Olympus enlarged its collection with a fantastic MILC Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with a 40MP high resolution mode, and an Olympus 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 II lens.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II continues along the path paved by its predecessor, Olympus OM-D E-M5. It brings a redesigned 16MP Live-MOS Four Thirds sensor, a TruePic VII processor, 5-axis image stabilization, an articulating 3" 1.040.000-dot touchscreen LCD, a 2.360.000-dot electronic viewfinder with 1.48x magnification, built-in Wi-Fi, and it is also dust-resistant and weather-sealed. What is important is the fact that the E-M5 Mark II features a 40MP high-resolution shot mode, which captures eight sequential images during a period of one second, whereby the sensor moves by half-pixel steps between each shot. After that, the images are compiled into one ultra-high resolution shot, which is equal to those captured by 40MP full-frame cameras. With such shooting, a tripod and a high-resolution M.ZUIKO DIGITAL PRO or M.ZUIKO Premium lens are recommended.
The mirrorless E-M5 Mark II also boasts 1080/60p video, 10 fps continuous shooting with Single-AF (S-AF) or 5 fps with Continuous-AF (C-AF). It also exhibits a dust- and splash-proof FL-LM3 flash, and as far as the accessories are concerned, they are the following: an HLD-8 battery holder (pricing and availability are still to be announced), an ECG-2 metal external grip (pricing and availability are still to be announced), an EE-1 External Dot Sight ($129.99, available in May), which is similar to the one on the Olympus Stylus SP-100EE, a PT-EP13 dedicated underwater case ($999.99, available in February), which can endure the pressure up to 45m underwater, a CS-46 FBC leather cover and body jacket ($139.99, available in March), as well as an EP-16 large eyecup ($22.99, available in March).
The Olympus 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 II is resistant to moisture and dust, and it is characterized by a ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating, which protects it against scratches and minimizes flare. The equivalent focal length of this lens is 28-300mm, it features 10.7x magnification, and it also uses Olympus' MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) focusing technology for quiet, fast AF. Thanks to its focal length, which ranges from wide-angle to telephoto, this lens is ideal for capturing the most diverse scenes - from portraits to landscapes.
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II will be available for sale by the end of this month, in black and silver, and the price of the body will be $1099.99. The Olympus 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 II lens will arrive in March, and it will be priced at $599.99.