Micro Four Thirds: The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
interchangeable lens camera has a standard Micro Four Thirds lens mount. It is
compatible with a wide variety of Olympus M.Zuiko Digital lenses.
Rugged Construction: The E-M5II's magnesium-alloy and aluminum
construction makes the camera lightweight and tough. It is also built with a
degree of splash and dust protection, especially around the monitor and card
slot, so you can depend on the camera in harsh environments.
Dust Reduction System: The E-M5II's Dust Reduction System
includes 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.
Freezeproof: In addition to dust and splash protection, the
E-M5II is also freezeproof, allowing operation down to 14°F.
Image Pickup Device: The E-M5II uses a 4/3" Live MOS sensor with
approximately 17,200,000 total pixels and 16,050,000 effective pixels. This is
the same sensor used in Olympus DSLRs, and is 8 times
larger than the typical sensor found in the average point-and-shoot camera. The
Live MOS sensor is complimented by Olympus' new TruePic VII Image Processor for
increased ISO sensitivity and fast auto focusing.
3" Vari-angle Monitor: The camera has a 3" Vari-angle
TFT color LCD touchscreen monitor for framing your shots and viewing your digital pictures and videos. The
1,040,000-dot display can be swiveled out 180°, then rotated 270° so you can
frame your shots from high above your head or from ground level. You can even
view yourself in the monitor while taking self-portraits. 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
E-M5II has a built-in, high-resolution Electronic Viewfinder
(EVF). The 2,360,000 dot EVF provides a bright clear view of your subject
with a choice of three different informational display modes. An eye sensor next
to the viewfinder automatically switches between the EVF and the 3" monitor.
There is also a diopter to let you adjust the viewfinder to your eyesight.
Built-in Wi-Fi: The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II features
built-in Wi-Fi, allowing you to perform many functions wirelessly from your
smartphone. The smartphone must have the Olympus Image Share (OI.Share)
application, available for Android devices running OS version 2.3 and up, or
iPhone/iPad/iPod touch with iOS 6.0 or later. Functions that can be performed
through the OI.Share app include:
- Image Transfer: You can load images in the camera to a
- Remote Shooting: You can remotely operate the camera
and shoot using a smartphone.
- Image Processing: You can apply art filters and add
stamps on images loaded to a smartphone.
- GPS Tagging: You can add GPS tags to images by
transferring the GPS log saved on the smartphone to the camera.
Image Recording Formats: The E-M5II records digital still images in JPEG
format, as well as RAW uncompressed images. RAW images can be processed into
JPEG files in the camera or using the supplied software. You can record up to 30
seconds of audio with still
images in WAV format. Movies are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and AVI (Motion JPEG) with 16-bit PCM
stereo audio at a 48 kHz sampling rate.
Still Image File Sizes: The E-M5II allows you to shoot still
images in 8 sizes with your choice of 4 compression modes. The available picture
sizes in the 4:3 aspect ratio include 4608 x 3456, 3200 x 2400, 2560 x 1920,
1920 x 1440, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, and 640 x 480. You can change
the aspect ratio when taking pictures in Live View to 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 4608 x 3456 resolution with lossless compression (approximately
Hi-Res Shot: For landscapes and studio shots that require
maximum detail, the E-M5II offers a 40-megapixel high-resolution shooting
option. The 7296 x 5472 Hi-Res Shot is achieved by the camera shooting up to 8
times while moving the image sensor. The camera must be on a tripod or other
stable surface, and the subject must be perfectly still. The Hi-Res Shot can be
taken in JPEG or RAW+JPEG.
Movie Modes: There are seven movie modes from which to choose:
- Full HD (1920 x 1080) 30p Fine (for movie clips)
- Full HD (1920 x 1080) 60p Fine
- Full HD (1920 x 1080) 60p Super Fine
- Full HD (1920 x 1080) 30p Fine
- Full HD (1920 x 1080) 30p Normal
- HD (1280 x 720) Motion JPEG
- SD (640 x 480) Motion JPEG
Recording Media: Still images and movies with stereo sound are recorded on SD,
SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. (Class 10 cards or higher are recommended for movie shooting.)
The E-M5II is also compatible with Eye-Fi cards.
5-Axis Image Stabilization: The E-M5II features a new 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 E-M5II's IS System also compensates for rotational
movement--pitch, yaw, and roll. You can choose from the following IS modes:
- Still Image Stabilizer (S-IS):
- S-IS Off
- S-IS1: All direction shake I.S.
- S-IS2: Vertical shake I.S.
- S-IS3: Horizontal shake I.S.
- S-IS Auto: Auto I.S.
- Movie Image Stabilizer (M-IS):
- M-IS Off
- M-IS1: All direction shake I.S.-- uses both sensor
shift and electronic correction
- M-IS2: All direction shake I.S. --uses sensor shift
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can choose from
Easy Shooting Modes, 4 Advanced Shooting Modes, and Movie Mode:
- Easy Shooting Modes:
- iAuto: A full auto mode in which the camera automatically 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.
- Scene Modes: You can select from the following Scene Modes:
Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Hand-held
Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro,
Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach &
Snow, Fisheye Effect, Wide Angle, Macro, 3D Photo, and Panning.
- 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, Partial Color, and Art
- Advanced Shooting Modes:
- Photo Story: A Photo Story is a series of photos
with a theme, and includes different effects, multiple frames and aspect
ratios, and display pattern.
- 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.
- 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.
- Movie Shooting Modes: You can shoot movies when the
mode dial is on any mode except Photo Story. Movie Effects you can add
include 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 (cannot be
used with bracket photography or for movies)
- Art Filter: choose an art filter (see list above in
shooting modes) for the desired effect
Focus Modes: The E-M5II features a fast, contrast type auto
focus system. You
can select Single-AF (focuses when shutter button is pressed halfway), Continuous-AF (always
focusing), or Manual (turning the focus ring). 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 81 Auto-Focus targets for
focusing on the subject. In the All-Target AF mode, the camera automatically
chooses from the full set of the 81
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. The Group Target
mode lets you select a group of AF targets, and the camera chooses the
specific target from the selected group for focusing.
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, and LOW (equivalent to ISO 100). You
can choose between steps of 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, and
White Balance: Color reproduction depends upon light conditions. You
can choose from 4 options for setting the white balance:
- Auto: For General Use, used for most light conditions
- Preset: You can choose from the following presets:
- 5300K: for shooting outdoors on a clear day, for
sunset/sunrise, or fireworks
- 7500K: for shooting outdoors in the shadows on a clear day
- 6000K: for shooting outdoors on a cloudy day
- 3000K: for shooting under a tungsten light
- 4000K: for shooting under fluorescent lighting
- 5500K: for flash shooting
- Underwater: for underwater photography
- 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
can also shoot images continuously. When Sequential H is selected, photos are
taken at approximately 10 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 5 fps while the shutter button is
held down. Focus and exposure are fixed according to the options selected for AF
mode and AEL/AFL.
Self-Timer: The Self-Timer lets you take pictures after a preset
amount of time. You can choose between 2 seconds or 12 seconds. The Custom
Self-Timer lets you set the time delay, number of frames, and the interval
between the shots. When Every Frame AF is turned on, each frame is automatically
focused before shooting.
Anti-Shock/Silent Shooting: To prevent camera shake caused
by the small vibrations that occur during shutter operations, shooting is
performed using an electronic front-curtain shutter. You can change the time
between the shutter button is pressed all the way down and the shutter is
released. Silent Shooting lets you take photos without the camera making the
shutter sound. Shooting is performed using electronic shutters for both the
front and rear curtains.
Bulb/Time Shooting: The E-M5II can take extra long exposures with bulb
shooting. When the camera is set to Bulb, the shutter remains open as long as
the shutter button stays pressed. When the camera is set to Time, the exposure
begins when the shutter button is pressed all the way down, and ends when the
shutter button is pressed all the way down a second time. Use of a tripod is highly recommended for bulb
and time shooting.
Flash Modes: The E-M5II comes with the external FL-LM3
flash, which attaches to the camera's hot shoe. The camera does not have a
built-in flash. You can select from several flash modes: Auto, Fill in flash,
Red-eye reduction flash, Slow synchronization (1st curtain), Slow sync (1st
curtain) with Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization (2nd curtain), and Flash
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: Three frames are shot using automatic
exposure. You can set the compensation value to 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, or 1.0 EV,
and the number of shots to 2, 3, 5, or 7.
- 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.
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 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.
Face Detection: The camera will detect people's faces in the frame and
adjust the focus and metering automatically.
Multiple Exposure: The E-M5II lets you create multiple
exposures in a single frame. Methods include: two frames combined as one,
portions of one frame merged with portions of another, or RAW frames overlaid in
the playback mode.
Digital Level Gauge: 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.
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 E-M5II 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 1080p, 720p, and 480p. No
Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable is included. In addition, you can connect the camera to
a TV with a composite video, using an optional CB-AVC3 cable connected to the
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 E-M5II is powered by the supplied BLN-1 Lithium-Ion
rechargeable battery (7.6 volts/1220mAh). The battery charges in approximately 4
hours in the supplied BCN-1 battery charger. The BLN-1 battery is
good for approximately 310 shots on a single charge. When the energy-saving
Quick Sleep mode is enabled, battery life is extended to approximately 750
Optional Power Battery Holder: The optional
HLD-8 is a combination battery holder and grip designed for use with the
E-M5II. The HLD-8 can hold an additional BLN-1 battery to double the shooting
capacity of the camera. The device can be separated into two parts, one tailored
to shooting in landscape orientation, and one that is designed for portrait
Olympus Viewer 3 Software: The E-M5II includes Olympus Viewer
3 software on CD-ROM. The
software is compatible with the following operating systems:
- Windows XP (SP 3)
- Windows Vista (SP2)
- Windows 7 (SP1)
- Windows 8/8.1
- Mac OS X v10.5 - 10.9
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 8/8.1Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP Professional
- Windows XP Home Edition
- Mac OS X v10.5 - 10.9
Olympus Capture: The E-M5II is compatible with Olympus
Capture camera control software, available for download from the Olympus
website. It creates an easy-to-use interface between the camera and your
computer for use in the studio.