Features & Controls

Capturing the images for the E-M5 Mark II is a 4/3 Live MOS imaging sensor. This 16-Megapixel sensor offers several aspect ratio choices and is equipped with an amazing image stabilization system (below). It also allows for the capture of 4K video. Processing the capture of the images, video and running the I.S. is the powerful TruePic VII image processor. This processor is in charge of running and maintaining all of the camera functions.

Olympus uses the Micro Four Thirds mount system, giving you a fantastic collection of their interchangeable lenses for any shooting conditions. Any lens made for the Micro Four Thirds mount will operate with this camera, no matter who the manufacturer is, adding even more lens choices.

Assisting with stabilizing the camera while you shoot, Olympus has incorporated its 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system. This system handles yaw, pitch, roll, vertical and horizontal movements to provide up to 5 stops of correction (CIPA measurement conditions). This system works with both still images and video recording, allowing you to shoot in very low-light situations without a tripod. It also keeps the size of the lenses down, since they do not need to incorporate their own I.S. systems.

Shown above are three of the newer Micro Four Thirds lenses provided by Olympus. Two M.Zukio Pro lenses offer fantastic low-light performance, with the two of them ranging from 12-150mm, all with a maximum aperture of f/2.8. The third lens is a new all-in-one 14-150mm lens that is ready for any situation. Just like the E-M5 Mark II itself, these lenses are all Weatherproof and ready to stand up to just about any rough shooting condition.

In case your lens just isn't long enough, and your budget won't allow a new one, Olympus offers this 1.4 teleconverter to give you just a little more for far less than the price of a new lens. The only drawback is that it will slow down your lens a bit.

The first option for composing your images is an eye-level electronic viewfinder with eye sensor. The EVF features approx. 2.36-Million dots that offer an incredible resolution and image reproduction, along with all of the information that you will find on the LCD screen. You also have the opportunity to see a live image preview and depth-of-field (even in HDR shooting modes), showing you the results before you capture your image. Diopter adjustment makes the EVF easy for anyone to use, with or without glasses.

Your other option for composing your images as well as viewing them is the 3.0-inch, 1037k-dot Vari-Angle LCD screen. Showing 100% field-of-view, just like the EVF, you will never have to guess what will show up on the edges of your images. 7 levels of brightness and color temperature adjustment allows you to adjust it just the way you like. The screen tilts and swivels, and can be position against the body to protect it when not in use.

On the top right side of the camera you will find several controls, including two command dials. From left to right you have the HDR/Fn4, LCD/EVF/Fn3, Curves/Fn2, dedicated video recording and shutter release buttons. The shutter release is hidden inside the top command dial. HDR allows you to instantly put the camera into HDR shooting mode while in any of the manual shooting modes.

The top left side of the camera provides you with the camera's mode dial and power switch. The button in the center of the mode dial allows you to lock it into place so you do not have to worry about accidentally bumping it while shooting.


There are also several controls to be found on the back of the camera. Starting at the top is the Fn1 button, which is coupled by a unique switch. This switch allows you to change the function of the command dials. In manual shooting modes, a flip of this switch will change what settings each of the command dials operates. At the bottom right you have the Menu, INFO, Delete and Playback buttons that surround the 4-way controller. The 4-way controller allows you to adjust the camera settings as well as navigate the camera's menu systems. Inside of it is the OK button that lets you make your selections.


On the left side of the camera are the input/output ports. On top is a microphone input, letting you increase the quality of the audio captured during video recording. In the middle is a HDMI output, allowing you to connect to any HDTV or 4KTV to view your videos and still images. On the bottom is a high-speed USB port that allows you to transfer and print images directly from the camera.

To store your captured images, the camera uses any SD/SDHC/SDXC style, UHS-1 and 2 memory card. With the camera's fantastic burst shooting and 4K video capability, we recommend that you use the fastest memory card that you can get your hands on. The camera is shown above with the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1 memory card that was used to test the camera.

Powering the E-M5 Mark II is a 7.6V, 1220mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. This battery is able to capture up to 310 shots on a single charge, while using the I.S. system. This can be increased to 750 shots by turning on the quick sleep mode. These are fantastic claims by Olympus that will allow you to shoot without worrying about battery power.

The hot shoe on the E-M5 Mark II is very important since the camera does not have a built-in flash unit. It provides power and information to an external flash unit as well as other accessories.

Shown above is the Olympus FL-600R external flash unit. Featuring an LCD display, video light and a GN of 36 at ISO 100; it will take care of all of your portable on-camera lighting needs.

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