Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Black Digital Camera with 14-42mm EZ Lens Kit
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 II is a Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera that takes the best features of its more expensive siblings and brings the price down to Earth. They include a time-tested 16MP CMOS sensor, 5-axis image stabilization, a top-notch viewfinder, and Wi-Fi.
The OM-D E-M10 II is the follow-up to the E-M10, which was introduced in January 2014. To keep the E-M10’s price down, Olympus had to cut out several of the most notable OM-D features, including 5-axis image stabilization and weather-sealing. That said, it also had some features not yet found on the more expensive OM-Ds, like a new image processor, higher resolution LCD, and Wi-Fi.
The next entry-level OM-D has arrived – not surprisingly called the E-M10 II – which is a nice evolution of its already impressive predecessor. While the sensor and the image processor remain unchanged, the E-M10 II gains 5-axis image stabilization, a larger, higher resolution EVF, 60p video recording, a 4K time-lapse mode, and quite a bit more.
The E-M10 II finds itself in a market with some very strong competitors, including the Fujifilm X-T10, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7, and Sony a6000 mirrorless cameras, as well as the Canon EOS Rebel T6i and Nikon D5500 DSLRs. Given it’s OM-D heritage, we have a good idea as to what to expect from the E-M10 II, which means it should keep up with its peers.
16.1MP 4/3 Live MOS Sensor
Sporting a classic design and sleek form factor, the black OM-D E-M10 Mark II from Olympus is a mirrorless Micro Four Thirds digital camera featuring refined stills and movie recording capabilities to suit working in a variety of day-to-day environments. A high-resolution 16.1MP 4/3 Live MOS sensor pairs with the TruePic VII image processor to facilitate up to 8.5 fps shooting and full HD 1080p/60 movie recording, with a top sensitivity of ISO 25600. In-camera 5-axis image stabilization compensates for up to 4 stops of camera shake to benefit working in difficult lighting conditions and a FAST AF system employs 81 contrast-detection areas for quick, accurate performance with dedicated subject tracking modes. The retro-themed body incorporates a range of assignable function buttons and dials, as well as a 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder and 3.0″ 1.04m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD for clear image monitoring and playback. Besides the handsome appeal of the E-M10 Mark II’s design, its main assets lie in its versatility of shooting functions and performance to benefit photographers and videographers alike. Benefited by the range of imaging capabilities, the E-M10 Mark II also incorporates a variety of shooting modes to suit working in various situations. A Silent Mode utilizes an electronic shutter for perfectly quiet picture-taking, with shutter speeds up to 1/16,000 sec. available. Live Bulb and Live Time modes are well-suited to creative long exposure photography and a dedicated Live Composite mode lets you watch a long exposure gradually build up during the course of the shot. Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to pair the camera with your smartphone or tablet for wireless sharing and remote camera control, and an interval shooting mode can be used to produce in-camera 4K time lapse movies.
What’s in the box
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only, Black) BLS-50 Lithium-Ion Battery (7.2V, 1175mAh) BCS-5 Lithium-Ion Battery Charger USB Cable Shoulder Strap Olympus Viewer 3 Software CD-ROM
Mega Pixel (MP)
Sensor Size (mm)
Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Auto, 200 – 25600, expands to 100-25600
White balance presets
Custom white balance
Yes (4 slots)
JPEG quality levels
Basic, Fine, Normal
Contrast Detect (sensor), Face Detection, Live View, Multi-area, Selective single-point, Single
Number of focus points
Micro 4/3 Lens Mount
Focal length Multiplier (X)
Screen Size (”)
Viewfinder Coverage (%)
Viewfinder Maginfication (x)
Min. shutter speed (sec)
Max. shutter speed (sec)
Yes (via hot shoe or wirelessly)
Yes (12 sec., 2 sec, custom)
Center-weighted, Multi, Spot
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
H.264, Motion JPEG
1920 x 1080 (60p/30p/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p/24p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Internal Storage size
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Yes (Built in)
Remote control type
Yes (Optional Remote cable RM-UC1)
BLS-50 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) (Mins)
Weight (incl. batteries) (g)
390 g (0.86 lb / 13.76 oz)
120 x 83 x 47 mm (4.72 x 3.27 x 1.85″)
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