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Shot entirely with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. Many of the motion tracking shots for this were also shot using the new DEFY G2 Gimbal with the E-M5 Mark II mounted up. For full details on the hows and whys and for camera original files go to http://johnbrawley.wordpress.com
Olympus Imaging Corporation (President: Haruo Ogawa) have announced the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, scheduled to be released and on dealers shelves by the end of February, 2015. This Compact System Camera conforms to the Micro Four Thirds System standard, and is equipped with a 5-axis image stabilization that boasts compensation performance equivalent to 5 shutter speed steps*1.
The OM-D E-M5 Mark II is the successor model to the OM-D E-M5 which packs excellent SLR image quality and shooting style, and the world’s first*2 5-axis image stabilization into a compact and lightweight body, exploring the new world of Compact System Cameras as the model that enables users to fully immerse themselves in shooting without taking their eye away from the viewfinder. The advanced, powerful, in-body image stabilization system achieving compensation performance of 5 shutter speed steps, and the dustproof and splashproof, compact, lightweight body, and lens systems providing excellent mobility, both ensure the top-class image quality for still images and movies in any environment taken hand-held with interchangeable lens camera.
- Powerful in-body 5-axis VCM image stabilization system of shutter speed steps of compensation*1
- Compact, Dustproof and Splashproof camera body and lens system
- OM-D Movie that provides cinema-quality movies in hand-held shooting
Pricing and Launch Date
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|OM-D E-M5 Mark II body (Black/Silver)||$1,100USD||End of February,|
|OM-D E-M5 Mark II 14-150mm II lens kit|
+ M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II*3
|OM-D E-M5 Mark II 12-50mm EZ lens kit|
+ M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ*3
|*1||Based on CIPA standards.|
|*2||As of announcement date, February 8, 2012|
|*3||Lens color is black|
Main Features Details
1. Powerful in-body 5-axis VCM image stabilization system of 5 shutter speed steps of compensation*1
The powerful 5-axis VCM image stabilization is even more advanced than ever before. The E-M5 Mark II provides the most powerful compensation performance, equivalent to 5 shutter speed steps*1. Users can enjoy hand-held shooting without worrying about camera shake in low light places or during telephoto photography. It powerfully compensates for camera roll, which cannot be corrected with in-lens stabilization, and helps users capture blur-free photos even with dim-light and slow shutter speeds. It also provides the most powerful horizontal/vertical shift compensation, assuring stable hand-held macro shooting. This feature also prevents image shake in the viewfinder for stable framing, no matter what lenses you use.
The Zuiko lens produced by Olympus optical technology, the 16M Live MOS sensor bringing out the best in Zuiko image performance and providing rich tonal reproductions as well as high-sensitivity performance, the TruePic VII image processor drawing out the full power of the lens and sensor, and the in-body image stabilization mechanism effective for all lenses. A fusion of traditional optical technology and advanced image processing technology, coupled with the excellent image stabilization produces top-class OM-D image quality among interchangeable lens cameras.
2. Compact, dustproof and splashproof camera body and lens system
1) Premium body design with distinct presence
Body colors are available in a luxurious black with texture casting, and a bright, gorgeous silver. High-precision, high-quality textures are applied with machined metal dials, knurling, spin patterns, and diamond cutting. The viewfinder, an important design point for the OM-series, features a delta shape for a more bold housing. By lowering the center of gravity in the body (top part of the camera shape as seen from the front), a sense of power and stability are lent to the design, maximizing its presence as an authentic camera. An unconstrained and powerful form evokes a design with distinct presence.
2) Excellent controls and performance
Excellent controls and performance have been packed into a compact body. The shape and materials chosen to keep the body easy to grip, solid grip, easy to press customizable 6 Fn buttons, large, easy to rotate dials, and levers placed in a layout that is easy to operate while looking through the viewfinder. This model is also equipped with a vari-angle LCD screen, making it possible to shoot in a variety of situations, including low angle shots taken while holding the camera vertically.
3) Compact, dustproof and splashproof camera body
Even with the vari-angle LCD, this model has the same compact, lightweight body as the OM-D E-M5. In addition to top-class splashproof performance among interchangeable lens cameras that makes shooting possible even in the rain, this model is freezeproof up to -10°C. These features make it possible to focus on shooting even under difficult conditions with minimum equipment.
4) Dustproof and splashproof lens system
The new M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II has been added to the lineup of dustproof and splashproof, high image quality, compact lens system (refer to the separate news release for details). There is also the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ, an electronic standard zoom lens perfect for movie recording, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO, a fast, high-performance standard zoom lens, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro, perfect for nature macro photography, and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO, a fast, high-performance telephoto zoom lens. These 5 dustproof and splashproof lenses cover a wide variety of scenes, expanding the boundaries of photography.
3. OM-D Movie that provides cinema-quality movies in hand-held shooting
OM-D Movie is a movie solution that provides cinema-quality movies in hand-held shooting. The powerful in-body 5-axis image stabilization system and compact, lightweight body and lens system provides stable movie recording even without a tripod, more dramatic scene recording with active camerawork, and the possibility of capturing natural expressions without intimidating subjects.
1) Top-class movie performance among interchangeable lens cameras
This model supports a 60p high frame rate and a 50Mbps high bit rate*4. Control for movie AF and AE has been reworked for smooth, high-resolution, Full HD movie quality. To compensate for image instability, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II in-body 5-axis image stabilization system uses a VCM driver, which floats the image sensor with magnetic force. This construction makes it possible to shoot smooth, hand-held movies without a movie tripod, mini-jib, rails, or other specialized equipment. The image quality resolution and smoothness, AF performance, AE performance, and image stabilization performance are all at top-class level among interchangeable lens cameras.
2) Advanced movie features for professional level movie making
Equipped with Multi Frame Rate, High Bit Rate, ALL-Intra shooting, and able to set time codes, professional level movie editing is possible. The Live View screen can be displayed on an external monitor via the HDMI output, making it possible to check images on a large monitor while shooting. Focus Peaking is now available in 4 colors (black, white, red and yellow), and the intensity can be selected from low, normal and high, making focusing easier when shooting. Settings such as exposure compensation, aperture, shutter speed, and microphone sensitivity can also be changed using touch operations while recording a movie. Audio can also be recorded using an Olympus IC recorder equipped with linear PCM recording connected to the microphone jack for optimal audio levels and high quality audio recording. Because power supply settings to the external microphone can be turned on and off, users can use a high-end condenser microphone or dynamic microphone with a power supply. Camera grip HLD-8G (sold separately) with a headphone jack can be used to listen to recorded audio while shooting. This expandability supports a variety of shooting situations for professional level movies making.
3) Variety of movie enhancement features
3)-1 Clips function lets you record short movie clips as easily as taking snapshots
You can use the new Clips function to easily create movies with a variety of scene changes. Simply press the movie button once as if taking a snapshot to capture short movies at the preset time*5. Movies shot as Clips are automatically saved to My Clips*6. Users can add effects and background music*7 using the camera and export as a movie file to create a single movie*8. Artistic movies for showing to others can easily be created without editing on the computer.
3)-2 Art Filter Movie and Art Effects
All Art Filters are available when shooting movies. Partial Color lets you capture movies like a scene from a film, and Vintage movie lets you produce an emotional atmosphere in movies without editing. Four different Art Effects, including Art Fade, which makes changes in Art Filter movies more interesting, and Old Film, which gives movies a film-like effect, expand the possibilities of movie expression.
1. 40M High Res. Shot produces resolution that goes beyond full-frame DSLR cameras
8 images are captured with 16-megapixel image information while moving the sensor by 0.5 pixel steps between each shot. The data from the 8 shots are then combined to produce a single, super-high resolution image, equivalent to the one captured with a 40-megapixel image sensor. This feature is perfect for capturing fine arts and landscapes, and other scenes where high-resolution photos are required. It maximizes the resolution of Zuiko PRO and Premium lenses, making image quality possible that surpasses that of full-frame DSLR cameras.
2. 2.36 million dot, super large, high-definition EVF
This large, bright, easy to use viewfinder has a field of view of approximately 100%, and a viewfinder magnification of 1.48x. Equipped with Adaptive Brightness Technology which automatically adjusts the backlight brightness in accordance with environmental lighting, the new LV Boost II*9 convenient for shooting stars, and Creative Control for complete freedom of control over color, tone, focus, and aspect ratio, comfortable shooting using viewfinder is possible.
3. Improved sequential shooting performance
RAW sequential shooting is now possible at 5 fps (Sequential L) until the card is full*10. Number of frames will not drop and shooting no longer stops due to sequential shooting time. Additionally, C-AF tracking sequential shooting performance is improved to 5 fps. When using Group Target AF, tracking sequential shooting is possible with the focus on a moving subject within a field of view.
4. High-performance shutter with various modes for different scenes
This model is equipped with a high-speed 1/8000 sec shutter usually only included on high-end interchangeable lens cameras. It achieves the shortest release time lag of 0.044 seconds among same-class cameras with mechanical shutters. Anti-Shock mode (electronic first curtain shutter*11) that reduces shutter shock is now compatible with sequential shooting, and Silent mode*12 (electronic shutter) for shooting in environments in which silence is required is included. All these allow users to use high-performance shutter according to the type of scene.
5. Built-in Wi-Fi for easy operation on Olympus Image Share
Smartphone connection and image sharing is now easier with built-in Wi-Fi. Simply scan a QR code to complete initial connection settings. Users can then transfer images, add geotags, and apply Art Filters. A smartphone can also be used to remotely control the camera for wireless shooting in a variety of scenes.
6. Functions that go beyond flagship models
This model is equipped with a variety of functions also available on the flagship model, the OM-D E-M1 v2.0. These include such functions as keystone compensation for trapezoidal correction in Live View, Olympus Capture for controlling the camera from a computer, Live Composite for shooting star trails while checking the results in Live View.
|*5||Can be set from 1, 2, 4, 8 seconds.|
|*6||Up to 99 Clips can be created (up to 15 minutes, 4 GB for each My Clips)|
|*7||Other background music must be downloaded and installed in the camera from a dedicated website: http://support.olympus-imaging.com/bgmdownload/index.ja.html|
|*8||Movies can be added and deleted, and the order can be changed for each My Clips.|
|*9||Approximately 5 steps brighter than OM-D E-M5 LV Boost|
|*10||When using TOSHIBA UHS-II card|
|*11||Automatically switches to the mechanical shutter at high shutter speeds of 1/320 sec and above|
|*12||Disables all shutter sound and all electronic sounds (AF focus sound, etc.)|
1. Bundled flash, FL-LM3
A new dustproof and splashproof flash is bundled with this camera. It is movable 90° upward and 180° horizontally, capable of bounce shooting. It has GN 9.1 (ISO 100), and supports wireless flash control.
Bundled flash FL-LM3
+ OM-D E-M5 Mark II body (Black)
+ M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II
2. Power Battery Holder, HLD-8
This is a dustproof and splashproof power battery holder for exclusive use with the OM-D E-M5 Mark II, that enhances both camera grip and power supply. Because the grip (HLD-8G) and battery holder (HLD-6P) can be separated, the grip can be used alone when necessary. The HLD-8G is equipped with a headphone jack for recording movies while listening to recorded audio. The HLD-6P battery holder is the same as the HLD-6 for exclusive use with the OM-D E-M5.
Power Battery Holder HLD-8
(HLD-8G + HLD-6P)
3. External Dot Sight, EE-1
This is an external dot sight for super-telephoto shooting. It features a slide lever style opening mechanism, and a splashproof construction for use in any environment. Because a coin battery is used, it can be used if hot shoe is available. The reticle brightness and position is adjustable making framing easier when shooting far-away subjects.
External Dot Sight EE-1 (close-open, front/back)
4. External Grip, ECG-2
This is a metal external grip for a secure hold on the camera. Batteries can be replaced even when it is attached to the camera, and can be attached to and removed from the tripod with a single touch. Quick shoe compatible rail is equipped on the bottom of the camera and can be connected to a compatible camera platform.
External Grip ECG-2
5. Large Eyecup, EP-16
This is a replaceable large eyecup. It blocks external light, such as sunlight, making the viewfinder easier to use. By using materials with elastic properties the eye cup fits all eyes, regardless of whether the user is wearing glasses or not, making support from the eye and both arms possible while shooting. This makes shooting more stable, and reduces the likelihood of blurring.
Large Eyecup, EP-16
6. Leather Cover and Body Jacket, CS-46 FBC
The CS-36 FBC full cover case, popular with the OM-D E-M5, has been redesigned to fit the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. Consisting of two separate parts including a body jacket and removable front cover, the camera can be used with the body jacket only as well. The front cover can be opened and closed even with the large eyecup EP-16 attached. The vari-angle LCD screen and a tripod can be used, and the connector covers and card cover can be opened and closed even with the body jacket attached. Strong, split leather is used for the surface, available in standard black and classic brown.
Leather Front and Body Case
7. Dedicated Underwater Case, PT-EP13
This is an underwater case*13 designed specifically for authentic underwater photography with the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. It is equipped with a pick-up viewfinder with a pressure resistant to a water depth of 45m, so the electronic viewfinder can be used even under water. The FL-LM3 flash included with the OM-D E-M5 Mark II can also be used with this case for easy underwater flash photography. With its large port, a variety of lenses*14 can be used for enjoying underwater photography.
Dedicated Underwater Case PT-EP13
|*13||Supported lenses: M.Zuiko Digital14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II, M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II R, M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6, M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f1.8, M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f1.8, M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro, and M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ|
|*14||Support planned with lens port exchange service for changing lenses|
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