In those aforementioned hands, there’s a comfortable hand hold underneath the body, and a leather-texture on the grip.

It’s not leather, no, but it is comfy to hold, and together with the metal and textures, the body does come off feeling like a camera out of yesteryear, only with guts from today.

It’s smaller than the original camera, and that’s a good thing, too.


Good for your hands, good for your shoulders, and good for your neck, but still usable as a camera of today, because why should you be forced to carry around something huge to fire off pretty shots when you can get the same results out of something small?

When you do fire the shot, you should find some excellent colour reproduction alongside sharp images, something we found in the majority of the photographs we grabbed during our time with the OM-D E-M5 Mark II.

Image captured on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II.

Image captured on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II.

Images were clear, and while you don’t necessarily have to know what you’re doing, if you do, you’ll find photos with plenty of detail waiting for you.

Noise was picked up above ISO 3200, so we’d stick to settings below it unless you’re in low light, with ISO 25600 being literally dotted with noise, but that is to be expected at those settings, and most of the time, you should be fine with what’s on offer.

There is one thing, though, that you’ll want to keep with you: the flash.


You see, just like with previous single-digit models in the OM-D series of cameras, there is no built-in flash here. Rather, that pieces comes as an included extra, with the little flash head attachable via the hot-shoe at the top of the unit.

While we’d normally prefer that to be built into the unit, Olympus is at least filling this gap by making the flash a little more special, with the ability to not just aim the head at different angles in the 90 degree arc, but also rotate the head, so you can bounce the flash off a side wall if need be.

It’s not going to replace a dedicated flash head unit, no way, as there’s just not enough power, but it does do a little more than your standard built-in flash, and is much more useful than the ho-hum external flash we’re used to seeing that can only fire the flash in one or two directions.