Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Mirrorless Camera Review

It is equipped with a 16MP Live MOS sensor and a TruePic VII Image Processor, which provides faster performance and decreased noise throughout the ISO range when compared to the previous TruePic VI processor. The camera is available in black or silver.

The Mark II further improves on its predecessor by including a 5-axis VCM Image Stabilization system that gives up to 5 stops of correction in each direction. Full HD 1080p video recording is now possible on the Mark II, with a greater bitrate of up to 77 Mb/s and a wider range of codecs than previously.

The E-M5 Mark II is equipped with a one-of-a-kind function that makes use of sensor-shift to generate a 40MP image by merging eight shots in-camera.

The camera’s fully articulated 3″ touchscreen LCD panel makes it simple to capture self-portraits, and the camera’s built-in WiFi allows you to share your photographs with others fast.

Whenever the LDC display is not being used for live view, the 2,360k-dot EVF with 1.48x magnification delivers a practically lag-free view with a 1.48x magnification.

Image Quality that is second to none

The Olympus E-M5 Mark II is equipped with a 16-megapixel High-Speed Live MOS Sensor, which provides increased performance as well as remarkable clarity and speed in all aspects of picture capture and capture speed.

Using the TruePic VII image-processing engine from Olympus, image quality in low-light conditions is improved significantly. The camera’s sensor has a maximum sensitivity of 25,600 and its dynamic range has been increased to ensure more accurate color reproduction in low light.

Image Stabilization on Five Axes

The ultra-sensitive 5-axis VCM (voice coil motor) is equipped with updated gyro sensors, allowing for a total of 5 exposure steps of compensatory exposure. When shooting still photographs in low light, the E-M5 Mark II produces clean, clear images, and when recording HD video, the camera maintains a stable frame rate.

Electronic Viewfinder With An Intuitive Interface

The electronic viewfinder of the camera is equipped with an eye sensor, which allows it to fluidly switch between the tilting 3.0″ touch screen OLED and the electronic viewfinder for the greater convenience of use.

Information about the camera’s settings, such as the shutter speed, is displayed at the bottom of the viewfinder, allowing photographers to concentrate on framing shots and taking full advantage of the EVF’s ability to display the effects of various exposure adjustments and Art Filter effects – all without having to take their eyes away from the viewfinder – while framing shots.

Additional Characteristics

An electronic viewfinder that is interactive, high-resolution, and high-magnification. An LCD monitor with a touch screen and adjustable viewing angles of 3″. Wi-Fi is pre-installed for immediate connectivity.

For studio work, the camera’s compatibility with Olympus Capture camera control software, which establishes a smooth interface between the camera and the computer, as well as Live Composite, which automatically combines numerous exposures for exceptionally detailed night scenes, are both advantages.

Resistance to the weather

The magnesium alloy body is sealed, which helps to keep dust and fluids out of the body. The camera is capable of operating in temperatures as low as 14° Fahrenheit.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Specs

MSRP$1099 (body only)
Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialMagnesium alloy
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 size notesThe high-resolution mode produces Raw images at 9216 x 6912 or JPEGs at 7296 x 5472.
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorTruePic VII
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
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
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsSuperfine, fine, normal, basic
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (Olympus ORF format)MPO (3D)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points81
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,037,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.48× (0.74× 35mm Equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Exposure modesiAutoProgramAperture priority shutter priorityManualBulbTime
Scene modesPortraite-PortraitLandscapeLandscape + PortraitSportHand-held StarlightNight sceneNight + PortraitChildrenHigh KeyLow KeyDIS modeMacroNature MacroCandleSunsetDocumentsPanoramaFireworksBeach & SnowFisheye Conv.Wide Conv.Macro Conv.Panning3D
Built-in flashNo (Compact external flash included)
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash modesAuto, redeye, fill, off, redeye slow sync, slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, manual
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec
Drive modesSingleSequential (hi/lo)Self-timer
Continuous drive10.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, 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 (+/- 7 stops in each A-B/G-Maxis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 640 x 480 (30p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
Videography notesSupports ALL-I and IBP recording modes
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n
Remote controlYes (wired and via smartphone)
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionBLN-1 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)310
Weight (inc. batteries)469 g (1.03 lb / 16.54 oz)
Dimensions124 x 85 x 45 mm (4.88 x 3.35 x 1.77″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Price