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Olympus OM-D E-M1 II Review

Olympus's new pro camera brings blistering speed

Olympus OM-D E-M1 II specifications

Sensor: 20.4MP Micro Four Thirds Live MOS sensor (17.3 x 13mm)

Focal length conversion on lens: 2x

Memory: 2x SD/SDHC/SDXC (1x UHS-1, 1x UHS-II)

Viewfinder: EVF, 2,360k dots

Max video resolution: 4K (4,096 x 2,160)

ISO range: ‘Low’-25,600

Autofocus: Hybrid phase/contrast detection, 121 points, all cross-type

Max burst rate: 60fps AF locked, 18fps with AF

Screen: 3-inch vari-angle, 1,037k dots

Shutter speeds: 60-1/8000 sec, Bulb

Weight: 574g, body only, with battery and memory card

Dimensions: 134 x 91 x 69mm

Power supply: BLH‑1 lithium‑Ion battery (supplied), 440 shots

Lab tests

We use Imatest and DxO Analyzer hardware and software to test cameras for their colour accuracy (colour error) signal to noise ratio (the amount of noise in the images) and dynamic range (their ability to capture detail in very bright and dark areas). We also pick three rival cameras to test them against. 

Colour error

Scores closer to zero are better

It’s not the worst, it’s not the best. The OM-D E-M1 II’s colour rendition is more accurate than the X-T2’s, but the Sony A6300 and Panasonic GH4 are more neutral. 

Signal to noise ratio

Decibels/ISO. Higher scores are better. Raw results use images converted to TIFF

The Olympus doesn’t achieve the same performance as the X-T2 or, surprisingly, the rather good GH4. It did better than the Sony A6300 at higher ISOs, though.

Dynamic range

Exposure value/ISO. Higher scores are better. Raw results use images converted to TIFF

The Panasonic GH4 and Sony A6300 are the winners here, but the Olympus is not so far behind and maintains its dynamic range right through to higher ISO settings.