Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review

If you know you are the type of person who gets into your hobbies, you may as well start with a camera that will let you do everything. The advantage of a mirrorless camera is that you can review your image as soon as you take it, and make adjustments to your metering mode or exposure as needed to alter the image to better match your artistic vision. It makes the camera a joy to hold, has excellent image quality and won’t break the bank. The camera is a superior choice if you want to shoot lifelike traveling, landscapes and fascinating family photos. This isn't a cheap option for newcomers. 16 megapixels sensor also offers significantly more resolution, which benefits both image cropping and printing. Noise only starts to become visible beyond ISO 800 when examining images close-up, and detail is still maintained very well at ISO 3200. Olympus has 92 lenses and to make the most of its capabilities, and it's essential that you invest in high-quality lenses.

It approves upon its predecessor with a new 3″, 1,037k dots and hugely-impressive EVF which is one of the best in its class. All the information you can see on 3″ display with an intuitive user interface. Regarding AF performance, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II features the same pro-level 81-point AF system complete with Unknown cross-type sensors and enhanced performance in low light conditions. Speaking of, unlike many other DSLRs on the market, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II offers 1920 x 1080 video recording this means that your videos will look sharp and very smooth.

The camera have built-in Wi-Fi as standard. This means you can connect them to your smartphone, transfer images from a camera to phone, and then use your phone’s mobile data functionality to upload your images to social media after they’ve been taken. The camera's weight (469g) is very optimal, so it's good for people traveling a lot, for studio and other occasions. The Olympus uses state-of-the-art SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. Compact, intuitive and available in increasingly large quantity. It’s wonderfully executed and is so simple to use. While subjective, I think the modern camera body design is remarkable, innovative and elegant. Olympus OM-D E-M5 II have retro styling and superb build quality. Low ISO images show great detail and dynamic range Metering and auto white balance are both pretty reliable. This is a purely subjective statement, but having a fun camera for a beginner is a great thing since you’ll want to pick it up to shoot with more and more. The ultimate Olympus OM-D E-M5 II is a spurious image taking device and tool in the hands of the right photographer. If you already have bought another camera system, consider Olympus OM-D E-M5 II as a backup. Once you have your gear, make sure you check out all of our tips and tricks including our guide for the best low light cameras to help you make the most of your shots.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Specs


ModelOlympus OM-D E-M5 II
Body TypeSLR-style mirrorless

DxO Sensor Scores

DxO Overall Score73
DxO Color Depth23.0
DxO Dynamic Range12.4
DxO Low Light ISO896


Sensor Resolution16 megapixels
Sensor SizeFour Thirds
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Dimensions17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area224.90mm2
Max Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Min Boosted ISO100
Min Native ISO200
Max Native ISO25,600
RAW Supporttrue


Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Number of Lenses92
Manual Focustrue
Focal Length Multiplier2x
Macro Focus Rangen/a


Viewfinder Coverage100%
Viewfinder Resolution2,360k dots
Viewfinder Magnification0.74


Display TypeFully Articulated
Display Size3″
Display Resolution1,037k dots
Live Viewtrue
Touch Screentrue

Photography Features

Min Shutter Speed60s
Max Shutter Speed1/16000s
Continuous Shooting10.0 fps
Shutter Prioritytrue
Aperture Prioritytrue
Manual Exposure Modetrue
Exposure CompensationYes
Custom White Balancetrue
Image Stabilizationtrue
Built-in Flashfalse
External Flashtrue
Flash Rangeno built-in flash
Flash ModesAuto, redeye, fill, off, redeye slow sync, slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, manual
WB Bracketingtrue
AE Bracketingtrue

Exposure Modes

Center Weightedtrue


Touch Autofocustrue
Continuous Autofocustrue
Single Autofocustrue
Tracking Autofocustrue
Selective Autofocustrue
Center Autofocustrue
Multi Area Focustrue
Live View Focustrue
Face Detection Autofocustrue
Contrast Autofocustrue
Phase Detection Autofocusfalse
Number of Autofocus Points81
Number of Cross Focus PointsUnknown

Video Features

Video Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Video FormatsMPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone Intrue
Headphone Outfalse


WiFi ConnectivityBuilt-In
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Outtrue


Camera Weight469g
Body Dimensions124 x 85 x 45mm
Environmental Sealingtrue
Water Prooffalse
Dust Prooffalse
Shock Prooffalse
Crush Prooffalse
Freeze Prooffalse
Battery ModelBLN-1
Battery Life310 shots
Battery TypeBattery Pack

Other Features

Self TimerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Storage TypeSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots1