re also innovative, and quickly adapt the best features of other brands to their needs too- they now feature the in-body image stabilisation that Sony innovated, for example, with their own clever twists.
The Olympus brand also make microscopes, so they have reputation for truly great pro lenses at a cost that’s far lower than the build quality would suggest. If you’re interested in venturing into the DLSR landscape for your vlogging, but don’t want to overcommit, an Olympus may well be the best vlogging camera for you.
Now you know a little more about this interesting brand, let’s take a look at our top 3 picks for the best Olympus cameras for vloggers. Each of these features tough construction, interesting video features and an attractive price tag for what you get, and we’re certain you’ll find a great camera for you among them.
This is the camera for the adventurous vloggers among us. Well able to withstand water, harsh weather and a certain amount of mistreatment, it provides you with always-on connectivity [built in Wi Fi and GPS to ensure you are never lost] and a powerful blast of processing power to give you the creative flexibility your vlog needs. It makes a great POV video option, and the front LED light can be used as a makeshift torch too. Super Macro mode works brilliantly for up-close shots.
Its floating strap makes sure the camera can’t sink if you part ways temporarily while shooting your action-packed vlog, and remote features are enabled through an Android app. While the camera is robust, it does lose a little video quality on some of the higher end, more fragile videos out there. But for an action vlogger or a sports diary, this is the perfect pick.
The E-P2 represents a lot of innovation from the Olympus line, and that’s partly what earned it its spot on this list. You wouldn’t know it from looking, however- the neat and stylish retro trend of the metal body is a throw-back to the days of film cameras. Its Continuous Autofocus feature, however, represents the height of modern camera technology. The camera comes with an accessory port that allows either a microphone add-on or their detachable electronic view finder to be added.
If you’re interested in effects, the new art filters they’ve added aren’t bad either. Diorama, in particular, is an interesting effect when added to the HD video function. iEnhance allows you to tinker with colour and contrast for more visual drama, and the camera does allow full Manual shutter control even in movie mode. It also interfaces well with TVs
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera
This Camera also made it onto our best mirrorless cameras for vloggers list, and with good reason. It’s a compact and versatile step up from a standard point-and-shoot camera, without overburdening you with complications as will most DSLRs. The shutter can integrate with your smart phone to allow triggering and focusing at remote distance, to ensure you get the best stills and video possible.
5-Axis image stabilisation prevents jostling ruining your shot, and you’ll get up to 8.5 fps burst shooting from this powerful little camera. Silent mode kills all shutter sounds, so whether it’s sleeping babies or wildlife you’re trying to vlog about, you needn’t fear waking them. For affordability, compactness, lens selection and quality, you couldn’t do better than this camera, although those with large hands may struggle to handle it comfortably.
If you’re looking for some retro style, or just want a reliable vlogging camera with the quality of some of the bigger names, then consider making Olympus your go-to brand for vlogging. Perhaps you can start with one of these from our list of top Olympus cameras for vlogging.