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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 reviews of Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviews about the image stabilizer and portability are overall positive. The durability and image quality also get good views. The flash and size get critical opinions. Comments are divided on the sensor.

performance, image quality, durability, portability, stabilizer

price, usability, size, flash

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Pocket-lint Editor's Choice 2017

Expert review by : Timothy Coleman (

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II review: The most formidable Olympus camera, ever


Ultimately, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is currently the best Micro Four Thirds camera for advanced photographers. That, in a nutshell, is why it's

Very fast ; Quick autofocus ; Articulated touchscreen ; Image stabilisation is unreal ; Mechanical and electronic shutter shooting modes ; Can be customised to the nth degree ; Ever expanding lens choice ; Sharp images at low to mid ISO settings

Image quality in low contrast light ; Limited dynamic range in high contrast light ; silent shutter is so discreet that it’s easy to forget what shooting mode you’re in ; It's an expensive purchase

The E-M1 Mark II is not only better than the original model in every way, it's better than most mirrorless in every way too.

Jun, 2017

Techradar Editor's Choice 2016

Expert review by : Kevin Lee Phil Hall (

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II review


The best Micro Four Thirds camera yet

Unshakable image stabilization ; Bulletproof weather-sealing ; Laser-accurate autofocus

Pricey compared to rivals ; Dense menu systems ; As expensive as some full-frame cameras, or more so

With an expanded AF system, a fully customizable interface, solid video features and higher-res sensor, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II is Olympus' most impressive and feature-complete camera yet.

Nov, 2016

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by : Daven Mathies (

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II review


Olympus redefines what a professional Micro Four Thirds camera can be.

Great build quality ; Very fast performance ; Incredible in-body image stabilization ; Professional quality 4K video

MFT format won’t meet needs of all photographers ; Expensive

Feb, 2018

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II


The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II shoots faster and does more than other high-end mirrorless cameras, but it's also more expensive.

Up to 60fps Raw capture. In-body stabilization. Large, sharp EVF. Vari-angle touch-screen display. High-resolution capture mode. Robust lens system. Weather-sealed body. 4K video support. Optional vertical battery grip. Wi-Fi.

Expensive. Only one SD slot supports UHS-II. Tracking focus ineffective at top speeds. 60fps shooting is limited in duration. Very bright charging LED. Omits built-in flash.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II packs more technical bells and whistles into its small frame than any other mirrorless camera we've seen. It has a blisteringly fast maximum Raw capture rate, even though it's very limited in duration, and a solid buffer...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : Sean O'Kane (

Olympus E-M1 Mark II review: the camera that warps time


We all experience moments in our lives where we wish we could stop or slow down time. It could be as simple as when your phone slips out of your grasp, or as heart-stopping as when an accident is...

Incredibly fast ; Solid metal build ; Wonderful image stabilization

Byzantine menu system ; Hefty price tag ; Small image sensor

Speed like you've never experienced

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Amy Davies (

Olympus OM-D E-M1 II


The OM-D EM-1 Mark II is being touted as the camera to “change the game”, offering high-speed shooting for sports, wildlife and action, but while maintaining a small body size.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Michael Palmer (

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II


UPDATE: for a more in-depth write up with sample images, be sure to check out our Hands-On Review with the E-M1 Mark II over at our blog.

Sep, 2016

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Review


The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is the new flagship professional model in Olympus's OM-D well-established series of compact system cameras. The E-M1 Mark II boasts a tough dust-, drip- and freeze-proof magnesium alloy body, a 20.4-megapixel Four Thirds...

The new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a veritable speed demon, offering incredibly fast shooting rates coupled with a much improved auto-focusing system that keeps moving subjects sharp. Together with the simply amazing 5-axis image stabilisation...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Jeremy Gray (

Olympus E-M1 II Review


Packed with a new 20MP sensor, revamped AF system, faster image processor (two, in fact), 4K video and more, the E-M1 Mark II addresses the performance and C-AF shortcomings of the original E-M1 and pushes the envelope even further to truly provide...

Excellent image quality; Very good dynamic range & high ISO performance; Fantastic C-AF performance; Incredible burst rates, even with RAW; 4K UHD & Cinema 4K (DCI) video; Clean HDMI; Dual SD card slots

Expensive; Menus still confusing; UHS-II support only on one card slot; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash

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Jun, 2017

Expert review by : Mark Peters (

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II body available this year


Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II professional digital camera : The new OM-D E-M1 Mark II from Olympus will no doubt exceed all expectations for an ILC model, and give photography professionals and enthusiasts exactly what they demand. This milestone model...

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II is compatible with Olympus’ range of professional-grade Micro Four Thirds lenses and accessories, including an all new HLD-9 battery grip that not only hosts an additional battery to deliver up to 880 shots, but also comes in an...

Nov, 2016

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:PCM
Audio system:STEREO
Built-In Microphone:Y
Noise Reduction:Y
Voice Recording:Y


Battery level indicator:Y
Battery life (CIPA standard):440
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power source type:Battery


Brightness adjustment:Y
Built-in processor:Y
Camera file system:DCF, Exif 2.3, RAW
Diopter adjustment (D-D):-4 - 2
Dioptre correction:Y
GPS (satellite):N
Image editing:resizing, trimming
Languages support:Multi
Live view:Y
Photo effects:black&white, Sepia
Scene modes:Portrait
Self-timer delay:2,12
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter priority
White Balance:Auto, Flash, Fluorescent, Shade, Sunny, Tungsten, Underwater


Colour of product:Black


Display aspect ratio:3:2
Display diagonal:7.62
Display resolution (numeric):1037000
Field of view:100
Flip-out screen:Y
Vari-angle LCD display:Y


External flash connector:Y
Flash exposure correction:±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
Flash guide number:12.9
Flash Modes:Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash sync-speed:1/8000


Auto Focus (AF) assist beam:Y
Auto Focus (AF) lock:Y
Auto Focus (AF) points:800
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus
Closest focusing distance:0.2
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Lens System

Focal length range (f-f):12 - 40
Lens mount interface:Micro Four Thirds
Lens structure (elements/groups):14/9
Maximum aperture number:22
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):8
Minimum aperture number:2.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):2.4
Number of aspheric elements:2
Number of diaphragm blades:7

Light exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock:Y
ISO sensitivity:200, 25600, Auto
ISO sensitivity (max):25600
ISO sensitivity (min):200
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 5EV (1/2EV; 1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot


Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC



Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):30 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):-10 - 40
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90

Other features

USB Connectivity:Y

Packaging Content

Batteries included:Y
Battery charger included:Y
Bundled software:Olympus Viewer
Cables included:USB
Hand strap:Y

Picture Quality

Camera Type:MILC / MILC Body
Image formats supported:JPG, RAW
Image Sensor Size:4/3
Image sensor size (W x H):17.3 x 13
Image stabilizer:Y
Image stabilizer location:Body
Maximum image resolution:5184 x 3888
Sensor Type:Live MOS
Still image resolution(s):8160 x 6120, 5760 x 4320, 10368 x 7776
Supported aspect ratios:1:1, 3:2, 3:4, 4:3, 16:9
Total MegaPixels:21.8

Ports & interfaces

HDMI connector type:Micro
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:Y
USB version:3.0


Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/8000
Slowest camera shutter speed:60

Technical Details

Built-in speaker(s):Y
Image processor:TruePic VIII


HD type:4K Ultra HD
Maximum Video Resolution:4096 x 2160
Motion JPEG frame rate:60
Resolution at capture speed:640x480@30fps, 1280x720@30fps, 1920x1080@24fps, 1920x1080@25fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 1920x1080@50fps, 1920x1080@60fps, 3840x2160@24fps, 3840x2160@25fps, 3840x2160@30fps, 4096x2160@24fps
Video formats supported:AVI, H.264, M-JPEG, MOV, MPEG4
Video recording:Y
Video Resolutions:640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080,3840 x 2160,4096 x 2160


Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Height :90.9
Lens diameter:6.99
Lens length:8.4
Lens weight:382
Weight (including battery):574