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 Pre-Record Feature 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.Read more
Camera manufacturer Olympus announced the new OM-D E-M1 MK II camera today complete with a 4K 30p 20 megapixel sensor in a small “weatherproof” form factor. Details below. The new OM-D E-M1 MK II camera seems to be aimed at the adventure shooter group. With a small 1.3 pound body and weatherproofing that Olympus says will withstand dust, splashing and freezing, this is a camera that is meant to survive more than just those little “oops” moments. With the addition of the MK II, the OM-D E-M1 now includes 4K video recording options up to 30fps in 4K mode (3840 x 2160) and up to 24fps in Cinema 4K (4096×2160). Recording is available in .mov or .avi at a maximum bit rate of 237 Mbps. The 5-axis internal stabilization should also make for very steady handheld shooting. You can also internally shoot timelapses at 4K/5fps without a remote shutter trigger. Main Features of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 MK II at a Glance: New 20 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor 4K Video up to 30fps (3840×2160) and Cinema 4K upto 24fps (4096×2160) .MOV or .AVI Codec 3.0 Articulating Touch Monitor 121 Point Dual Auto Focus Pre-Record Feature 5-Axis Image Stabilization Dual SD Card Slot (UHS II Compatible) Weatherproofing: dust, splash and freezeproof Weight: 1.3 pounds. For stills shooters, Olympus has clearly prioritized auto focus features during the last two years of design and R&D work. This time around, Olympus promises very speedy 18 frames per second sequential shooting in RAW while in continuous AF mode. The “Pro Capture” feature is similar to other pre-record features we’ve seen on more video focused cameras, and Olympus promises you’ll be able to capture up-to 14 frames prior to fully pressing down the shutter button. The only feature that doesn’t seem quite in line with their adventurer focused design is the 3.0″ touch screen. Having a touch screen out in the wilderness seems problematic and a recipe for a very dirty screen. No new camera announcement is complete without at least a few additional lenses to round out your kit, and Olympus did not disappoint. Three new pro lenses were also announced today: New Lenses: M.ZUIKO Digital ED 25mm f1.2 PRO lens M.ZUIKO Digital ED 30mm f3.5 Macro lens M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 PRO lens All the lenses are weatherproofed to protect against dust, freezing and water. Pricing has yet to be announced. Price: TBD Availability: TBD What do you think of the new OM-D EM-1 MK II? Comment below.Read more
There is no such thing as an action camera in the Japanese company’s lineup of cameras. Until now. Today, Olympus introduced their latest piece of gear, the Stylus TG-Tracker action cam. Yet another action cam! It seems that we are witnessing another competitor emerging in the territory of the original inventor of the action cam, GoPro. The freshly announced Stylus TG-Tracker comes with a set of unique features and a form factor of its own, so it’s far from being another copycat GoPro clone. That said, we will have to wait to find out whether it can compete with the current “go-to” action cameras. Specs of the Stylus TG-Tracker One of the most exciting features is the outdoor ruggedness of this camera, not for nothing a member of the TOUGH line of cameras built by Olympus. Reading the specs you want to get dirty with this camera: Waterproof up to 30m (98.4′) Dustproof Shockproof up to 2.1m (7′) Freezeproof up to -10°C (14°F) Crushproof up to 100 kg (200 lb) Yes, this is tough, indeed! More rugged than the recently announced LG action camera, even. The TG-Tracker comes with a 1.58mm f/2.0 wide-angle lens with a 204° field of view. Converted to a 35mm sensor that would be a focal length of 13.9mm. The used TruePic TM VII processor wasn’t newly developed but borrowed from the OM-D line of cameras and upgraded with UHD 4K video capabilities. Available recording formats are 3840 x 2160p @ 30 fps, 1920 x 1080p @ 60/30 fps and 1280 x 720p @ 240/120/60/30 fps. The camera records to microSD cards in h.264 while an electronic 5-axis stabilisation helps improving shaky footage. Additionally, the camera can caputre 8MP stills, that’s 3840 x 2160 (16:9) pixels. A very nice feature is the tilt-out 1.5″ LCD screen. Every time I have to use a GoPro (or similar) camera, I’m constantly cursing the fiddling with wi-fi networks, mobile phone screens, and laggy connections. Especially when there are multiple cameras involved. An onboard screen sure makes the device somewhat bigger, but framing gets a whole lot easier. You have to decide if it’s worth it. You can control the Stylus TG-Tracker camera, either way, using the onboard LCD screen and buttons or via a wi-fi connection with the Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) app. Above the lens itself, there is a build in LED headlight. It can be used to illuminate dim surroundings such as underwater scenes. There’s even a dedicated underwater white balance mode for that. A camera and an outdoor activity tracker This camera isn’t just a camera as one of its main features is the built-in field sensor system. This means the Stylus TG-Tracker is capable of acting as an outdoor activity tracker with various data such as altitude/depth, GPS position, e-compass, air pressure, temperature and so on. Either the LCD Screen or the OI.Track app can be used to monitor the data generated by the field sensors of the camera. This way, you can track your next hike, for example. Olympus TG-Tracker with the included steady grip attached Pricing and availability The Olympus TG-Tracker camera comes in two finishes, black and some sort of venomous green. It will retail for $349 and will be available in late June to mid-July. For more information, check out the UK microsite. Press release: olympus-global.comRead more
If you’ve been following the news about the Panasonic GH2 hack, you might be among the people who are thinking about a switch to Panasonic cameras. (Wow, this time is all about switching, switching software, switching cameras.) Well if you’re a switcher, or if you’ve been using the GH1, GH2 or another micro four thirds camera you probably know that there’s not a huge number of lenses to choose from, so new lenses is good news. The lenses we’re looking at areRead more
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