Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

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    Highlights

    • 20.3 MP Micro Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
    • No Optical Low-pass Filter
    • 200 - 25,600 Native ISO
    • 121 Focus Points
    • 5-Axis Image Stabilization
    • 3.0" 1,037k dot Fully Articulated Screen
    • 2,360k dot Electronic (OLED) Viewfinder
    • 15.0 fps Mechanical and 60.0 fps Electronic Continuous Shooting
    • 4096 x 2160 Video Shooting
    • 30 min Video Recording Limit
    • Built-In Wi-Fi
    • Wheather Sealed Body
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    Overview

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II was announced in 2016 and is a Micro Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm) Mirrorless camera with 20.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 200 to 25,600 and expands to 64 - 25,600 in boosted mode. The camera has a Fully Articulated 3.0" screen with 1,037k dot resolution and built-in Electronic (OLED) viewfinder with 2,360k dot resolution. It has a built-in 5-Axis Sensor Shift in body image stabilization.

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II can capture video up to 4096 x 2160 resolution.


    Here is the Olympus OM-D series lineup, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the cameras within the same series.

    Olympus OM-D series lineup
    Model Date Sensor Native ISO Screen Price
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV August
    2020
    20.3 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Tilting 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M1 III February
    2020
    20.4 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Articulated 3.0"
    1,037k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M5 III October
    2019
    20.4 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Articulated 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M1X January
    2019
    20.4 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Articulated 3.0"
    1,037k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M10 III August
    2017
    16.1 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Tilting 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M1 II September
    2016
    20.3 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Articulated 3.0"
    1,037k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M10 II August
    2015
    16.1 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Tilting 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M5 II February
    2015
    16.1 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Articulated 3.0"
    1,037k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M10 March
    2014
    16.1 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Tilting 3.0"
    1,037k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M1 October
    2013
    16.3 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    100 - 25,600 Tilting 3.0"
    1,037k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M5 April
    2012
    16.1 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Tilting 3.0"
    610k dot
    Touchscreen

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV vs OM-D E-M1 Mark III vs OM-D E-M5 Mark III vs OM-D E-M1X vs OM-D E-M10 Mark III vs OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

    PROS

    •   Video Capture
    •   121 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/32000 sec
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 60.0 fps
    •   High Video Resolution - 4096 x 2160
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   USB Charging
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    CONS

    •   Small Sensor
    •   200 Lowest Native ISO
    •   Low Video Recording Limit
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   No Built-In Bluetooth
    •   Short Battery Life - 350 shots

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   Price
    •   Sensor Resolution - 20.3 Megapixel
    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,360k dot
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
    •   DxO Overall Score - 80
    •   Weight - 574 g (1.27 lb / 20.25 oz)

    Predecessor

    Here we are comparing Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II to its predecessor OM-D E-M1 and displaying the major changes.

    UPGRADES Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II vs Olympus OM-D E-M1
    Higher Sensor Resolution 20.3 Megapixel vs 16.3 Megapixel
    More Powerful Processor TruePic VIII vs TruePIC VII
    Max Image Resolution 5184 x 3888 vs 4608 x 3456
    More Focus Points 121 vs 81
    Screen Type Fully Articulated vs Tilting
    Higher Max Continuous Shooting 60.0 fps vs 10.0 fps
    Average Metering vs
    Higher DxO Low Light ISO 1312 vs 757
    Higher DxO Color Depth 23.7 vs 23.0
    Higher DxO Dynamic Range 12.8 vs 12.7
    Higher DxO Overall Score 80 vs 73
    Higher Video Resolution 4096 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080
    Higher USB Speed USB 3.2 Gen 1x1 (5 GBit/sec) vs USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
    Headphone Output vs
    More Storage Slots 2 vs 1
    DOWNGRADES Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II vs Olympus OM-D E-M1
    More Expensive $2000/£1850/€1999 body only, £2400/€2599 with 12-40mm F2.8 vs $1399/£1299
    Higher Native ISO 200 vs 100
    Lower Flash Sync Speed 1/250 sec vs 1/320 sec
    Heavier 574 g (1.27 lb / 20.25 oz) vs 497 g (1.10 lb / 17.53 oz)

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II vs OM-D E-M1.

    Successor

    In 2020 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II was replaced by Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and its successor.

    UPGRADES Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III vs Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
    Cheaper $1799 (body only), $2499 (w/12-40mm lens), $2899 (w/12-100mm lens) vs $2000/£1850/€1999 body only, £2400/€2599 with 12-40mm F2.8
    Higher Sensor Resolution 20.4 Megapixel vs 20.3 Megapixel
    More Powerful Processor TruePic IX vs TruePic VIII
    Higher Image Stabilization Compensation 7 stops vs 5.5 stops
    Live Composition vs
    Wi-Fi Version Wi-Fi 5, 802.11ac/b/g/n, 2.4/5 GHz vs 802.11b/g/n, 2.4 GHz
    Built-In Bluetooth vs
    Longer Battery Life 420 shots vs 350 shots
    DOWNGRADES Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III vs Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
    Heavier 580 g (1.28 lb / 20.46 oz) vs 574 g (1.27 lb / 20.25 oz)

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II vs OM-D E-M1 Mark III.

    Screen and Viewfinder

    Fully Articulated Touchscreen

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II has a 3.0" Fully Articulated touchscreen with 1,037k dot resolution. Fully articulated screen makes this camera selfie and vlogger friendly and generally very useful for video shooting.

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    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II with Fully Articulated screen


    Electronic (OLED) Viewfinder

    Camera has a built-in Electronic (OLED) viewfinder with 2,360k dot resolution. It has a 100% coverage and 1.48x (0.74x 35mm equivalent) magnification.

    Sensor

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II features a 20.3 megapixel Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor with dimensions of 17.4 x 13 mm and a total area of 226.2 mm2. Its native ISO range is 200 - 25,600 and expands to 64 - 25,600 in boosted mode.


    Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II's Micro Four Thirds sensor compares with other types of sensors:

    Sensor size chart
    Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
    Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
    Image cannot be displayedFull Frame36 x 24 mm864 mm23:21x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
    Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
    Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with TruePic VIII processor and can take pictures up to 5184 x 3888 resolution.


    Lens Mount

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II has Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Due to Micro Four Thirds sensor its crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is 2x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length times 2.


    No Low-Pass Filter

    There is no optical low-pass filter (OLPF), also known as an anti-aliasing filter, in front of the sensor. This results in a slightly sharper image but may also introduce moiré patterns and aliasing artifacts when photographing subjects with fine, repetitive patterns or details.


    In-Body Image Stabilization

    The camera has a built-in 5-Axis Sensor Shift in-body image stabilization (IBIS) with 5.5 stops of compensation. This means that you are still getting vibration reduction when camera is paired with non-image stabilizied lenses. It also works with lenses with optical image stabilization and in combination can achieve even better compensation.

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    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    Built-in Wi-Fi

    Camera has a built-in Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n, 2.4 GHz) which allows to easily transfer photos and videos from the camera to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, printers, or computers. This eliminates the need for cables and allows for quick and convenient media sharing and social media integration. It gives you the ability to control your camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. This is particularly useful for taking self-portraits, group shots, or capturing images in challenging conditions without having to touch the camera. Firmware updates can also be downloaded and installed wirelessly.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in WiFi.


    USB Input and HDMI Output

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II has a USB 3.2 Gen 1x1 (5 GBit/sec) Type-C input for data transfer and battery charging. There is a Micro HDMI connector for video signal output.


    Battery

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II comes with BLH-1 battery pack with battery life of 350 shots.


    External Storage Slots

    The camera has two card slots - one for Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II) and one for SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I).

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II has Mechanical Focal Plane shutter and Electronic shutter. Shutter speed can go up to 1/32000 sec with electronic shutter and up to 1/8000 sec with mechanical shutter. Camera can shoot continuously up to 60.0 fps with electronic shutter and up to 15.0 fps with mechanical shutter.


    Exposure

    Camera's exposure metering ranges from -2 to +20 EV and you can set the exposure compensation within the ±5 EV range. You can also do exposure lock, exposure bracketing and manual exposure adjustment.


    Flash

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II has no built-in flash but an external flash may be connected via Hot Shoe. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/250 sec. Flash compensation can be set from -3 to +3 EV with 1/3 or 1/2 or 1 EV step increments.

    Physical Parameters

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II has dimensions of 134 x 91 x 67 mm (5.28 x 3.58 x 2.64"). It weighs 574 g (1.27 lb / 20.25 oz) which is neither heavy nor lightweight.

    134 mm (5.28")

    91 mm (3.58")

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    67 mm (2.64")

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    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II dimensions

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    GOOD
    82

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II gets a score of 82 and is GOOD choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    GOOD
    83

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II gets a score of 83 and is GOOD choice for Sports photography.

    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   121 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,360k dot
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 60.0 fps
    •   Short Battery Life - 350 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Wildlife Photography

    GOOD
    79

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II gets a score of 79 and is GOOD choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   121 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,360k dot
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 60.0 fps
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Short Battery Life - 350 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Portrait Photography

    EXCELLENT
    87

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II gets a score of 87 and is EXCELLENT choice for Portrait photography.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   121 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Street Photography

    EXCELLENT
    89

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II gets a score of 89 and is EXCELLENT choice for Street photography.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   121 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 574 g (1.27 lb / 20.25 oz)

    Travel Photography

    EXCELLENT
    87

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II gets a score of 87 and is EXCELLENT choice for Travel photography.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   High Video Resolution - 4096 x 2160
    •   Low Video Recording Limit
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 574 g (1.27 lb / 20.25 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 350 shots

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Evaluation

    We evaluate Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and give score of 80 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
    80

    Sensor

    AVERAGE
    68

    We give Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II a score of 68 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   Sensor Resolution - 20.3 Megapixel
    •   200 Lowest Native ISO
    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   DxO Overall Score - 80

    Photo

    GOOD
    83

    We give Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II a score of 83 for Photo parameters.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/32000 sec
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 60.0 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec

    Video

    AVERAGE
    65

    We give Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II a score of 65 for Video parameters.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   High Video Resolution - 4096 x 2160
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   Low Video Recording Limit

    Focusing

    EXCELLENT
    89

    We give Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II a score of 89 for Focusing parameters.

    •   121 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus

    Screen and Viewfinder

    EXCELLENT
    86

    We give Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II a score of 86 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,360k dot

    Connectivity

    EXCELLENT
    91

    We give Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II a score of 91 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   No Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    GOOD
    72

    We give Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II a score of 72 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 574 g (1.27 lb / 20.25 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 350 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots


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