Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II review

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II confirms Olympus is back in the big league when it comes to high-end cameras

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The E-M5 line continues to offer the best combination of compactness and capabilities in the OM-D mirrorless system, and the Mark II model packs even more into its small bodyshell.


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    Supremely compact and lightweight

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    High Res Shot mode gives 64MP RAWs

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    Extensive range of M43 format lenses


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    Micro Four Thirds losing shine to bigger sensors

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    Clunky user interface

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When the OM-D E-M5 Mark II was launched, it had been a very long time since there was really anybody other than Canon and Nikon in the frame when considering a ‘small format’ professional camera. But the times they were a-changin’, and the rise and rise of the mirrorless designs is bringing some old names back into the frame, most notably Olympus

At the height of the 35mm OM system’s popularity, Olympus was the brand of choice for both pros and celebrity shooters alike. It was standard issue at National Geographic magazine, but plenty of others were also seduced by the whole OM ethos of compact, high performance cameras.

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