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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II sensor review: New features, but same sensor resolution

By Paul Carroll - Tuesday April 07 2015

Sensor Review
Introduction | Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II measurements: No significant progress for Olympus Sensor Scores | Comparison 1: Olympus E-M5 Mark II vs E-M5 Mark I vs E-M1 | Comparison 2: Olympus E-M5 Mark II vs Sony a6000 vs Sony A7R | Conclusion

Olympus’s latest mirrorless hybrid offering, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II, is an updated version of their original and hugely successful E-M5. Boasting a new weather-resistant shell and improvements to its handling and performance capabilities, the latest model sticks with the same resolution 16Mp four-thirds sensor as its predecessor. With the lab tests just in, let’s see how the Sensor Scores for the new OM-D E-M5 Mark II stack up against the competition. 

1st

With three years having passed since the launch of the original OM-D E-M5 back in early 2012, Olympus’s popular hybrid was due for an upgrade. Keeping the same retro styling, the new Olympus E-M5 Mark II boasts a wider 100 – 25,600 ISO sensitivity range, compared to 200 - 25,600 on the Mark I; a greater number of available shutter speeds that now cover 1/8000th – 60 seconds; and faster continuous shooting at 10fps, compared to 9 for its predecessor.

Olympus’s 5-axis Image Stabilization system has been improved to offer up to 5 stops of anti-camera shake, and as a sensor shift solution, stabilization is possible using any of the 40+ ZUIKO lenses available on the Olympus hybrid system.

There’s also a new 40Mp image-stitching mode, more customizable controls for better handling, and the higher-resolution 2.4m-dot electronic viewfinder and 1.04m-dot LCD screen boost performance, too. The video capabilities of the new E-M5 Mark II have also seen an upgrade with the addition of a 3.5mm stereo mic socket for attaching an external microphone to record better-quality sound, and full HD 1920x1080px video can be captured at 60fps, too.

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II is available now priced at $1099 (body only).

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II measurements: No significant progress for Olympus Sensor Scores

Comparison 1: Olympus E-M5 Mark II vs E-M5 Mark I vs E-M1

Comparison 2: Olympus E-M5 Mark II vs Sony a6000 vs Sony A7R

Conclusion