The Olympus OM-D E-M10, released in February 2014, was the last addition to the OM-D E-M series launched by Olympus back in 2012 with the OM-D E-M5 , a modern interpretation of the famous OM Series that Olympus launched in 1972. The OM-D M5 Mark 2 was released earlier this year, with the Titanium limited edition a little over 3 months ago.
Today the Japanese manufacturer officially announced the new OM-D EM-10 Mark II, the new entry level model of its high-end mirorless camera category with interchangeable lens. The unit features a subtly updated design that keeps the same vintage style, a new 2,360K dots OLED EVF with new touch capabilities on the swiveling 3-inch screen, a 16 Megapixel 4/3 MOS sensor and enhanced stabilization.
The OM-D EM-10 II is the new version of the entry level model of the OM-D series, for “entry level users” while the OM-D E-M1 (no version 2 for now) is the flagship for “professional photographers and high amateur users” as Olympus puts it. The OMD-EM-5 II is the mid-range camera in the lineup.
The new mirorless camera will be available globally in September in black and silver, body only for $699.99 in the U.S. and for $899.99 with a 14-42 mm EZ lens.
Olympus gave us a detailed briefing of the new key features, see below what you should expect from the EM-10 II, please note that we have not seen the product, so everything written in here is based on the information provided by the manufacturer during the briefing.
– Built-in 5 axis Voice Coil Motor (VCM) Image Stabilization (vs. 3-axis in previous model) – the same as the EM5 Mark II
– 5.0 EV steps (vs. 4.0 EV steps)
-Slightly updated lines on the face
-3 metal dials (instead of two) with a knurled premium metal finish
-Retro-design for the new power switch
-Thumb pad to support a better hold
-Same classic leather and metal look (silver version)
- Shutter speed and high speed AF
– new electronic shutter spped 1/16,000-60 (vs only mechanical 4,000-60)
– new touch AF feature (see detail in the article)
– new touch command on panel for zoom operation
– better AF accuracy
- Monitor and eye sensor
-Same 3-inch 1,037 monitor with new Touch Auto-focus or Touch to shoot feature
-New vari-angle tilt (45 and 85 degree)
- EVF View Finder
-Features a new 2,360 dots OLED EVF (vs. 2,360 LCD EVF in previous model)
-Features a built-in eye sensor that was in the previous model
- 4K Time lapse image capture (no 4K video)