Slow motion video is the rage and everyone is doing it though I personally feel it is gimmicky. Nonetheless, it is one of the highly requested feature and Olympus included that in their newest E-M5 Mark III, having 120FPS Full HD High Speed video. I thought why not follow the trend and do a short video capturing everything in slow motion? That was super, super fun to make. Also, in later part of the video I demonstrated how to enable the 120FPS Full HD setting in camera.
Video footage was straight out of camera with no post-editing/grading performed. Lenses used for this video – Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 and 45mm F1.8.
How to activate the 120FPS Full HD High Speed video in Olympus E-M5 Mark III
1) Turn the mode dial to movie recording mode
2) From the live view press OK button to activate the quick menu
3) Scroll till you find the video recording options
4) Choose the 120FPS High Speed FHD option
5) Press INFO button and you can change the slow motion speed which corresponds to the frame rate being captured. Eg 60FPS is half speed, and 24FPS is 20% speed.
Some limitations of 120FPS capture on Olympus E-M5 Mark III
1) Audio recording is disabled
2) No C-AF available, only S-AF or MF
3) Movie IS 2 only – sensor stabilization only, no electronic stabilization available
I thought the 120FPS slow motion straight out of the camera came out quite well, the footage was crisp and clean, smooth and free of unwanted artifacts or weird effects. The camera still fully engages the built in camera’s 5-Axis Image Stabilization resulting in steady and shake free hand-held video recording. It was a challenge to find scenes or subjects that fully showcased the advantage of slow motion capture, and I had a great time spending a few hours out in hot Malaysian sun testing the 120FPS video mode!
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