Olympus Announces E-M5 II, 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II, 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye, and E-M1 Firmware Update

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Olympus has announced the E-M5 II, which left with little surprise given the amount of “leaks” coming out during the past couple of weeks. While not featuring a new sensor, given that sensor tech has been slowed down a bit for the past two years, the camera features a number of new features and upgrades, with the headline-grabbing 40 megapixel/63 megapixel multi-shot mode that uses the sensor-shift stabiliser to do its magic being the key attention. There are also upgrades to video mode, which while still tops out at 1080p, now has selectable frame rates, from 24 FPS to 60 FPS, and much higher compression rates of up to 77 Mbps in intraframe compression and 51- Mbps in interframe compression. To aid with the more serious upgrade in video capabilities, there is also a built-in microphone jack. Unfortunately there is no headphone jack. Continue reading Olympus Announces E-M5 II, 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II, 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye, and E-M1 Firmware Update

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Olympus Adds the Affordable E-M10 to their OM-D lineup

Olympus OM-D E-M10 with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6
Olympus OM-D E-M10 with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6

 

Hot on Fujifilm’s heels, Olympus has announced the equally rumoured E-M10 to their OM-D lineup of Micro Four Third cameras. Touted as the “OM-D for all”, the E-M10 packs the features of the popular E-M5 and the recently released E-M1 into a more affordable package.

The E-M10 has a stylish and compact metal body featuring a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds Live MOS sensor, TruePic VII image processor, 3-axis image stabilisation based on the 5-axis ones on the E-M5 and E-M1, 81-point “FAST AF” system, up to 8fps continuous shooting, ISO up to 25,600 and finally, a pop-up flash.

The EVF has a resolution of 1.44 million dots with a 120fps refresh rate and a 100% field of view, and the 3″ tilting LCD features a 1.037 million dot touch-screen LCD. Like most other modern cameras, the E-M10 has built-in WiFi for image transfer. What’s absent from the E-M10 is the lack of weather sealing, something which will not bother most users.

Along with the new camera, Olympus has also released two new MFT lenses – The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ pancake zoom, and the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm f/1.8 portrait lens. The former measures just 0.9 inches thick and is currently the world’s slimmest standard zoom lens.

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M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm
f/3.5-5.6 EZ pancake zoom

Oylmpus 25mm f/18 portrait lens
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm f/1.8 portrait lens

Also announced is a 18mm f/8 fisheye bodycap lens, a quick-release grip, a macro convertor and an auto-opening lens cap.

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18mm f/8 fisheye body cap lens

The E-M10 bodies will be available from March for US$700 for the body alone, or US$800 with the M.ZUIKO 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R lens. No release dates were given for the lenses and accessories, but the new 14-42mm pancake will cost US$350, the 25mm portrait US$400, macro convertor US$70, quick release grip US$60 and the fisheye bodycap US$100.

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