Olympus E-M5 II
- 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
- 3" Fully Articulated Screen
- ISO 200 - 25600
- Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
- 1/8000s Max Shutter
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Micro Four Thirds Mount
- 469g - 124 x 85 x 45mm
- Revealed February 2015
- Replaced the Olympus E-M5
- Newer Model is Olympus E-M5 III
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Olympus E-M5 II summary
Olympus E-M5 II is Olympus's Advanced Mirrorless digital camera first launched on February of 2015. The camera comes with a 16MP, MOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.
Olympus launched this model in order to replace the previous Olympus E-M5 (Read Full Comparison) and afterwards introduced the newer Olympus E-M5 III (Read Full Comparison) in order to update this model.
The E-M5 II is scored #41 out of 61 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras and over-all #217 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. Please check our Smart camera filter to see camera listings based on your custom requirements.
Below is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.
Olympus E-M5 II history
The Olympus E-M5 II is part of a family of products. You can see the detailed range underneath.
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E-M5 II vs E-M1X20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2019
E-M5 II vs E-M10 III16MPFour Thirds8.6 fps2017
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E-M5 II vs E-M10 II16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2015
E-M5 II vs E-M1016MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
E-M5 II vs E-M116MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2013
E-M5 II vs E-M516MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2012
Olympus E-M5 II Gallery
You can check the E-M5 II from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Olympus E-M5 II Pros and Cons
Below is a list of advantages and disadvantages of the Olympus E-M5 II based on factors which are often regarded as important in a digital camera.
Olympus E-M5 II Sensor details
The Olympus E-M5 II is powered by the TruePic VII processor. The sensor size in the Olympus E-M5 II is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter may lead to cropping.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The MOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 200 - 25600. This ISO can also be extended electronically to a low of 100. RAW photos are supported so you have wider margin for error.
The image underneath displays the E-M5 II's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The E-M5 II sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is shown in green.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Olympus E-M5 II dimensions
Olympus E-M5 II weighs 1.03 lbs (469 grams / 16.54 ounces) and features external dimensions of 124mm x 85mm x 45mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 1.8"). The weight of average Advanced Mirrorless camera is 453 grams so the Olympus E-M5 II is similar compared with other rivals.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Underneath is a image of the Olympus E-M5 II next to a softdrink so you're able to have a feel for its scale.
The top view under will provide the button design on the E-M5 II.
Olympus E-M5 II Lens specs
The E-M5 II works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses available for purchase. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the E-M5 II.
Olympus E-M5 II Connectivity
The E-M5 II has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to transfer files and in some cases change settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.
Several applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.
Olympus E-M5 II Video specs
The highest possible video quality in the Olympus E-M5 II is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4, H.264 and Motion JPEG file format. 1080p quality delivers a great balance in video quality and file sizes but 1080p won't leave you with much room to crop. Although the camera includes a mic socket, it is missing a headphone socket so you won't have the capability to monitor your audio levels.
Olympus E-M5 II Weather Sealing
Olympus E-M5 II comes with weather proofing making it a excellent candidate to use in tricky environments. This is especially valuable when you are unsure about the conditions you might encounter in outdoor photography.
Olympus E-M5 II Screen and Viewfinder
The Olympus E-M5 II comes with a 3 inch fully articulated screen supporting a resolution of 1,037 thousand dots.
It includes a selfie friendly screen to get self portraits and group shots when required. Additionally the screen is touch friendly so you will be able to switch focus points and change settings by using your finger.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The ViewFinder specifications regarding Olympus E-M5 II are below:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- ViewFinder Resolution 2,360 thousand dots
- ViewFinder Coverage 100%
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.74x
In those sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders can be quite useful.
Olympus E-M5 II Shutter specs
Olympus E-M5 II has the capability to shoot continuously at 10.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000s. The camera also includes silent electronic shutter of 1/16000s. Beware that the electronic shutter could cause "rolling shutter" in certain circumstances.
Olympus E-M5 II Flash and Hot shoe specs
Olympus E-M5 II includes external flash support but does not include inbuilt flash. The highest flash sync is 1/250s.
Olympus E-M5 II Autofocusing specs
Olympus E-M5 II includes just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier & precise in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detection which can be useful for portrait photography.
It comes with 81 focus points to choose from. Olympus E-M5 II has touch to focus. You can use your fingers in order to switch where you focus. It also features Tracking Auto Focus for things that move. Olympus E-M5 II comes with manual focus if needed in low light situations or you want more exact control on focus.
Olympus E-M5 II Battery life
The battery life (BLN-1) in the Olympus E-M5 II is fashioned to last for 310 images according to the CIPA requirements making it lower compared with its competitors. The average Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 386. Sony A6600 offers the best (810) battery life in this kind of cameras.
Underneath is a listing of Advanced Mirrorless cameras having the best battery life:
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E-M5 II vs Fujifilm X-H2680 yesnoyes
E-M5 II vs R7660 yesnoyes
E-M5 II vs Fujifilm X-H2S580 yesnoyes
Olympus E-M5 II for various kinds of photography
The following illustration displays a rundown of the Olympus E-M5 II for various kinds of photography. To look at more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.
Olympus E-M5 II as a Portrait photography camera
The Olympus E-M5 II has a points tally of 72 which is very good, and means the camera is a good choice for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support and capability to use external lighting.
Street photography with Olympus E-M5 II
With a superb score of 82, the Olympus E-M5 II is a brilliant fit to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Olympus E-M5 II as a Sports photography camera
A above average sports photography score of 65 indicates the Olympus E-M5 II is a good fit for photographing sports. A camera should have great autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Olympus E-M5 II Travel photography features
Portability is very critical in buying a travel camera. All round, the Olympus E-M5 II gets a nice 74 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent fit to take with you on your travels.
Olympus E-M5 II as a Landscape photography camera
When you are planning to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the most significant aspect will be image quality. The Olympus E-M5 II at it's nice rating of 74 for a landscape camera is a fine fit amongst it's rivals.
Olympus E-M5 II Vlogging information
A camera for vlogging really should posses a articulating screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Olympus E-M5 II is a outstanding fit as a vlog camera as it delivers a awesome score of 82.
Olympus E-M5 II Alternatives
If you want replacements to the E-M5 II, below is a collection of the top ranked cameras that fall within the class of Advanced Mirrorless.
The line graph listed below shows you an overview of the E-M5 II versus it's highest rated rivals suggested previously.
Following are several cameras you may take into account as alternate options. To read a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.