Olympus E-M5 Mark II Micro Four Thirds camera officially announced

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New Olympus E-M5II accessories
Olympus officially announced their new E-M5 Mark II Micro Four Thirds camera plus new accessories and lenses:

Pre-order options:

Sample photos from the E-M5 cameras can be found here.

The E-M5 Mark manual can be downloaded here.

Additional Olympus announcements:

Olympus TG-860 camera
→ Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

→ M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO lens (future development)

→ M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 II (28-300mm, 35mm equivalent) lens

→ Firmware version 3.0 for the OM-D E-M1

Olympus E-M5 Mark II hands-on and promo videos can be found here.

Olympus E-M5 Mark II specifications:


Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
Pixels 16 Megapixel
Max Resolution 16MP: 4608 x 3456
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Memory Card Type SD
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Autofocus Points 81
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Diopter Adjustment - 4 to +2 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Touchscreen Swivel  LED
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-3200 (High Sensitivity Mode: 100-25600)
Shutter 1/8000 - 60 seconds
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering 1

Please Note:

Multi-zone=Digital ESP

Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Sunlight, Underwater
Burst Rate Up to 10 fps at 16 MP
Flash Modes Auto
Red-eye Reduction
Built-in Flash No
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Connectivity HDMI D (Micro)
AV / USB Multi, USB 2.0
1/8" Microphone
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Battery 1x BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack, 7.6 VDC, 1220 mAh
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.9 x 3.3 x 1.8" / 12.4 x 8.4 x 4.6 cm
Weight 14.4 oz / .41 kg Body Only
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  • SH*T666

    That Olympus Tough camera has an extremely useful zoom range (21-105 mm eq.), but sensor size is way too small. I´ve been waiting for a long time a compact camera with this zoom range and a decent sensor size (4/3 or bigger).

  • Progasm

    Same old 16MP POS. Oly camp has always been delusional about these being competitive with real cameras.

    • Neopulse

      What are you talking about? That’s like saying Sony and Nikon are still using the same POS Sony 12MP and 24MP sensor from 2009. And the 36MP from 2012 into their 2014-2015 lineup.

      • Progasm

        Those are not crap 4turds sensors. That’s the difference.

        • Neopulse

          Yeah and those FF sensors are 4turds in comparison to 645 sensors. Learn to shoot with them first, then judge the quality for what it is.

  • J.L. Williams

    So here’s a quandary: by the time you add the battery grip, the E-M5 II will cost about the same as the E-M 1 (which handles pretty well without an add-on grip.) They have the same EVF, similar sensor, similar image quality, similar WiFi, etc. So which do you buy?

    — E-M I: Better CAF (especially with upcoming firmware update); more programmable buttons; tethered shooting (haven’t been able to find out if E-M5 II supports this.)

    — E-M5 II: Better stabilization; better movie features; trick 40mpx mode; fewer programmable buttons (which some people prefer.)

    Tough call.

  • MonkeySpanner

    Doesn’t look like Oly has made any advancements with that 16MP sensor. Noise looks about the same in the studio test scene. Looks like a really nice little camera, but the image is what matters in the end, not the jewelry.

    • J.L. Williams

      And for a lot of us, images from the 16mp sensor are just fine.

      • MonkeySpanner

        Me too. 16MP is great. Just the right size for easy processing. I am not complaining about the number of MP, I am complaining about the quality (or lack of) those 16MP. Oly is still having troubling competing with 16MP aps-c sensors that came out in 2009.

  • J.L. Williams

    Admin: No love for the new EE-1 dot sight? It may sound like a silly idea at first glance, but I use a cheapo eBay dot sight a LOT on my video camera. Once you’ve got your field of view set, it’s more comfortable to track your subject using the dot sight than by looking through the finder. And a dot sight designed to fit on a camera will be much more compact than mine, which was converted from a rifle-scope mount.

    • No, I did not ignore it – it was just 2 am when I did the post…. I will cover this later today in another post.

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