Olympus has introduced the OM-D E-M10 Mark II, an entry-level camera with in-body 5-axis image stabilization. The new model is the successor to the E-M10 and features an all-new design with improved ergonomics.
Using technology used in the E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II, the E-M10 Mark II’s 5-axis voice coil motor (VCM) image stabilization offers up to four shutter speed steps. Olympus explains the traditional 2-axis image stabilization in many DSLRs only compensates for angular shake, while the 5-axis image stabilization in the E-M10 Mark II also corrects for rolling blur that affects both low-light shooting and the horizontal and vertical shift blur that can mar macro shots. The company adds that the combination of the E-M5 Mark II’s 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII image processor maximize the power of 5-axis image stabilization to capture sharp images and video without the need for a tripod.
Not only does the body configuration incorporate the classic style found in Olympus OM-D cameras, but the machined metal dials and leather textures of the grip also produce a highly sophisticated feel. The prominent thumb grip supports a stable, one-handed hold and reliable, one-handed shooting. Both the dial and button shape and layout have been adjusted for users to easily operate the camera while looking at their subject through the viewfinder.
Olympus says the new camera delivers an amazingly fast, class-leading shooting time courtesy of its Touch Autofocus.
The camera also offers a sequential shooting speed of 8.5 fps.
The Mark II has a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 100 percent field of view. The EVF also boasts a viewfinder magnification rate of 1.23x (35mm equivalent: 0.62x) and uses a high-definition 2.36-million-dot OLED monitor. For further shooting accuracy, the new AF Targeting Pad allows the user to keep an eye on the viewfinder while tracing a thumb on the camera’s rear touchscreen to adjust focus point. The Mark II also offers a solution for shooters who are more accustomed to optical viewfinders; the Simulated Optical Viewfinder (S-OVF) offers higher dynamic range, more in line with that visible to the naked eye.
The new camera offers 1080p Full HD Video, intuitive touch interface, variable frame rate and a new CLIPS feature which records short one-, two-, four- or eight-second clips. These clips can then be merged into a final video product in-camera, and then uploaded directly to a social platform using the Olympus OI.Share app.
The Mark II comes with additional shooting modes: Art Filters: There are 14. Art Filters can be combined with Art Effects. Photo Story: With five available patterns, Photo Story combines multiple photos into a single image. Live Composite: Use to extract and composite the brightest areas from multiple, sequentially shot images. With the newest version of the OI.Share app for Android and Apple, you can make adjustments to your settings and monitor the progress of the image as it develops right on your smartphone or tablet. Live Bulb and Live Time: Easily capture moving trails of light for light painting images. 4K Time-Lapse: Capture up to 999 images automatically at an interval of one image every five seconds. The camera will then combine the images into a high-resolution, 4K file, all in-camera, without the need for additional software. Focus Bracketing: With a touch of the shutter button, multiple shots are taken with slightly different focus depths. Useful for those who shoot macro photography, users can select the image with the focus where they prefer. By using image-editing software that offers an image stacking function, users can produce images with large depth of field even while using wider apertures. Keystone Compensation: Perspective distortion can be corrected in-camera, live, while shooting, with the ability to see your corrected adjustments as you shoot.
Two accessories are worth mentioning: External Grip is a removable grip exclusively for use with the OM-D E-M10 Mark II that enhances the hold and premium feel of the camera. With a one-touch release lever on the bottom of the grip, users can smoothly exchange the battery and memory card without missing a beat. There’s also a genuine leather strap, treated with water repellent to protect against water damage.
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II will be available beginning in early September in the following configurations: body only, available in black or silver, estimated street price of $749.99; body with M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42 mm f3.5-5.6 EZ lens, $899.99. The grip and strap will also be available, $59.99 and $79.99, respectively.