Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Brief Review



  • Other Features : In-camera focus stacking, dual SD card slots
  • Weight : 574g
  • Battery : Li-ion
  • Weather Sealing : Dust, splash and freezeproof
  • Screen : 3" tilting touchscreen
  • GPS : No
  • Wi-Fi : Yes
  • Flash : External FL-LM3 flash included
  • Video : 4K at 30 fps
  • RAW : Yes
  • Image Stabilization : 5-Axis optical stabilization
  • Autofocus System : Dual FAST AF (Contrast and Phase Detection)
  • Autofocus Points : 121
  • Burst Speed : 10 fps, or 15 fps with focus locked (up to 18 fps continuous focus or 60 fps locked focus in silent mode)
  • Shutter Speed : 60 sec. - 1/8000
  • ISO : 64-25600
  • Processor : TruePic VIII Dual Quad Core
  • Sensor : 20.4 megapixel 4/3 CMOS sensor
  • Release Date: 2016-12-04
  • Final Grade: 94 4.7 Star Rating: Recommended

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II boasts impressive speed -- but with a big price tag
Olympus' 2016 mirrorless flagship packs a pretty nice punch with a speedy burst mode, 4K video and weather-sealing, but it also sits at a pretty high price point. Is the new flagship camera worth the price?
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 12/8/2016

Fast and smooth is the name of the game for Olympus' 2016 flagship mirrorless camera. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II uses dual processors to pack in impressive burst speeds, quick autofocus and 4K video while utilizing the company's five-axis stabilization system.

Those dual core processors help push the OM-D E-M1 II to burst speeds of up to 60 fps. How? That burst speed uses an electronic shutter, not a physical one, which tends to be more prone to noise (which is likely why that speed is also limited to ISO 8000 or less). Still, the electronic design means that burst is also silent.

Using the traditional physical shutter, the OM-D E-M1 II can hit up to 15 fps, but that's without autofocus tracking or image stabilization. To turn both features on, the camera slows down to 8.5 fps.

The slim body also packs in a five-axis image stabilization system. Since the system is similar to the one inside the PEN-F, consumers should expect the same steadying performance that offers a big boost for both video and low light shooting. The in-body stabilization also works with Olympus' stabilized lenses for up to 6.5 stops of flexibility.

Olympus is sticking with their micro four thirds sensor here, which helps keep the feature-packed camera looking less packed and weighing 1.2 pounds. The 121 autofocus points however cover nearly that entire sensor, translating into quick and accurate autofocus tracking.

As a flagship option, Olympus has also managed to pack in a few extra features like in-camera focus stacking.

Design-wise, the camera stays rather slim but uses a weather-sealed body that feels more reminiscent of a DSLR's styling than the new-camera-that-looks-retro options. Both a tilting touchscreen and an electronic viewfinder are included.

The Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark II looks to be an impressive performer, and if previous options are any indication, should produce solid images in a compact size. But, just the O-MD E-M1 Mark II body alone will cost $2,000. While the features and performance look to live up to such a high price, the camera is still a micro four thirds sensor at heart and finding a full frame camera at that price isn't tough to do. The big speed the camera offers also comes with a set of limitations like the electronic shutter and turning off the stabilization. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II puts big performance in a small package, but interested consumers will pay a big premium to access those features. 

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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