Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (Silver) (Body Only)

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The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II shares quite a bit with its predecessor, such as a compact, weather-proof body. However, along with a redesigned grip and easier-to-use controls and buttons, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II now shares more in common with the OM-D E-M1 than before. This includes the same updated EVF, shutter, and built-in WiFi capability. While keeping the winning formula of a small and versatile camera such as its excellent predecessor, the Olympus has redesigned the OM-D E-M5 Mark II to continue pushing forward in the name of progress.

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II offers faster stabilization, a new High Res mode that allows for 40MP JPEG images (although this requires a tripod and a non-moving object), as well as improved full HD video capture capabilities. A 10 fps continuous shooting mode is included, although it offers a limited amount of shots. Olympus has chosen to remove the built-in flash and replace it with an external flash that mounts in the hot shoe; the flash accessory is extremely flexible, allowing for directing the flash to bounce off a wall instead of having it directly on your subject. There’s also an articulating LCD touchscreen which makes it easier to shoot images and video.

Although the OM-D E-M5 Mark II may not seem like a huge change on the surface, closer inspection reveals Olympus went through all aspects of its predecessor’s design and performance to provide subtle improvements across the board. The OM-D E-M5 Mark II may not be as much of a game-changer as the original OM-D E-M5, but it offers outstanding performance and image quality overall while being simple and pleasant to use.Rating: 5/5

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