Body and Handling

The OM-D E-M5 II is an SLR-style, Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera. The body is evolved from the original E-M10 and is an essentially a miniature version of the E-M5 II but with fewer buttons and a non-weather-sealed body. Overall, build quality is very good, especially the three dials on the top of the camera, though the rear thumb grip and memory card/battery door cover feeling plasticky.

The tiered mode and control dials not only look good - they're also exactly where they should be, so no finger stretching is necessary.

The E-M10 II handles very well, with the tiered mode and control dials being perfectly placed. Most of the buttons are in the right spot, though the Fn1 button requires a bit of a stretch.

The optional ECG-3 grip provides plenty to hold onto for those with larger hands. Cleverly, part of the grip can be removed for easy access to the battery and memory card compartment.

While there is a grip on the front of the camera, several DPR staffers thought it wasn't substantial enough, and we found the optional ECG-3 ($59) to be a must-have accessory.

The E-M10's custom settings menu is overwhelming, even to more experienced users. It's hidden by default so beginners won't go completely crazy.

Like Olympus' other OM-D models the E-M10 II is very customizable, almost to the point of overkill. The menus are incredibly complicated, though straight out of the box the custom settings menu is hidden. That said, if you want to unleash the E-M10 II's full potential you'll have to venture into said menu.

Top of Camera

On the top plate of the camera you'll spot its mode and twin control dials over on the right, numerous buttons, and a hot shoe. The two Fn buttons are customizable, with the default function of Fn2 allowing you to adjust five different settings in one spot (we weren't kidding when we said that the camera could be overwhelming).

The power switch requires a 90 degree turn, and if you keep going, the built-in flash will pop-up. Speaking of which, the built-in flash has a guide number of 5.8m at ISO 100. It can be used to control off-camera flashes using Olympus' RC system. 

LCD and EVF

The E-M10 II's LCD is identical to that of its predecessor. It's 3" in size, is touch-enabled, and has 1.04 mlilion dots. The screen can tilt upward to 85 degrees and downward by 45. In addition to the 'usual' touch features such as focus, shutter release, menus, and playback, there's a new option called AF Targeting Pad, which we'll describe on the following page.

Probably the nicest change since the original E-M10 is the Mark II's electronic viewfinder. It's better in every way: magnification, resolution, and the type of panel used. The magnification has gone from 0.58x to 0.62x, the resolution from 1.04M to 2.36M dots, and the panel from LCD to OLED (which offers better color reproduction and uses less power).

Olympus has also added a totally new feature known as Simulated OVF (optical viewfinder). This feature increases the dynamic range of the scene so it looks more like what you're 'actually' seeing in reality, rather what the photo will actually look like when the exposure and white balance are adjusted.