7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 MARK II
WITH CALLUM MCINERNEY-RILEY
1) It can take 40-million-pixel images
The E-M5 Mark II moves its 16-million-pixel sensor by half a pixel across four directions, taking a total of eight pictures and merging them using its TruePic VII processor. The result? An amazingly detailed 40-million-pixel raw or JPEG image.
2) Fully articulated touchscreen
As well as tilting the screen up and down, the E-M5 Mark II’s touchscreen LCD also swivels around. This makes it great for everything from moody low-angle shots right through to shooting pictures over crowds of people. You can even flip it round for the occasional selfie. Frankly, it would be rude not to.
3) It’s super-stable for handheld shooting
Olympus’s pioneering in-body 5-axis image stabilisation first appeared in the original E-M5, and for the Mark II version it’s been updated and refined to give even better results. This will allow you to shoot in low-light situations and avoid blurring at slower shutter speeds. Now promising 5 stops of stabilisation, it works with practically every lens you can put on the camera – so there’s no need to buy expensive optically stabilised ones. It now gives even smoother footage during video recording too.
4) Optional silent shutter
Olympus’s OM-D cameras have never exactly been loud, but the E-M5 Mark II can now shoot completely silently due to its new electronic shutter. For shooting some covert street photography or snapping that perfect spontaneous moment at a wedding, this feature is seriously useful. But with the electronic shutter you also get the Brucey Bonus of a 1/16,000sec shutter speed, allowing you to get a shallow depth of field even on the brightest of days.
5) It’s rugged and weather-sealed for outdoor use
The small size and light weight of the E-M5 Mark II make it ideal for the great outdoors, and it’s rugged to match. Its dust, splash and freezeproof body keeps going in bad weather, and is complemented by a range of weatherproof lenses, including the 12-50mm and 14-150mm zooms that are available as part of a kit. If you can handle the weather, so can the E-M5 Mark II.
6) Almost every control can be customised
Pretty much every single control on the camera can be customised to suit your needs and preferences. Want to change how the control dials work? No problem – just choose the combination of functions and dial direction that works best for you. There are also four customisable function buttons on the top-plate, and one on the front. You can even program your favourite combinations of settings onto the main mode dial.
The entire control layout has been revised and improved too, and now closely matches the top-of-the-range OM-D E-M1. Your camera, your way.
7) OM-D movie mode gives higher-quality video
The E-M5 Mark II gets an improved and updated movie mode, including higher bit rates for better-quality footage, and the ability to use an external recorder. Also, the in-body image stabilisation system gives exceptionally stable handheld footage.
The touchscreen can also be used to pull focus and change exposure settings during recording, so you won’t disrupt your soundtrack with clicking dials.
Too many other features to mention.
As befits a camera for serious photographers, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II is jam-packed full of other features to help you shoot. Olympus’s unique Live Bulb, Live Time, and Live Composite modes take away the guesswork from shooting long exposures. For action fans, there’s continuous shooting at 10 frames per second.
Oh, and the Micro Four Thirds lens mount accepts a massive range of lenses, which are much smaller and lighter than those for larger-format cameras. So not only will the E-M5 II help your photography, the chances are you won’t be needing physiotherapy on your shoulder any time soon.