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

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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)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II at a glance

  • 16-millon-pixel, Four Thirds sensor
  • 40-million-pixel high-resolution composite mode
  • ISO 100-25600 (extended)
  • 3in, 1.04M-dot LCD
  • 2.36M dot EVF, 0.74x equiv magnification
  • 1/8000sec max shutter speed
  • Price £900 body only

Three years ago Olympus turned the compact system camera market on its head with the launch of the OM-D E-M5. This enthusiast-oriented model packed a groundbreaking 5-axis image stabilisation system into its compact, weatherproof, and handsomely retro-styled body. With an improved sensor compared to previous Micro Four Thirds models, it also offered image quality competitive with most APS-C SLRs. It rapidly became a favourite among photographers looking for a high quality system without the weight and bulk of an SLR, and in both 2013 and 2014 it was the most popular CSC among users of the photo-sharing site Flickr.

With the OM-D E-M5 Mark II, Olympus is clearly attempting counter the threat of more recent competitors, such as the even-more-retro Fujifilm X-T1 and the full frame Sony Alpha 7 series. In the absence of a new sensor to play with, it still uses a 16-million-pixel Four Thirds MOS chip, but almost everything else about the camera has been tweaked, revised and updated.

The camera’s headline trick is a new 40-million-pixel composite shooting mode, although as we’ll see later, this comes with some serious limitations. Apart from that, the E-M5 Mark II gets a larger, clearer electronic viewfinder, a fully-articulated LCD, a vastly-improved control layout, and an improved super-quiet shutter. And that’s just the start of it.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Samples gallery

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  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
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