The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II may at first glance look similar to its predecessor, but it's a very different camera underneath. Andy Westlake examines it in fine detail in our Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II review

Product Overview

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

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  • - Excellent JPEG image quality
  • - Fast, responsive operation
  • - Robust, weather-resistant body
  • - Almost all controls can be customised to suit the user


  • - Complex menus are difficult to master
  • - Connectors interfere with articulated screen
  • - Raw image quality can't quite match larger sensor cameras


Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II review


Price as reviewed:

£899.00 (body only)

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Sensor:16.2-million-pixel, Four Thirds Live MOS sensor
Output size:4608 x 3456
Lens Mount:Micro Four Thirds
Focal-length magnification:2x
Shutter speeds:60-1/8000sec; 1/16000 sec electronic
ISO sensitivity:100-25,600 extended
Exposure modes:PASM, iAuto, Scene, Art Filters
Metering system:Multi, average, spot, highlight spot, shadow spot
Exposure compensation:±3EV in 1/3 steps
Drive mode:10fps; 5fps with AF
LCD:3in, 1.04M-dot fully- articulated LCD
Viewfinder:2.36M-dot EVF, 100% coverage, 1.48x magnification
Image stabilisation:5-axis in-body IS
AF points:81-point contrast-detect
Video:Full HD, built-in stereo mic
External mic:Yes, 3.5mm stereo socket
Memory card:SDHC, SDXC
Power:BLN-1 rechargeable Li-Ion
Battery life:Approx 310 shots
Dimensions:123.7 x 85 x 44.5mm
Weight:469g with battery and card
  1. 1. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II at a glance
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Viewfinder and screen
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. Focusing
  6. 6. Performance
  7. 7. 40MP composite mode
  8. 8. Image quality
  9. 9. Dynamic Range
  10. 10. Detail and Noise
  11. 11. Conclusion
  12. 12. Page 12
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  • Richard Anderson

    In reality, the 40MP mode’s resolution is about 50MP and is clearly better than the Nikon D810, if you directly compare them. The file stipulates 63MP, it’s size that is.
    All you need to do is run one sharpening pass in whatever program you use.