Just a few days ago, Olympus unveiled their new MFT camera, the Olympus E-M1 MK II. It is not only the Japanese company’s first foray into 4K video, it is also a technology milestone in terms of image stabilization and pro video features.
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 MK II
Please make sure to read Graham’s article for a good overview of this new camera. As a reminder, here are the specifications:
New 20 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor
4K UHD Video up to 30fps (3840×2160) and Cinema 4K up to 24fps (4096×2160)
3.0 Articulating Touch Monitor
121 Point Dual Auto Focus
5-Axis Image Stabilization
Dual SD Card Slot (UHS II Compatible)
Weatherproofing: dust, splash and freeze-proof
Weight: 1.3 pounds.
One of the real achievements of this newly developed camera is the implemented image stabilization. As Janne Amunet puts it:
It really gives new possibilities in terms of moving the camera without having a huge production budget.
And that’s really it! The quality of stabilization that the Olympus E-M1 Mark II can achieve seems to be quite impressive, and can be even further improved when used alongside an Olympus lens with image stabilization. In a scenario like this, the result of both camera and lens add up to almost gimbal-like performance.
The other buzzword surrounding this camera is, of course, 4K. It’s a first for Olympus, but it’s good to see other manufacturers adopting more and more camera systems to choose from. The Olympus E-M1 MK II caters the micro four thirds system, just like the Panasonic GH4.
When shooting in (cinema) 4K, this camera is capable of a datarate of 237 MBits, which is a really impressive amount of data for such a small camera package.
Pricing and availability
Unfortunately there is no word on pricing yet, but the camera should still hit the market before 2017, probably looking at around December time.