Olympus Announcements: OM-D E-M5 Mark II With 5-Axis Stabilization And 40MP Mode, And More

Feb 5, 2015

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Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Olympus Announcements: OM-D E-M5 Mark II With 5-Axis Stabilization And 40MP Mode, And More

Feb 5, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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It’s been rumored for a while, but the new Olympus mirrorless camera has now been officially announced. Also announced were the M.Zuiko ED 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 II zoom lens and the Stylus Tough TG-860.

Beefing up its video capabilities and offering a 40MP sensor-shift mode, the new E-M5 MKII will cost $1099. All three items are currently available for pre-order.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera

With all due respect to the new video capabilities (FHD@60p) and the built in wi-fi, it’s the new 5-axis image stabilization that we have been waiting to see. We’ve seen how Sony’s 5-axis image stabilization works, but Olympus claims to have an even better system. It will be interesting to see how well this technology holds up.

Another significant feature is the camera’s ability to produce a 40MP file from its 16MP sensor, somewhat similar to Hasselblad’s Multi-Shot cameras. This is accomplished by stitching 8 sequential photos that are taken during a 1-second period though, so don’t expect to be using it on the go.

  • 16MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VII Image Processor
  • 2360k-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0″ Tilting OLED Monitor
  • Full HD 1080i Video
  • 40MP High Res Shot
  • Built-In WiFi
  • 5-Axis VCM Image Stabilization
  • 10 Frames Per Second
  • Dustproof and Splash-Proof Construction

Available for pre-order in black or silver – $1099.99

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Reviews of the E-M5 II are already starting to show up online, like this one by TheCameraStoreTV

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Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II Lens

  • For Micro Four Thirds Cameras
  • Equivalent to 28-300mm in 35mm Format
  • Dust and Splashproof
  • ZERO Lens Coating
  • ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass Elements
  • 58mm Filter Size

Available for pre-order – $599.99

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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 Digital Camera

  • Waterproof to 50′, Crushproof to 220 lb
  • Shockproof to 7′, Coldproof to 14°F
  • 16MP 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS Sensor; TruePic VII
  • 5x Optical Zoom f/3.5-5.7 Lens
  • 21-105mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.0″ 180° Flip LCD Display
  • Full HD 1080 Video at 60 and 30 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Super Macro Mode
  • Customizable Front Shutter Button

Available for pre-order in black, orange or white – $279.99

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3 responses to “Olympus Announcements: OM-D E-M5 Mark II With 5-Axis Stabilization And 40MP Mode, And More”

  1. mike Avatar
    mike

    I looked up what the “sensor shift” means. I wouldn’t call it 40MP, but it looks like what us astrophotography guys do to boost noise reduction: dithering. Take a few shorts together with the pixels shifted each frame, and it can cancel out hot pixel noise on the sensor. Something Olympus cameras really need. I wonder if it will be a boon for low light performance.

    1. Dave Haynie Avatar
      Dave Haynie

      They do pretty much get a 40Mp result. This new system has fine enough control to accurately shift by 1/2 pixel. That’s very different than averaging over samples to reduce noise (a function already built in on some cameras). In that case — not actually dithering in the mathematics sense — there’s no need for pixel shifting. Noise is random, signal is not. So averaging multiple captures of the same image over time cancels out the noise and reinforces the signal.

      Given that they’re doing eight shots and getting more than just a doubling of effective resolution, I do wonder what they’re doing, exactly. But it can be very effective… Hasselblad’s been doing this in some of their cameras since 2011. They also have a mode that does four shots with one pixel offset, to stack RGB capture per sensor abd eliminate resolution and color issues due to the Bayer color matrix.

  2. oly Avatar
    oly

    interlaced video? seriously? Olympus, come on, nobody’s using that, like, ever!