Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Review

Olympus has released a new firmware update for the OM-D E-M5 II, and you can learn how to download and install it by visiting this page on the Olympus website dedicated to the firmware. At first sight, the OM-D E-M5 II firmware version 1.1 appears somewhat unimportant, as it only contains three modifications; nevertheless, two of these improvements are rather significant.

Most importantly, Olympus has solved the noise problem in some photographs captured with the High Res Shot mode. This was something that we did detect if there was any movement in the subject from one frame to the next.

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OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 Mark II (Silver) (Body Only)

Last update was on: April 13, 2024 10:17 am

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When you initially turn on the camera, the information presented now happens much more quickly, thanks to Olympus’s improvements. In addition, the audio added to video files generated using the My Clips editing function may fade in and out. This brings us to the third improvement that has been made.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Video Quality

Olympus has upgraded the potential of the E-M5 to capture video, and the E-M5 Mark II comes equipped with several new capabilities that are sure to pique the interest of filmmakers.

The compression options enable video to be recorded in either the MOV (MPEG-4AVC/H.264) or AVI (Motion JPEG) format, with bitrates reaching up to 77 Mbps. This provides more leeway for the post-production processing that may be required.

You can capture 1080p film at 60 frames per second and then convert it in post-production to 24 frames per second to play it back in high-definition slow motion. This is in addition to the frame rate options of 50, 30, 25, and 24 frames per second. Another excellent news is that the image stabilization mechanism works. At the same time, the movie is being recorded, which ought to result in a less jerky video shot hand-held.

There is also a 3.5mm microphone connector and the option to regulate the input volume manually. Because of these features, it can capture usable audio using a microphone attached to the hot shoe.

However, the camera body itself does not include a port for headphones. Therefore, you must purchase the extra HLD-G8 grip to monitor audio on headphones.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Exposure

The 324 zones Multi-pattern metering system is responsible for the measurement of exposure. In addition, this system provides the all-purpose ESP light metering mode and the more common Center-weighted and Spot metering choices.

The one-of-a-kind Highlight and Shadow spot metering capabilities that Olympus offers are also accessible, allowing you to take readings from the brightest or darkest sections of the picture and ensure that those readings are captured accurately rather than being displayed as a mid-tone.

In addition, the sensitivity may be adjusted anywhere from the original range of ISO 200 to 25,600, with extension settings allowing it to be adjusted anywhere from 100 to 25,600.

When using the standard mechanical shutter, the maximum shutter speed that can be adjusted is 1/8000 of a second, ideal for shooting with big apertures (to restrict depth of focus) in a powerful light, and the maximum exposure time is sixty seconds.

When using the bulb mode, exposure can last up to 30 minutes. However, when the electronic shutter is utilized for shooting in silence, the range of potential shutter speeds changes to between 1/16,000 and 60 seconds.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Build Quality

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II may be small, but despite its size, it has a very high-quality build, and the magnesium body has a satisfyingly substantial feel when held. Additionally, it is impervious to dirt, water, and freezing temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius.

Although the front finger grip gives an excellent grasp, as is typically the case, there is only enough area for two fingers to fit inside of it comfortably. Therefore, when your index finger presses the shutter release button, your little finger may be curled under the camera.

On the other hand, if you find that you need the camera to be a little bit longer, there are a few extra grips that you can purchase. In addition, the HLD-8G modifies the camera such that the front grip is more apparent, the shutter release and control dial are more easily accessible, and a microphone connection is included.

The HLF-6P, on the other hand, is an accessory that connects to the HLD-8G and produces a second grip that can be used in portrait mode. It adds a second shutter release button, dials, and a handful of extra custom buttons. Additionally, a battery may be stored within this grip to allow for longer shooting durations.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Controls

The controls are all within accessible reach, although some may find that the little buttons need more talent than they are comfortable with. When they were holding the camera up to their eye, a couple of the photographers I showed the camera to accidentally touched the button on the front of the camera near the lens mount.

This would typically activate the depth-of-field view, but because I had set it to reach “One-touch white balance” (to establish a custom white balance setting), this choice was displayed in the viewfinder, which caused some confusion for them.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Image Quality

Throughout the evaluation, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II generated photographs of an exceptionally high standard. The Natural image option produces vivid colors without being gaudy or too saturated, and the dynamic range is excellent in this setting.

Noise is nearly unnoticeable from ISO 200 to ISO 1600. It doesn’t become a concern until ISO 3200, a fantastic performance for a camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor. After that, only the two fastest settings, ISO 12800 and 25600, suffer from noise. However, ISO 3200 and 6400 may still be used. This is because, at lower ISOs, the raw files that correspond to them will invariably contain more excellent noise.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Specs

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 photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor size notesHigh-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
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 priorityShutter 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, slow redeye 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-weighted spot
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-M axis)
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 Verdict

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OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 Mark II (Silver) (Body Only)

Last update was on: April 13, 2024 10:17 am

The OM-D line of cameras from Olympus is becoming increasingly popular among amateur and professional photographers mainly due to its compact size, sturdy construction, and advanced feature set.

The process of keeping feature-packed cameras up to date presents one of the problems faced by camera makers. However, Olympus has successfully developed a camera that appeals to those who already own an E-M5 and people new to the OM-D series.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II FAQs

Is Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II a good camera?

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a highly decent camera because it possesses outstanding picture quality, quick autofocus, and good build quality.

Is Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II weather sealed?

Yes, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a weather-sealing feature that allows it to withstand moderate rain, splashes, and grit.

How water-resistant is Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II?

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a water resistance classification of IPX1, which indicates that it can withstand water droplets falling at an angle. Still, it is not intended to be wholly submerged in water.

Can you use Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II without batteries?

Unfortunately, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II cannot function without its battery.

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