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Comparing the Olympus OM-D E-M1, E-M5 Mark II, and E-M10 Mark II

My original blog post on cmparing the Olympus OM-D E-M1, E-M5, and E-M10 has been one of my most popular posts.  However, Olympus has been busy producing the E-M5 Mark II and the E-M10 Mark II.  I currently own the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the original E-M5.

Olympus OM-D_E-M10 Mark II
Olympus OM-D_E-M10 Mark II

I’ve recently been interested in acquiring the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II and thought I’d pass along the results of my research while updating the blog.

It is also intesting to note that Olympus has also been adding features to its existing line through firmware updates which means that you may not need to upgrade your camera as frequent.

Olympus released firmware update for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 that added the following features to the camera that were included with the E-M5 Mark II and E-M10 Mark II:  focus stacking, focus bracketing, advanced focus peaking (4 colors), silent shutter, and 4K timelapse movies (to name a few).  Enabling new features like this in firmware updates is something unheard of in the DSLR world.

By looking at the chart below, you can see that Olympus has really tightened up their OM-D line of cameras.  The specifications for all 3 OM-D cameras are now really close.  In fact, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has some features that are not available in the flagship OM-D E-M1.  You can bet a new OM-D E-M1 Mark II is in the works at Olympus.

Olympus OM-D Camera Specification Comparison



E-M5 Mark II

E-M10 Mark II

Image Processor





17 MP

16.1 MP

16.1 MP


4/3″ Live MOS Sensor

4/3″ Live MOS Sensor

4/3″ Live MOS Sensor

ISO Range

100 – 25600

100 – 25600

100 – 25600

AF Points





Built-in 802.11b/g/n

Built-in 802.11b/g/n

Built-in 802.11b/g/n

LCD Display

3.0-inch articulated LCD 1,037,000 screen pixels

3.0-inch articulated LCD, 1,037,000 screen pixels

3.0-inch articulated LCD, 1,037,000 screen pixels

Shutter Frames Per Second Continuous

10 FPS

10 FPS

8.5 FPS

Shutter Speed 

60 – 1/8000 sec

60 – 1/16000 sec

60 – 1/16000 sec

Image Stabilization

5 axis (5 EV Steps)

5 axis (5 EV Steps)

5 axis (4 EV Steps)

Weight (incl. battery)

17.3 oz / 497g 

16.54 oz / 469g 

13.76 oz / 390g 


130 x 94 x 63mm / 5.13 x 3.68 x 2.48 in.

124 x 85 x 25mm / 4.88 x 3.35 x 1.77 in.

119.5 x 83.1 x 46.7mm / 4.7 x 3.3 x 1.8 in.

Weather Proofing

Advanced (dust, splash, freeze resistant to -10c

Yes (dust, splash)



BL-1 lithium-ion

BL-1 lithium-ion

BLS-50 lithium-ion

Other Features

Dual Fast AF system can use in both Contrast and Phase Detection autofocus, AF/Metering Mode, Sequential Shooting/Self Timer/HDR buttons.

Fully Articulated LCD, 40 Megapixel Mode

Built-in Flash, Less customizable than the E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II

Related Posts

The Professional Controls on the Olympus OM-D E-M1
Putting Focus Peaking to the Test on the Olympus OM-D E-M1
Comparing the Olympus OM-D E-M1, E-M5, and E-M10

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  • Shane

    Hi Martin,

    Do you think the Olympus 16mp sensor is still good enough with a nice lens in 2017?  I had the original em5 and I'm trying to decide whether to get an em5 mark 2 or switch to 24mp aps-c cameras like the a6300. 

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