The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with 12-40mm PRO lens is built around a 16-megapixel 4/3 LIVE MOS sensor and the company's most powerful 5-axis in-body Image Stabilisation system yet, to deliver blur-free stills and stable video footage at all times. The E-M5 MK II is capable of delivering 40-megapixel images using a new composite option that uses clever sensor shift technology for when the highest level of detail is required in your stills, whilst the new Movie Mode offers 1080p Full HD movie recording in a variety of frame rates - 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, or 24p. Highly portable and weather-resistant, the camera features a magnesium-alloy body with classic OM retro-styling, manual control and a 3.0" touchscreen that's tiltable 180°.
- The Olympus OM-D E-M5 II arrives with a 40MP composite shot mode and the 'world's most powerful in-body five-axis image stabilisation system'. Read on to find out what else is new.
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- We got our hands on a sample of the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 II. Read what we think about it and check out our video of the new camera.
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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II: Key Features
- 16-megapixel LIVE MOS sensor
- 5-axis in-body IS System, 5EV effect
- 1080p Full HD video up to 50/60p
- 40MP High Res Shot mode
- 10fps burst shooting (up to 11fps in Silent mode)
- 3in touch-sensitive display, 1.04-million dots, fully articulated
- Dust-, splash- and freeze-proof magnesium casing
- 2.36million-dot electronic viewfinder
- Flash sync socket
- Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity
- SDHC/SDXC slot
- Micro Four Thirds lens mount
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Wex preview
Versatile travel lens with bright f2.8 aperture
The Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 M.ZUIKO lens with weatherproof construction features a bright f2.8 aperture throughout the entire zoom range and covers everything from wide-angle to mid-zoom. This dedicated Micro Four Thirds lens features a 7-bladed circular diaphragm to create a natural, soft background blur which is ideal for making your subject stand out. Manual focus adjustments can be made quickly using the manual focus clutch mechanism, which allows shifting between auto and manual focus control easy to ensure you don't miss the perfect shot. Ideal for a range of photographic subjects including landscapes, interior work, architecture, portraiture and travel.
Zero blur - The world's most powerful 5-axis in-body Image Stabilisation
When you hold the E-M5 Mark II in your hand, the magnesium alloy housing feels reassuringly solid and stable, even though it’s a relative lightweight compared to D-SLR cameras (417g body only). In fact, the Mark II has a justifiable claim to be the world’s most stable camera - because it features the world’s most powerful* 5-axis Image Stabilisation system. The new, evolved version of this extraordinary Olympus technology eliminates camera-shake in all five planes of movement, achieving the equivalent of 5 EV steps faster shutter speed*. Plus, it’s built into the body of the camera, so it works with any lens. Even in low-light conditions and with a telephoto lens magnifying the effect of hand-tremor, 5-axis IS ensures the E-M5 shoots blur-free. That goes for video and stills, both of which exceed the image quality of heavier and bulkier D-SLR rivals.
Ideal size - Highly portable, lightweight and weather-resistance construction
Another advantage of Olympus’ 5-axis IS is travelling light. One of the beauties of the mirrorless Micro Four Thirds format is the reduced overall size and weight of the camera, especially compared to the plastic-coated bulk of most D-SLRs. By essentially taking blur out of the equation, 5-axis IS puts the new E-M5 even further ahead of its rivals because you can capture pin-sharp images and videos without the use of a heavy tripod or gyro rig. The whole E-M5 system is designed for minimum weight and size, and maximum portability. Hence the dust-, splash- and freeze-resistant weatherproofing of the magnesium casing. Olympus engineers always intended this camera to be used out in the field where unobtrusive equipment makes it much easier to shoot without disturbing jumpy subjects.
Outstanding video - Movie Mode for 1080p Full HD video recording
By dispensing with the need for weighty stabilising equipment, the world-class IS system in the E-M5 Mark II gives budding filmmakers the green light to create cinematic video footage that easily holds its own next to the pristine still images that are the hallmark of the OM-D series. In OM-D Movie Mode, the Mark II records at high bitrates up to 77 Mbps, and offers a wide variety of 1080 Full HD formats to match your frame rate of choice - 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p or the classic 24p preferred by many narrative filmmakers. Focusing during video capture is straightforward, via a 3-inch touch-sensitive, vari-angle LCD screen.
Clear view - 3.0" variangle LCD and bright Electronic Viewfinder
When you’re shooting from awkward angles, this 1.04 million-dot vari-angle display can swivel and tilt to ensure a bright and clear view of any scene. Equally advantageous is the large, bright, 2.36 million-dot Electronic Viewfinder that automatically switches on when it detects your eye. It reveals a clearly laid-out menu of key settings than can be adjusted before you release the shutter.
40 Megapixel stills - 40-megapixel composite still shot capability for amazing details
Another advantage of Olympus’ ultra-precise 5-axis stabilisation system is the potential to capture extremely high-resolution still images that exceed the normal capacity of its 16-Megapixel LIVE MOS sensor. By moving the sensor between each shot and merging eight single exposures into one, the E-M5 Mark II delivers a 40-Megapixel image with breathtaking levels of detail and radiance. Little wonder OM-D is known for the best images Olympus cameras have ever created. Another key component in this spectacular visual performance is the processing engine. The Mark II now uses the same TruePic VII processor as the top-of-the-range OM-D E-M1.
Ergonomic layout - Large, sophisticated manual controls
The new OM-D E-M5 Mark II proves that Olympus has understood what some camera manufacturers in this segment fail to appreciate - that for most photography enthusiasts, world-beating technology only makes a difference if it comes with intelligently laid-out controls that simplify access to the vast array of options. That means attention to design details, both large and small. For instance, the Fn buttons on the top of the newest OM-D and the function dial that protrudes slightly higher than usual. Both are now easier to operate instinctively at high speed. Equally arresting is the sheer speed of the autofocus - another trademark OM-D strength. It boasts an 81-point area, excellent low-light performance and tracking AF.
Spectacular effects and features - Live Composite, Art Filters & Built-in Wi-Fi
Although remarkably small and easy to handle, the E-M5 Mark II is packed with clever options that urge you to let your creativity off the leash. Live Composite, which combines several images in the camera, is ideal for passage-of-time shots that trace the movement of bright objects such as stars, fireworks or handheld light-painting devices. Alternatively, shoot burst sequences at 10fps and take advantage of a 1/16000 shutter speed. In-camera keystone compensation allows for correcting converging verticals in Live View, without the need for a shift lens or post-processing. With a host of art filters, you can add a layer of special effects while built-in WiFi means you can remote control the Mark II from a smartphone, then share and geotag the images on social media using Olympus OI.Share – an invaluable facility in a variety of shooting situations. These are just a few highlights from a long list of enhancements that make the next-gen E-M5 one of the most versatile and ergonomically sophisticated cameras in the category.
A large choice of Micro Four Thirds lenses available
The array of interchangeable lenses available is another invitation to experiment. No matter their level of photographic skill and experience, most OM-D owners see investing in a lens collection as a long-term goal. The new model is compatible with a comprehensive range of more than 40 Micro Four Thirds lenses as well as a broad range of accessories.
5-Axis Image Stabilisation Video
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Wex Sample Image
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