Center Valley, PA—The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a small, stylish, entry-level camera with in-body, 5-axis image stabilization, a 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor, a TruePic VII image processor and an all-new design with improved ergonomics.
The new model’s 5-axis voice coil motor (VCM) image stabilization was developed to offer a hassle-free solution to image blur caused by camera shake. With up to four shutter speed steps, it allows for longer exposures and lower ISOs for clear handheld shots and video. In addition to compensating for angular shake, the system corrects for rolling blur that affects low-light shooting and horizontal/vertical shift blur that can mar macro shots.
Its ultra-slim body incorporates the classic styling of Olympus OM-D cameras, plus machined metal dials and a leather, textured grip. A prominent thumb grip supports one-handed shooting, and the dial, button shape and layout were adjusted for users to easily operate the camera while looking through the electronic viewfinder (EVF).
The built-in, 2.36M-dot OLED EVF provides a 100% field of view and a magnification rate of 1.23x (35mm equivalent: 0.62x). For further shooting accuracy, a new AF targeting pad allows users to keep an eye on the viewfinder while tracing a thumb on the camera’s rear touch screen to adjust the focus point. The camera also offers a solution for shooters who are more accustomed to optical viewfinders; the simulated optical viewfinder (S-OVF) provides higher dynamic range, more in line with what’s visible to the naked eye.
In addition to a sequential shooting speed of 8.5 frames per sec, the camera is said to have a short shooting lag time, fast responsiveness and a quick start-up time. And video enthusiasts can take advantage of its 1080p Full HD video capability, intuitive touch interface, variable frame rate and a new clips feature, which records one-, two-, four- or eight-second clips. The clips can be merged into a final video in-camera and uploaded to social platforms using the Olympus OI.Share app.
Other features include: 14 in-camera art filters that can be combined with art effects for images and video; photo story, with five patterns, that combines multiple photos into a single image to express the user’s story about a moment in time; live composite, which extracts and composites the brightest areas from multiple, sequentially shots to capture light displays; live bulb, which captures moving trails of light; live time mode for light painting images; 4K time-lapse, which takes up to 999 images automatically that are combined into a 4K file in-camera; and keystone compensation of perspective distortion.
Additionally, using focus bracketing, with a touch of the shutter button multiple shots are taken with slightly different focus depths. Useful for those who shoot macro photography, users can select the image with the focus they prefer. By using image-editing software employing an image stacking function, they can produce images with large depth of field, even while using wider apertures.
Olympus also announced accessories for the E-M10 Mark II: a leather strap (CSS-S119L, $79.99) and external grip ECG-3 ($59.99), a removable grip that enhances the hold and feel of the camera. With a one-touch release lever on the bottom of the grip, users can smoothly exchange the battery and memory card.
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is available body only, in black or silver, for $649.99; or with an M.Zuiko Digital ED 14–42mm f/3.5–5.6 EZ lens for $799.99. olympusamerica.com