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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

alaTest has collected and analyzed 502 reviews of Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and image quality. The portability and performance are also mentioned favorably, but there are some critical reviews about the memory and energy efficiency.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Camera - Black (16.1 MP, M.Zuiko 12 - 50 mm Lens)Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Camera - Black (16.1 MP, M.Zuiko 12 - 50 mm Lens)

Nov, 2017

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Amazon.com review summary for Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 110 user reviews of Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Comments about the screen and performance are overall positive. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed reviews about the lens. There are some negative reviews about the size and image quality.

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94% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus OM-D Olympus E-M5 Mark II (Silver) (Body Only)Olympus OM-D Olympus E-M5 Mark II (Silver) (Body Only)

Nov, 2017

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Amazon.ca review summary for Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca.

86% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Digital Camera, Silver, BodyOlympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Digital Camera, Silver, Body

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: (dpreview.com)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review

 

Olympus's OM-D E-M5 II is, like its predecessor, a small, attractive and usable 16MP camera. In fact, at first glance it looks relatively unchanged. The most obvious additions are its more advanced movie capabilities and a clever multi-shot 40MP mode,...

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Michael Palmer (steves-digicams.com)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

 

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a high-quality, compact ILC made to be easy enough for anyone to use. High-quality still images combined with the easy-to-use video features mean this is the only camera you will need. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

All shooting modes are accurate and easy in all situations ; iAuto produces a much brighter, more vivid image ; Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record ; Weather-Resistant body is ready for almost any shooting conditions ; Excellent...

Some may consider iAuto to be over the top with color, almost unrealistic ; No built-in flash unit ; Very compact body gets uncomfortable to hold with larger, heavier lenses

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a high-quality, compact ILC made to be easy enough for anyone to use. High-quality still images combined with the easy-to-use video features mean this is the only camera you will need. Read more in our

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

 

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a unique high-resolution capture mode, but it's not the best camera for shooting fast-moving subjects.

Compact. Quick 10.4fps burst rate. Sharp EVF. Vari-angle touch-screen LCD. Excellent control layout. 40-megapixel High Res mode. In-body image stabilization. Weather-sealed design. Large lens library. PC sync socket. Wi-Fi.

Limited shots per burst. High Res mode requires sturdy tripod and static subject. Subject tracking disappoints. Omits built-in flash. Lacks 4K support.

Performance and Conclusions The OM-D E-M5 Mark II starts and captures an in-focus image in about 0.8-second, which is quite quick for a mirrorless camera. Its autofocus system is solid when locking onto a static subject and firing, doing so in just...

Feb, 2015

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Expert review by: Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Review

 

The E-M5 Mark II is the new flagship Micro Four Thirds compact system camera from Olympus. The third model in the range of cameras dubbed OM-D, the E-M5 Mark II is a classically styled 16.1 megapixel model that offers the world's most effective 5-axis...

It may look similar to the 3-year-old EM-5, but with a plethora of "under-the-hood" improvements, the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II far surpasses that camera, and in some ways the flagship OM-D E-M1 too.

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Dave Pardue (imaging-resource.com)

Olympus E-M5 II Review

 

A follow-up to the first Micro Four Thirds OM-D series camera, the Olympus E-M5 II has a tough act to follow. Absolutely bursting at the seams with the latest technology -- including a unique high resolution mode that takes it far beyond what its...

Excellent handling in a compact, weather-sealed body; Crisp, roomy electronic viewfinder; Image quality that can take the fight to APS-C DSLRs; Unique high-res mode lets it bat far above its weight for static scenes; Extremely fast 10 fps burst...

Control dials are easily bumped; Below-average battery life at default settings; Buffer depths for raw shooters are a bit limited; 16-megapixel sensor resolution feels dated; Weak bundled flash strobe

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Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Eric Reagan (photographybay.com)

Deal: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II for $689

 

ebay (via QuicknDone) has the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II for $689 (reg. $1099) in limited quantity. Check it out here on ebay. Note: This may be a gray market product. The listing notes that it incl...

Note: This may be a gray market product. The listing notes that it includes a 1-year warranty. ebay seller QuicknDone has a positive feedback rating of 99.8% at the time of this post.

Dec, 2015

Expert review by: Greg Scoblete (pdngearguide.com)

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

 

The E-M5 Mark II's High Res Shot mode coaxes 40-megapixel images out of a 16-megapixel sensor by slightly repositioning the sensor for eight consecutive photos.

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Jun, 2015

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Expert review by: Gordon Laing (cameralabs.com)

Olympus OMD EM5 II review

 

The Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II is a compact mirrorless camera aimed at enthusiasts. Announced in February 2015, it's the successor to the original OMD EM5 and becomes the fourth model in the OMD series; like all the OMD cameras it's based on the...

Small weatherproof body with great controls ; Fantastic built-in stabilization works with any lens ; Big, detailed viewfinder and fully-articulated touch screen ; Fast accurate focusing with great face and eye detection ; Built-in Wifi with powerful...

Native image quality similar to previous models ; 40MP mode requires specific conditions and lenses to shine ; Continuous AF becomes less confident with fast subjects ; Timelapse and miniature movies encoded at low frame rate ; Slow wakeup when Quick...

The Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II is arguably the most satisfying all-round camera I've tested to date, whether DSLR or mirrorless. It takes the charm of the original EM5, adds a bunch of features from the flagship EM1, complements them with a few new ones...

Mar, 2015

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Sean Captain (tomsguide.com)

Olympus E-M5 Mark II Review: Weatherproof, Great Photos

 

The E-M5 Mark II is one of the best cameras for candid shooting, and certainly the smallest, as long as the lighting is good. Autofocus is quick in most conditions; five-axis image stabilization keeps photos and especially videos steady as you move...

Petite, weather-sealed body ; Excellent photo and video quality ; Five-axis image stabilization ; Large articulating LCD with tap-to-focus ; Electronic viewfinder

Overly complex interface ; No built-in flash ; Autofocus sometimes sluggish in low light

Compact, powerful and weatherproof, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 lets you shoot great photos and videos nearly anywhere.

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Gordon Laing (cameralabs.com)

Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II

 

Externally the EM5 Mark II shares a great deal with its predecessor with a compact, tough and weather-proof body, but it's now additionally tested to be freeze-proof. Fans of the higher-end OMD EM1 will be pleased to find a redesigned grip, chunkier...

Small weatherproof body with great controls ; Fantastic built-in stabilization works with any lens ; Big, detailed viewfinder and fully-articulated touch screen ; Fast accurate focusing with great face and eye detection ; Built-in Wifi with powerful...

Native image quality similar to previous models ; 40MP mode requires specific conditions and lenses to shine ; Continuous AF becomes less confident with fast subjects ; Timelapse and miniature movies encoded at low frame rate ; Slow wakeup when Quick...

It should be clear by now I'm very fond of the OMD EM5 Mark II. It improves on two bodies I already liked a lot, taking the best of both, improving some aspects and adding more besides. The compact weatherproof body looks and feels great, the...

Mar, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Noise reduction: Yes
Voice recording: Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):750
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BLN-1 / BLN‑1
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery

Camera

3D:Y
3D compatibility: Yes
Altimeter: Yes
Brightness adjustment: Yes
Built-in processor:TruePic VII
Calendar: Yes
Camera file system:DCF, DPOF, Exif 2.2, PRINT Image Matching III / DCF, DPOF, Exif, PRINT Image Matching III, RAW
Camera playback:Highlights, Movie, Single image, Slide show / Movie, Single image, Slide show
Diopter adjustment (D-D):-6 - -2
Direct printing: Yes
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Resizing, Rotating, Trimming / Resizing, Trimming
Image quality adjustment:Saturation
Languages support:BUL, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DEU, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, LAV, LIT, NOR, RUM, RUS, SER, SLK, SLV, TUR, UKR / Pentium IV 2GHz/ AMD Athlon
Live view: Yes
Multi-shot: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:BUL, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CRO, CZE, DEU, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, IND, ITA, JPN, KOR, LAV, LIT, NOR, RUM, RUS, SER, SLK, SLV, THA, TUR, UKR
Photo effects:Black&White, Muted, Sepia, Vivid
Playback mode:Rotation, Slideshow
Playback Modes:Rotation, Slideshow
Scene modes:3D Photography, Beach, Candlelight, Children, Close-up (macro), Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Night landscape, Night portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset / LAN; PAN; WWAN
Self-timer:2,12 / 2,3,5,10,12,20,30
Self-timer delay:2,12 / 2,3,5,10,12,20,30
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Auto, Lens priority, Manual, Movie, Program, Scene, Shutter priority
Tripod mountable: Yes
White Balance:Auto, Custom modes / Auto, Flash, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Sunny, Tungsten, Underwater

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Silver / Silver
Dust-resistant: Yes
Dustproof:Y
Material:Magnesium, Plastic / Plastic, Titanium
Protection features:Dust resistant

Display

Display:LCD
Display aspect ratio:3:2
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):103700 / 1037000
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen:Y

Flash

External flash connector: Yes
Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash exposure correction:±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
Flash modes:Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash sync-speed:0.000125
Shoe mounting point:Y
Shoe mounting point type:Hot

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points:800 / 81
Auto Focus (AF) points selection:Auto, Manual
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Contrast Detection Auto Focus, Face detection, Single Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance:13.8 / 19.7 / 7.87
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Macro focusing range (tele):0.2

Lens System

Filter size:1.46 / 2.05 / 2.28 / 2.44
Focal length range (f-f):0.472 - 1.57 / 0.472 - 1.97 / 0.551 - 1.65 / 0.551 - 5.91
Lens mount interface:Micro Four Thirds
Lens structure:10/9 / 14/9 / 15/11
Lens structure (elements/groups):10/9 / 14/9 / 15/11
Lens Type:Standard / Telephoto
Maximum aperture number:22 / 6.3
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):11.8 / 3.15 / 3.31 / 3.94
Minimum aperture number:3.5 / 4
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.945 / 1.1
Number of aspheric elements:3 / 5
Number of diaphragm blades:7

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 1600, 25600 / 1600, 25600 / 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
ISO sensitivity (max):25600
ISO sensitivity (min):1600 / 200
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot / Centre-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC / SDHC, SDXC
Memory slots:1

Networking

Wi-Fi: Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):30 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:30 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):-10 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):-10 - 40
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60 / 10 - 90
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60 / 10 - 90

Other Features

Built-in flash:No / Yes
USB connectivity: Yes

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:AV, USB
Hand strap: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:MILC / MILC Body
Image formats supported:EXIF, JPG, MPO, RAW / JPG, MPO, RAW
Image Sensor Size:4/3
Image sensor size (W x H):0.681 x 0.512
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer location:Body
Maximum image resolution:4608 x 3456
Megapixel:16.1
Sensor Type:Live MOS
Still image resolution(s):4608 x 3456, 3200 x 2400, 1280 x 960 / 4608x3456, 3200x2400, 1280x960
Supported aspect ratios:1:1, 3:2, 3:4, 4:3, 16:9
Total megapixels:17.2

Ports & interfaces

HDMI: Yes
HDMI connector type:Micro
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
USB connector:Micro-USB B
USB connector type:Micro-USB B
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/8000
Slowest camera shutter speed:0.000125 / 60

Technical Details

Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Compatibility:FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R
F-number (relative aperture):2.8
Self-timer: Yes
Speakers:1

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:60
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@25fps, 1280x720@50fps, 1280x960@30fps, 1280×720@24fps, 1280×720@30fps, 1280×720@60fps, 1920x1080@24fps, 1920x1080@25fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 1920x1080@50fps, 1920x1080@60fps, 640x480@30fps / 1280x720@25fps, 1280x720@50fps, 1280×720@24fps, 1280×720@30fps, 1280×720@60fps / Windows XP\nWindows 2000\nWindows Vista\nMac OS X v.10.3.9 - 10.5
Video compression format:AVI, H.264, M-JPEG / AVI, MOV
Video formats supported:AVI,H.264,M-JPEG / AVI,MOV
Video Frame Rate:60
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder:Electronic
Magnification:1.48 / 2
Viewfinder type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.75
Height:3.35
Lens diameter:2.24 / 2.39 / 2.5 / 2.75
Lens length:0.886 / 3.27 / 3.3 / 3.31
Lens weight:10 / 13.5 / 3.28 / 7.44
Weight:14.7
Weight (including battery):16.5 / 17.5
Width:4.88