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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II review

March 6, 2015

Overall Rating:

5

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II


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Pros:

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

Cons:

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

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Price as Reviewed:

£899.00 (body only)

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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Detail and Noise

At its lowest standard sensitivity of ISO 200, the E-M5 Mark II gives clean images with attractive colours and lots of fine detail. ISO 100 is, if anything, even cleaner, but this comes at the cost of earlier highlight clipping. Stepping up through the sensitivity range shows that excellent results are still obtained at ISO 800, although with some loss of detail both in the shadows, and in finely-textured patterns. By ISO 3200 almost all fine detail has been blurred away by noise reduction, and shadows are being clipped to hide visible noise; but colours remain strong and saturated, meaning that images still look quite attractive overall. The top three settings, though, look increasingly stretched.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ISO 100 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ISO 100 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ISO 200 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ISO 200 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ISO 400 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ISO 400 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ISO 800 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ISO 800 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ISO 1600 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ISO 1600 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ISO 3200 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ISO 3200 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ISO 6400 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ISO 6400 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ISO 12800 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ISO 12800 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ISO 25600 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ISO 25600 JPEG, 100% crop

40MP composite mode

Switch to 40MP mode and camera can resolve visibly more detail and texture. Because it’s a multi-shot mode, noise is also kept very low up to the maximum available sensitivity of ISO 1600. In the crops below you can see visibly more fine detail and texture compared to the 16MP versions, with the image staying pretty clean at ISO 1600 (where usually the fine detail is blurred-away by noise reduction).

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, 40MP mode, ISO 100 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, 40MP mode, ISO 100 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, 40MP mode, ISO 200 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, 40MP mode, ISO 200 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, 40MP mode, ISO 400 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, 40MP mode, ISO 400 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, 40MP mode, ISO 800 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, 40MP mode, ISO 800 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, 40MP mode, ISO 1600 JPEG, 100% crop

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, 40MP mode, ISO 1600 JPEG, 100% crop

  • 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

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