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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Digital Camera

MILC 16.1MP Live MOS Feb 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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29 Reasons For

Good Brand

Based on 1,714 user and expert reviews, Olympus has good reviews for its digital cameras. Olympus also has good reviews specifically within its MILC cameras range.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II owners who bought it concluded that it had a good viewfinder. In January last year Ridz.sg said “Large, bright viewfinder”. Ridz.sg also said “Big, detailed viewfinder and fullyarticulated touch screen”.

Some customers considered that the product had an electronic viewfinder.

Good Product Quality

Eight customers who bought this digital camera agreed that it was good quality. Ridz.sg wrote in January last year “Excellent image quality”. Ridz.sg also mentioned “Brilliant design and build quality”. Ridz.sg also wrote “High quality EVF”.

Good Quality Lens

A few Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II owners who reviewed it thought it had a good image stabiliser. Ridz.sg said “Fantastic builtin stabilization works with any lens”. Ridz.sg also wrote “40M High Res mode, excellent 5, axis stabilization”.

One person mentioned in their reviews that the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II had a good lens. Ridz.sg said last year “Still no 4K video recording Pro or premium lens required to get best highres mode shots Slightly lower battery life”.

One Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II owner who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Ridz.sg said “Fast accurate focusing with great face” in their review.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Ridz.sg wrote in their review of this digital camera “Great for monochrome images”. Ridz.sg also said “Buttons Better grip Weathersealing 40megapixel highres mode Tons more video recording frame rates Highresolution electronic viewfinder Excellent image stab”. Ridz.sg also mentioned “Full customisation of most controls Great JPEG image quality”.

One Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II owner wrote in their reviews that the product had a good ISO range.

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Good Size

One person said in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky. Expert website Ridz.sg mentioned last year “Am not willing to carry a bulky or heavy DSLR around”. One Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II owner wrote in their reviews that the product was a good body shape. Ridz.sg wrote in their review “Small weatherproof body with great controls”.

Easy to Use

One person who reviewed the product said that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Ridz.sg wrote “Very comfortable to hold” in their review of this digital camera. One person concluded that this digital camera was easy to handle. Ridz.sg wrote “Superb high ISO handling”.

One person who reviewed it considered that it was easy to use. Ridz.sg wrote “Excellent control layout” in their Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II review.

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Good Connectivity

One Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II owner who reviewed the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II thought it was wifi compatible. Last year Ridz.sg wrote in their review “Builtin Wifi with powerful mobile app”.

Nice Design

One customer who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was a good design. One Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II owner who bought the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II said that it was retro. Ridz.sg wrote in their review “Decent build quality and great retro style”.

Robust

Some people reckoned that this digital camera was well made. Ridz.sg wrote in their review “Great build quality including weather resistance”. One Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II reviewer mentioned that it was strong and durable. Ridz.sg said in January last year “High Res mode requires sturdy tripod and static subject” in their review of this digital camera.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camera is Full HD, which is typical of many cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a built-in flash, which is unusual. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for more than a year do not have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X-A2[plb_2814041_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II supports wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the OM-D E-M5 Mark II also support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras which support wi-Fi currently available including because of it's better review score, the X-Pro2[pl_3212678_price], or the X-A2[pl_2814041_price] both from Fujifilm or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8[plb_2956893_price].

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might want to look at including the X-T1[pl_2173844_price], or the X-A2[pl_2814041_price] both from Fujifilm or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8[plb_2956893_price] which has better reviews.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than a year.

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±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. Most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

This digital camera's light exposure correction (±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)) is in fact the best light exposure correction across all comparable spec cameras that were released more than a year ago.

The worst light exposure correction across similar types of digital camera is ± 3EV (1/2EV; 1/3EV step).

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Supports Four Image Formats Supporteds

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than a year. The image formats supporteds "EXIF", "MPO" and "RAW" are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Quite Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

Digital cameras of this age and spec have slowest camera shutter speeds of between 0.25s and 60s. At 60 seconds, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a fairly long slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the OM-D E-M5 Mark II.

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Quite High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a fairly high motion JPEG frame rate (60 frames per second) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. Across all the digital cameras of this age and type the motion JPEG frame rates range from 24fps to 60fps.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of only 0.2 meters, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has one of the smaller closest focusing distances amongst digital cameras of this age. MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the OM-D E-M5 Mark II have closest focusing distances of between 0.2m and 0.35m.

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750 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II takes more battery life (CIPA standard)s than most of the similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. This digital camera is a digital camera that takes 750 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s compared to most of the digital cameras that were released one year ago which only take between 230 and 749 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Has Eight White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the OM-D E-M5 Mark II is more than most MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. The white balances "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade", "Sunny", "Tungsten" and "Underwater" are also found on this digital camera.

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±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a wider flash exposure correction than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This Olympus camera has a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction, whereas most cameras that are a comparable age to it have a ±2EV (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction. In addition, this camera have a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction. Across all comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the OM-D E-M5 Mark II the best flash exposure correction is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) and the worst is ±3EV (1/3 EV step).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on MILC cameras that were launched more than a year ago. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Supports Four Camera File Systems

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a greater number of camera file systems than most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. The most commonly supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this digital camera. The camera file systems DCF, DPOF, Exif 2.2 and PRINT Image Matching III are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a greater number of light exposure modes than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This digital camera has an Aperture priority AE light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on cameras that are a comparable age to the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. The light exposure modess "Auto", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This camera supports an AVI|H.264|M-JPEG video formats supported, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 24 millimeters, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a quite short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. The minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of MILC cameras that are a similar age to the OM-D E-M5 Mark II range from 24mm to 83mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 30mm.

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14 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One person concluded that it did not have a good battery life. Ridz.sg mentioned in their review “Press HDR button by accident, limited battery life as ever, lowlight image quality limitations, no 4K video”.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II does not support Full HD video, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the X-Pro2[pl_3212678_price], the X-A2[pl_2814041_price], or the X-T1[pl_2173844_price] all from Fujifilm which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II does not support video capability, although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than a year also do not support video capability.

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Not Waterproof

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the OM-D E-M5 Mark II are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II does not have an image stabilizer, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than a year ago also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Not 3D

Most comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to the OM-D E-M5 Mark II are not 3D. The OM-D E-M5 Mark II is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other MILC cameras that were released more than a year ago also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Quite Low Megapixel

Across all the cameras of this age and spec the megapixels range from 10MP to 43MP, and the average megapixel is 18MP. The OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a fairly low megapixel (only 16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the OM-D E-M5 Mark II.

If this Olympus digital camera megapixel is too low for you then you might also want to consider the X-A2[pl_2814041_price] (16.3MP), or the X-Pro2[pl_3212678_price] (24.3MP) both from Fujifilm or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8[plb_2956893_price] (20.3MP) which is also higher rated.

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Heavy

With a weight of 417 grams, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is one of the heavier digital cameras of this type and age amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the OM-D E-M5 Mark II have weights of between 150g and 590g.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 103,700 pixels, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has one of the lowest display resolution (numeric)s amongst digital cameras of this age. The lowest display resolution (numeric) of MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than a year is 100,000 pixels, the highest is 1,700,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 870,000 pixels.

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on digital cameras that came out more than a year ago. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Only Has Three Camera Playbacks

The number of camera playback modes found on the OM-D E-M5 Mark II is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. This Olympus digital camera has a Slide show camera playback, which is the most frequently found camera playback found on cameras that are a comparable age to the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. The camera playbacks "Movie" and "Single image" are also found on this digital camera.

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Not Cheap

After checking the price of 17 digital cameras of this type and age they range in price from £35 to £2,630. We think that this MILC digital camera looks expensive compared to other digital cameras of this type and age.

Very Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The average ISO sensitivity (min) of cameras of this type and age is 170, and the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 50 to 1,600. When compared to other MILC cameras that were released one year ago, the ISO sensitivity (min) of the OM-D E-M5 Mark II of 1,600 is one of the biggest.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Olympus released the OM-D E-M5 Mark II.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the X-T1[pl_2173844_price], the X-A2[pl_2814041_price], or the X-Pro2[pl_3212678_price] all from Fujifilm.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras that were released more than a year ago.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Material
Dustproof
Lens System
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Lens Mount Interface
Number of Aspheric Elements
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Wind Filter
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Magnification
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Microphone in
USB Version
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Brightness Adjustment
Built-In Processor
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Networking
Wi-Fi
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB Connectivity
Technical Details
Built-In Speaker(s)
Self-Timer

Expert Reviews

4 January 2016

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Small, light and weatherproof
Large, bright viewfinder
Excellent image quality
5axis image stabilisation allows slow shutter speeds
Brilliant design and build quality
No 4K video recording
High Res Shot only works in certain situations
A little slow to start up
Still no flash built in
External battery charger still required to charge the camera up

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 6 July 2015 by Amine

Sorry Olympus, hate to burst your bubble but you are not anywhere near the power of DSLR Canon. I have to admit that I fell for the marketing hype of Olympus. 1) The Canon RAW Files are way more... Read more…

Great evf
Image Stabilization
Small Size
Sturdy build
Weather proofing
Bad Mic Input Location
Shorter Battery Life
Menu System Depth
Pentaprism Paint Thin
Rough Neck Strap

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus 5, olympus 3, olympus 5a, olympus 3q, olympus em5, olympus 5ax, olympus 3qu, olympus 5axi, olympus 3quo, olympus c6822, olympus 5axis, olympus 3quot, olympus c6823, olympus c6821, olympus omdem5, olympus n130379, olympus olympus, olympus omdem5m, olympus n129791, olympus 53769534, olympus omdem5ma, olympus n129791w, olympus n130379w, olympus omdem5mar, canon v207043te000, canon v207043be000, canon v207042se000, canon v207041se000, olympus omdem5mark, canon v207042be000
Barcodes 00000053769534, 00050332189188, 00050332189201, 00050332189478, 00635131600609, 00635131600623, 04046628637477, 04545350048273, 04545350048297, 04545350048310, 04545350048327, 04545350048334, 04545350048358, 04545350048372, 04545350048396, 04545350048709, 04545350048723, 04545350048761, 04545350048778

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