Olympus has officially unveiled the OM-D E-M10 Mark II as a successor to the E-M10 in order to offer a few design and specification improvements.
This is the first time Olympus has introduced two OM-D-series cameras in the same year. The E-M5 Mark II became official earlier in 2015 and now the E-M10 Mark II has been revealed. This is a compact and lightweight camera that embraces a new and improved design, while offering few enhancements when compared to the specs list of its predecessor.
The Olympus E-M10 Mark II is here to deliver blur-free photos in a user-friendly package that will be welcomed by photographers and videographers alike.
Olympus introduces OM-D E-M10 Mark II with 5-axis image stabilization technology
Image quality is perhaps the most important thing in a camera. Olympus has decided to wage war on bad photos by adding a 5-axis image stabilization system into the OM-D E-M10 Mark II.
The 5-axis Voice Coil Motor technology is not as good as the one employed in the higher-end OM-D E-M5 Mark II, but it will still offer up to four f-stops of stabilization. Combined with a TruePic VII processor and 16-megapixel sensor, this technology will deliver blur-free photos as if they were shot from a tripod.
Users who want to get creative have access to numerous features, such as 14 Art Filters and five Photo Story patterns. Additionally, Live Composite, Live Bulb, and Live Time will allow users to play with the light.
The list continues with 4K Time-Lapse (which creates beautiful videos out of maximum 999 photos shot at a 5-second interval), Focus Bracketing (which shoots multiple photos with a distinct focus depth), and Keystone Compensation (which allows users to correct perspective distortion while taking photos).
New design to make Olympus E-M10 Mark II a joy to use
The design of the Mark II unit has suffered some changes when compared to the original unit. However, they are all for the better. While retaining the compact and lightweight body, the camera is now easier to use, the materials are more elegant, the grip is more comfortable, while the buttons and dials are simply better.
Olympus E-M10 Mark II will make sure that photographers will enjoy using it and will take advantage of its features, such as a continuous shooting mode up to 8.5fps and full HD video recording at 30fps.
The ISO sensitivity ranges between 200 and 25,600, while being expandable to ISO 100. A fully-electronic shutter mode is available in the camera and it supports a maximum shutter speed of 1/16000s.
You can control the focus system using the touchscreen while looking through the viewfinder
This mirrorless camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor employs a built-in OLED electronic viewfinder on the back with a 2.36-million-dot resolution as well as a 3-inch tilting LCD touchscreen with a 1.04-million-dot resolution.
The autofocus system has 81 focus points with AF Targeting Pad support. This is a new feature that allows users to touch the display and to adjust the position of the focus point while looking through the electronic viewfinder.
In low-light conditions, photographers can use the built-in flash as well as the external flash with an X sync speed of 1/250s. Another external accessory is the ECG-3 grip, which provides an even better hold and feel for users who are willing to pay about $60.
Olympus E-M10 Mark II’s release date is soon, price is affordable
Olympus E-M10 Mark II offers USB 2.0 and microHDMI ports along with built-in WiFi for remotely controlling the camera and for transferring files to a mobile device.
The OM-D E-M10 Mark II measures about 120 x 83 x 47mm / 4.72 x 3.27 x 1.85 inches, while weighing 390 grams / 13.76 ounces including the battery. The battery will offer up to 320 shots on a single charge.
This camera will become available in black and silver colors for a price of $649.99 at the beginning of September. A kit containing the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ lens will be released, too, for a price of $799.99.
Amazon is offering this Micro Four Thirds unit for pre-order at the aforementioned price and promises to ship it by the end of August, which is sooner than the official release date.