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The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a tough, compact and lightweight 16 megapixel Interchangeable Lens Camera and is the successor to the award winning OM-D E-M5. The E-M5 Mark II boasts the world’s most powerful IS 5-axis in-body Image Stabilization system (as of December 2014) for blur-free video and still shooting without a tripod. It's equivalent to 5 steps faster shutter speed - that translates to startling low-light image quality. The Olympus E-M5 also includes a 40 megapixel, high-res composite shot function for incredible still images.
A new OM-D Movie Mode offers multiple video frame rates and Full HD video up to 77 Mbps while an ergonomic, user friendly design makes the E-M5 Mark II simple to use. With a 3-inch vari-angle LCD touchscreen and large electronic viewfinder, you'll get a crystal-clear view of any shooting situation. The built-in Wi-Fi enables remote shooting and easy sharing of your images via a smartphone.
Unique 5-axis Image Stabilisation (IS) system
The Olympus E-M5 Mark II features the world’s most powerful 5-axis Image Stabilisation system. The new, evolved eliminates camera-shake in all five planes of movement, achieving the equivalent of 5 EV steps faster shutter speed. Plus, it’s built into the body of the camera, so it works with any lens. Even in low-light conditions and with a telephoto lens, 5-axis IS ensures the E-M5 shoots blur-free. That goes for video and stills.
Solid, Ergonomic design
The magnesium alloy housing feels reassuringly solid and stable whilst being compact & lightweight. The E-M5 is dustproof splash- and freezeproof so it's ideal for the outdoors.
The OM-D E-M5 Mark II comes with intelligently laid-out controls that simplify access to the vast array of options. That means attention to design details, both large and small. For instance, the Fn buttons on the top of the E-M5 Mark II and the function dial that protrudes slightly higher than usual.
In OM-D Movie Mode, the Mark II records at high bitrates up to 77 Mbps, and offers a wide variety of 1080 Full HD formats to match your frame rate of choice – 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p or the classic 24p preferred by many narrative filmmakers. Focusing during video capture is straightforward, via a 3-inch touch-sensitive, vari-angle LCD screen.
Vari-angle touchscreen display & EVF
When you’re shooting from awkward angles, this 1.04 million-dot vari-angle display can swivel and tilt to ensure a bright and clear view of any scene. Equally advantageous is the large, bright, 2.36 million-dot Electronic Viewfinder that automatically switches on when it detects your eye. It reveals a clearly laid-out menu of key settings than can be adjusted before you release the shutter.
40 Megapixel stills
Another advantage of Olympus’ ultra-precise 5-axis stabilisation system is the potential to capture extremely high-resolution still images that exceed the normal capacity of its 16-Megapixel LIVE MOS sensor. By moving the sensor by 0.5 pixel steps between each shot and merging eight single exposures into one, the E-M5 Mark II delivers a 40-Megapixel image with breathtaking levels of detail and radiance. Little wonder OM-D is known for the best images Olympus cameras have ever created. Another key component in this spectacular visual performance is the processing engine. The E-M5 Mark II now uses the same TruePic VII processor as the top-of-the-range OM-D E-M1.
Effects and features
Although remarkably small and easy to handle, the E-M5 Mark II is packed with clever options that urge you to let your creativity off the leash. Live Composite, which combines several images in the camera, is ideal for passage-of-time shots that trace the movement of bright objects such as stars, fireworks or handheld light-painting devices. Alternatively, shoot burst sequences at 10fps and take advantage of a 1/16000 shutter speed. In-camera keystone compensation allows for correcting converging verticals in Live View, without the need for a shift lens or post-processing. With a host of art filters, you can add a layer of special effects while built-in WiFi means you can remote control the Mark II from a smartphone, then share and geotag the images on social media using Olympus OI.Share – an invaluable facility in a variety of shooting situations. These are just a few highlights from a long list of enhancements that make the next-gen E-M5 one of the most versatile and ergonomically sophisticated cameras in the category.
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