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Olympus OM-D E-M10 mark II camera

introduction

  • introduced in Aug 2015 as an update to the Olympus OM-D E-M10 camera adding:
    • 4EV 5 axis image stabiliser instead of 3-axis
    • electronic shutter mode for silent shooting to 1/16,000th sec
      • “the silent 'Sequential' mode is truly silent, even when shooting at the camera's maximum frame-rate”1)
    • 8.5fps instead of 8fps
    • 2.36Mdot OLED EVF (as with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II) instead of 1.44Mdot LCD
    • larger EVF view at 0.62x instead of 0.58x but not as good as the 0.74x on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
    • new AF targeting pad (same as Panasonic's Touchpad AF)
      • allows one to use a finger on the LCD screen to set AF point while looking through the EVF
    • 60p 1080 HD video not just 30p
    • new 4K 5fps time lapse video mode
    • new Simulated OVF (optical viewfinder)
      • increases the dynamic range of the scene so it looks more like what you're actually seeing in reality, rather what the photo will actually look like when the exposure and white balance are adjusted.
    • the new 5 pin Olympus OM-D E-M5 II hotshoe (5th pin provides battery power to certain flash units)
    • controls changed to a cut down version of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and the main dials on the top right are now tiered for improved ergonomics and aesthetics
  • it's compact size, low price, high image quality and versatility means it is a great choice for the street photographer, travel photographer and for the family
  • $US649 body only RRP

specs

most of the features of the E-M5 II

  • compact size just a touch smaller and lighter than the E-M5 II:
    • 390 g
    • 120 x 83 x 47mm
  • 16mp Live-MOS sensor which gives high image quality even at ISO 1600
  • 81 pt CDAF
  • TruePic VII image processing
  • very nice built-in 2.36M EVF
  • touch screen is tiltable but not swivel/rotating
  • LCD has 'Adaptive Brightness' viewfinder technology (same as in the E-M1)
  • ergonomic customisable controls
  • shutter speed 60sec - 1/16,000th sec
  • new AF targeting pad
  • 60p 1080 HD video not just 30p
  • flash sync 1/250th sec
  • new 4K time lapse video mode
  • electronic shutter mode
  • Live BULB
  • multi-exposure mode
  • ART filters
  • one of the most comprehensive in-camera Raw re-processing systems
  • very fast AF for slow moving subjects but no phase detect AF for C-AF tracking of faster moving subjects
  • unique eye detect AF
  • manual focus assistance
    • automatic magnified view when rotate a system lens manual focus ring in MF mode
    • magnified view zoom x5/x7/x10/x14
    • image stabiliser can be turned on during magnified zoom via half-press shutter
    • focus peaking
  • similar menu system and user interface controls including my favourite: the Live Super Control Panel although to enable it, it is still buried deep in the menu system
  • auto HDR with JPEG output
  • mode dial function with possibility of assigning Mysets into mode dial
  • option for automatic lens IS priority for when using lenses with OIS
  • option for shorter release lag-time
  • multi function settings with color creator (as in the E-M1)
  • option for level in EVF when pressing shutter button half way
  • Live Composite Mode - allows visual gradual build up of image with multiple exposures as is used in astrophotography - this is similar to Live BULB mode but multiple exposures rather than just one long exposure
  • adds a cut-down version of the '2×2' control system which is used to great effect on the E-M1
  • intervalometer:
    • interval time 1 sec. - 24 Hours, max 999 frames
    • can make Time-lapse movie automatically
  • WiFi smartphone remote control

additional features

  • built-in flash GN 5.8m (100ISO) with master RC TTL flash capability
  • new AF targeting pad (same as Panasonic's Touchpad AF)
    • allows one to use a finger on the LCD screen to set one of the 800 AF points while looking through the EVF
  • new Simulated OVF (optical viewfinder)
    • increases the dynamic range of the scene so it looks more like what you're actually seeing in reality, rather what the photo will actually look like when the exposure and white balance are adjusted.
  • nice optional grip (ECG-3) a must have for using larger lenses, it also centres the tripod, and that is all I really need for the E-M5 so very happy with this compromise, and it is even better than the one on the E-M5 in that there is a quick release latch to get access to the battery compartment instead of having to unscrew the whole grip.

features downgraded or missing from the E-M5 II

  • no weatherproofing
  • 5 axis IS is only 4EV not 5EV rating
  • controls don't have the same high build quality feel or function but still very good
  • ports moved to right side
  • no mic port
  • no 40mp mode
  • burst rate 8.5fps not 10fps
  • smaller battery (same as PEN series): BLS-5 which is rated at 320 shots instead of 360 shots
  • both the battery and card are located in the same slot under the camera - making it less convenient for tripod work
  • no optional grip with extra battery holder

reviews

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