August 25, 2015

New E-M10 Mark II from Olympus Adds 1080p 60fps & 5-Axis Sensor Stabilization

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II MFT Mirrorless Camera
Back in February Olympus updated their Micro 4/3 E-M5 with a Mark II version, and now they've done the same with the less-expensive sibling, the $650 E-M10.

The E-M10 Mark II has been upgraded in a similar way to the E-M5 Mark II, getting full 5-axis sensor stabilization (with any lens, even with adapters), which has some pretty incredible abilities as far as keeping your shots steady. This is similar to the technology Sony is using with the a7RII. The E-M10 Mark II is also getting 1080p 60fps — and of course the very important 24p, and higher bitrates internally. Olympus has been very focused on the photo quality of their cameras, though now they're finally starting to see the potential with video. It's a welcome change, especially since the design harkens back to a time when cameras were built to last. 

Here's an overview of the camera:

And if you're not familiar, a video from Olympus on sensor stabilization:

And the specs for the OM-D E-M10 Mark II:

  • 16.1MP Micro 4/3 Sensor
  • TruePic VII Image Processor
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Tilting LCD Touchscreen
  • 1920 x 1080p / 29.97 fps / 25fps / 23.98 fps (77, 52, 30, & 18 Mbps)
  • 1920 x 1080p / 59.94 fps / 50 fps (52, 30, & 18 Mbps)
  • 1280 x 720p / 59.94 fps / 50 fps / 29.97 fps / 25 fps / 23.98 fps
  • 640 x 480p / 120 fps / 640 x 480p / 30 fps
  • 29 Minute Clip Length
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilization
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Up to 8.5 fps Shooting and ISO 25600
  • Silent Mode and 4K Time Lapse Shooting
  • Availability: September 2015
  • Price: $650 Body Only, $800 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6

Here is Mathieu Gasquet with a full review of the camera, where he compares it with the Mark I version, and also shows off some footage:

This camera also has an interesting 4K time lapse mode, which saves images into a 4K video file at 5fps:

You can order right now, and these should be shipping in September.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Front Angled
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Back

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FWIW, I shot a small project for a friend yesterday. I shot it with the EM5II and an old manual 55mm Canon f1.2 FD lens ($200ebay). The lens was mounted on the cheap Chinese speed booster ($100eBay).

Love the old glass so far, and it's radioactive! So that's cool.

Anyway, 95% is the EM5II handheld and that FD lens, with a few random shots from a 5D. Since you'd get the same IQ from the new EM10, might be good to compare if you're curious about these Oly cams.

Here it be @720 for your discriminating consideration. I feel like I'm getting decent value out of the speed booster old lens combo:

https://vimeo.com/137311259

August 25, 2015 at 9:10PM

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Oh, I really enjoyed that! Beautiful work, I love all the blues and how they compliment her skin. Also very well paced.

I was shooting on an OM-D E-M10 (mk I now I suppose) with my father's old Pentax screw mounts via speed booster, and I was really loving the results despite the camera not really being built for video.

August 29, 2015 at 5:57PM

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C Bowden
Director of Photography
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I wonder what that commercial was shot on...I want whatever that was!

August 27, 2015 at 4:51PM, Edited August 27, 4:51PM

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Christopher Evans
Video Artist
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Just another nail in the coffin for us Pentaxians....

K5 had Sensor Shift in video how long ago,... and then it's been disabled on every model since :(

August 27, 2015 at 11:41PM

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Stewart Fairweather
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Intriguing!

If it doesn't have moire or aliasing problems in video, then it should be my primary travel camera. Would need the pricier lenses though for photos.

September 3, 2015 at 11:34AM

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Chantal Lyndon
Casual photographer. Surgeon.
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