Olympus Updates OM-D E-M10 to Mark II: 5-Axis IS, Updated Viewfinder, 4K Timelapse in Tow

Derek

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Olympus today has announced an update to its entry level OM-D (and successor to the spot formerly held by the PEN line of mirrorless cameras). Like the model it refreshes, the OM-D E-M10 Mark II has the looks and a lot of the core functionality of the excellent OM-D line, but is specced down a bit to come in at a more entry price point for people looking for their first serious camera. It’s got a 16 megapixel 4/3 size sensor (2x crop) the same as its predecessor, and can do a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000. ISO sensitivities range from 100-25,600, and it can shoot continuously at about 8 frames a second. The AF system isn’t quite as good as on the higher models, and this one is definitely meant to be used with Micro Four-Thirds specific lenses for best AF performance as a result. The OM-D E-M10 Mark II claims to have best-in-class (whatever they happen to figure the class is) WiFi built in, and around back you’ll see an updated tilting touch screen. Like all OM-Ds it’s sporting an electronic viewfinder, a new model with more resolution that’s actually flagged on the sheet I have here as being the best on any Olympus model right now. Interesting.

The big upgrade in the OM-D E-M10 Mark II from the already excellent 3-axis IS system to the totally even more excellent 5-axis one the higher OM-Ds have. With 5-axis IS the camera compensates not just for vertical and horizontal shifting (the two traditional axes IS compensates for), but also for rotational blur, pitch, and yaw. Thanks to such sophisticated IS being built into the body you’ll be able to get fewer blurry images as the lights go down without having to resort to higher ISOs, keeping the shots cleaner a bit longer for you.

It has the usual bevvy of Olympus art filters and in-camera editing if you’re not often at a computer to work with images anymore. It’s up to 14 arts and effects filters for creativity, an improved photo story feature, and it can still do in-camera photo composites. It can also now do 5 frame a second timelapse video in 4k, but actual video is still going to be capped at 1080p, so, don’t get your hopes up for the OM-D E-M10 Mark II to shoot 4k video.

All of that and probably a bit more will be coming atcha next month for a retail price of about $650 for the OM-D E-M10 Mark II body only, or $800 with a 14-42mm kit lens. You get the usual choice of a black or silver body either way. If you’ve been looking for your first serious camera, this is a good option. I’m personally notoriously fond of Olympus’ gear for being very feature-complete and well thought-out, and with the OM-D line they have been consistently delivering the quality and performance people expect from the big guys’ DSLRs in very small, light, and incredibly handsome packages. The OM-D E-M10 Mark II is worth a look if you want a good serious camera for not a lot, but still don’t need a full manual pro rig to support a growing business or advanced hobby.

The OM-D E-M10 Mark II can be preordered on our site now, and as of the time I’m writing this we still have some of the outgoing Mark I’s in stock. So, if you can live with just 3 axis image stabilization and only 1080 timelapse video in exchange for saving between $50-150 right now, the Mark I is a great option as well. Check the related products list below for links to all of those.