Olympus OM-D E-M1 II Review

Olympus's new pro camera brings blistering speed

5 Star Rating

Digital Camera World Verdict

We’d want to do more extensive tests before reaching any final decision about the E-M1’s continuous focus tracking performance, but it’s an extraordinary camera in every other respect. The image quality belies its small sensor, and its static autofocus and burst shooting modes are exceptional.


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    60fps at full resolution – amazing!

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    Great range of pro-quality lenses

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    Superb image stabilisation


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    MFT sensor smaller than rivals

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    Complex menu and control system

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    Speed drops to 18fps with focus tracking

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Olympus has played two aces with the E-M1 II. Its 60fps burst mode is a spectacular leap forward in high-speed shooting, and even though you have to step down to 18fps to get focus tracking with moving subjects, that’s still a poke in the eye for heavier, more expensive – and slower – pro SLRs like the Canon EOS-1D X II and the Nikon D5.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com