Overview: The EM-1 Mark II, from the Olympus OM-D series of
mirrorless cameras, is the most innovative and advanced thus far. The EM-1 Mk II features a Micro
Four Thirds mount and a lineup of quality lenses to choose from. (This EM-1 Mark
only kit includes no lenses.) Advanced features include a 5-axis in-body Image
Stabilization System, 121-point Dual F.A.S.T auto focusing system, a 20MP Live MOS image sensor,
4K movie recording, and an
Electronic Viewfinder. It also includes the FL-LM3 external flash unit, and a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface with a USB-C cable.
M.Zuiko Digital Lenses: The EM-1 Mark II is compatible with
M.Zuiko Micro Four Thirds lenses, including M.Zuiko PRO lenses. The
MMF-3 adapter allows you to mount a Four
Thirds lens on the Micro Four Thirds-compliant EM-1 Mark II camera.
Rugged Construction: The EM-1 Mark II features an enclosed magnesium
alloy weatherproof body that makes the camera lightweight and tough. It weighs
less than 20 ounces with the battery. It is also built so that it
is freezeproof, dustproof, and splashproof, so you can depend on the camera in harsh environments.
Image Pickup Device: The EM-1 Mark II uses a 4/3" Live MOS sensor
(17.4 x 13.0mm) with
approximately 21.77-million total pixels and 20.37-million effective pixels. The
Live MOS sensor is complimented by Olympus' newest TruePic VIII Dual Quad Core Image Processor for
up to 15 fps sequential shooting with continuous autofocus (with mechanical
shutter), or 60 fps burst shooting (with electronic shutter).
Dust Reduction System: The EM-1 Mark II's Dust Reduction System
utilizes a Supersonic Wave Filter to eliminate dust particles on the image
sensor. The self-cleaning sensor unit silently vibrates 30,000 times per second,
ensuring clear, spot-free images.
3" LCD Touch Monitor: The camera has a 3" Vari-Angle
Touch LCD for framing your shots and viewing your digital pictures and videos. The
3:2 aspect ratio, 1,037,000-dot display swings out 180° from the body, and can
be swiveled backward 270° or forward 90°. When you turn the monitor to the
selfie position, the image will flip so you can properly frame your
self-portrait. Touch navigation lets you control the camera in both the
shooting and playback modes with the touch of a finger.
Electronic Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" monitor, the
EM-1 Mark II has a built-in, high-resolution eye-level Electronic Viewfinder
(EVF). The 2,360,000-dot EVF provides a bright clear view of your subject
with a choice of three display styles and six different grids. The camera is
equipped with an eye sensor that turns the viewfinder on when you raise the
camera to your eye, and switches back to the monitor when you lower it.
There is also a diopter to let you adjust the viewfinder to your eyesight.
Image Recording Formats: The EM-1 Mark II records digital still images in JPEG
format, as well as uncompressed RAW images. RAW images can be processed into
JPEG files in the camera or using downloadable software from Olympus. You can record up to 30
seconds of audio with still
images in WAV format. Movies are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV format) or Motion JPEG
(AVI format) with 16-bit PCM
stereo audio at a 48 kHz sampling rate.
Still Image File Sizes: The EM-1 Mark II allows you to shoot still images in
Large (5184 x 3888*), Medium (3200 x 2400, 2560 x 1920, 1920 x 1440, 1600 x
1200), or Small (1280 x 960, 1024 x 768), with your choice of 4 compression modes. You can set the aspect ratio to
4:3, 16:9, 3:2, 1:1 or 3:4. Compression modes
available for each picture resolution are Super Fine (1/2.7 compression), Fine
(1/4), Normal (1/8), and Basic (1/12). RAW images can be recorded only in Large
size with lossless compression (approximately 1/1.5 compression).
* Pixel count for 4:3 aspect ratio
High Res Shot Mode: The High Res Shot lets you capture
incredibly detailed images with resolution that exceeds that of many full-frame
DSLRs. The High Res Shot automatically captures 8 consecutive shots in one
second, and combines the images into one ultra-high resolution photo. The
advanced TruePic VIII Image Processor prevents image blur caused by subject
movement. In the end, you can choose from the following image file sizes (JPEG):
50M 8160 x 6120 or 25M 5760 x 4320 with Fine (1/4) compression. You can also
shoot a RAW image along with the JPEG (JPEG+RAW). The camera saves a single RAW
image (10368 x 7776) before combining it with the high resolution shooting. The
RAW image can be played by with the Olympus Viewer 3 software.
Movie Modes: The E-M1 Mk II can record 4K, Custom 4K, Full
HD movies in MOV format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) to display on TV, and HD movies in
AVI format (Motion JPEG) for computer playback or editing. There are two types
of compressions methods to choose from: IPB is interframe compression which
balances good image quality with a reduced overall file size, and selectable
SuperFine, Fine, or Normal compression, while All-I is All-Intra compression
which is more suitable for editing, but has a larger overall file size. The
maximum video recording time is approximately 29 minutes in MOV and 7 minutes in
|Record Mode ||Pixel Count ||Compression Method / Frame
|Custom 4K (C4K) ||4096 x 2160 / 24p ||IPB (237 Mbps) |
|UHD (4K) ||3840 x 2160 / 30p, 24p ||IPB (102 Mbps) |
|Full HD (FHD) ||1920 x 1080 / 30p, 24p ||All-I (202 Mbps) |
IPB (SFine: 52 Mbps, Fine: 30 Mbps), Norm: 18 Mbps)
|Full HD (FHD) ||1920 x 1080 / 60p ||IPB (SFine: 52 Mbps, Fine: 30 Mbps),
Norm: 18 Mbps) |
|HD (AVI) ||1280 x 720, 60p, 30p, 24p ||All-I (102 Mbps) |
IPB (SF: 26 Mbps, F: 14 Mbps), N: 10 Mbps)
Note: When shooting in PAL format, you can choose
between 50p and 25p.
Dual Media Slots: The camera is equipped with dual slots for
SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards, as well as Eye-Fi cards. When recording movies,
an SD card with a speed class of 10 or higher is required. For 4K, C4K, or when
using All-I compression, you should use a UHS-II card or a UHS-I card with a UHS
speed class of 3 or better. Card Slot 1 is compatible with UHS-1 and UHS-II
cards, while Slot 2 is compatible with UHS-I only. A UHS-II card inserted in
Slot 2 will operate as a UHS-I card. When there are cards in both slots, you can
copy an image from one card to another, and you can choose which card to save
images to: Slot 1, Slot 2, or both.
Built-in Wi-Fi: The EM-1 Mark II has built-in Wi-Fi functionality
for controlling the camera wirelessly using your smartphone, uploading your
photos wirelessly to your smartphone or to your computer, and acquire location
information for your photos when wirelessly connected to a smartphone with a GPS
function. The Olympus Image Share, or OI.Share, application must first be
installed on your smartphone. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and requires iOS
8.0 or later. It is also compatible with Android smartphone and tablets running
Android 4.0 and up. You can connect quickly and easily using the QR code on the
5-Axis Image Stabilization: The EM-1 Mark II features the 5-axis
in-body Image Stabilization System to automatically compensate for camera shake in low-light
situations or when using a telephoto lens. In addition to vertical and
horizontal camera shake, the EM-1 Mark II's IS System also compensates for rotational
movement--pitch, yaw, and roll. The Advanced 5-Axis Image Stabilization System
provides the equivalent of 5.5 shutter speed steps of compensation. When paired
with a M.Zuiko PRO lens with in-lens stabilization, the IS system provides up to
6.5 shutter speed steps of compensation. You can choose from the following IS modes:
|Still Picture ||Off ||S-IS Off ||Image Stabilizer is off |
|S-IS1 ||Auto ||Image Stabilizer is on |
|S-IS2 ||Vertical IS ||Image stabilization applies only to
vertical camera shake. Use when panning horizontally. |
|S-IS3 ||Horizontal IS ||Image stabilization applies only to
horizontal camera shake. Use when panning horizontally when camera
is held in portrait orientation. |
|S-IS Auto ||Landscape Panning IS ||The camera detects the panning
direction and applies the appropriate image stabilization. |
|Movie ||Off ||M-IS Off ||Image Stabilizer is off. |
|On ||Movie-IS 1 ||The camera uses both sensor shift (VCM)
and electronic correction. |
|Movie-IS 2 ||The camera uses only sensor shift (VCM)
correction only. Electronic correction is not used. |
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can
select from the following Shooting Modes:
- iAuto: iAuto is a fully automatic mode in which the camera optimizes
settings for the current scene. The Live Guide lets you make creative
adjustments, and view them on the monitor before you take the shot.
- Art Filter: You can select from the following Art Filters:
Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin
Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line,
Watercolor, Vintage, Partial Color, and Art
Bracketing. Some Art Filters have several variations of the original.
- Program Shooting: Aperture and shutter speed
are automatically adjusted for optimal results.
- Aperture Priority: You set the aperture manually, and the camera
sets the shutter speed automatically. The aperture range is dependent
upon the attached lens.
- Shutter Priority: You set the shutter speed manually between
1/8000 to 60 seconds, Time, or Bulb, and the
camera sets the aperture automatically.
- Manual: You set the shutter speed and aperture manually.
- Custom Modes (C1, C2, C3): You can save setting to each
of three Custom Modes for instant recall.
- Movie Shooting Modes: Lets you shoot movies using
optional Movie Effects: Art Fade, Old Film, Multi Echo, One Shot Echo, and Movie
Picture Modes (Processing Options): The camera lets you select image tones to
create unique image effects. For each picture mode, you can fine-adjust the
image parameters, such as contrast and sharpness. The Picture Modes include:
- iEnhance: produces more impressive-looking pictures matched to
the scene mode
- Vivid: produces vivid colors
- Natural: produces natural colors
- Muted: produces flat tones
- Portrait: produces beautiful skin tones
- Monotone: produces black and white tones
- Custom: lets you select one of the above modes, set the
parameters, and register the setting.
- e-Portrait: produces smooth skin textures
- Underwater: produces vivid color finish, perfect for
- Color Creator: produces colors set using color creator
- Art Filter: lets you choose an art filter (same as
above in shooting modes)
Focus Modes: The EM-1 Mark II features the Frequency
Acceleration Sensor Technology (F.A.S.T.) AF System. You
can select Single-AF (focuses when shutter button is pressed halfway), Continuous-AF (always
focusing), or Manual (turning the focus ring on the lens). You can also fine-adjust the
focus manually by turning the focus ring after AF is performed in the S-AF mode.
If you have a moving subject, you can use the AF Tracking feature. In this mode,
the camera will track and maintain focus on the subject while the shutter button
is held halfway.
Auto-Focus Target: The camera has a 121-point Hybrid Auto-Focus
system with 11 rows and 11 columns of AF targets. In the All-Target AF mode, the
camera automatically chooses all 121
AF targets. In the Single-Target AF mode, you can manually select one AF target for
accurately focusing on the subject after composing the shot. You can also select
a 5-target group or 9-target group. The camera also features Face Priority AF
and Eye Priority AF modes for sharp focus on human subjects.
ISO Settings: The sensitivity can be set automatically or manually.
You can set the default and upper limits for Auto ISO. The manual ISO
sensitivity ranges from ISO 200 to 25600, with selectable ISO steps of 1 EV or
1/3 EV. You can also set the sensitivity below ISO 200 by selecting the "LOW"
option (equivalent to approximately ISO 64).
White Balance: Color reproduction depends upon light conditions. You
can choose from the following options for setting the white balance:
- Auto: For General Use, used for most light conditions
- Preset: You can choose from the following presets (with
equivalent color temperature):
- Sunny (5300K): for shooting outdoors on a clear day, for
sunset/sunrise, or fireworks
- Shadows (7500K): for shooting outdoors in the shadows on a clear day
- Cloudy (6000K): for shooting outdoors on a cloudy day
- Tungsten (3000K): for shooting under a tungsten light
- Fluorescent (4000K): for shooting under fluorescent lighting
- Underwater: for underwater photography
- Flash (5500K): for flash shooting
- Custom: Color temperature set in the custom white balance menu
(between 2000K and 14000K)
- One-Touch: Color temperature set by the one-touch WB method
Sequential Shooting: In addition to shooting single frames, the
EM-1 Mark II
can also shoot images continuously. When Sequential H is selected, photos are
taken at approximately 15 frames per second for as long as the
shutter button is pressed. Focus, exposure, and white balance are fixed at the
first shot. Sequential L takes photos at about 10 fps while the shutter button is
held down. Focus and exposure are fixed according to the options selected for AF
mode and AEL/AFL.
Pro Capture: The Pro Capture sequential shooting mode lets
you shoot with no lag between the time you press the shutter button all the way
down and when the image is recorded. Pro Capture uses the silent electronic
shutter to begin buffering a series of full resolution images when you press the
shutter button halfway. When you press the shutter down fully, the image, plus
the 14 previous frames are captured on the memory card. You can choose Pro
Capture H (focus, exposure, white balance fixed at first shot) or Pro Capture L
(focus, exposure fixed as selected for the AF mode).
Self-Timer: The Self-Timer lets you take pictures after a preset
amount of time. You can choose from 2 seconds, 12 seconds, or Custom Self-timer,
which lets you set the number of frames (1-10), number of seconds to first shot
(1-30), and interval between shots (0.5, 1, 2, or 3 seconds).
Bulb/Time Photography: The EM-1 Mark II can take extra long exposures with bulb
and time photography. When the camera is set to Bulb, the shutter remains open
as long as the shutter button stays pressed. During time photography, the
exposure begins when the shutter button is pressed and released, and ends when
the shutter button is pressed again and released. With Live Time and Live
Composite photography, you can watch the image build up on the monitor. To reduce camera blur, you
should mount the camera on a tripod and use a remote cable (RM-CB2).
Flash Modes: The EM-1 Mark II comes with the external FL-LM3 flash,
which attaches to the camera's hot shoe. You can select from
several flash modes: Flash On (flashes regardless of light conditions), Red-eye reduction flash, Slow synchronization (1st curtain), Slow sync
(1st curtain) with Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization (2nd
curtain), Manual and
Flash off. During Manual Flash, you can set the intensity of the flash from full
to 1/64 power in 19 steps.
Bracketing: To increase your chances of getting the perfect exposure
in difficult shooting conditions, you can set the camera to take a number of
photos at different exposure values for each frame. Frames are shot at optimum
exposure, plus pictures adjusted in the opposite directions of exposure. You can
perform bracketing in the following ways:
- AE Bracket: You can choose from 2, 3, 5, or 7 frames using automatic exposure. You
can set the compensation value to 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, or 1.0 EV.
- WB Bracket: Three frames are shot using different white balances;
one at specified WB, one adjusted toward amber-blue color, and the other
toward green-magenta. You can set the bracketing adjustments in 2, 4, or 6
- FL Bracket: Three frames are shot with different flash intensity.
Compensation values can be set at 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, or 1.0 EV.
- ISO Bracket: Three images are taken, each with different ISO
sensitivity, with shutter speed and aperture fixed. Compensation values can
be set at 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, or 1.0 EV.
- Art Bracketing: Multiple images are taken, each with a
different art filter setting. You can select which art filters to include in
the bracketing shot.
- Focus Bracketing: Lets you take a series of shots at
different focus positions. You can choose the number of shots, and the
change in the focus distance.
- Focus Stacking: The focus position is automatically
shifted to capture 8 shots which are then composited for a single JPEG image
that is in focus all the way from the foreground to the background. This
mode is excellent for Macro photos.
Metering Modes: There are 5 ways to measure the subject brightness:
- Digital ESP: Camera measures light levels and calculates the
differences in 324 separate areas of the image.
- Center-Weighted Average: Camera provides the average metering
between the subject and background lighting, placing more weight on the
subject in the center.
- Spot: Camera meters a very small area (about 2% of the
frame) around the center of the
- Spot with Highlight Control: If overall background is bright, the
camera shifts toward over-exposure so white areas don't turn gray.
- Spot with Shadow Control: If overall background is dark, the
camera shifts toward under-exposure so black areas don't turn gray.
Multiple Exposure: The EM-1 Mark II lets you create multiple
exposures in a single frame. When Auto Gain is selected, the brightness of each frame is
set to 1/2 and the images are overlaid. When Overlay is selected, the images are overlaid
with the original brightness of each frame. You can also overlay multiple
exposures on a RAW image recorded on the memory card and store it as a separate
Digital Level: To ensure that your pictures are level
perfect, the camera has a digital level gauge that can be viewed in the monitor
and the electronic viewfinder. Both the vertical and horizontal level can be
checked with the level gauge display.
Photo Playback: You can play back images one at a time, or in an index
display of 4, 9, 25, or 100. You can also display images recorded on the
memory card by date (calendar display). While in single image playback, the image can be magnified
to 2x, 3x, 5x, 7x, 10x, or 14x for a closer look.
Playback On TV: The EM-1 Mark II allows you to play back your still
images or movies on a TV. The camera has a Micro HDMI (Type D) output for
connecting to an HDTV. Output resolution can be set to C4K, 4K, 1080p, 720p, and 480p/576p.
No Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable is included.
HDMI Control: When HDMI Control is set to "On", the camera
can be operated by a TV remote control when it is connected to the TV via HDMI.
The TV must support HDMI control. During single-frame playback, you can display
or hide the information display and the index display.
Capability: Using the supplied USB
cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compliant printer, regardless of
Power Options: The EM-1 Mark II is powered by the supplied BLH-1 Lithium-Ion
rechargeable battery (7.4 volts/1720mAh). The battery charges in approximately 2
hours in the supplied BCH-1 battery charger. The BLH-1 battery is
good for approximately 440 shots or 90 minutes of movie shooting on a single charge.
Optional Power Battery Holder: The optional
HLD-9 is a combination battery holder and grip designed for use with the
EM-1 Mark II. The HLD-7 can hold an additional BLH-1 battery to double the shooting
capacity of the camera.
Olympus Viewer 3 Software: The EM-1 Mark II does not come
with software in the box. You can download Olympus Viewer
3 software at no charge from the Olympus website (URL provided in the included
manual). The software helps you import images and videos taken by the camera,
and lets you view, edit, and manage your photos. The Viewer 3 software is compatible with the following operating systems:
- Windows 10
- Windows 8/8.1
- Windows 7 (SP1)
- Windows Vista (SP2)
- Mac OS X v10.8 - 10.11 / macOS v10.12
USB Mass Storage Class: The camera supports USB Mass Storage
Class, allowing you to transfer images to a computer with the provided USB
cable. The following operating systems are compatible with the USB connection:
- Windows 10
- Windows 8/8.1
- Windows 7 (SP1)
- Windows Vista (SP2)
- Mac OS X v10.8 - 10.11