Summary

Highly Recommended awardThe Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II is one of the most satisfying all-round cameras I’ve tested to date. It takes the charm of the original EM5, adds a bunch of features from the flagship EM1, complements them with a few new ones and even manages to improve some core capabilities too. It inherits the large viewfinder of the EM1, along with its built-in Wifi, PC Sync port and 1/8000 shutter. The control dials and buttons have been greatly improved, feeling much more tactile than the original EM5. It becomes the first OMD to feature a fully-articulated screen which nicely complements a greatly improved movie mode. Amazingly the already superb built-in stabilization is now even better, and a new High Res Shot mode exploits it to deliver composite images which, under ideal conditions, can contain 40 Megapixels of detail. The EM5 Mark II also has a quieter shutter than its predecessors, is the first OMD to boast a completely silent mode, and offers even more customization than the EM1. It's not perfect: there's better options for tracking subjects approaching or receding at speed, but for everything else, it's hard to beat for the money.

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Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II Review

Samples

The following images were taken with an Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II fitted with a variety of lenses, including the M Zuiko Digital 12-40mm f2.8, M Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f2.8, M Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8, M Zuiko Digital 45mm f1.8, M Zuiko Digital 75mm f1.8, and Panasonic Lumix 7-14mm f4.I’ve included a selection of images taken at the native 16 Megapixel resolution and in the new 40MP High Res Shot mode, with links to 16MP versions where available. In each case I used Auto White Balance and the Natural style unless otherwise stated. Image stabilisation was enabled for hand-held shots and disabled for tripod based shots.All of the images below are available to download in larger or their original formats for analysis. Click on the desired image to access the files at Flickr.

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/60, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/50, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:0.4, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:18.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:0.5, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:18.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/8, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:12.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1.3, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:40.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1.3, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:40.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:0.5, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:0.6, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:0.3, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/6, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/13, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/25, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:3200, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/50, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:6400, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/100, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:12800, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/200, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:25600, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:0.3, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/6, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/13, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1.3, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1.3, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/20, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/50, Aperture:4.5, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:12.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/20, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:12.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/50, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:3200, Focal length:40.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/10, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:12.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/100, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:40.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:5, Aperture:6.3, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:12.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:5, Aperture:6.3, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:12.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/160, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/200, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/80, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:5, Aperture:6.3, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:12.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/80, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:3200, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/50, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:3200, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/60, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:3200, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:5, Aperture:6.3, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:12.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/160, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/60, Aperture:2.0, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:6, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:12.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:12.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:0.5, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:12.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:2, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:12.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:5, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:12.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/50, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/60, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/15, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/15, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/200, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/200, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/160, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:75.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/160, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:75.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/125, Aperture:4.5, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:14.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/125, Aperture:4.5, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:14.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/40, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:14.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/30, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:7.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/30, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:7.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/200, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/200, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/200, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/125, Aperture:5.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/125, Aperture:5.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/200, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:75.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/200, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:75.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/400, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:75.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/500, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:75.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:0.4, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1.3, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:7.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:7.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:10.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/8, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/250, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/250, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/250, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/800, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/320, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/125, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/5, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/2000, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/2500, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/800, Aperture:5.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/640, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:45.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/4000, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:40.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/4000, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:40.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/4000, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:12.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/4000, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:12.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/3200, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/3200, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:0.4, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:19.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:0.4, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:19.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/25, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:14.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/30, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:14.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/60, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:27.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/60, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:27.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/400, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:40.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/500, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:40.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/800, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:34.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/800, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:34.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/400, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:40.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/320, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:40.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/20, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:40.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/20, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:40.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:4, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:60, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:60, Aperture:6.3, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:240.6, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:480, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:0.5, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:12.0 mm

 

Above: Model:E-M5MarkII, Shutter speed:1/640, Aperture:5.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:17.0 mm

 

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