Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Released February, 2015
  • 15.9 MP
  • Four Thirds 17.3 x 13 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Although we generally like the compositional guide of a rule-of-thirds grid, we'd recommend movie shooters should consider the 16:9 guides which mark the crop that the camera's movies are shot in.
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
8.9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

OM-D E-M5 II
8.9
OM-D E-M1
8.7
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

OM-D E-M5 II
6.0
OM-D E-M1
6.0
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

OM-D E-M5 II
10.0
OM-D E-M1
10.0
continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

OM-D E-M5 II
9.3
OM-D E-M1
9.4
Reviews from 43rumors.com, dpreview.com, trustedreviews.com and imaging-resource.com

8.9

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

OM-D E-M5 II
8.9
OM-D E-M1
8.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

OM-D E-M5 II
896 ISO
OM-D E-M1
757 ISO
Lumix DMC-GX8
806 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

OM-D E-M5 II
137 ms
OM-D E-M1
n.d.

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

OM-D E-M5 II
46 ms
OM-D E-M1
47 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

OM-D E-M5 II
800 ms
Fujifilm X-T1
1,000 ms
OM-D E-M1
800 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

OM-D E-M5 II
10 fps
Fujifilm X-T2
14 fps
EOS 80D
7 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

OM-D E-M5 II
360 photos
EOS 80D
960 photos
EOS M5
295 photos

Reviews Word on the street for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II


8.0
This is essentially impossible and closer examination shows the last point at which it clearly differentiates between the lines is actually nearer 2600 (which is what you'd expect of a sensor of this resolution).

9.0
Overall build quality is very high, with the E-M5’s magnesium alloy outer casing fully weather-sealed against dirt and moisture.

Overall

8.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Sensor

At ISO 200 and ISO 400 images are sharp, detailed and free of noise, while at ISO 800 you won’t see any difference from ISO 400 unless you’re deliberately pixel peeping for it at 100% or more.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2012)
The noise from the E-M5 is very similar to its peers, both visually and numerically - suggesting the 16MP sensor is much closer to contemporary quality standards.
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
As is normal in our camera reviews we like to compare the supplied raw conversion software, any optional manufacturer RAW conversion software and some third party raw converter.
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)

Video

If you're likely to be shooting video from stills mode, it's worth adding the 16:9 grid overlay to your preview - it's subtle enough to not interfere with stills shooting but useful for showing the extent of the video crop (approximately, depending on IS mode).
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
The knowledge that it makes it easier to copy video to Blu-ray discs and allowed longer clips to be recorded came as little consolation to users trying to remember where it would have put their video files.
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
The other annoyance is that Super Control Panel isn't available in Movie shooting mode - instead you're stuck with the Live Control interface.
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)

Focus

There are two ways of selecting focus points with the E-M5: the main one being the four-way controller (either directly, at the default setting, or by pressing 'left' to enter AF point selection mode if you've chosen to customize the four-way's operations).
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
It's worth looking out for a couple of options, such as the choice to set the Fn1 button to conduct an AF acquisition in manual focus mode (Custom A3, set MF to Mode 3).
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
If you specify an AF point, the camera will usually 'lock-on' to the correct subject but it gets very easily distracted.
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)

Lens

Taking its design cues from the company’s esteemed 35mm ‘OM’ SLR range, the EM-5 is the first and, for now at least, flagship model in a new 'OM-D' interchangeable lens compact system camera range that will sit alongside the company’s simpler PEN range.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2012)
This capability, combined with an increasingly useful range of comparatively affordable fast lenses (the largest of any mirrorless system), makes it easy to get good results from a variety of shooting situations, even when the light gets challenging.
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
At which point we think its size advantage, in terms of both body and lenses, will outweigh that difference for most uses.
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)

Screen

Should you prefer to use the rear monitor then the 3inch OLED screen on the back of the E-M5 offers a resolution of 610k-dots and a bright, sharp display.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2012)
While a fully articulated side-hinged screen would offer more flexibility the vertical movement of the E-M5’s screen does make light work of overhead and low-level shooting, and for this reason it remains preferable to a completely fixed screen.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2012)
The E-M5 then makes the screen more useful by making it tiltable and touch-senstive.
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 15.9 MP
Resolution 4608 x 3456
Size Four Thirds
Area 17.3 x 13 mm
Crop factor 2.1x
Pixel size 14.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 81
Supports continuous Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Electronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 1.48x
Viewfinder size 0.71x

performance

Max continuous shooting 10 fps
Battery life 360 photos
Continuous shooting 10 fps
Focus lag 137 ms
Shutter lag 46 ms
Startup delay 800 ms

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 1,037 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 60 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 124 x 85 x 45 mm
Thickness 45 mm
Weight 469 g
Is weather sealed Yes

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
WiFi None
Image stabilization Sensor shift
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