Olympus has announced a new flagship D-SLR camera with the OM-D E-M5 Mark II.
The first-generation E-M5 gave ambitious photographers the ability to match D-SLR image quality on the fly – without the need for a tripod or other unnecessary bulk. Key to this was its lightweight, compact design and unique 5-axis Image Stabilisation (IS) system. Olympus has developed this system further for the E-M5 Mark II, which now boasts the world’s most powerful IS. The camera-shake compensation is equivalent to 5 steps faster shutter speed.
Thanks to the unrivalled IS and hardy, compact design, it’s now possible for the demanding filmmaker to capture handheld movies outdoors without carrying additional, bulky equipment – blur- and noise-free – irrespective of poor light. New OM-D Movie Mode offers multiple video frame rates and Full HD video up to 77 Mbps, while extra-finger-friendly controls that take storytelling potential to a new level.
By dispensing with the need for weighty stabilising equipment, the world-class IS system in the E-M5 Mark II gives budding filmmakers the green light to create cinematic video footage that easily holds its own next to the pristine still images that are the hallmark of the OM-D series. 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.
The latest addition to Olympus’ flagship range goes on sale in late February 2015 and costs £899.99 for the body only. Kits that include an interchangeable lens range in price from £1099.99 onwards. Like every new Olympus camera, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II comes with a free six-month warranty extension when registered via the MyOlympus online platform.
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