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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Review

Olympus has released a new firmware update for the OM-D E-M5 II, and you can learn how to download and install it by visiting this page on the Olympus website dedicated to the firmware. At first sight, the OM-D E-M5 II firmware version 1.1 appears somewhat unimportant, as it only contains three modifications; nevertheless, two of these improvements are rather significant.

Most importantly, Olympus has solved the noise problem seen in some of the photographs captured with the High Res Shot mode. This was something that we did detect if there was any movement in the subject from one frame to the next.

When you initially turn on the camera, the information presented now happens much more quickly, thanks to Olympus’s improvements. The audio that is added to video files generated using the My Clips editing function may now fade in and out. This brings us to the third improvement that has been made.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Build Quality

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II may be little, but despite its size, it has a very high-quality build, and the magnesium body has a satisfyingly substantial feel when held. Additionally, it is impervious to dirt, water, and freezing temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius.

Although the front finger grip gives an excellent grasp, as is typically the case, there is only enough area for two fingers to fit inside of it comfortably. Therefore, when your index finger is pressing the shutter release button, your little finger may be curled under the camera. On the other hand, if you find that you need the camera to be a little bit longer, there are a few extra grips that you can purchase.

The HLD-8G modifies the camera such that the front grip is more apparent, the shutter release and control dial are more easily accessible, and a microphone connection is included. The HLF-6P, on the other hand, is an accessory that connects to the HLD-8G and produces a second grip that can be used in portrait mode. It adds a second shutter release button, dials, and a handful of extra custom buttons. Additionally, a battery may be stored within this grip to allow for longer shooting durations.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Image Quality

Throughout the evaluation, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II generated photographs of an exceptionally high standard. The Natural image option produces vivid colours without being gaudy or too saturated, and the dynamic range is excellent in this setting. Noise is nearly unnoticeable from ISO 200 to ISO 1600. It doesn’t become a concern until ISO 3200, a fantastic performance for a camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor. Only the two fastest settings, ISO 12800 and 25600, are suffering from noise. However, ISO 3200 and 6400 may still be used. At lower ISOs, the raw files that correspond to them will invariably contain more excellent noise.

Long exposures are simple to accomplish, even though the included flash unit is much stronger for fill-in use. Even when the camera is being held by hand at prolonged shutter speeds, the enhanced image stabilization technology performs exceptionally well for both still images and video. This is true even when the shutter speed is plodding.

Including Art Filters on a high-end prosumer camera may seem like an unexpected choice. Still, these filters allow you to create extraordinary effects that would require you to spend a significant amount of time in the digital darkroom without them. While the HDR settings successfully enhance the dynamic range, the new High-resolution mode can generate a JPEG image with up to 40 megapixels or a RAW file with a resolution of up to 64 megapixels.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Specs

Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor size notesHigh resolution mode produces Raw images at 9216 x 6912 or JPEGs at 7296 x 5472.
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorTruePic VII
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 200-25600, expands to 100-25600
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notes5-axis
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsSuperfine, fine, normal, basic
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (Olympus ORF format)MPO (3D)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points81
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,037,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.48× (0.74× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Exposure modesiAutoProgramAperture priorityShutter priorityManualBulbTime
Scene modesPortraite-PortraitLandscapeLandscape + PortraitSportHand-held StarlightNight sceneNight + PortraitChildrenHigh KeyLow KeyDIS modeMacroNature MacroCandleSunsetDocumentsPanoramaFireworksBeach & SnowFisheye Conv.Wide Conv.Macro Conv.Panning3D
Built-in flashNo (Compact external flash included)
External flashYes (via hotshoe)
Flash modesAuto, redeye, fill, off, redeye slow sync, slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, manual
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec
Drive modesSingleSequential (hi/lo)Self-timer
Continuous drive10.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (+/- 7 stops in each A-B/G-M axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 640 x 480 (30p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
Videography notesSupports ALL-I and IBP recording modes
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n
Remote controlYes (wired and via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionBLN-1 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)310
Weight (inc. batteries)469 g (1.03 lb / 16.54 oz)
Dimensions124 x 85 x 45 mm (4.88 x 3.35 x 1.77″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Verdict

The E-M5 Mark II possesses astonishing power and adaptability despite its compact size and low weight. Olympus has shown several intriguing innovations that have real-world applications and value.

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