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Today at the Japanese CIPA+ show in Japan Olympus takes the wraps off the replacement for the OM-D E-M5, its first OM-D Micro Four Thirds system camera. With such a good reputation earned by the E-M5 Olympus has opted to call the new camera the E-M5 Mark II. But although there is a glancing similarity in appearance to the original E-M5, the Mark II is to all intents and purposes a completely new design. Highlights include a 40 megapixel sensor-shift composite mode, multiple frame rate HD video modes up to 60p at last, Wi-Fi support, and a much hoped-for vari-angle rear LCD (at last).

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Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

European journalists get their hands on the E-M5 Mark II next Monday at an event in Prague. I will be there and if I can get the communications sorted will be posting live during the day.

If you have any questions I can ask on your behalf about the new camera and Olympus' strategy, let me know

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Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

A flying camera would certainly help with some of those difficult to get shots.
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I can see a future where a drone is alongside an underwater housing as an official accessory

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Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Hi Ian

I would love to see images shot at higher ISO from 800 and above.

More details on 40 megapixel sensor-shift composite mode will it work on fast moving objects ?

To get the 40mp image which mode we have to shoot in RAW or RAW+JPEG ? OR the new mode is called sensor-shift composite mode ?

Which editing software will support RAW image conversion to jpeg which is suppose to be 40mp ?


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Good questions Rahul - it doesn't look likely that 40MP mode will work with fast moving subjects but I will certainly confirm this for you.

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Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Is support for 4/3 lenses gone with this model?
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Is support for 4/3 lenses gone with this model?
No, but unlike the E-M1 PDAF is not supported, so autofocusing when using Four Thirds DSLR lenses won't be as fast and reliable.

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Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

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No, but unlike the E-M1 PDAF is not supported, so autofocusing when using Four Thirds DSLR lenses won't be as fast and reliable.

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This appears to be an interesting camera, but the lack of PDAF is a show-stopper for me.

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This appears to be an interesting camera, but the lack of PDAF is a show-stopper for me.

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So you will be wanting an E-M1 Mark II then?

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PS Don't forget the v.3.0 firmware release for the E-M1 out today; faster C-AF shooting and improved C-AF tracking.
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So you will be wanting an E-M1 Mark II then?

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PS Don't forget the v.3.0 firmware release for the E-M1 out today; faster C-AF shooting and improved C-AF tracking.
The upcoming 300mm f4 lens might be the ticket that brings me over m4/3. If the updated firmware improves the C-AF with the 300mm f4 to the level of the Canon 7D-II, then the EM-1 Mark II might be the way for me to go. I just can't rationalize replacing all of my 4/3 lenses with m4/3 counterparts.

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And no doubt for thousands of other Oly users who still value their superb 4/3 glass. Will Olympus never learn ? Obviously not !
With all the improvements for the E-M5II, PDAF is about the only thing that differentiates the E-M1, which after all is still the flagship of the range. To put PDAF in the E-M5II would have virtually made the E-M1 redundant.

Olympus obviously intend to continue 3 clear lines in the OMD range and users who value PDAF will, quite rightly, have to wait their turn for the E-M1 to be ugraded or replaced. In the meantime the E-M1 remains very much available and is the natural choice for photographers wishing to use 4/3 lenses on Micro Four Thirds.
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With all the improvements for the E-M5II, PDAF is about the only thing that differentiates the E-M1, which after all is still the flagship of the range. To put PDAF in the E-M5II would have virtually made the E-M1 redundant.

Olympus obviously intend to continue 3 clear lines in the OMD range and users who value PDAF will, quite rightly, have to wait their turn for the E-M1 to be ugraded or replaced. In the meantime the E-M1 remains very much available and is the natural choice for photographers wishing to use 4/3 lenses on Micro Four Thirds.
That's right, we're simply out of sync and the E-M1 will eventually get an upgrade with most of what the E-M5 Mark II has plus even more.

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Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

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Is support for 4/3 lenses gone with this model?
I think it is Ed. Only the EM1 supports this. Oly wants us all to buy m43rds lenses rather than continuing to use our (superior????) 43rds glass. The Mk2 is just an update of the original EM5.
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I think it is Ed. Only the EM1 supports this. Oly wants us all to buy m43rds lenses rather than continuing to use our (superior????) 43rds glass. The Mk2 is just an update of the original EM5.
The Mk2 is basically a new camera although in the same spirit as the original E-M5. Practically only the battery remains the same.

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