Disable "Quick Sleep". I never struggled with the E-M10 in terms of responsiveness *or* battery life as long as I had it - it was a very fluid camera in use from the get-go, and the E-M5 II has even more horsepower. There's simply no need to suffer like that. Anyhow, I know from experience that the GX85 and the GX9 are very fast cameras to turn on and be ready for a shot - they *are* quicker, but not by such a large margin.Ok 'team'. It's Day 19 and I am STILL having trouble picking up the Olympus E-M5.2 instead of the Panasonic GX85. Any help? It was frustrating (again) to go to see an art installation of well lit weave of threads suspended over a pond at night. Easy contrasty setting, but the E-M5.2 was still able to struggle with focus and make me wait as shots walked away.
What am I doing? Should I NOT be using the "Quick Sleep" mode that is supposed to extend battery life? Should I use "All Points" focus rather than "Center Point"? Is there a different mode of thinking that I am missing?
With the GX85, I can see a shot about to happen and turn on the camera while raising it to my eye and have time to frame and shoot. With the Olympus I see the shot about to happen and touch the shutter while raising the camera to my eye and wait for the EVF, then for the IBIS shake, then to think for a second, and THEN release the shutter to me... but sometimes I wait so long I eventually press the damned shutter again ... only to have it infinity focus, fire, and then show me the EVF!!
Gee, thanks, the parents have already removed the toddlers' ice cream cone from the infant's face and begun their clean up. That wonderful sharing older brother is back to eating his ice cream. The baby in the crib is screaming - which, thankfully, covers what I am telling the camera about it's parents. The GX85 just seems much faster responding and reliable of capture.
What am I doing wrong? Any help would be greatly appreciated. This SiJy is about me falling in love with the E-M5.2 and P20/1.7, but the GX85+12-32 still has my heart, and it's Day 19!!! Yikes!!!
Other than that, I can imagine that your focus woes are a thing - I never liked the 20mm on the E-M10 that had the same AF system as the E-M5 II. "Wide area" has never worked for me on *any* camera in terms of speed and accuracy, though, so YMMV - but it may be worth a try. Personally, I always have the fastest results with single point AF on any camera. The 20mm is the culprit; it's slow to react and needs its time - so I'd only use it with the camera firmly set to AF-S, single point and be patient (AF-C is explicitly stated to not work with it - but I guess you knew that already). One last tip is to keep the focus point really steady on the subject until the camera has focused (no shooting excited kids!) - if you tend to start recomposing too soon, you'll get frustrated more often. I know that because I can be quite impatient that way.
But first and foremost, prevent the camera from slapping you in the face by switching off after a couple of seconds. Whoever thought that would ever be helpful? I have a similar experience with a camera I otherwise still adore - the Nikon 1 V1. Switching it on is quite quick - but waking it up from Sleep Mode is irritatingly slow. So, I have to remember to turn it off after a shot. It's a bit of a nuisance, and I imagine it's quite a bit worse with the E-M5 II because switching it on requires both hands ...