OLYMPUS GETS ON THE MOVE
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.