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OLYM­PUS’S AC­TIV­I­TIES AT Pho­tok­ina were headed by the much-awaited re­veal­ing of its new OM-D mir­ror­less flag­ship, the E-M1 Mark II. While Olym­pus an­nounced the “de­vel­op­ment” of this cam­era, it is es­sen­tially ready to go and is slated to be launched in Ja­pan by year’s end af­ter four years of work. It re­tains a very com­pact weath­er­proofed mag­ne­sium al­loy bodyshell, but just about ev­ery­thing on the in­side has been up­graded. The head­line spec is con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing at a rapid-fire 18 fps with AF/ AE ad­just­ment and when us­ing the cam­era’s si­lent sen­sor-based shut­ter. If you’re happy with the fo­cus­ing be­ing locked to the first frame, you can shoot at up to 60 fps. Even with the cam­era’s ‘tra­di­tional’ fo­cal plane shut­ter, the max­i­mum con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing speed is still a snappy 15 fps.

The 20.4 megapix­els (ef­fec­tive) ‘Live MOS’ sen­sor in­cor­po­rates 121 phase-de­tec­tion fo­cus­ing points – all cross-type ar­rays – AF speed is now nearly three times faster than the pre­vi­ous model. Five-axis in­cam­era im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion gives up to 5.5 stops of cor­rec­tion (up to 6.5 stops with the new 12-100mm PRO zoom), and com­bines with elec­tronic sta­bil­i­sa­tion to en­able su­per­smooth hand-held shoot­ing even with 4K video. Yes, Olym­pus joins the 4K video club and the E-M1 II records in the Cinema 4K res­o­lu­tion of 4096x2060 pix­els at 25 or 24 fps, the lat­ter giv­ing a mas­sive bit rate of 237 Mbps. A new ‘Pic­ture Mode’ pre­set called Flat is pro­vided for ex­tend­ing the dy­namic range when shoot­ing video and al­low­ing for eas­ier grad­ing in post-pro­duc­tion. A 4:2:2 colour out­put for record­ing to an ex­ter­nal recorder is avail­able from the cam­era’s HDMI con­nec­tion. Olym­pus is now very se­ri­ous about the videography/cin­e­matog­ra­phy mar­ket as the new cam­era also gets time-lapse, time cod­ing, a fo­cus peak­ing dis­play and a ‘Slate Tone’ fa­cil­ity for sync­ing sound recorded sep­a­rately with the vi­sion. Olym­pus uses its sen­sor-shift im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion to de­liver a pix­elshift mode called High Res Shot which makes an eight-shot cap­ture to cre­ate 80 megapixel RAW files and 50 megapixel JPEGs. The cam­era’s lat­est-gen­er­a­tion ‘TruePic VIII’ quad-core pro­ces­sor can now process these eight frames to re­duce any blur­ring due to move­ment be­tween each cap­ture, en­abling High Res Shot to be used in a wider va­ri­ety of sit­u­a­tions. Also notable are new fo­cus stack­ing and fo­cus brack­et­ing modes sim­i­lar to what Pana­sonic is of­fer­ing on the G85. There’s a new ver­ti­cal bat­tery grip – the HLD-9 – and a pow­er­ful on-cam­era flash – the FL-900R – with a met­ric guide num­ber of 58 (at ISO 100). Olym­pus has added three new lenses to its M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal sys­tem. In ad­di­tion to the 12-100mm PRO se­ries zoom men­tioned ear­lier, there’s a 25mm f1.2 PRO fast prime (equiv­a­lent to 50mm) and a 30mm f3.5 Macro (equiv­a­lent to 60mm). The M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO is par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing as it’s equiv­a­lent to a 24-200mm zoom, but is still com­par­a­tively com­pact and has a fully weather-proofed con­struc­tion. Its op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion gives up to 6.5 stops of cor­rec­tion for cam­era shake when com­bined with the five-axis cor­rec­tion in the lat­est OM-D bod­ies. The min­i­mum fo­cus­ing dis­tance at 12mm is just 1.5 cen­time­tres, giv­ing a re­pro­duc­tion ra­tio of 1:6. For more Olym­pus news from Pho­tok­ina, visit­puspk or head to www.olym­

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