Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Hands-On Review

Earlier today Olympus announced several new products including an updated version of it’s popular E-M5 camera called (how surprising) OM-D E-M5 Mark II. Alongside the camera Olympus announced two lenses as well as a wireless camera called Air (similar to Sony’s QX line).

On the video above, Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake from from the Camera Store in Canada take a look at the new OM-D E-M5 Mark II and test some of the new features including the interesting 40MP mode which combines 8 shots into one using the advanced sensor stabilizer which moves about half a pixel in each direction 8 times.

Some specs for the OM-D E-M5 Mark II: 

  • Sensor: 16MP micro 4/3 sensor (with a 40MP multi shot mode – for static objects).
  • Processor: TruePic VII.
  • Image stabilization: Built-in 5-axis* sensor-shift up to 5 stops (including in video mode).
  • Sensitivity: 100-25,600 ISO.
  • Focus system: 81-area multiple AF.
  • Video: 1920×1080 (FHD) / 30p, 25p, 24p / ALL-I (A-I), IPB (SF,F,N).
  • LCD: 3.0″ 1037k dots tilt touchscreen.
  • Viewfinder: 2.3 million dot EVF.
  • Shutter: 60-1/16,000 sec.
  • Continuous shooting speed: 10 fps.
  • Connectivity: WIFI.
  • Headphone (in the external grip) and mic connections.
  • External grip option.
  • Dust and moisture sealing.
  • Weight: 417 grams.
  • Price: $1100 body only (on Amazon).

OM-D E-M5 Mark II with the optional grip


An extended look by Olympus of the OM-D E-M5 Mark II

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II with the touch screen open


Olympus also announced two lenses today:

  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm Fisheye 1: 1.8 PRO – the fastest fisheye lens that we know of (to be released later this year).


  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150 mm 1: 4.0-5.6 II – 28-300mm equivalent in 35mm lens (to be released later this month).



Quick look at the new, updated M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150 mm 1: 4.0-5.6 II lens

The video below (Japanese) shows the new Olympus Air wireless camera which has many of the technologies you can find on the OM-D E-M5 Mark II (sensor, processor, AF etc.) but without a screen or EVF. The camera will be sold in Japan later this year for under $300.

Olympus Air Video

The Olympus Air


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