Within the article, there are affiliate links. If you buy something after clicking the link, we will receive a small commission. To know more about our ethics, you can visit our full disclosure page. Article updates. March 2nd, 2018 added information about the latest firmware updates available for each camera. Sensor 16 MP 4 3 Live Mos Lens system Micro Four Thirds Weatherproof Complete splash, dust and freeze proof -10 C Internal Stabilisation Yes 5-axis, Sync IS Autofocus Hybrid with 81 contrast and 37 phase detection points Continuous shooting 10 fps AF-S11fps with electronic shutter AF-S9 fps AF-C ISO Sensitivity 200 25600 ISO Pull 100 Shutter Speeds 1 8000 to 60 seconds, 1 16000s with electronic shutter Viewfinder 2,360K dots, approx.
74x magnification, 120fps Rear monitor Tilting 3 LCD monitor 1,040K dots Movie recording Full HD up to 30fps Built-in Flash No but external FL-LM2 is supplied Extra Features WiFi, Timelapse, HDR, Multiple exposure, Live Time, Live Composite, Focus Stacking, Keystone compensation Dimensions 130. 100 FOV coverage, 1. 1mm Weight 497g including battery and memory card Firmware version at the time of publishing 4.
Sensor 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds Live Mos Lens system micro four thirds Weatherproof Complete Splash, dust and freeze proof down to -10 C Internal Stabilisation Yes 5-axis, Sync IS Autofocus Contrast detection AF with 81 autofocus areas Continuous shooting 10 fps AF-S5fps AF-C ISO Sensitivity 200 25600 ISO extended 100 Shutter Speeds 1 8000s to 60 seconds, 1 16000s with electronic shutter Viewfinder 2,360k dots, approx. 74x magnification, 120fps LCD Screen multi-angle 3 LCD monitor 1037k dots with touch controls Movie recording Full HD with ALL-I and IPB compressions up to 77mbps, 24fps to 60fps Built-in Flash No but external FL-LM3 included Extra Features High Res Shot, Timelapse, HDR, Multiple exposure, Wifi, HDR, Multiple exposure, Live Time, Live Composite, Focus Stacking, Keystone compensation Dimensions 123.
5mm Weight 469g including battery and memory card Firmware version at the time of publishing 4. Design and ergonomics. Both cameras inherit their design from Olympus OM SLR film cameras. The most relevant difference between the two is the integrated grip on the OM-D E-M1. This is why I consider the latter to be better when it comes to ergonomics. The built-in grip puts the shutter release button in a more comfortable position.
Zuiko 40-150mm f 2. The camera is slightly larger, taller and easier to use even with larger lenses like the M. The E-M5 mark II has a beautiful design and is comfortable to use despite the lack of a larger grip. It is slightly smaller and can be very compact when carried with a small lens like the M. Zuiko 17mm f 1. As I mentioned above, the grip isn t as good as the E-M1 s but a solution for this is to buy the optional HLD-8G landscape grip that makes the ergonomics almost as good as the flagship.
The annoying thing, however, is that you have to remove it every time you need to change the battery. The E-M5 II with the HDL-8G grip. Both cameras have the same build quality with a magnesium alloy body and weather sealing. They can endure rain, dust and low temperatures down to -10 C. The only negative point concerning the E-M1 is the strap lugs. One of them broke after three years of honourable service and I ve heard similar stories on the web.
The E-M5 II seems to be free of this issue but since I didn t use it as long as the E-M1, I cannot say for certain. Concerning the connection ports, the two cameras iqoption kenya a 3. 5mm mic input, an HDMI Type D output and a Multi-Connector port for firmware updates, tethering or transferring images to your PC. A headphone output becomes available with the E-M5 II if you buy the optional HLD-8G grip mentioned above.
Both cameras are available in black or silver. Whether you choose one or the other is a question of personal taste. I personally find the silver E-M5 mark II very beautiful. If you are really keen on aesthetics, you may want to check out the E-M5 II titanium limited edition as well of which there are only 7000 samples worldwide. There was a time not so long ago that I was really tempted to buy one. External controls and customisation. Both products feature solid and easy-to-reach buttons and dials.
I prefer the two main dials on the E-M5 mark II as they are thicker than the ones on the E-M1. Since they are both part of the same series, the two cameras are very similar when it comes to functionality and ease of use. The thing I dislike, however, is the function lever on the rear because it is harder to move than the one on the E-M1 at least on the sample I tested.
The menu system and super control panel quick menu are of course the same. They have an excellent level of customisation although some settings and configurations are not very straightforward. One of the things I appreciate the most is the ability to use the twin dials for aperture shutter speed but also ISO White Balance by simply switching the rear function lever from position 1 to position 2.
The twin dials on top can also be used to move the focus point once you ve triggered that setting with a function button. There are of course a few small differences so let s have a look at them. The E-M1 has two function buttons on the front next to the lens mount. I really like them because you can naturally reach them with your middle fingers.
Usually I set one button to move the focus point with the help of the two dials and the other to activate the AF Home position another of my favourite OM-D setting. The two Fn buttons at the front on the E-M1 are among my favourite. On top there are dedicated buttons for the Drive and AF modes. On the rear the monitor button allows you to quickly activate or deactivate live view on the rear screen. I also prefer the arrow pad on the rear which is slightly larger and incorporates raised bumps on the four buttons to improve your grip.
The E-M5 mark II has only one function button on the front but more Fn buttons on top. Moreover, the Fn1 button positioned on top of the thumb grip is easy to access. It doesn t have a dedicated button for the monitor but this can be assigned to a Fn button instead. Like the E-M1, you can customise the arrow pad on the rear and the AEL AFL button on the lever. Electronic viewfinder and rear monitor. Both cameras have four Myset modes that allow you to save several settings and bring them up at a glance when you need them.
With the last setting, the refresh rate goes up to 120fps but the resolution decreases. The E-M1 and E-M5 II share the same electronic viewfinder 2,360k dots of resolution, 100 field of view, 60fps of refresh rate and 16ms time lag when the Frame Rate is set to High. They share the same settings including Live View Boost, which allows you to activate or deactivate the exposure preview depending on the shooting mode, and S-OVF.
As for the rear monitor, they share the same screen with the same technical specifications. The latter makes the EVF simulate an optical viewfinder by increasing the dynamic range and disabling exposure, white balance and picture effects in the live view. However, the E-M1 has a tilting LCD screen whereas the E-M5 mark II has a multi-angle screen which is more comfortable for video shooting.
Both monitors are touch sensitive you can take a picture or move the focus point. The E-M5 II has a multi-angle rear monitor as opposed to the tilting mechanism of the E-M1. The E-M1 and E-M5 II share an almost identical sensor when it comes to specifications the same amount of resolution 16MP and no AA filter. The main difference concerns the phase detection points on the E-M1 chip which we will talk about more in-depth in the next chapter. It comes as a no surprise that both cameras perform the same in terms of dynamic range and ISO sensitivity.
They use the same TruePic VII image engine and have an equal sensitivity range of 200-25600 ISO with a Low option 100 ISO equivalent. Picture profiles and colour rendering are the same. Colours are vibrant yet natural and the JPG engine is excellent as well. The only minor difference I noticed is at high ISO where the E-M5 II can produce a slightly greener tint. One feature that gives the E-M5 mark II a potential advantage over the E-M1 is the High Res Shot mode.
The camera can take a 40MP or 64MP image by using the built-in sensor shift technology, the same that gives you 5-axis stabilisation. With this mode the E-M5 mark II takes 8 shots and slightly moves the sensor by half a pixel between one exposure and the next. The image processor collects details from the sensor photosites in 8 different positions which means that it also covers micro areas between pixels that would otherwise be lost.
The 8 shots are then merged together to produce the high resolution photograph. The difference is significant not only on a computer screen but also when printing. Note that this mode is limited to 1600 ISO, 8s and f 8 maximum. E-M5 II, 1 640, f 8, ISO 200 HRS Raw 12-40mm Pro Click to see the full resolution 100 crop.
Thanks to this technology the camera also collects more colour information because each point on the image is captured by one of the blue, red and green pixels that compose the standard Bayer sensor. So if you downsample the HRS to 16MP, you get better colour accuracy than the default single shot. It can also eliminates unwanted moiré artefacts. E-M5 II, 1 250, f 8, ISO 200 HRS 40MP Leica DG 25mm f1. 4 Click to open the full resolution. The High Res Shot mode has some important limitations however if you concentrate on the woman walking on the left in the image above, you will notice she is blurry.
This is because HRS doesn t work well with moving subjects. This allows for better sharpness and detail rendering. Since we are talking about 8 images taken one after the other and not at the same time, this mode can introduce ghosting and duplicate elements to your scene. You must keep your camera on a tripod and make sure nothing is moving. Even some leaves blowing in the wind can be affected. Thankfully the camera also records a 16MP ORI file the first of the eight shots taken.
Change the extension from ORI to ORF and you can safely post-process it as a normal RAW file. Another small difference concerning image quality is related to long exposures, specifically when noise reduction for long exposure is turned to off. On the E-M1 you will have a lot more noise than on the E-M5 mark II. This was a concern especially for those who enjoy astrophotography and start trail shots.
This is related to the architecture of the E-M1 sensor and the presence of phase detection points. However I am using the past tense here because, as of firmware 2. 0, the E-M1 has the Live Iqoption kenya function that allows you to capture start trails easily and save both a RAW and JPG file. As such, in my opinion, this problem is no longer really relevant. Reference image 30s exposure. Autofocus and Performance. The E-M1 and the E-M5 mark II have a similar autofocus system when it comes to AF points and settings but there is an important difference phase detection.
The OM-D E-M1 has 81 contrast detection and 37 phase detection points. The phase detection points work in continuous autofocus with Micro Four Thirds lenses and in single continuous AF when mounting DSLR Four Thirds lenses via the MMF-3 adapter. With native lenses, contrast detection is used in S-AF. The E-M5 II has 81 contrast detection points but no phase detection.
Both cameras share the same AF points options All-Target, 9-Group Target, Single Target and smaller Single Target. Both cameras work better when set to the smallest AF point. When shooting in Single AF mode, I haven t noticed any particular difference between the two. In fact I have no trouble saying that their performance is basically the same. This doesn t surprise me since the E-M1 uses contrast detection in this mode just like the E-M5 II.
The cameras are very quick at focusing in good light conditions. In low light, the performance remains good but they can both suffer if there are specular highlights in the background. They can result in the camera not locking onto the subject correctly, or hunting back and forth if the contrast is too low.
8, ISO 1600 40-150mm Pro E-M5MarkII, 1 20, f 2, ISO 400 75mm f 1. In continuous AF mode, the phase detection system of the E-M1 becomes active and can make a difference with fast moving subjects. The system is far from perfect but can take less time than the E-M5 II to lock onto difficult subjects such as a bird in flight for example.
The camera has an additional setting called C-AF Lock that can vary the AF sensitivity. This can increase the precision of the AF performance according to the movement of the subject you are photographing and obstacles that might come in the way while tracking it trees or poles for example. E-M1, 1 1000, f 5. 6, ISO 400 300mm Pro. Although the E-M5 II lacks phase detection and more precise performance, it can still perform well with slow to medium moving subjects like marathon runners. That is valid for Single and Continuous AF modes.
Both cameras have an AF-C Tracking mode where the subject is locked iqoption kenya followed base on its colour and contrast. It can be useful in some situations but can also lack precision and confuse the subject with other elements in the foreground or background, especially if they are similar in colour. E-M5 II, 1 2000, f 2. In addition to the autofocus system, the continuous shooting capabilities also differ if you want to use continuous autofocus.
The E-M1 can shoot in C-AF with both High and Low burst modes. In High mode the maximum speed that allows continuous AF is 9fps. You can shoot slightly faster at 10fps or 11fps with the electronic shutter but the AF will be locked on the first frame. The E-M5 mark II can shoot up to 5fps in the Low burst mode which is also the one that will work in C-AF Tracking. If you choose the High mode, which goes up to 10fps, continuous AF won t work.
The difference between the High and Low modes is that the former will show the last image taken in the EVF while the latter will give you live view with blackouts. Concerning the buffer capabilities, both cameras can perform well with JPG files but with RAW, the E-M1 lasts longer at full speed 8s at 10fps vs 4s approximately on the E-M5 II. Finally, as mentioned above, the phase detection points of the E-M1 are also designed to make the camera compatible with Four Third lenses which are the old Olympus lenses for its now discontinued DSLR system.
That s why Olympus built a camera capable of handling both Micro Four Thirds lenses mirrorless and Four Thirds lenses DSLR. The performance is not as fast with the native Micro Four Thirds lenses but you can get more than decent results in single and continuous AF when using the most recent adapter MMF-3. The camera uses phase detection autofocus in both S-AF and C-AF. You can manually adjust the phase contrast AF focal point for each lens.
It is also worth to note that with certain adapters, the E-M1 has been reported to offer good performance with EF lenses as well. The E-M5 mark II would have a significantly slower autofocus not only in C-AF but also in S-AF because it lacks phase detection AF points. E-M1, 1 1600, f 5. 6, ISO 800 Zuiko 300mm f 2. Image stabilisation and shutter options. Both cameras feature Olympus excellent in-body 5-axis stabilisation but the E-M5 mark II has an updated version, giving it an advantage for both stills and video.
The OM-D E-M1 sensor shift can compensate up to 4s according to CIPA standards. Translated into real world shooting, I can go as slow as 1s with a wide angle lens 12mm and have a decent keeper rate. If I push it further, I can still get decent results at 2s but it can require many more attempts. With the E-M5 II, I managed to achieve similar results, although the 1 second and 2 second hit rate is higher.
6, ISO 100 12-40mm Pro Hand held E-M5 II, 2s, f 8, ISO 200 12-40mm Pro Hand held. Both cameras are compatible with Sync IS, which allows you to use sensor and optical stabilisation at the same time. This lets you push the slow shutter speeds to even further extremes. As of now, only two Olympus lenses feature optical stabilisation the 300mm Pro and the 12-100mm Pro. Unfortunately when I tested the E-M5 II, Sync IS wasn t available yet so I can t share any feedback about its performance.
The best result I got with the E-M1 and the 12-100mm Pro was an impressive 8s hand-held at 12mm. Given that the 5-axis system of the E-M5 II is 1 stop more efficient, the camera should do even better. E-M1, 8s, f 8, ISO 100 12-100mm Pro Sync IS Hand held. For video recording, image stabilisation is very effective for static shots, even when using long focal lengths.
For more complex shots where you move with the camera, you can get steadicam-like results but also lots of distortion at the edges which is related to rolling shutter. Both cameras have two settings. M-IS1 adds software stabilisation which crops the field of view as a result but makes static footage even more stable M-IS2 uses hardware stabilisation only and is recommended when moving with the camera. Below you can watch an in-depth explanation about how the 5-axis stabilisation works in video mode on the new E-M5 mark II.
It is a good reference for the E-M1 s capabilities as well, though it is less effective than the E-M5 II. Both cameras have Anti-Shock and silent shutter modes. With the former you can set a delay between the button being fully pressed and the image being taken to avoid micro movements caused by pressing the shutter button. If you set the delay to 0s, the cameras will use an electronic first curtain to start the exposure which reduces the chances of shutter shock. The mode can also be useful with image stabilisation and very slow shutter speeds to ensure sharper images.
The silent mode uses the electronic shutter and is completely silent. This mode also allows you to raise the shutter speed up to 1 16000s, which one stop faster than the maximum mechanical speed of 1 8000s and can be useful when shooting at fast apertures in daylight. The only limit of an electronic shutter is the rolling shutter issue vertical lines appearing diagonally while panning and banding issues under fluorescent lights.
E-M5 II, 1 12800, f 1. The E-M1, which was released in 2013, represents the transition for the brand from its DSLR system to its mirrorless system. 4, ISO 200 25mm f 1. Video capabilities. Both cameras shoot in Full HD but the E-M5 II has more settings and functionalities. The OM-D E-M1 can shoot Full HD 1920x1080 video at 24, 25 or 30fps.
In fact it was Olympus first serious attempt for video work. The highest quality don t go higher than 24mbps. Limited settings include volume control 20 stepswind noise reduction, time code and the possibility to take a JPG still while recording by pressing the shutter release button. It has a mic and line-in input 3.
The volume can be adjusted in 10 steps up or down. The E-M5 mark II has more frame rates, from 24fps to 60fps. At 50 or 60fps you can choose to record in slow motion which means that the footage is automatically conformed in-camera at 25 or 30fps, giving you a 0. 4x slower result. The different quality modes give you the option of an ALL-I codec all the frames are individually compressed for the highest quality possible. The maximum bitrate is 77mbps. You can also choose a normal IBP codec and different quality modes from 52mbps to 18mbps.
The IBP mode will allow you to choose a higher frame rate 50 or 60fps. The E-M5 mark II has the same audio settings as the E-M1 except the Line-In volume plus a few more settings including a Flat Picture mode that increases the dynamic range in comparison to the default picture profiles but it is not a Log curve. You can also select phantom power for self-powered microphones.
It doesn t have a headphone output unless you use the optional HDL-8G grip. Below you can watch a video showing the quality of the E-M5 mark II. Despite the superior settings of the E-M5 II, the video quality on both cameras is not perfect. You can find unwanted moiré and aliasing artefacts and rolling shutter can be severe.
One of the strongest points for both is video combined with the 5-axis stabilisation. It allows you to work hand-held with better results than most cameras. Below you can see the impressive results I got with the E-M1, TC 1. 4x and 300mm Pro 840mm equivalent field of view by using Sync IS hand held. The E-M5 mark II has a few additional features such as. Movie Clip can record multiple clips with a maximum length of 8s. These clips can then be edited in-camera and you can create a final movie with all the different clips in the order your prefer.
Display options You can choose the type of info to display on the screen HDMI the E-M5 II can output 1080p in 4 2 2 8bit meaning you can use an external recorder to save less compressed video files. Slate tone option Movie noise filter. Flash and other features. The E-M1 has a maximum flash sync of 1 320s which is slightly faster than the 1 250s of the E-M5 II. Both cameras include the same flash settings, compatibility with FP mode on select units max. 1 8000s and the RC mode that allows you to control different flashes wirelessly.
Neither camera has a built-in flash but rather a little external unit. The E-M5 II gets a more versatile FL-LM3 flash that has a tilting rotating head, unlike the FL-LM2 provided with the E-M1. One extra interesting option for E-M5 II users is the compatibility with Profoto radio controllers such as the Air Remote TTL-O that works with TTL and HSS. Like many other Olympus OM-D and Pen cameras, the E-M1 and E-M5 II both have. Live time long exposures with live preview on the screen Live composite combined multiple long exposures Keystone compensation correction for converging lines in-camera Art filters Multiple exposure 2 frames Photo Story HDR Bracketing up to 7 frames, 2Ev steps and HDR mode JPG only Time-lapse with 4K movie output 5fps only however PC Tethering via Olympus Capture software Wifi capabilities with dedicated iOS Android app AE, WB, Flash, ISO, ART and Focus Bracketing.
In addition to the bracketing mode, there is the Focus Stacking option the cameras allow you to merge 8 shots directly in-camera JPG only. Although you may get more precise results with post-processing, Focus Stacking proved to be reliable on many occasions. Thanks to the 5-axis stabilisation, you can even manage to bring back good results by shooting hand-held.
5, ISO 200 Focus Stacking 8 shots hand-held 60mm Macro. Note that stacking only works with 8 Olympus lenses 8mm Fisheye, 7-14mm Pro, 12-40mm Pro, 40-150mm Pro, 12-100mm Pro, 30mm Macro, 60mm Macro and 300mm Pro. The E-M5 mark II has the same Selfie Assist feature as the Olympus Pen E-PL7. When you rotate the LCD screen 180 and have an electronic zoom mounted, the camera will set it automatically to the widest focal length. Both cameras offer manual focus assist magnification and peaking with the same peaking options.
It means that if you turn it off, the EVF or LCD screen don t darken when using peaking. Four colours to choose from White, black, red, yellow You can control the highlight intensity for the in-focus area low, normal or high You can turn the live view image brightness on or off. The two cameras use the same BLN-1 battery and share a similar battery life. One battery can last for the day for low or moderate shooting. If you start to stress the camera more with continuous shooting, continuous AF, video recording and display performance set to High, you will need at least one spare unit.
A long day of shooting with the E-M1 often requires three batteries and same goes for the E-M5. Both cameras have a battery grip option the HLD-7 for the E-M1 and the HLD-6 for the E-M5 II. They can house one extra battery and features two dials and two Fn buttons. The HLD-6 requires the HLD-8G landscape grip in the middle in order to be attached. Both battery grips are weatherproof. The E-M1 II with the complete grip package.
HDL-7 battery grip. The OM-D E-M1 can be currently found for around 1000 for the body alone, which is the same price as the E-M5 II. The price and type of lenses can vary depending on the offer as well. You may find various offers bundled with one or two lenses. Lately I ve seen very interesting deals with the E-M1 and PRO lenses but they don t last for very long. In Europe, prices are around 800 999 for the E-M1 or 750 1090 for the E-M5 II.
Bundles with different lenses are available for both cameras. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 and OM-D E-M5 II share some key aspects such as weather-sealing, image quality, an electronic viewfinder, and extra functionalities and features. There are, however, a few differences that set them apart which can be quite important to consider. From a design and ergonomics point of view, the built-in grip of the E-M1 gives you a better hold on the camera if you are using larger lenses such as the M.
To have a similar experience with the E-M5 II, you must use the additional HDL-8G grip, but the advantage is that you can always decide to use the camera alone with a small prime lens when you want the smallest set-up possible. It s up to you to figure out which is more practical for the shooting situation. The only annoyance of the grip is that you have to remove it every time you need to swap batteries unless you decided to use the vertical battery grip as well.
The E-M1 reigns superior in terms of continuous AF performance and situations where phase detection can make a difference such as sports and wildlife. I also find the placement of the shutter release button more comfortable. Granted, the camera is far from perfect, but it is certainly better than the contrast detection system of the E-M5 II which struggles more with fast-moving subjects such as birds in flight. The E-M5 II gives you more possibilities for video and has a more advanced 5-axis stabilisation system, although you will need to push it to the extreme to find some differences.
Some extra features like High Res Shot can be a welcome addition if you shoot lots of still life. The price of the two cameras is similar at the time of updating this article so at least that is one less thing to worry about. Last but not least, the E-M5 mark II can be a splendid second body for someone already using the E-M1 or vice versa. Choose the OM-D E-M1 if. You do more shooting in continuous AF sports, wildlife You use Four Thirds DSLR lenses You want better ergonomics without the need of external grips.
You want a more compact body You can find high resolution shots helpful for still life You want better movie settings and options. Which camera would you choose the E-M1 or the E-M5 mark II. Check the price of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 on. Check price of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II on. Second-hand Olympus cameras on. You may also like the following. Additional sample images. E-M1, 1 400, f 11, ISO 200 12-40mm Pro E-M1, 1 200, f 2.
8, ISO 200 40-150mm Pro E-M1, 1 1000, f 8, ISO 200 7-14mm Pro E-M1, 1 6, f 5. 6, ISO 200 7-14mm Pro E-M1, 1 3200, f 6. Choose the OM-D E-M5 mark II if. 3, ISO 200 17mm f1. 8 E-M1, 1 2, f 4, ISO 200 7-14mm Pro E-M1, 1 80, f 2. 8, ISO 200 12-40mm Pro E-M1, 1 160, f 2. 8, ISO 1600 40-150mm Pro E-M1, 1 100, f 2. 8, ISO 3200 40-150mm Pro. E-M5 II, 1 250, f 8, ISO 200 7-14mm Pro E-M5 II, 1 640, f 2. 8, ISO 200 7-14mm Pro E-M5 II, 1 200, f 5.
6, ISO 200 8mm Pro E-M5 II, iqoption kenya 320, f 4, ISO 200 7-14mm Pro E-M5 II, 1 250, f 8, ISO 200 Leica DG 25mm f1. 4 E-M5 II, 1 250, f 8, ISO 200 7-14mm Pro E-M5 II, 1 10, f 5. 6, ISO 200 7-14mm Pro E-M5 II, 1 25, f 1. 8, ISO 1600 75mm f1. 8 E-M5 II, 1 2500, f 2, ISO 200 75mm f1. 8 E-M5 II, 1 60, f 1. 8, ISO 3200 75mm f1. Our newsletter goes out every week on Sunday. Enter your email and click the blue button below to open the subscription form. Your personal data won t be recorded until the form has been submitted successfully.
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Olympus OM-D E-M10 II. Olympus O-MD E-M5 II. Olympus OM-D E-M1. Olympus s OM-D line of mirrorless models has fused retro style with top performance, and being compatible with a wide variety of Micro Four Thirds optics has helped it to become a great success. The line has now been around long enough to have successfully catered for a range of audiences, but because a lot of technology is shared between the models, and because they have all been released at different times, it can be difficult to make out which is more advanced in specific areas.
The following article looks at the main differences between the flagship OM-D E-M1, the mid-range O-MD E-M5 II and the most recent arrival, the junior OM-D E-M10 II. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II vs E-M5 II vs E-M1 Sensor. All three cameras make use of a 16MP Four Thirds Live MOS sensor, rather than the newer 20MP alternative that s staring to emerge in certain Micro Four Thirds models such as the Olympus Pen F and Panasonic Lumix GX8.
This provides a resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels as standard, and all three models employ the same TruePic VII engine for processing. One feature unique to the E-M5 II, however, is the High Res Shot mode, which quickly captures a number of separate exposures of a scene before combining them into a single 40MP image.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II vs E-M5 II vs E-M1 Image Stabilisation. All three cameras make use of Olympus s five-axis image stabilisation system, which stabilises images over pitch, roll and yaw, and also shift across both horizontal and vertical axes. While Olympus claims that the systems inside both the E-M1 and EM10 II are effective by up to a maximum four stops, the E-M5 II promises five. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II vs E-M5 II vs E-M1 LCD.
Despite the difference in price between the three models, things are somewhat equal here. Each camera has been designed with a 3in LCD screen, each with a resolution of 1,037k dots. Touch sensitivity is also integrated into each display, and this allows you to set the focus point among other things. However, whereas the displays on the E-M10 II and E-M1 can be tilted, the E-M5 II s display is a vari-angle screen mounted via a side hinge.
This means that it can be adjusted to a broader range of positions than the other two. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II vs E-M5 II vs E-M1 Burst rate. Burst shooting is one area where each camera offers something slightly different. The E-M10 II manages to shoot at 8. 5fps for up to 22 Raw frames, while both the E-M5 II and the E-M1 manage a faster 10fps burst-shooting option although the E-M5 II has an even faster 11fps setting in a silent-shutter mode.
The E-M5 II promises 16 Raw frames at its standard 10fps speed, while the E-M1 almost triples this to 41 Raw frames although you can increase this depth at slower burst speeds. When continuous autofocus is enabled, the E-M1 will carry on focusing at a rate of 9fps while the E-M5 II will do so at a slower rate of 5fps, and the E-M10 II at a slightly slower 4fps. When set to record JPEGs instead of Raw files, each camera can maintain its maximum burst rate up to the capacity of the card in use.
Of course, in order to achieve these depths, you need to make sure your memory card is well specified. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II iqoption kenya E-M5 II vs E-M1 Video. No 4K video on any of these cameras here instead, you get Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 at a choice of frame rates on each. Being launched closer together, the E-M10 II and E-M5 II offered a broader range of frame rates and compression options than the E-M1, together with time coding and a 4K time-lapse mode, although a recent firmware update brought much of this functionality to the E-M1.
One thing the E-M10 II offers that the others don t, however, is the option to record footage at up to 120fps for slow-motion playback. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II vs E-M5 II vs E-M1 Focusing systems. All three models feature a contrast-detect AF system with 81 points in total, although the E-M1 augments this with a separate 37-point phase-detect AF system.
This works with all Micro Four Thirds lenses and makes the camera better suited to tracking subjects as they move around the scene. The E-M10 II also features an AF Targeting pad option, which lets you select the AF point via the touchscreen as you use the viewfinder. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II vs E-M5 II vs E-M1 Weather sealing. Olympus claims that the bodies of both the E-M1 and E-M5 II are freeze proof down to -10oc and protected against dust and splashes, although you ll need to ensure the lens you use is similarly weather sealed to gain maximum protection.
Not surprisingly for a junior model, the E-M10 II lacks weather-sealing of any sort. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II vs E-M5 II vs E-M1 Viewfinder. All three cameras feature electronic viewfinders, each with a 2. 36million-dot resolution. However, while the E-M1 and E-M5 II make use of LCD panels here, the newer E-M10 II adopts an OLED display instead. Magnification on the viewfinders of both the E-M1 and E-M5 II is 1.
48x, which equates to 0. 74x in 35mm terms roughly the same as certain full-frame DSLRs. The E-M10 II, meanwhile, has a slightly smaller maximum 1. 23x magnification, or around 0. 62x in 35mm terms. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II vs E-M5 II vs E-M1 Card slots. All three models are alike in that they are built with a single slot that accepts SDHC and SDXC memory cards. The only real difference between them is that the newest E-M10 II provides support for both UHS I and UHS II cards, whereas the others only support the former.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II vs E-M5 II vs E-M1 Flash. The E-M10 II has its own flash built into its body. The other two do not, but both ship with a small external unit that slips into each camera s hot shoe. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II vs E-M5 II vs E-M1 Flash Sync socket. The E-M10 II is the only camera from the trio not to offer a flash sync socket. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II vs E-M5 II vs E-M1 Battery life. Olympus promises that the E-M5 II s battery will last for up to 310 frames on a single charge as standard, while the E-M10 II will go on for 320 and the E-M1 for 350 frames.
This situation changes, however, when battery grips are used where possible and power management settings adjusted. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II vs E-M5 II vs E-M1 Audio in and out. Although the E-M10 provides a good level of control over video recording, one thing it does not offer is a mic input for external mics; the other two each offer a standard 3.
5mm port for this. Headphone sockets are nowhere to be found across all three bodies, but the optional HLD-8G grip compatible with the E-M5 II does have one built into it. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II vs E-M5 II vs E-M1 Size and Weight. Unsurprisingly, the most junior E-M10 II model is the lightest of the trio, weighing just 390g with its battery and card in place. The E-M5 II and E-M1, meanwhile, weigh in at 469g and 497g respectively, again with each camera s battery and card. The E-M10 II and E-M5 II aren t that differently sized from each other, with respective measurements of 119.
7mm and 124 x 85 x 45mm, although the E-M1 is significantly bulkier at 130 x 94 x 63mm. Camera selector tool. AFOY Amateur Filmmaker of the Year competition. Your chance to enter the UK s newest competition for budding amateur filmmakers. 10,000 in prizes to be. Matt Golowczynski July 5, 2016. Handling notes. As with any camera this complex, it requires a considerable amount of time to learn every feature and tune it to your tastes. Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review. Although I m delighted to see the Super Control Panel finally used as the default interface, I can t escape the feeling that the already over-filled menus can no longer offer an accessible route to configuring the camera.
I m not sure the camera is much harder to pick up and use than any of its peers, but finding all it can do and tailoring it to your needs is a daunting task for anyone who hasn t owned Olympus cameras or spent countless hours studying the user manual. All of this is not helped by some rather odd menu behavior everyone who s used the camera complains that options they thought they d selected hadn t been applied.
The only explanation I can come up with is that there s no visual difference between confirming an option Ok button and cancelling a selection Menu or left button. I can t confirm this suspicion but it s been a common complaint form people who ve used the camera. On top of this, several features, such as High Res mode appear to have been bolted onto the top of an already complex menu system, so the exposure delay modes and choice of file format for that mode is controlled independently of settings for normal stills mode.
Autofocus performance. Our experience with the camera s autofocus has been mixed. Another apparent glitch I ve encountered so far is that focus peaking seems to switch itself off as soon as you press any other button or enter a menu, so it s worth assigning to an easily-accessible button. In single-acquisition mode, the EM-5 II is one of the fastest-to-focus cameras we ve shot with.
This is aided by a lens system almost entirely composed of lenses designed for fast contrast-detection autofocus meaning there is impressive consistency of performance between lenses. The E-M5 II features the 81-point AF system that first appeared in the E-M1, allowing greater precision of focus point selection. Furthermore the camera offers eye-focus if it detects a face in the scene, with the option to focus on the left, right or closest eye. There are more than 800 points on which the camera can focus if you use the rear touchscreen to specify a target.
Eye-detection AF is really impressive the camera is very fast to find and focus on the closest eye, making it easy to rattle off portraits with absolute confidence that the camera will focus in the right place. This then just leaves you to worry about details such as not choosing an aperture setting with too little depth-of-field. Zuiko 75mm F1. 8 ISO 3200, F2.
Autofocus tracking is really very impressive. With most of the system s lenses, the camera will comfortably track the subject around the scene. It will sometimes get distracted by other subjects but usually finds the correct subject again pretty quickly. Its consistency is increased even further if you use the camera s face detection. Two key things to note, to get the best performance from the camera s continuous AF. The first is a reminder that the camera won t continuous autofocus when set to maximum 10fps shooting speed, so you have to use Continuous L mode to get the benefit of its AF capability.
More problematically, the default release priority setting for C-AF mode results in a high number of missed shots. Disengaging this setting Menu Custom Menu C Rls Priority C will greatly improve the camera s hit-rate without having too much of an impact on frame rate. With this setting changed, we were able to achieve an impressively high level of images well focused on the correct subject at a frame rate of around 4fps.
Local Micro Four Thirds shooter James McDaniel with whom we collaborated to create a video about the E-M5 II measured his hit rate at 75 in-focus images, from the 1000 images he shot of roller derby. Our experiences have been consistent with this. 1 Introduction 2 Specs 3 Body and Design 4 High Resolution Mode 5 Video features 6 First Impressions 7 Shooting Experience. 8 Studio Comparison 9 High Resolution Studio Comparison 10 Image Stabilization 11 Handling and AF notes 12 Dynamic Range ISO Invariance 13 Conclusion 14 Samples Gallery.
Still love my OMD-5 Mark 2 after several years, especially its small size and I can interchange lenses with my Lumix GM5 which is even smaller. I m now looking to use my Mark 2 for live-streaming, so I ve been working on removing all overlays on the feed it sends through HDMI out. Anyone has experience doing that. okay, the mark II is so reasonable cheap now because of mark iii release.
i just sold my sony rx10 mark 3 and get brand new combo EM5 mark ii 14-150mm II for just 600 usd good deal yet. I just acquired an E-M5 II and so I turned to this review to start getting acquainted with my new camera. The reviewer, as well as some previous posters in this comment thread, variously refer to a 2x2 control or 2x2 switch or 2x2 lever. I have searched electronically throughout the 186-page official E-M5 Mark II Instruction Manual and it does not contain any reference to a 2x2 switch control lever.
Can anyone please enlighten me to exactly what this is. I suspected that this control is what the reviewer and commenters are referring to. However it is annoying that the official manual does not contain the term 2x2 and that everyone who does use that term appends a different noun, such as lever; control; dial; switch. For what it s worth to try and set the record straight, the Olympus E-M5 Mark II Instruction Manual simply refers to this control as Lever P.
Olympus refers to the system as 2x2 but it s a rather non-specific. Since it relies on the two-position lever switch on the back of the camera, I think I used those two terms in the review. However, since this lever then acts on the function of the dials, Olympus apparently prefers 2x2 dial as its preferred terminology but not in the manual. I ll try to be clearer, if the feature survives onto the next generation of cameras.
This is the exact damn problem with Olympus, as you ve pointed out in the review; the Olympus menu system and UX isn t fit to handle a camera this complex. I reviewed a EM1 before, the thing drove me nuts in 10 minutes. The unclear terminology and baffling choices that Olympus uses to describe the features and UI don t help. I m looking at an E-M5II that s in great price and condition so I m reading the review, but man, this is giving me flashbacks of that time.
Until Fuji implements OIS inside the bodies all their budget cameras, they will never compete with anything 4 3 using Prime Glass. You can talk about sensor size all you like, but what you are going to eat with a Fuji, is the number of shots that are fuzzy because you didnt use their Teles that offer in lens OIS.
Therefore, at the end of the day, the best Fuji Jpg, as compared to the Best Pany or Olympus Jpg, is going to be a hair better, only when you pixel peep it into infinity. As that is the reality. In the hand, the Panys and the Olympus, feel good. Fuji s do not, as they are too heavy, and they are too square and do not sit well in the hand.
And once you buy that 18- 55 lens so that your photos no longer all turn out Fuzzy, you then have a nicely unbalanced bar-bell to use to take photos. xh1 one is now 1000. at least in asia. A year later and I still love this camera. 4 years later for me. But it will soon be time for an upgrade. Great review but there is one thing I find unclear.
Richard says that the default autofocus setting should be disengaged to get the best continuous af performance. But what is the default setting. Should RLS Priority C be on or off to get the best performance. Set RLS Priority C to off, that way the camera will wait until it s in focus before firing the shutter. The slight loss in shooting speed is more than made up for in the increased number of in-focus images, in our experience.
Ok thanks Richard, I ll give it a try. I received this camera for review but overtime I rotate the mode dial the camera switches off. Is there a setting to prevent this. OR is this an indication something is faulty. can you recommend me which is better cuz i m confuse choosing the em10 mkii or the em5 mk ii, which is has the better image quality. cuz looking at the conclusion chart it definitely em10 has better jpeg and raw, please help me thankyou.
I will keep my E-M5 as I use the VF4 in the accessory port for macro work, unfortunately the E-M5 II has eliminated this port. I got my EM5 Mark 11 last year and have loved it until yesterday. I picked it up and for some reason, every single photo I take, the entire lower portion maybe 1 8 is missing any information. I have done everything I can think of to trouble shoot what s wrong and come up with nothing.
Could the sensor be failing or is it just Operator error. Any suggestions would be wonderful and so appreciated. I m not sure the meaning of missing any informationbut here is what you can do. set the Image ratio to 4 3 2. Take a photo 3. Do you see any missing portion in the EVF LCD before taking the photo, but not in the photo. the image of the dolphins was shot with a 40-150 f 2. When I use the M5-II in high res mode, I only find a jpeg on the memory card. I can t seem to get it to save a RAW file.
I seem to remember and I could be wrong on thisthat the E-M5 II keeps separate Raw JPEG settings for single images and pixel shift images, so if you switch from one mode to the other, you ll need to re-check whether you have Raw engaged. New 5Mkii user; who cannot determine how to set the metering mode while looking through the EVF. Metering can only set within the Gears menu, or from the SCP where it is necessary to click on one of the smaller areas, then a thumbwheel can be used to select metering.
Either way, I have lost the composition and the shot I wanted. What am I missing or overlooking. Have been using an E-M1 for 6 months where a rocker button on left side brings up the metering so a change can be made without taking eye from the EVF. The rotatable, bounceable flash works nicely in adding a bit of illumination in these dark shooting conditions.
If Olympus would allow access to metering when assigning the Fn button that would accomplish what is needed. My shooting techniques must be flawed. Suggestions please. Am I the only one who frequently changes the light metering when shooting. I don t know if you re technique is flawed but I honestly can t think why you would need to change it so often. Can you give me an example of why you would need to change so much.
These don t change very much in a single shoot. Marcus, I change metering to determine which provides the preferred look. Once I like the overall image, I will shoot other images without changing metering, until encountering another scene with different lighting, then repeat the comparison. I might be experimenting more than necessary while shooting.
Still trying to get my sea legs, so to speak. Sorry for the late reply. Well that makes sense, if you re just experimenting to see what fits you. But once you have an idea, I m sure you ll be changing a lot less. After all, you can get the exact same results with any of the metering modes, it just depends on which one gets you the result you want quicker and more accurately.
I dont know if this helps you, but i have iqoption kenya AEL to the record button on my E-M10. In the gears menu under point E - Exposure Metering ISO there is the option AEL Metering. I could set it to every Metering mode, which I normally have set to spot metering. Maybe it works as well in the E-M5 II. I absolutely love my EM-5 II it s a delightful combination of looks, feel, shooting experience, 5-axis stabilisation combined with sharpness of Olympus lenses, hi-res and live comp, compactness with its small primes.
I know this is a personal view, but it s worth noting that it has an intangible quality that makes it a delight to own, despite several oddities. Your review is spot-on in most respects, other than the comment on control dial markings seems trivial and out of place, and the live comp feature is not for compositing light and dark image areas, but for recording changes on top of a base image, such as for light trails, astro photography and lightning.
Dark areas of the image will not progressively get brighter. Has anyone else had a problem with the fn1 switch on this camera. The one on my camera failed after 9 months. It seems a bit of a flimsy switch and I am worried it might be a design fault. When I use wifi activation on an iPad I notice that I am able change my focus points from the touch screen of my iPad when shooting stills. However, I find that i am not able to do this when shooting movies.
Is focus pulling possible via the iPad touch screen. Also, is it possible to shoot stills while shooting a movie. If so, what are the settings to make this possible. Can t get wifi activated - everything according to instructions and just get an error message saying it can t find the camera. It s really a faux wifi feature anyway - it only in theory works to transfer images to your device smartphone, tablet.
If you want a full-featured wifi experience - transferring to computer for upload and backup, you ll need to purchase a Mobi or similar card. Very disappointing implementation. Is it me or the M5 II studio image comparision looks softer against the M5. In JPEG a little softer then the old M5 and in RAW even more, look at the top game cards to see it more clearly.
To me, metering depends on lighting situation and also what kind of photos I m taking portraits landscape etc. Is it the diference in shutter speed or what. Not the same lens used. The old FT 50mm f2 macro is sharper than the 45mm f1. I am curious about the 40mp mode. If I were to take a shot of a lake with wind patterns or waves. what would the 40MP image look like. a smeary mess I presume. That would really limit the use of this mode for landscapes. I imagine clouds wouldn t be as much of and issue as they tend to be smeary already.
I have this problem with shooting panoramas and even perfecting the drive mode quick pan doesn t completely fix waves that don t match up. Seems to me the real advantages of the Mark II is the electronic shutter and perhaps the dual IBIS on the new 300mm prime if it was actually priced reasonably. The EM5 does suffer badly from shutter shock if you are not careful. I would also like the articulating display, but mostly so I can turn the LCD side to face in when not using it.
They get damaged really easily. If Oly could write a firmware patch to add electronic shutter to the EM5 MkI I would be very happy indeed. Little chance of that I think but there is also little chance I would upgrade my EM5 to another OMD either. It s not just smeary, it produces a weird checkerboard pattern. There are examples of it in this review when they discuss the mode. I received this EM5.
The Olympus menu system is still as bad as my EM5. So does the WiFi remote control functions which are as bad as you can get too. When I got M1, I thought the bad menu system is caused by Oly s first attempt to build the OMD camera. Now I know Oly is really do not know how a decent menu system works. In terms of function, I still do not understand why Oly fixed HDR to ISO 200, also the HDR is the worst compare to other camera I own.
Plus other issues. Too much to list. Oh, the Grip is larger than M1, but I do not feel any better. Olympus really need to hire some one who knows usability. I wish Oly will soon release a new firmware to fix its menu system, direct control, WiFi, as well as other functions. Other than that M2 is better than M1. Agree with you on the grip.
I got used to it, but I think the grip of the Mark I was better than the grip of the Mark II. But that s about it, everything else is better than the Mark I, so no big deal. I also agree that the menu is not great, but it s really not that bad either. In the end, you don t need the menu much anyway. The awesome super control panel and the physical give you pretty much all the control you need without ever going into the menues. So, the whole Oly menus are bad complains are way too exaggerated in my eyes.
And not the most important thing for sure. What counts is performance, image quality, image stabilization, control, lenses to choose, etc and that s all excellent. But I love my OM-D E-M5 Mark IIit s a very good camera. As I said Other than that M2 is better than M1better IBIS and shutter. SCP is not an answer for usability, but make direct control access more usable such as. - Oly should make dual dial more usable, I assign Flash to one of the 4 way button, after I press this button, I can use real dial to select Flash mode, but why NOT lets us to use front dial to change the Flash intensity.
- Why we only can assign functions to two of the 4-way dial. - We can not do too much for the 2x2 switch too b c they are more less per-defind by Oly already. - I still do not understand why fix the ISO to 200 for HDR. - It has HDR1 and HDR2, why can not let the HDR button to select the HDRs such as HDR1 - HDR2 - OFF. One more thing, the M2 is not very stable, I need to take the battery out and re-insert to get some function back such as.
- Selecting Flash in SCP has no response as it is greyed out. - Can not select RAW any more as it is greyed out. - Can not release shutter by touch.
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