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The battery could also do with a hint of improvement, just to make it a touch more modern.

Now credit where credit is due, and that’s over in the battery department, with a good 400-500 shots taken on our camera before the battery gives out, which isn’t too shabby.

What we wished would be improved is the external charger.

Some cameras have done away with this altogether, switching to a microUSB charge terminal on the camera, meaning you don’t need to carry around an external charge brick, which you do here.

It’s not a huge issue, but it’s one that would have been nice to see an improvement on.

Image captured on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (100 percent crop).

Image captured on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (100 percent crop).

Conclusion

For a long time, this journalist has been a photographer, and like so many others out there, has tried to document the world putting eye to the viewfinder.

He’s gone through film and made his way to digital, and has carried around big hulking beasts that survive crowds and storms and more.

But most of those days are behind him, so carrying something large isn’t always the go anymore.

Indeed, sometimes it’s okay to say “I’m going to put down the big guns and settle with something smaller from here-on in”.

And that’s exactly what the Olympus E-M5 Mark II allows, except it does so without that much of a statement.

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

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

In fact, it does so by letting you keep the big guns, but shrinks them down to a size where your shoulders, your arms, and your back — crikey, your back — will appreciate you more in life.

The point of this is that while the E-M5 Mark II isn’t a big camera, it proves its existence by acting like a big camera, offering weather resistance, durability in design, and image quality that will make you consider whether your older digital SLR is still worth carrying around.