Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Mirrorless Camera

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Camera of the Year, Best Enthusiast Mirrorless: Olympus E-M5 II

Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II Front The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Mirrorless Micro 4/3s Digital Camera integrates a 16 megapixel Live MOS image sensor with a TruePic VII Image Processor for heightened performance speed and diminished noise all through the ISO range when compared to TruePic VI. The Mark II also has improved upon its ancestor by making use a 5-axis VCM Image Stabilization system that administers up to 5 stops of compensation. Full 1080p HD video capture is now available on the Mark II with the bitrate increased up to 77 Mb/s and various codecs. A unique feature that utilizes sensor shift is biult into the to produce a 40MP image by bringing together 8 images in-camera.

The camera's 3" touchscreen LCD monitor is fully articulated to make taking self portraits simple, and the built-in WiFi lets you quickly share images. When not employing the LDC monitor using live view, the 2,360k-dot EVF delivers a virtually lag-free view providing 1.48x magnification.

Superior Image Quality

The Olympus E-M5 Mark II employes a 16-megapixel High-Speed Live MOS Sensor providing improved operation and exceptional definition and speed in all aspects of capturing images. Olympus' TruePic VII image-processing engine enhances image quality in poor-light situations. The camera's sensor allows for a maximum ISO as high as 25,600, and the dynamic range has been broadened for more faithful color reproduction.

Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds Adapters

As with all mirrorless cameras, if you want to mount a non-OEM lens on your Micro Four Thirds camera, all you need is the correct MFT lens adapter. Several manufacturers specifically create adapters for mounting third-party lenses to Four Thirds and Miro Four Thirds camera bodies.

MSRP $1099 (body only)
Body type
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor TruePic VII
ISO Auto, 200-25600, expands to 100-25600
Boosted ISO (minimum) 100
White balance presets 7
Custom white balance Yes (4 slots)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Image stabilization notes 5-axis
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Superfine, fine, normal, basic
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 81
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier 2
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,037,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT-LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 1.48
Viewfinder resolution 2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/16000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash No (Compact external flash included)
External flash Yes (via hotshoe)
Flash modes Auto, redeye, fill, off, redeye slow sync, slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, manual
Continuous drive 10.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
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 Bracketing Yes (+/- 7 stops in each A-B/G-M axis)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
Videography notes Supports ALL-I and IBP recording modes
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Remote control Yes (wired and via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description BLN-1 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 310
Weight (inc. batteries) 469 g (1.03 lb / 16.54 oz)
Dimensions 124 x 85 x 45 mm (4.88 x 3.35 x 1.77)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None



Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera


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