Herald Sun - Switched On - - GADGETS - / JDN

Olym­pus is best known for its still photography but the com­pany is set to switch fo­cus to video in its new­est cam­era.

The E-M5 Mark II (above) will not just re­place the firm’s first OM-D cam­era but will de­liver a host of new ad­di­tions tar­geted at film en­thu­si­asts.

Olym­pus spokesman Quet­tfenn Lai says the big­gest ad­di­tion to the new cam­era is a fresh take on its five-axis im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, with the new cam­era body of­fer­ing five shut­ter speed steps of sta­bil­i­sa­tion to elim­i­nate bumpy, Blair Witch- style footage.

The re­sult­ing hand­held record­ing will be sim­i­lar to footage shot us­ing a Steadicam rig, Lai says, com­pen­sat­ing for pitch, yaw, roll, kern­ing and turn­ing move­ments.

The sec­ond E-M5 cam­era will also al­low users to change full high-def­i­ni­tion video frame rates for the first time, choos­ing to cap­ture 24, 25, 30, 50 or 65 frames per sec­ond.

Un­like some of its peers, how­ever, Olym­pus’ new cam­era will not fea­ture 4K video cap­ture.

Other ad­di­tions in­clude a splash, dust and freeze-proof body with a lower cen­tre of grav­ity, an in­cluded flash ac­ces­sory, and the abil­ity to shoot 40-megapixel images by shift­ing its 16-megapixel sen­sor.

The E-M5 Mark II is ex­pected to ar­rive in early March.

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