The EM5 MKii is a beautiful camera. It looks lovely, and taking photographs on it is always enjoyable. The in body stabilisation makes handheld video, especially the run-and-gun type I tend to make, a bit easier on the eye. The footage is easy to manipulate in post, and the tilts-floppy screen is very handy indeed!
However, my main concern with the video on the EM5 mkii is the autofocus. This is not a problem for my photography, as I tend to manually focus, and the AF on the EM5 mkii is perfectly fine for stills. When recording video it is a different matter altogether. Despite the camera making interaction between myself and cameraface a lot easier than the X-T2 on a gimbal, the AF is constantly struggling to lock on, and this is a problem.
C-AF on a camera from this time period will always be less effective than a modern camera like the X-T2, but knowing M43 has good autofocus, I did not expect it to be quite as bad as it is. There are ways around this of course, AF + MF is a unique tool that would be useful in this situation. However, cameraface is not yet a photographer/videographer, despite my many attempts to turn him! It would be unfair to expect him pick up this skill in a short period of time.
This is a difficult one for me to sum up, I love the camera. It looks and feels fantastic. The stills are great, and it the IBIS is handy for the run-and-gun style video I enjoy doing. Having the autofocus jumping all the time during recording does disrupt the enjoyment of the video recording process, and tells me this expensive camera is probably not meant for the videos that I create. This makes me sad, as this is a camera I love, but I cannot justify having it if it does not meant my requirements for video.
What this camera has shown me, is that I do enjoy using the micro four thirds system for video. Perhaps this will manifest its way into future equipment. For street I have the Ricoh GRII which is small, but for video work the X-T2 is not quite ‘there’ in terms of stabilisation. Perhaps I should look into getting the H-1? However, it does look larger than the X-T2. The EM1 MKII also looks larger than the X-T2, but I have had my eye on it... the price is still a lot higher than I would like though.
Time will tell! - Sly.