Rather, the Olympus approach to improvements in the video space is to make that multi-axis stabilisation system hidden where the pentaprism would normally go function like a Steadicam, stopping excess vibrations from being picked up by your hands and allowing you a fairly steady movement as you hold and walk with the camera.

This only applies to video (because why would you need it for stills?) but offers something no other camera does well, and if you’re an amateur filmmaker, could end up saving you some dollars on a gadget that does more or less the same thing.


Wireless functionality is also the other notable thing Olympus has been improving in this generation, and to our delight, the company appears to have one of better implementations of wireless control for its cameras.

On the one hand, the app is easy to work with, allowing you to pair a camera with the smartphone or tablet easily using an app and a QR code, or just a wireless networking ID, because that works too.

Once the two are connected, you can move files from one to the other without too much of a problem, and even control the camera remotely.


That was perhaps our favourite part of the app as it not only offered the basics, but also some of that manual control using a live viewfinder.

Aperture, shutter speed, ISO, it’s all here, almost as if you were holding the camera with your hands, only you don’t need to, and you can leave the camera on a table or tripod and fire off some photos remotely.

There are some negatives to the second generation E-M5, but Olympus does tick most of the boxes off without any problems, and provided you keep your shooting to under ISO6400, you’ll probably find the camera handles itself very well.

Where Olympus makes a few misses, however, comes with what could be improved, and what’s missing from the box.

Image captured on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, customised monochromatic mode.

Image captured on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, customised monochromatic mode.

So what is the E-M5 Mk II missing, and what could it improve?

Start-up time is one of those things that could grab from the latter, because while it only takes a few seconds for the new E-M5 to be ready for action, it’s still a little slower than we’d like, and we occasionally found the shutter and focusing wasn’t ready for us by the time we fired the shot.

With that in mind, we started to leave the camera on the entirety of when it was in use, letting the E-M5 II go to standby and bringing it back from that resting period when we needed it, which was far more effective and faster than when we revived it from full off.