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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

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  • + Extraordinary in-body image stabilisation system allows handholding at unprecedented shutter speeds
  • + Class-leading continuous shooting performance
  • + Impressive continuous autofocus and tracking
  • + Superb build quality and handling


  • - Menus and configuration hugely over-complicated
  • - Image quality lags behind APS-C peers
  • - High price compared to its closest rivals




Andy Westlake puts Olympus’s super-fast mirrorless flagship camera through its paces

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II review: Viewfinder and screen

Olympus OM-D E-M1 II screen

A fully-articulated touchscreen replaces the E-M1’s tilt-only unit

On paper, the E-M1 II uses much the same viewfinder and screen as last year’s OM-D E-M5 II, a 2.36-million-dot EVF with 0.74x equivalent magnification and a 1.037-million-dot fully articulated touchscreen. The live view feed operates at 120fps with a 6ms lag time, which may not quite be the light speed of an optical finder, but is as near as makes no practical difference. As with other recent Olympus cameras, you can have the EVF preview all of your exposure and image processing settings, including colour mode and white balance. Or, if you prefer, you can engage ‘Simulated Optical Viewfinder’ mode that switches all this off, and does a decent job of mimicking a traditional SLR viewfinder.

The fully articulated screen is excellent, and brings greater shooting flexibility than the E-M1’s tilt-only screen, particularly when shooting in portrait format. The main disadvantage is that it’s slower to use, and might also cause problems for photographers who like to keep L-brackets on the camera for tripod work.

  • Sensor: 20-million-pixel Four Thirds CMOS
  • Output size: 5184 x 3188
  • Lens mount: Micro Four Thirds
  • Focal length magnification: 2x
  • Shutter speeds (mechanical): 60sec - 1/8000sec + Bulb
  • Shutter speeds (electronic): 60sec - 1/32000sec + Bulb
  • ISO sensitivity: ISO 200-25,600 (standard), extendable to ISO 64
  • Exposure modes: PASM, iAuto, Art, Movie
  • Metering modes: Pattern, centre weighted, spot, spot highlight, spot shadow
  • Exposure compensation: +/-5EV in 1/3 EV steps
  • Continuous shooting (mechanical shutter): 15fps (focus fixed); 10fps with AF
  • Continuous shooting (electronic shutter): 60fps (focus fixed); 18fps with AF
  • Screen: 3in 1.-037-million-dot fully-articulated touschscreen
  • Viewfinder: 2.36-million-dot, 0.74x magnification
  • AF points: 121-point
  • Video: Cinema 4K (4094 x 2160) 25fps 237Mbps
  • External mic: 3.5mm stereo
  • Memory card: 2x SD, SDHC, SDXC (1 UHS-II compatible)
  • Power: BLH-1 Li-ion, 1720 mAh
  • Battery life: 440 shots
  • Dimensions: 134 x 91 x 67 mm
  • Weight: 574g (including battery and card)

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