Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Review Summary
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Assessment
The E-M5 Mark II is the first professional Olympus Micro Four-Thirds camera to enter its second generation. Even though it falls in the middle of the OM-D family, the E-M5 Mark II has an incredibly rich feature-set which almost matches the flagship E-M1 reviewed here
Olympus OM-D E-M1 while offering a few capabilties beyond.
This digital camera is built around a 16 MP 2X-Crop CMOS sensor mounted on a 5-axis image-stabilization system. It offers a hybrid shutter which reaches mechanically 1/8000s or electronically 1/16000s and is capable of 10 FPS continuous drive. A new processor pushes 1080p HD video capture to 60 FPS for a maximum of 8s. There is a large 2.4 MP 0.5" EVF with Eye-Start Sensor, a 3" rotating LCD and WiFi all built-in.
This mirrorless shows good image-quality. Images have low noise and a wide dynamic-range up to ISO 1600 at the native 16 MP resolution of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. The new Super-Resolution mode produces huge 40 MP images by combining 8 individual exposures. This opens the possibility for larger prints of completely still subjects, although not as much as 40 MP would natively allow.
|Excellent image quality||Poor color accuracy|
|Very good metering||Strong anti-alias filter|
|Reliable Automatic White-Balance||Not always Exposure-Priority and frequently wrong Live-Histogram|
|Superb built-in stabilization||1080p @ 60 FPS has recording 8s limit|
|Virtually no shutter-lag||1s filming delay|
|Fast contrast-detect AF||Weak LCD hinge|
|Fast shot-to-shot speed||Uncomfortable eyelets|
|Very responsive||Short battery-life|
|Excellent automatic Manual Focus Assist|
|Good build quality||Excellent Excellent|
The E-M5 Mark II offers a high number of controls for its professional feature-set. There are dual control-dials, a traditional mode-dial and plenty of buttons, including 5 customizable ones. It gets really complex and not always intuitive but one eventually adapts to it. Once there though, using the E-M5 Mark II can be efficient and it keeps up well with the photographer.
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Olympus E-M5 Mark II Facts
|16 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 100-25600|
|Micro Four-Thirds Mount|
Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|5-Axis Built-in Stabilization, 5-Stop Improvement||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|0.50" Built-in EVF 2.4 Megapixels (0.74X)||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Spot-Metering|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Hot-Shoe|
|Weatherproof down to -10C||Stereo audio input|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|10 FPS Drive, 19 Images||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
|1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video Recording|
|3" LCD 1 Megapixels|
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