Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Limited Edition is distinguished by its distinctive styling, silver body, and brown leatherette wrap. It is a mirrorless Micro Four Thirds digital camera with refined stills and movie recording capabilities that is well suited for working in a variety of day-to-day environments.

In conjunction with the TruePic VII image processor, the camera’s high-resolution 16.1MP 4/3 Live MOS sensor allows for continuous shooting at up to 8.5 frames per second and full HD 1080p/60 video recording at a maximum sensitivity of ISO 25600.

When shooting in low light, the in-camera 5-axis image stabilization compensates for up to 4 stops of camera shake, which is especially useful when working in low light. The FAST AF system employs 81 contrast-detection areas for quick, accurate performance, and it has dedicated subject tracking modes.

For clear picture monitoring and playback, the retro-themed body is equipped with a variety of assignable function buttons and knobs, as well as a 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder and a 3.0″ 1.04m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD for clear image monitoring and playback. Other than its attractive look, the E-M10 Mark II’s most significant advantages are its diversity of shooting functions and overall performance, which will appeal to both photographers and videographers alike.

The E-M10 Mark II contains a number of shooting modes to accommodate working in a variety of scenarios, which is aided by the camera’s wide range of image capabilities. A Silent Mode, which uses an electronic shutter to take pictures in complete silence, is available, with shutter speeds of up to 1/16,000 sec. accessible.

When it comes to long exposure photography, the Live Bulb and Live Time modes are excellent choices, and a special Live Composite mode allows you to observe the effects of a long exposure gradually build up throughout the length of the shoot. Wireless sharing and remote camera control are made possible by built-in Wi-Fi, and an interval shooting option may be utilized to create in-camera 4K time-lapse videos.

The camera comes with the flexible M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ lens, which has a 28-84mm equivalent focal length range and can be used for everything from wide-angle to portrait photography. With a series of aspherical, ED, and high refractive index elements working together to limit aberrations and distortions, the lens produces images with exceptional sharpness and clarity.

The lens’ slim 0.9″-thick profile is well-matched to the E-M10 Mark II’s tiny form factor.

The E-M10 Mark II is a Limited Edition camera.

The E-M10 Mark II Limited Edition is distinguished by its distinctive physical look, which includes a classic silver body color and a warm brown leatherette wrap that enhances the already elegant, retro-themed body design. In addition, this edition of the E-M10 Mark II comes with a luxury lens cover for the 14-42mm lens that comes with the camera, as well as a premium real leather shoulder strap that matches the finish of the camera body.

TruePic VII image processor and 16.1MP Live MOS sensor are included.

The E-M10 Mark II is equipped with a 16.1MP 4/3 Live MOS Sensor and the TruePic VII image processor, which allows it to capture high-resolution still images as well as full HD 1080p video at a sensitivity of up to ISO 25600.

In addition, the processing speed allows for a maximum continuous shooting rate of 8.5 frames per second in full resolution, with the potential to record up to 22 12-bit RAW files or 36 JPEGs in a single burst. When filming at a slower rate of 4 frames per second, you will be able to record an unlimited number of bursts up to the capacity of your memory card.

Image Stabilization with Five Axes in-Camera

When working with telephoto shots, macro photography, or long exposures, sensor-shift image stabilization can help to reduce the appearance of camera shake by up to 4 stops with any lens in use. It also compensates for camera movements that become particularly noticeable when working with long exposures, telephoto shots, or macro photography.

his innovative picture stabilization technology compensates for vertical angle rotation, horizontal angle rotation, horizontal shift, vertical shift, and rolling camera shaking movement by working across five axes. This range of observed motions is beneficial for both traditional still picture photography and video recording, as well as for working more efficiently with moving subjects. Additionally, by half-pressing the shutter button, picture stabilization may be activated when framing images to create more precise compositions.

Design of the Body

  • Three dials, each with a knurled finish for quicker adjustment, are located on the top panel and provide manual, direct control over driving modes and programmed function settings.
  • Featuring a 2.36-million-dot resolution and covering 100 percent of the frame, the huge 0.62x equivalent magnification OLED viewfinder allows for precise composition in a variety of lighting settings and working scenarios. It also allows you to pre-visualize any creative effects or exposure tweaks ahead to shooting via the electronic viewfinder.
  • In addition to the viewfinder, the camera is equipped with a 3.0″ 1.04m-dot tilting touchscreen monitor as an option. The monitor may be tilted up to 85 degrees for low-angle photography and down to 45 degrees for high-angle shooting, depending on the application. In addition, the touchscreen design provides direct control while browsing menus, examining photographs, and selecting focus points or other shooting controls, among other functions.
  • With the AF Targeting Pad function, you may use your thumb to trace over the touchscreen to easily shift the focus point when shooting while using the electronic viewfinder (EVF).
  • A trio of Fn (Function) buttons may be assigned to individual controls for rapid modification or access to your most frequently used settings, saving you time and frustration.
  • A built-in pop-up flash may be utilized to provide extra light, and a hot shoe on the top of the camera can be used to attach optional external flashes. If you are using the built-in flash, the maximum sync speed is 1/250 second, and if you are using an external flash, the maximum sync speed is 1/200 second.
  • Controls for the FAST AF system and the focus
  • In order to gain focus on both moving and stationary targets fast and precisely, the FAST contrast-detection autofocus technology uses 81 regions of detection. It is also possible to utilize both face and eye detection modes to track subjects with pinpoint accuracy, as well as single and continuous focusing modes. When working with manual focus, a manual focus assist function can be used to magnify the image in order to more easily identify sh
  • arp focus. A peaking function can also be used to quickly determine in-focus areas in the scene based on colored, highlighted lines of contrast, which can be useful when working with manual focus.
  • OM-D Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Various frame rates up to 60 frames per second are supported in ALL-I or IPB compression, with a maximum bit rate of 77 megabits per second. Full HD 1080p video recording may be done at a range of frame rates up to 60 frames per second in ALL-I or IPB compression. Wit
  • h addition to regular video recording, high-speed video recording at 120 frames per second in a resolution of 640 × 480 pixels is also enabled. One of the most useful features is the dedicated clips function, which allows you to share small movies with preset periods of 1, 2, 4, and 8 seconds in length, with the option to prolong the time limit by clicking the record button again.

For recording sound, while watching movies, the built-in stereo microphone is employed, and a wind noise reduction tool may be used to provide clearer sound. Additionally, throughout the recording process, the microphone loudness can be limited.
M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ Lens, 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6
The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ lens, which has an equivalent focal length range of 28-84mm and is included with the camera body, is a slim and lightweight option. There are three aspherical elements, one element with extremely low dispersion, and one element with a super high refractive index, all of which contribute to a sharp, clear picture with minimal aberrations and distortions across the zoom range. Electronic zooming allows for straightforward focal length change, and the Video & Stills Compatible (MSC) autofocus technology delivers rapid, silent, and accurate focusing performance that is beneficial for both stills and movie recording.

Additional Camera Functions

  • The E-M10 Mark II’s built-in Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to pair the camera with a smartphone and use the Olympus Image Share app to share images wirelessly and operate the camera from a distance.
  • The included BLS-50 rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers around 320 photos per charge under normal settings, or up to 750 shots per charge when using the Quick Sleep Mode (which is not included).
  • Interval shooting is possible for up to 999 sequential frames at intervals ranging from 1 second to 24 hours, and automatic time-lapse processing can save your individual images into a movie for playback. Interval shooting is also possible for up to 999 sequential frames at intervals ranging from 1 second to 24 hours. 4K resolution time-lapse videos maybe are created for even greater detail in your time-lapse videos.
  • A specialized Silent Mode makes use of an electronic shutter to capture images in a silent and undetected manner. Shutter speeds ranging from 1/16,600 to 60 seconds are available while working in this mode of operation.
  • Using the Live Bulb and Live Time settings, you can create some really beautiful long exposure photography. You may use Live Bulb to keep the shutter open for up to one minute, and Live Time allows you to push the shutter button once to open the shutter and then press it again within a minute to bring the exposure to a conclusion.
  • This is a one-of-a-kind long exposure option that allows you to progressively increase the exposure over time without overexposing important components inside the frame. As a result, it is great for capturing star trails or other moving light sources since it only records freshly detected light sources over time and lets you watch the image grow as it is captured.
  • A two-axis electronic level is useful for ensuring that horizons and verticals are continuously level and plumb.
  • When working in live view, you may use Keystone Compensation to account for convergence errors in your work.
  • In a multi-exposure mode, two frames are blended together using an auto gain to keep the exposure value under control.
  • It is possible to shoot consecutive images of the same scene from different viewpoints and then combine them into a single image using Photo Story. Using the Consecutive Image Recording mode, you may record sequential photographs by sliding your finger over the screen, zooming in or out between two shots, applying different frames or borders to each photo, and arranging several images in different compositions.
  • Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Hand-held Starlight, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Fisheye Conv., Wide Conv., Macro Conv., Panning, and 3D are some of the Scene Select modes available to photographers. They include Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape +
  • Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pinhole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, Watercolor, Vintage, and Partial Color are just a few of the art filters available for artistically modifying the look of your images. Art Effects, such as the Soft Focus Effect, Pinhole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect, Star Light Effect, Blur Effect, B&W Effect, Picture Tone Effect, and Shade Effect, can also be used to further enhance the appearance of photographs. Soft Focus Effect, Pinhole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect, Star Light Effect, Blur Effect, B&W Effect, Picture Tone Effect, and Shade Effect are just a few of the options available.
  • Languages supported include: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Indonesian, Malay, and Thai. Languages not supported include: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Specs

Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photodetectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorTruePic VII
ISOAuto, 200 – 25600, expands to 100-25600
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notes5-axis image stabilization (yaw/pitch/roll/vertical/horizontal)
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsSuperfine, fine, normal, basic
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points81
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes (Focus, shutter release, AF point selection, menus, image playback)
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.23× (0.62× 35mm Equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject/scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes (Olympus Wireless RC Flash system compatible)
Flash range5.80 m (ISO 100)
External flashYes (via hot shoe or wirelessly)
Flash modesAuto, redeye reduction, fill-flash, flash off, 1st-curtain slow sync w/redeye, 1st-curtain slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, manual
Continuous drive8.0 fps
Self-timerYes (12 sec., 2 sec, custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p/30p/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p/24p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatH.264, Motion JPEG
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with a smartphone app
Remote controlYes (Optional Remote cable RM-UC1)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionBLS-50 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)320
Weight (inc. batteries)390 g (0.86 lb / 13.76 oz)
Dimensions120 x 83 x 47 mm (4.72 x 3.27 x 1.85″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (Up to 999 shots. Can create 4K / 5 fps video)
GPS notesvia smartphone

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