Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Review

Overall 48
Imaging 22
Features 85
Size 74
Price 0

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor
  • ISO 200 - 25600 (Expands to 64)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 15.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM, 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 134 x 91 x 67 mm
  • Weight: 574 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Olympus E-M1.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Summary

This review is devoted to OM-D E-M1 Mark II that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Sep 19, 2016. This model is a Pro Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Olympus released to replace their older product E-M1.

In Pro Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #84 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 48/100 and it takes a rank of #153 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Continuous Shooting: 15.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Min Boosted Iso: 64
  • Af Touch: Yes
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 121
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Headphone Port: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Storage Slots: 2

CONs

  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 12.8
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 1312
  • Battery Life: 350 shots

Complete Comparison of Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II With Other Cameras in Pro Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Pro Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II has the following external dimensions 134 x 134 x 67 mm (52.76 x 35.83 x 26.38″) with the weight of 574 g.

The typical weight for average Pro Mirrorless type cameras is 672g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 67mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II — 350 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 432 shots
Max: 870 shots

Thickness

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II — 67 mm
Min: 37 mm
Average: 63 mm
Max: 97 mm

Weight

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II — 574 g
Min: 465 g
Average: 672 g
Max: 1320 g

Unfortunately, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II comes with TruePic VIII processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II has the following ISO range 200 - 25600 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II features a 20.0 MP Four Thirds sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

High-Resolution Mode

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II has a High-Resolution mode feature. It allows you to take multiple shots of a particular scene, at the same time, move its sensor with a special sensor-shift image stabilization system, and join all these shots into one 50.0 MP picture automatically. To make the best use of this feature, we recommend capturing static scenes while using a tripod for more stability and less stitching artifacts.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 80 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Four Thirds sensor featured in Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,037k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,360k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II are its 15.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, OM-D E-M1 Mark II comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/8000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, OM-D E-M1 Mark II unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 121 points.

In addition, OM-D E-M1 Mark II has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Focus Stacking

Without a doubt, macro shooting is an interesting branch of photography. If this is something you are interested in, then you should love the way Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II handles such tasks. This model has a smart Focus Stacking feature that brings macro shooting to an entirely new level. How does it work? When you enable this feature, the camera uses focus bracketing automatically compounds multiple pictures taken at different focal lengths to unite them in a single shot that has a maximum depth of field.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 4096 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II allows you to save files in MOV and H.264 formats.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

OM-D E-M1 Mark II comes with an embedded built-in microphone and Mono speaker.

In addition, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, OM-D E-M1 Mark II is equipped with its USB 3.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect OM-D E-M1 Mark II with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II provides a shooting life of 350, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 432 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the OM-D E-M1 Mark II to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 71. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm) sensor

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Image Stabilization
  • Large Four Thirds(17.4 x 13 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (134 x 91 x 67 mm)

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II can be called a 96 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (15.0 fps)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big Number of autofocus Points (121)

Disadvantages:

  • Small battery life (350 shots)

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 93. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (574 g)
  • Big size (134 x 91 x 67 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 92. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II can be called a 92 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Good Dynamic Range (12.8)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model OM-D E-M1 Mark II
Announced Sep 19, 2016
Body Type SLR-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Number of Lenses 94
Focal Length Multiplier 2x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,037k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 2,360k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 15.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 9.1
Flash Modes Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 80
DxO Color Depth 23.7
DxO Dynamic Range 12.8
DxO Low Light ISO 1312
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Dimensions 17.4 x 13 mm
Sensor Area 226.20 mm2
Sensor Resolution 20.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5184 x 3888
Max Native ISO 25,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 200
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 121
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM, 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max Video Resolution 4096 x 2160
Video Formats MOV, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port Yes
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 3.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 574 g
Physical Dimensions 134 x 91 x 67 mm
Battery Life 350 shots
Battery Type 350 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots
Storage Slots 2

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