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Olympus E-M5 Mark II unveiled with 40-megapixel photo mode

Olympus E-M5 Mark II unveiled with 40-megapixel photo mode

Olympus has finally announced the OM-D E-M5 Mark II mirrorless camera that is capable of shooting 40-megapixel photos using pixel-shift technology.

It all started at Photokina 2014 when Olympus’ president claimed that the E-M5 replacement was ready and was coming soon. The rumor mill has leaked a lot of information about the upcoming Micro Four Thirds camera, including its official name. Eventually, sources have revealed that the E-M5II will be capable of capturing images at 40-megapixel resolution. Now, everything is official, as the OM-D E-M5 Mark II has just been announced.

Olympus E-M5 Mark II front
Olympus E-M5 Mark II features a redesigned 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor.

Olympus E-M5 Mark II becomes official with redesigned 16-megapixel sensor

Olympus claims that its new mirrorless camera will deliver “exceptional performance”. The 16-megapixel Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor has been redesigned to offer better image quality.

The new camera is powered by TruePic VII image processor, which offers up to 10fps in continuous mode with single autofocus and up to 5fps with continuous autofocus.

The shooter comes with a 1/8000 mechanical shutter and a secondary electronic shutter with a maximum speed of 1/16000th of a second. The slowest shutter speed stands at 60 seconds.

Its autofocus system consists of 81 points and it offers Small Target AF support in order to focus on tiny spots across the whole scene.

The sensor comes with an “anti-shock” feature that will use the first-curtain shutter to cut down the shocks of the shutter for a more silent operation.

The ISO sensitivity ranges between 200 and 25,600, while the expanded range stands between 100 and 25,600.

Olympus E-M5 Mark II top
Olympus E-M5 Mark II is capable of capturing 40-megapixel photos using a pixel-shift system.

OM-D E-M5II has the world’s most sophisticated IS and a 40-megapixel high-resolution mode

The Olympus E-M5 Mark II camera is said to offer the “most sophisticated image stabilization” system in the entire world. The 5-axis VCM technology will offer up to 5 steps of compensation, making the company to claim that users can capture photos without a tripod using 1/4s shutter speeds.

The image stabilization system is closely related to the 2.36-million-dot electronic viewfinder. When the user presses the shutter button half-way, then a preview of the photo will be displayed including the image stabilization effect.

This system is also working in combination with the 3-inch 1.04-million-dot LCD touchscreen, that is fully-articulated, just like we have seen in the leaked photos.

Perhaps the most important new feature of the OM-D E-M5II is its ability to capture high-resolution 40-megapixel photos. In order to use this system, users will have to set their camera on a tripod.

Olympus says that the E-M5 Mark II can take 40MP photos using pixel-shift technology. The system will capture eight photos by moving the sensor in steps of 0.5 pixels between the shots. After taking all the shots, the camera will combine the images and will output a 40-megapixel photo in just one second.

The system is limited to a shutter speed of 8-second or faster, maximum 1,600 ISO, and up to f/8 aperture.

Olympus E-M5 Mark II back
Olympus E-M5 Mark II comes with a fully-articulated LCD touchscreen.

WiFi-enabled Olympus E-M5 Mark II comes with extensive video features

The Japan-based company has taken care of the video side, too. The Olympus E-M5 Mark II will be able to record full HD videos at up to 60fps. The maximum bitrate stands at 77Mbps and it can be achieved at 30fps and full HD video quality.

The Micro Four Thirds camera supports other frame rates, including 50fps, 29.97fps, 25fps, and 23.98 fps, while ALL-I and IBP recording modes are supported, too.

A microphone jack is included, while a headphone jack is available with the new HLD-8G external camera grip.

The shooter comes with Focus Peaking support in order to make sure that subjects will stay in focus during movie recording.

Olympus’ mid-range OM-D-series mirrorless camera features built-in WiFi, so users can transfer files wirelessly to a mobile device or remotely control the camera using a smartphone.

Olympus E-M5 Mark II flash
Olympus E-M5 Mark II will b released by the end of February for about $1,100 with a free external flash.

Availability information of the weathersealed OM-D E-M5II

Olympus E-M5 Mark II is a weathersealed camera. It has a body that is dustproof and splashproof, but it requires a similar lens in order to take full advantage of its weathersealing.

The shooter does not have a built-in flash, but the company will supply an external FL-LM3 flash for free, which is also dustproof and splashproof.

The body of the camera weighs 417 grams / 14.7 ounces and measures 124 x 85 x 45mm / 4.88 x 3.35 x 1.77-inches. There is enough room for a USB 2.0 port, microHDMI port, and a SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot.

Olympus will release the E-M5II in silver and black colors as of this February for a price of $1,099.99. Buyers can already pre-order the camera at Amazon, Adorama, and B&H PhotoVideo.

Olympus E-M5 Mark II case
Olympus E-M5 Mark II underwater case allows users to dive with the camera down to 45 meters.

Olympus introduces several new accessories designed for the E-M5 Mark II

The list of newly-announced accessories is pretty impressive. Beside the aforementioned FL-LM3 flash and the HLD-8G grip, the company has announced the HLD-6P power grip, which offers extra battery life.

The ECG-2 is a metal external grip that offers an easy way to attach the camera to the trip and to make the camera better to hold.

The EP-16 eye-cup will block the sunlight from entering the electronic viewfinder, while the CS-46 FBC is a leather cover.

The EE-1 is an external dot sight, which will help users to focus properly when using telephoto lenses. A similar system has been added into the Stylus SP-100 bridge camera.

Finally, an underwater case will be released, too. The PT-EP13 allows users to take their E-M5II at depths down to 45 meter.

All accessories will be released within the next few months, so stay tuned!

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