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Questions :
See the following Web page for general questions and answers for OLYMPUS OM-D and OLYMPUS PEN series cameras :

Question :
What comes packaged with the camera?

The following items are packaged with the camera:

  • E-M5 Mark II camera body
  • Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery (BLN-1)
  • Lithium-ion Battery Charger (BCN-1)
  • Flash (FL-LM3)
  • USB cable (CB-USB6)
  • Body cap
  • Shoulder stra
  • Flash case
  • Software CD-ROM
    OLYMPUS Viewer 3 (Windows / Mac)
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Card

Question :
What differentiates the E-M5 Mark II from the E-M5?


The following table describes the differences:

E-M5 Mark II EM-5
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds Mount
Image Processor TruePic VII TruePic VI
Effective Pixels 16.05 million pixels
Sensor Type 4/3 Live MOS Sensor
Image Stabilization Built-in image stabilization
(5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization)
  • * Image stabilization effect is enhanced.
Built-in image stabilization
(5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization)
ISO Sensitivity AUTO: ISO LOW (approx. 100) - 25600
(Customizable, Default setting: ISO LOW - 1600)
Manual: ISO LOW, 200 - 25600
AUTO: ISO 200 - 25600
(Customizable, Default setting: ISO 200 - 25600)
Manual: ISO 200 - 25600
  • * When updating the firmware to version 2.0 or later, ISO LOW (approx. 100) is supported.
Body Color Black, Silver
Dustproof and Splashproof Available
Memory SD Memory Card (SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I compatible))
Eye-Fi card
Built-in Wi-Fi Available Not available
Flash FL-LM3
(External flash, packaged with the camera)
(External flash, packaged with the camera)
Sequential Shooting Speed (maximum) Approx. 10.0 fps
(Sequential shooting H mode)
Approx. 9.0 fps
(Sequential shooting H mode)
Viewfinder Built-in, Eye-level electronic viewfinder,
2.36 million dots, Field of view: 100%
Magnification: Approx. 1.48
(Maximum, depending on selected viewfinder style)
Built-in, Eye-level electronic viewfinder,
1.44 million dots, Field of view: 100%
Magnification: Approx. 1.15
(Maximum, depending on selected viewfinder style)
Hot Shoe Available
Accessory Port (AP2) Not available Available
Monitor 3.0 inches, 3:2
Approx. 1,040,000 dots
Vari-angle, TFT color LCD monitor
3.0 inches, 3:2
Approx. 610,000 dots
Movable Organic EL monitor
Touch Panel Available
Function Lever Available Not available
AF System High-speed imager AF
(Contrast AF)
AF Area 81 points 35 points
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)
Focus Peaking Available
(Movie and still pictures)
Not available
Zoom Frame AF / Zoom AF Available
Shutter Speed 60 - 1 / 8000 sec. 60 - 1 / 4000 sec.
Silent Shooting Available Not available
Electronic Zoom Speed Setting Available Not available
SCN (scene) Mode for Still Pictures 25 scene modes 23 scene modes
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
11 art filters
  • Pop Art
  • Soft Focus
  • Pale&Light Color
  • Light Tone
  • Grainy Film
  • Pin Hole
  • Diorama
  • Cross Process
  • Gentle Sepia
  • Dramatic Tone
  • Key Line
Art filter variation and 5 art effects available
Photo Story 5 types
  • Standard
  • Speed
  • Zoom In / Out
  • Layout
  • Fun Frames
Not available
Live Time / Live Bulb Available
Live Composite Photography Available Not available
Digital Shift Photography Available Not available
40M High Res Shot Available Not available
Creative Control Color creator / Highlight and shadow / Multi aspect / Zoom display Highlight and shadow / Multi aspect / Zoom display / White balance
Movie MOV (MPEG-4AVC / H.264)
AVI (Motion JPEG)
HD Movie Compatibility Full HD (1920 x 1080) shooting possible
Movie Frame Rate 60p / 50p / 30p / 25p / 24p 30p
Movie Effect 4 effects 2 effects
Multi Exposure 2 frames / Still pictures (RAW) + Multi
Level Gauge 2-axis
Menu Languages 34 languages, including Japanese and English
Live View Shooting on a Computer (Camera Control) Available
using OLYMPUS Capture
Not available
Underwater Housing (Sold Separately) PT-EP13 PT-EP08
HDMI output connector HDMI Micro Connector (Type D)
Number of Storable Shots Approx. 310 shots
  • * Approx. 750 shots when shooting in Quick Sleep Mode
    (based on Olympus testing using CIPA test standards)
Approx. 360 shots
Battery Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery BLN-1
Power Battery Holder (Sold Separately) HLD-8 HLD-6
Dimensions (Excluding Protrusions) 123.7 mm (W) x 85.0 mm (H) x 44.5 mm (D) / 4.9" (W) x 3.3" (H) x 1.8" (D) 121.0 mm (W) x 89.6 mm (H) x 41.9 mm (D) / 4.8" (W) x 3.5" (H) x 1.6" (D)
  • Approx. 469g (including battery and SD card, excluding eye cup)
  • Approx. 417g (body only)
  • Approx. 425g (including battery and SD card)
  • Approx. 373g (body only)
Release Date February 2015 March 2012
Refer to the Product's Page E-M5 Mark II E-M5

Question :
Is the Digital Tele-converter function available with any kind of lens attached?

Yes, the Digital Tele-converter function can be used with every E-M5 Mark II attachable lens because it is an in-camera function.

  • Digital Tele-converter is not available with multiple exposures, in (PHOTO STORY) mode or when (3D Photo), (Panorama), (Fisheye Effect), (Wide-Angle) or (Macro) is selected in SCN mode.
  • When a RAW photo is displayed in playback, the area that you enlarged on the monitor using Digital Tele-converter is indicated by a white frame.
  • This function is not available when Movie Effect is On in movie mode.
  • While using the Digital Tele-converter, the number of AF targets decreases.

Question :
What are the features of the electronic viewfinder?

The following describes the main features of the electronic viewfinder:

  • Approx. 2,360,000 dots LCD
  • Field of view: 100%
  • Magnification: Approx. 1.30x to 1.48x (depending on selected viewfinder style)
  • Eye point: Approx. 21 mm (in +1m+1)
  • Diopter adjustment range: -4 to +2 m
  • Eye sensor available
  • 3 viewfinder styles selectable
  • Interchangeable eyecup EP-16 (sold separately) is available

Refer to the product page for more information:
* E-M5 Mark II

Question :
How many pictures can be taken sequentially per second?

While the shutter button is fully depressed, you can shoot approximately 10 frames per second (max.) when shooting in S-AF or MF.

Mode Image Quality Sequential Shooting Speed Recordable Pictures on Sequential Shooting
Sequential Shooting H RAW Approx. 10 frames per second
(when image stabilization is OFF)
Approx. 16 frames
(in sequential shooting H, 10fps)
Sequential Shooting L Approx. 5 frames per second
(when image stabilization is OFF)
Up to card capacity
(in sequential shooting L, 5fps)
Sequential Shooting H JPEG Approx. 10 frames per second
(when image stabilization is OFF)
Approx. 19 frames
(in sequential shooting H, 10fps)
Sequential Shooting L Approx. 5 frames per second
(when image stabilization is OFF)
Up to card capacity
(in sequential shooting L, 5fps)
  • * When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO
  • * When using the Toshiba SDHC UHS-II R260?W240 EXCERIATM PRO card
  • * Based on Olympus testing
  • Sequential shooting speed may differ according to the shooting condition.
  • When shooting in sequential shooting H mode (S-AF or MF), focus, exposure and white balance are locked at the first frame.
  • When shooting in sequential shooting L mode, focus and exposure is fixed based on the AF mode and AEL / AFL mode.
  • When the battery check icon blinks because of low battery power, the camera stops the shooting and starts to store the pictures.
  • Depending on the amount of power remaining in the battery, the camera may not be able to store all pictures.

Question :
How many pictures can be taken when the power battery holder HLD-8 is attached to the camera?

The power battery holder HLD-8 can hold one lithium-ion rechargeable battery BLN-1.

Using two lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, the BLN-1 battery in E-M5 Mark II camera and the BLN-1 battery in power battery holder HLD-8, you can shoot approximately 580 shots (based on CIPA test standards).

  Number of Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery Recordable Pictures (based on CIPA test standards)
E-M5 Mark II
(body only)
one battery Approx. 310 shots
E-M5 Mark II
(when using HLD-8)
two batteries Approx. 580 shots

AC adapter AC-3 (sold separately) can be connected when using the HLD-8. It is convenient for supplying power while indoor photography in a studio.


The lithium-ion rechargeable battery BLN-1 is not packaged with the power battery holder HLD-8.

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

This model is compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC cards, including Eye-Fi cards.
xD-Picture Card™ and CompactFlash® media cannot be used.


To see a list of compatible memory cards, click here:
* Compatibility table for Media Card ( OM-D / PEN series )

Question :
Where can I find the instruction manual for my camera?

You can find the manual online. You can either read it online or download the instruction manual for your camera.

See the following Web page to find the available manuals:
* Download Manuals : OLYMPUS OM-D / PEN series

Question :
How many shots can be taken in time lapse photography and how long can I set its shooting interval?

You can shoot up to 999 shots in time lapse photography and you can set its shooting interval between 1 second and 24 hours.
The following procedure explains how to set and shoot time lapse photography.

How to set time lapse photography

Time lapse function is selectable when using the P, A, S or M shooting mode.

Press the [MENU] button. In Shooting Menu 1, select and press the [OK] button. In Time Lapse Settings, select On and press the arrow pad Right button. Set the number of frames and interval to a desired value and press the [OK] button to complete the setting.

Sets the number of frames of time lapse photography. You can choose between 1 and 999 shots.

Start Waiting Time
Sets the time from pressing the shutter button until the first picture is taken. You can choose between 1 second and 24 hours.

Interval Time
Sets the shooting interval after the shooting starts. You can choose between 1second and 24 hours.

Time Lapse Movie
The sequence of time lapse photography can be converted to a movie.
Off: Records each frame as a still picture.
On: Records each frame as a still picture and generates a time lapse movie.

Movie Settings
You can choose the Movie Resolution (4K, Full HD, HD) and Frame Rate (30fps, 15fps, 10fps, 5fps).

  • * Firmware version 2.0 or later is required to select 4K.
  • * In 4K, the frame rate is fixed to 5fps.
  • * In FullHD, you can choose the frame rate from 15fps, 10fps and 5fps.

How to take time lapse photography

When you set the time lapse photography to On, the icon for time lapse photography is displayed on the monitor. The number on the icon indicates the number of shots you can take.

Press the shutter button to start the time lapse photography.

  • After autofocus, the camera starts shooting even if the image is not in focus. If you want to fix the focus position, shoot in MF mode.
  • Rec View operates for 0.5 seconds.
  • If the Start Waiting Time or Interval Time is set to 1 minutes 31 seconds or longer, the monitor and camera power turns off after 1 minute.
    10 seconds before the setting time, the power automatically turns on again.
    While the monitor is off, you can also turn the power on by pressing the shutter button.
  • Time lapse photography is available only in P, A, S and M mode.
  • When the AF mode is set to C-AF or C-AF+TR, the setting automatically changes to S-AF.
  • Touch operation is disabled during time lapse photography.
  • Time lapse photography cannot be used with HDR photography.
  • Time lapse photography cannot be used simultaneously with Bulb, Time, Composite Shooting, Bracketing and Multiple Exposure.
  • The flash will not work when the flash charging time is longer than the shooting interval.
  • If the camera automatically turns off during time lapse photography, it turns on in time before the next shot.
  • If any of the still pictures are not recorded correctly, the time lapse movie will not be generated.
  • If there is not enough space on the card, time lapse movie is not recorded.
  • Time lapse photography is cancelled if any of the following function is operated:
    Mode dial, MENU button, button, lens release button or connecting the USB cable.
  • Time lapse photography is cancelled if you turn off the camera.
  • The shooting stops if there is not enough power left on the battery. Make sure your camera's battery is fully charged.

Question :
How do I link the Single Auto focus point to the spot metering.

With the E-M5 Mark II camera the position of the single AF target and range of spot metering can be linked in firmware version 3.0. The default setting is unlinked, so a setting change is necessary. When using the linked combination, Face priority AF is not available.
To link the single focus point to spot metering, check any one or all three of the spot metering modes in Spot Metering in Custom Menu Gear E. Check any one or all of the boxes by highlighting the mode and press the OK button. Press the Menu button when complete.

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