Olympus' latest high-resolution camera, the OM-D EM-5 Mark II, touts a 16MP sensor that is able to create a 40MP composite image.
The OM-D E-M5 Mark II not only has superfast autofocus speeds, HD video and Wi-Fi integration to boot, but the mirrorless camera also boasts a five-axis image stabilization. The innovative and standout feature of the OM-D E-M5 Mark II is undoubtedly its 16MP sensor, which moves laterally to create an astounding composite shot.
The new Olympus camera also has a dust- and splash-proof body that weighs 417g and houses a three-inch touchscreen with variable angle. Moreover, the 2.36 million dot HD electronic viewfinder has a 100 percent field of view and magnification of 1.48x.
The Olympus OM-D EM-5 Mark II has Adaptive Brightness technology, which basically adjusts the backlight brightness automatically depending on the light in the surrounding environment.
The new features, such as the LV Boost II, make shooting images of stars easier. Moreover, the Creative Control functionality offers user freedom when choosing color, focus, aspect ratio and image tonality.
The camera is equipped with a TruePic VII processor and has a shutter mechanism that is quieter. It is capable of 1/8000sec speeds that can be boosted to 1/16000sec via the electronic shutter mode, but it is primarily designed to aid silence rather than swiftness. However, the sensor scanning process takes approximately 1/20sec.
The Olympus OM-D EM-5 Mark II also has laudable 1080p video capabilities and touts several frame rate options: 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60fps.
While the 40MP mode is the camera's USP, the method of creating composite images comes with a catch. Considering eight shots are merged together to create the ultimate image, one would have a problem at their hands if the camera is hand-held. This feature will not work as well on windy days and if you have shaky hands. Unless the camera is propped on a tripod, the 40MP mode is unlikely to reap good results. If hand-held images are what you're looking at, then it may be best to bypass this mode.
Another downside to the camera is that the maximum ISO is limited to 1600, which is somewhat restrictive. Additionally, the minimum aperture setting of f/8 is also limiting.
The OM-D E-M5 Mark II will come in two hues: silver and black. It will hit shelves this month for $1,099 (for the body only).