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Questions :

Question :
What differentiates the E-M1 Mark II from the E-M1?

Answer:
The following table describes the differences:
E-M1 Mark II E-M1 (Ver.4.0 or later)
(Ver.4.0 or later)
Type
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds Mount
Image Sensor
Image Processor TruePic VIII TruePic VII
Effective Pixels 20.37 million pixels 16.28 million pixels
Sensor Type 4/3 Live MOS Sensor
Image Stabilization
System Type Built-in image stabilization
(5-axis sensor-shift)
Viewfinder
Finder Type Built-in Eye-level electronic viewfinder, approx. 2.36 million dots
Field of View / Viewfinder Magnification
Field of View:
Approx. 100 % /
Magnification:
Approx. 1.30x (in Finder Style 1, 2 (aspect ratio 4:3))
Approx. 1.48x (in Finder Style 3 (aspect ratio 4:3))
  • * with a 50mm lens set to infinity at -1m-1
Frame Rate / Time Lag Maximum frame rate: 120 fps
Minimum display time lag: 5 msec
Maximum frame rate: 60 fps
Minimum display time lag: 16 msec
Monitor
Monitor 3.0 inches, 2-axis movable LCD
Approx. 1,040,000 dots (3:2)
Electric capacity touch panel
3.0 inches, movable (tilt) LCD
Approx. 1,040,000 dots (3:2)
Electric capacity touch panel
Focus
AF System High-speed imager AF
  • * Imager phase detection AF and imager contrast AF
  • * When a Four Thirds lens is attached, imager phase detection AF is always selected.
    (A separated sold mount adapter is required. AF is not possible when movie recording.)
AF Area 121 points (maximum), cross-type detection
(When a Four Thirds lens is attached: 121 points)
All target (121 points)
Group target (9 points or 5 points)
Single target (1 point)
81 points (maximum), vertical detection
(When a Four Thirds lens is attached: 37 points.)
All target (81 points)
Group target (9 points)
Single target (1 point)
Focus Modes Single AF (S-AF),
Continuous AF (C-AF),
Manual Focus (MF),
S-AF+MF (combined use of S-AF and MF)
AF tracking (C-AF+TR)
Preset MF (Distance setting values are rough estimates and only AF lenses can be used.)
Single AF (S-AF)
Continuous AF (C-AF)
Manual Focus (MF)
S-AF+MF (combined use of S-AF and MF)
AF tracking (C-AF+TR)
Zoom Frame AF / Zoom AF 3x, 5x, 7x, 10x, 14x
Autofocusing is possible in the magnified frame. On / OFF/ Magnify is possible by the magnified button.
Selection of AF points from over 800 is possible.
AF Targeting Pad Available Not available
ISO Sensitivity / Shutter
ISO Sensitivity Auto: ISO LOW (equivalent to approx. 64) - 6400
(Auto Standard: ISO 200 - 6400, changeable)
Manual: LOW, ISO200 - 25600
Auto: ISO LOW (equivalent to 100) - 1600
(Auto standard: ISO 200 -25600, changeable)
Manual: LOW, ISO 200 - 25600
Shutter Speed 60 sec. - 1/8000 sec.
Electronic Shutter (in Silent Mode)
60 sec. - 1/32000sec.
60 sec. - 1/8000 sec.
Electronic Shutter (in Silent Mode)
1/8 sec. - 1/16000 sec.
Drive
Sequential Shooting Speed
[Sequential shooting H]
Approx. 15 fps
[Sequential shooting L]
Approx. 10 fps
[Silent sequential shooting H]
Approx. 60 fps
[Silent sequential shooting L]
Approx. 18 fps
[Sequential shooting H]
Approx. 10 fps
[Sequential shooting L]
Approx. 6.5 fps
[Silent sequential shooting H]
11 fps
[Silent sequential shooting L]
Approx. 5 fps
Flash
Bundled Flash External flash FL-LM3
(Hot shoe included)
GN 9.1 (ISO100) / GN 12.9 (ISO200)
Bounce capable
External flash FL-LM2
(Hot shoe included)
GN 7 (ISO100) / GN 10 (ISO100)
Shooting Features
Picture Mode i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, e Portrait, Underwater,Color Creator, Art Filters
Art Filter
14 art filters
Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale&Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, Watercolor, Vintage, Partial Color
Art filter variation and 9 art effects available
50M High Res Shot Available *1
  • Resolution:
    Equivalent to 50M / 25M pixel
    (8 shots are combined into a single image using sensor shift)
  • Image Size:
    [JPEG (50M)] 8160 x 6120 pixel
    [JPEG (25M)] 5760 x 4320 pixel
    [RAW] 10368 x 7776 pixel
  • Shutter Type: Electronic shutter
  • Shutter Speed: 60 sec - 1/8000 sec
  • *1 High Res Shot is usable in shooting mode P, A, S and M. RAW+JPEG and JPEG is selectable. RAW images can be edited in the camera.
    OLYMPUS Viewer 3 version 2.0 is required for editing on the computer.
Not available
Function Lever Available
Multi Function Settings Highlight & Shadow Control
Color Creator
Magnify
Image Aspect
S-OVF (Simulated OVF)
ISO sensitivity / White Balance
White Balance / ISO sensitivity
Peaking
Highlight & Shadow Control
Color Creator
Magnify
Image Aspect
S-OVF (Simulated OVF)
Pro Capture Mode Available Not available
Focus Stacking Mode Available
Compatible lenses: 7 types
Available
Compatible lenses: 3 types
(7 types are compatible with E-M1 firmware ver. 4.2.)
Multi-Exposure 2 frames max.
Electronic Zoom Speed Low / Normal / High
Lens Info Settings Available
Save lens info for up to 10 lenses that do not automatically supply info to the camera.
Not available
Video
Video Recording Format MOV (MPEG-4AVC/H.264), AVI (Motion JPEG)
4K Video C4K [Cinema4K] (4096 x 2160)
4K (3840 x 2160)
Not available
HD Video Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Level Gauge
Detection 2-axis
Wi-Fi Function
Built-in Wi-Fi (using Smartphone application OI.Share)
  • Wireless Shooting
    (by using Smartphone or remote control function)
  • Image Share
    (Orders for image upload onto a Smartphone can be saved)
  • GPS info. Function
    (by using Smartphone GPS data)
  • Easy Connection
    (QR code setting)
Menu Language
Language Setting 34 languages (including Japanese and English)
Input / Output
Live View Shooting on a Computer Available
using OLYMPUS Capture
HDMI Output Mode Available
Monitor Mode (Video and information display to the monitor)
Record Mode (Outputs video only to record video with a device)
Not available
HDMI Connector HDMI Micro Connector (Type D)
USB Connector CB-USB11 (USB Type C / USB3.0) CB-USB6 (Multi Connector / USB2.0 Hi-Speed)
Remote Cable RM-CB2 (L type, Pin Jack) RM-UC1 (RM-UC1 connects to the USB connector port)
Accessory Port (AP2) Not available Available
Headphone Connector Available Not available
Power Requirements
Number of Recordable Pictures
  • Approx. 440 shots
  • When power saving is enabled: Approx. 950 shots (based on CIPA standard)
  • Approx. 350 shots
Battery Status Display Battery icon (4 steps) and Percentage display Battery icon (3 steps) display
Battery Lithium-ion rechargeable battery BLH-1
(7.4V 1720mAh)
Lithium-ion rechargeable battery BLN-1
(7.6V 1220mAh)
Battery Charger BCH-1
(Charging takes about 2 hours)
BCN-1
(Charging takes about 4hours)
Power Battery Holder
(Sold Separately)
HLD-9 HLD-7
Body
Dimensions (Excluding Protrusions) 134.1 mm (W) x 90.9 mm (H) x 68.9 mm (D) / 5.3" (W) x 3.6" (H) x 2.7" (D) 130.4 mm (W) x 93.5 mm (H) x 63.1 mm (D) / 5.1" (W) x 3.7" (H) x 2.5" (D)
Weight
  • Approx. 574g (Including battery and SD card)
  • Approx. 498g (Body only)
  • Approx. 497g (Including battery and SD card)
  • Approx. 443g (Body only)
Color Black Black, Silver
Material Magnesium alloy
Dust-proof, Splash-proof Available
Underwater Housing
(Sold Separately)
PT-EP14 PT-EP11
Memory
Number of Card Slots 2 card slots 1 card slot
Memory SD cards
(SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I / II compatible)
Eye-Fi card
  • * Slot 1: UHS-I / II compatible
  • * Slot 2: UHS-I compatible
SD cards
(SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible)
Eye-Fi card
Folder Creation and Selection Available Not available
Other
Release Date December 2016 Black: October 2013
Silver: October 2014
Refer to the Product's Page E-M1 Mark II E-M1


Question :
What comes packaged with the camera?

Answer:
The following items are packaged with the camera:
  • E-M1 MarkII camera body
  • Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery (BLH-1)
  • Lithium-ion Battery Charger (BCH-1)
  • Eyecup (EP-12)
  • Flash (FL-LM3)
  • USB cable (CB-USB11, USB Type C)
  • Body Cap
  • Cable Clip (CC-1)
    (The Cable Clip prevents the USB cable or HDMI cable from coming off the camera.)
  • Strap
  • Flash Case
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Card

Question :
What does the computer screen look like when a camera with two inserted SD cards is connected to the computer?

Answer:
The following describes what the computer screen looks like when a camera with two inserted SD cards is connected to the computer.

When connecting the camera to a computer using the USB cable, with SD cards inserted in both of the camera's card slot 1 and 2

When the E-M1 Mark II is connected to the computer, the camera will be recognized as the external drive (removable disk). Two separate drives are displayed on the computer, each one for the camera's card slot 1 and slot 2.

Windows:

When connecting the camera to a computer using the USB cable, two drive letters for card slot 1 and slot 2 are displayed in ascending alphabetical order. In the following illustration, for example, drive "E:" is slot 1 and "F:" is slot 2.

Macintosh:

When connecting the camera to a computer using the USB cable, card slot 1 and slot 2 are displayed as "NO NAME".

When transferring images to the computer using OLYMPUS Viewer 3 software

When a camera with two inserted media cards is connected to the computer using the USB cable, each card is displayed as "E-M1 Mark II" in the left side of the OLYMPUS Viewer 3 window. You can switch the display of card slot 1 and slot 2 by selecting either of the listed "E-M1 Mark II". For displaying the images in card slot 1, select the upper "E-M1 Mark II".


Question :
How do I set the options for shooting still images with two cards inserted into the camera?

Answer:
When you shoot still images with two cards inserted into the E-M1 Mark II camera, you can select in Save Settings how to record the shooting data to each card.

The available settings are Standard, Auto Switch, Dual Independent and Dual Same. Standard is the default setting. In Auto Switch, the recording switches to the other card when the card in use becomes full. In Dual Independent, the images in the two cards are recorded in different image quality modes. In Dual Same, the images in the two cards are recorded in the same image quality mode.

These settings are available for still image shooting.

Note:

In video shooting, you can select the card slot (card slot 1 or 2) for the recording. See the following web page for more information: I want to record still images and videos on a different SD card. What should I do?

The following procedure describes how to change the save setting of card slot 1 and slot 2 for still image shooting:
  1. Press the [OK] button to display the LV super control and use the arrow pad button to select Save Settings.



  2. Select a menu using the front dial.
    You can also change the setting in the following procedure:

Press the [Menu] button to display Custom Menu. In Record / Erase, select Card Slot Settings. Select the desired setting in Save Settings.

Save Settings Description

(Standard)
This setting is applied if only one card with available space is in the camera.
If two cards with available space are in the camera, images are recorded to the card specified in Save Slot.

(Auto Switch)
When the card specified in Save Slot is full, recording switches to the other card.

(Dual Independent)
Images are recorded at the image quality mode specified for each card in slot 1 and 2.
Shooting will no longer be possible when either of the cards becomes full.
Note that the image quality mode changes when Dual independent is selected. Choose the desired mode before proceeding.

(Dual Independent)
Images are recorded at the image quality mode specified for each card in slot 1 and 2.
When either of the cards becomes full, recording switches to the card with available space.
Note that the image quality mode changes when Dual independent is selected. Choose the desired mode before proceeding.

(Dual Same)
Images are recorded at the same image quality mode for both cards.
Shooting will no longer be possible when either of the cards becomes full.

(Dual Same)
Images are recorded at the same image quality mode for both cards.
When either of the cards becomes full, recording switches to the card with available space.
Note:
  • The image quality mode may change if you change the option selected for Save Settings or replace a memory card with one that can contain a different amount of additional photographs. Check the image quality mode before taking photographs.
  • Do not remove the battery or card while the card write indicator is displayed on the upper left of the monitor.
  • Turn off the camera before loading or removing the card.
  • Cards must be formatted with the camera before first use.
  • If a UHS-II card is inserted into the slot 2 (UHS-I compatible), the card operates as the UHS-I.
  • Do not forcibly insert a damaged or deformed card. Doing so may damage the card slot.
  • Multiple Eye-Fi cards cannot be used at the same time.

Question :
I want to record still images and videos on a different SD card. What should I do?

Answer:
When there are SD cards in both card slots, you can select whether to record still images and videos in the same card or record them in a separate card.

Note:

See the following web page for how to select the card slot setting when recording still images to the two cards (Standard, Auto Switch, Dual Independent, Dual Same): How do I set the options for shooting still images with two cards inserted into the camera?

The following procedure explains how to change the Card Slot Settings:
  1. Press the [MENU] button to display Custom Menu. In Record / Erase, select Card Slot Settings and press the [OK] button.
  2. Select the card slot where to save still images.
    Use the arrow pad Up and Down button to select Save Slot. Press the arrow pad Right button to select (Slot 1) or (Slot 2) and press the [OK] button.
  3. Select the card slot where to save videos.
    In Card Slot Settings, use the arrow pad Up and Down button to select Save Slot. Press the arrow pad Right button to select (Slot 1) or (Slot 2) and press the [OK] button.
Note:
  • Do not remove the battery or card while the card write indicator is displayed on the upper left of the monitor.
  • Turn off the camera before loading or removing the card.
  • Cards must be formatted with the camera before first use.
  • If a UHS-II card is inserted into the slot 2 (UHS-I compatible), the card operates as the UHS-I.
  • Do not forcibly insert a damaged or deformed card. Doing so may damage the card slot.
  • Multiple Eye-Fi cards cannot be used at the same time.

Question :
How do I switch to the other card slot during playback?

Answer:
You can switch the card slot (Card Slot 1 or Card Slot 2) during playback by turning the Front dial or Rear dial while depressing the (Playback) button.

Note:

The change of playback card by this operation does not affect the Slot setting of Card Slot Settings.


Question :
What type of memory card can I use with this model?

Answer:
The following table shows the types of memory cards that can be used:

✔: compatible, ×: not compatible
  SD / SDHC / SDXC card (UHS-I, II compatible) Eye-Fi card xD Picture Card CompactFlash
E-M1 Mark II × ×
To see the list of compatible SD / SDHC/ SDXC cards and Eye-Fi cards, click here:
* Compatibility table for SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards
* Compatibility table for Eye-Fi Cards
Tips:
  • Cards must be formatted with the E-M1 Mark II camera before first use.
  • Card slot 1 is compatible with UHS-I and UHS-II cards. Card slot 2 is compatible with UHS-I cards.
  • If a UHS-II card is inserted into the slot 2 (UHS-I compatible), the card operates as the UHS-I.
  • Multiple Eye-Fi cards cannot be used at the same time.

Question :
Which lenses are compatible with the Focus Stacking mode?

Answer:
The following lenses are compatible with the Focus Stacking mode:
  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO
  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 30mm F3.5 Macro
  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro
  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO
  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO
  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO
  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO
Note:

The angle of view of the images created by Focus Stacking will be reduced approximately 7%.


Question :
What is the available recording time for movies, in each movie mode?

Answer:
The following table shows the approximate values:

Recording Format Imge Size
(Number of Pixels)
Compression Frame Rate
(Image per second) *3
Bit Rate *4 Storable Recording Time
(in 32 GB SDHC card)
MOV
(MPEG-4AVC/H.264) *1
C4K
4096 x 2160
- 24p Approx. 237 Mbps Approx. 17 min.
4K
3840 x 2160
- 30p, 25p, 24p Approx. 102 Mbps Approx. 40 min.
Full HD
1920 x 1080
ALL-Intra (A-I) *5 30p, 25p, 24p Approx. 202 Mbps Approx. 20 min.
Super Fine 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p Approx. 52 Mbps Approx. 1 h 20 min.
Fine Approx. 30 Mbps Approx. 2 h 19 min.
Normal Approx. 18 Mbps Approx. 3 h 55 min.
HD
1280 x 720
ALL-Intra 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p Approx. 102 Mbps Approx. 40 min.
Super Fine Approx. 26 Mbps Approx. 2 h 41 min.
Fine Approx. 14 Mbps Approx. 5 h 5 min.
Normal Approx. 10 Mbps Approx. 7 h 14 min.
AVI
(Motion JPEG) *2
HD
1280 x 720
- 30p - Approx. 1 h 50 min.
  • *1 The maximum file size of a movie is limited to 4 GB. When a movie exceeds 4 GB, the movie is saved as a new file.
    The maximum recording time per movie is 29 min.
  • *2 The maximum file size of a movie is limited to 2 GB.
  • *3 Frame rate may vary based on the selected art filter or movie effect.
  • *4 When set to the maximum frame rate.
  • The actual recorded bit rate varies depending on the shooting scene or combination of frame rates.
  • *5 All-Intra refers to a movie recorded without inter-frame compression. Movies in this format are suitable for editing but have a larger data size.

How to change the image size, compression and frame rate

You can change the image size (Full HD / HD), compression and frame rate (image per second) of MOV format movies in the following procedure:

  • Change the setting from menu screen
    Press the [MENU] button. In Video Menu, select Specification Settings. Change the settings in .
  • Change the setting from the super control panel
    In the super control panel, select and press the [OK] button. Press the [Info] button to change the setting.
Tip:

Use a Speed Class 10 SD card for movie recording. When shooting in ALL-Intra, use a Class 3 UHS-II or UHS-I card.
* Compatibility table for Media Card ( OM-D / PEN series )

Note:
  • You cannot change the image size, compression and frame rate in AVI format movies.
  • Depending upon the memory card, the recording may stop without utilizing the maximum time.

Question :
Does the E-M1 Mark II allow Flash in Silent Shutter mode?

Answer:
Yes. Flash can be set to Allow in the Silent Mode Settings under Anti-Shock/Silent setting which is in Shooting Menu 2.

Question :
Does the E-M1 Mark II have an Accessory Port like the E-M1?

Answer:
No, the Accessory Port has been eliminated in the Mark II.

Question :
What is the approx. number of charging cycles of the BLH-1 battery?

Answer:
Approx. 500 cycles depending on operating conditions.

Question :
How do I update the firmware of the E-M1 Mark II camera?

Answer:
* Firmware Update Instructions (E-M1 Mark II)

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