PRE­VIEW OLYM­PUS OM-D E-M1 MARK II

The much-awaited new OM-D mir­ror­less flag­ship is launch­ing now – so let’s take a quick guided tour of what’s on of­fer from Olym­pus’s E-M1 Mark II.

Camera - - CONTENTS - BY PAUL BUR­ROWS

To whet your ap­petite for our full re­view, here’s a quick guided tour of Olym­pus’s new OM-D pow­er­house, in­tro­duc­ing all the new features.

NEW BODYSHELL:

Mag­ne­sium al­loy covers, sealed against dust and mois­ture and in­su­lated to al­low shoot­ing in tem­per­a­tures down to -10 degrees Cel­sius. New styling with bet­ter-shaped hand­grip. Marginally big­ger and heav­ier than the pre­vi­ous model.

EVF:

0.74x mag­ni­fi­ca­tion (35mm equiv­a­lent) and 120 fps re­fresh rate, with a lag time of just five mil­lisec­onds so there’s vir­tu­ally no de­lay.

DUAL MEM­ORY CARD SLOTS:

For SD, SDHC and SDXC cards. Slot 1 sup­ports UHS-II/UHS-I speed and slot 2 sup­ports UHS-I. Four modes for man­ag­ing files, in­clud­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ous writ­ing to both cards.

HIGHER CA­PAC­ITY BAT­TERY:

New 1720 mAh BLH-1 bat­tery pack has around 37 per­cent more ca­pac­ity than pre­vi­ous BLN-1. New charger is 50 per­cent faster than pre­vi­ously too.

HIGH RES SHOT:

Eight­frame cap­ture with half­pixel shift­ing gives ul­tra­high res­o­lu­tion files – 50 megapix­els for JPEGs, 80 megapix­els with RAW cap­ture. A 25 MP set­ting is also avail­able for JPEG cap­ture.

FO­CUS STACK­ING:

Fo­cus Stack­ing mode cap­tures eight frames at dif­fer­ent fo­cus­ing points and then com­bines them in-cam­era to cre­ate an im­age that is en­tirely in fo­cus. Fo­cus Brack­et­ing mode cap­tures up to 999 frames with dif­fer­ent fo­cus­ing points from which a frame with the op­ti­mum fo­cus­ing point can be se­lected.

PRO CAP­TURE MODE:

Cap­ture com­mences when the shut­ter re­lease is still at its half-way po­si­tion for up to 14 frames, with the set fps op­er­at­ing upon full re­lease… up to 18 fps with the fo­cal plane shut­ter, up to 60 fps with the sen­sor shut­ter.

NEW SEN­SOR:

21.8 megapix­els (to­tal) Live MOS delivers 20.8 MP ef­fec­tive res­o­lu­tion and a sen­si­tiv­ity range equiv­a­lent to ISO 200 to 25,600. ISO 64 set­ting also avail­able. No op­ti­cal low-pass fil­ter (cam­era em­ploys moiré cor­rec­tion pro­cess­ing).

NEW SHUT­TER:

Dura­bil­ity in­creased to 200,000 cy­cles. A float­ing shut­ter de­sign min­imises vi­bra­tions trans­mit­ted to the cam­era body. Speed range is 60-1/8000 sec­ond with flash sync up to 1/250 sec­ond.

SEN­SOR SHUT­TER:

A.k.a. elec­tronic first cur­tain shut­ter. Delivers both ex­tra speed, silent op­er­a­tion and an ‘An­tiShock Mode’. Al­lows for con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing at up to 60 fps at full res­o­lu­tion. Speed range is 60-1/32,000 sec­ond. Re­lease de­lay timer can be set for up to 30 sec­onds to elim­i­nate any vi­bra­tions.

UP­GRADED IS:

Sen­sor-shift sta­bil­i­sa­tion with cor­rec­tion across five axes and for up to 5.5 stops. Up to 6.5 stops when com­bined with op­ti­cal IS in lenses. Com­bines with elec­tronic sta­bil­i­sa­tion in ‘OM-D Movie’ mode to pro­vide ex­tra smoothness when shoot­ing video, in­clud­ing 4K.

NEW PRO­CES­SOR:

Dual quad-core de­sign ‘TruePic VII’ pro­ces­sor drives faster con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing and 4K video plus features such as ‘High Res Shot’ pix­elshift multi-shot cap­ture. One CPU de­voted to AF op­er­a­tions, the other to im­age pro­cess­ing.

FASTER SHOOT­ING:

Up to 15 fps with the fo­cal plane shut­ter, but up to 18 fps with the sen­sor shut­ter and with con­tin­u­ous AF/AE ad­just­ment. Up to 60 fps with the AF locked to the first frame.

EX­TRAS: Lots of them – multi-shot HDR cap­ture, in­ter­val­ome­ter, mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure fa­cil­ity, auto brack­et­ing (for ex­po­sure, ISO, white bal­ance, flash, ‘Art Fil­ter’ ef­fects, and fo­cus), ‘Colour Cre­ator’ func­tion, High­light/Shadow con­trol, ‘Key­stone Com­pen­sa­tion’, builtin WiFi with QR code set-up, and teth­ered shoot­ing (via USB ca­ble).

4K VIDEO: Records in the pro-friendly Cin­ema 4K res­o­lu­tion of 4096x2160 pix­els at 24 fps and at a bit-rate of 237 Mbps. Alternatively, UHD 4K record­ing at 3840x2160 pix­els and 25 or 24 fps (102 Mbps). New Flat ‘Pic­ture Mode’ op­ti­mises dy­namic range for eas­ier colour grad­ing in post-pro­duc­tion.

NEW AF SYS­TEM: ‘Dual Fast AF’ uses 121 phase-dif­fer­ence de­tec­tion points – all cross-type ar­rays – and 121 for con­trast de­tec­tion. New con­trol al­go­rithm. En­hanced sub­ject track­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, new lim­iter func­tion and new five-point ‘AF Tar­get’ mode.

CON­NEC­TIONS: A stereo au­dio out­put (for head­phones) joins the au­dio in­put (both 3.5 mm mini­jack ter­mi­nals), USB 3.0 (Type C), mi­cro HDMI and a wired re­mote con­troller. The hot­shoe is sup­ple­mented by a PC ter­mi­nal.

MON­I­TOR: Now ad­justable for swing as well as tilt. LCD panel with a res­o­lu­tion of 1.037 megadots and touch con­trols. Ad­justable for bright­ness and colour bal­ance.

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