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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Review Summary

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Live-View: Lets DSLR cameras use the rear LCD as an EVF.Live-View: Lets DSLR cameras use the rear LCD as an EVF.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed review

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.

PROS CONS
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
ExcellentExcellent 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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- No Super-Resolution, 1/4000s Max Shutter-Speed, Tilting LCD, No WiFi
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Olympus E-M5 Mark II Facts

Mirrorless digital camera
16 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 100-25600
Micro Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

Shutter 1/16000-60s
5-Axis Built-in Stabilization, 5-Stop ImprovementFull 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 sensorSpot-Metering
2 Axis Digital LevelHot-Shoe
Weatherproof down to -10CStereo audio input
Built-in Dust ReductionLithium-Ion Battery
10 FPS Drive, 19 ImagesSecure Digital Extended Capacity
1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video Recording
3" LCD 1 Megapixels
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