A 3 inch vari-angle OLED touchscreen monitor lets you take a gander at your image and compose them, but a viewfinder can also be found built into this unit providing 100% field of view and 2.36 million dots.

Wireless technology is built into the Mark II camera, too, providing wireless transfer to a smartphone or tablet, as well as camera control from the said device using the Olympus application.

A flash is included with the unit, making up for there being no flash built inside the camera.

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II captures images and video to an SD card.



Out of the box and into the hand, and the Olympus design of the Mark II is a sight to behold and to, well, hold.

We’ve always appreciated the style Oly has brought from its traditional cameras, a heritage that the company hopes people haven’t forgotten with the designers merging that older look with a newer feel and improvements in technology.

While the look is that of something old, those looks can be deceiving, because inside this camera is all new guts, so you can leave those ageing rolls of purple film in the fridge.

Our review model was silver and black, retaining the look of the old OM cameras Olympus used to manufacturer back in the 70s, with a feel of something equally historic: metal.


Not just any metal, either.

Weather-resistant metal, designed to handle a bit of a flogging from the elements.

We say “bit” because that basically translates to “rain” not the hurricane your brain has probably mustered up from out of the blue, but it’s still better than so many of the other bodies we see that aren’t equipped for drizzle.

Yes, there’s a solid body here, providing a camera that feels like how you’d expect a camera to feel, and Olympus has left plenty of dials and knobs for people who love to fiddle and change things, including a switch on the back near the viewfinder allowing you to quickly define what the front and back wheels do when your hands are grappling with the controls, allowing you to quickly jump between aperture and shutter settings to something else, say ISO and white balance, simply by flicking the switch.

That’s for the manual buffs out there, of which we certainly qualify as, but if you prefer an easier take on photography, you’ll find touchscreen focus here, as well as some easy auto modes that allow you simply to touch the screen to fire the shot.