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Unveiled: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Camera

Following a similar upgrade path as the E-M5 Mark II, Olympus has again refined one of its OM-D Micro Four Thirds cameras, with the OM-D E-M10 Mark II. Similar to the E-M5 Mark II's series of enhancements, the sleekest-of-the-bunch E-M10 Mark II gains 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization, a modest boost in continuous shooting speed, a higher-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder, and some additional updates in handling and shooting capabilities.

Featuring the tried and true 16.1MP 4/3 Live MOS sensor, along with the TruePic VII image processor, the E-M10 Mark II is capable of recording high-resolution stills and full HD 1080p video, with a top sensitivity of ISO 25600. Continuous shooting up to 8.5 fps is possible, for up to 22 12-bit raw files or 36 JPEGs in a single burst, or a 4 fps shooting rate can be used for infinite bursts up to the capacity of the SDHC/SDXC card in use.

The sensor and processor also avail a range of frame rates for full HD recording, including up to 60p and down to 24p. A choice of 77 Mbps All-I or 52 Mbps IPB compressions is available, and support for 720p/60 and 480p/120 formats is also supported. Additionally, a Clips feature can be used to record short 1- to 8-second-duration movies, which are ideal for quick sharing and incorporating into highlight reels.

Benefitting both stills and movie recording, the E-M10 Mark II's most notable upgrade is the inclusion of 5-axis sensor-shift type image stabilization, which succeeds the E-M10's 3-axis iteration. This stabilization system works with any lens in use and compensates for a range of movements—vertical and horizontal angle rotation, vertical and horizontal shift, and roll—to realize steady imagery when working in difficult lighting conditions. This system can also be used when framing imagery by simply half-pressing the shutter button for steadier compositions.

Also designed to maintain a high degree of sharpness, FAST AF is an 81-area contrast-detection system designed to quickly and accurately acquire focus. Besides standard single and continuous AF modes, face and eye-detection subject tracking modes can be used to lock focus on moving subjects. For manual-focus users, focus peaking and manual focus assist functions help to more easily determine in-focus areas of the image for faster, more accurate control.

Besides the imaging capabilities of the E-M10 Mark II, the camera also retains its classically inspired design and compact form factor. The OLED EVF ups its resolution to 2.36-million dots, up from 1.44-million, and the increased 0.62x equivalent magnification offers a brighter, clearer, and more detailed means for eye-level compositions. On the rear of the body is a 3.0" 1.04-million dot touchscreen LCD, which can tilt 85° upward and 45° downward to suit working from high and low angles. The touchscreen monitor, in addition to intuitive menu and settings navigation, also functions as an AF Targeting Pad for tracing your thumb to move the focus point when working with the viewfinder.

Rounding out the range of features, this new camera, of course, also has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for wireless image sharing and remote camera control from mobile devices. A new electronic shutter function permits absolutely silent operation, along with shutter speeds up to 1/16,000 second for working in quiet settings. Live Bulb and Live Time settings are ideally suited for creative long exposures and a unique Live Composite mode lets you watch a long exposure gradually build up over time, making it ideal for star trail photos. Also benefitting extended duration shooting, in-camera time lapses can be created, with intervals ranging from 1 second to 24 hours, for up to 999 total frames, and then be composited into a 4K movie for seamless playback.

The OM-D E-M10 Mark II is available as a body only, in black or silver, or in a kit with the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ lens and a black or silver body. Also announced alongside the Micro Four Thirds camera is a matching ECG-3 External Metal Grip, which adds a larger right-hand grip to the camera for increased control and improved handling while shooting. Its leatherette finish matches that of the E-M10 Mark II, and a release lever permits quick access to the battery and memory card compartment.

  OM-D E-M10 Mark II OM-D E-M10
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Image Sensor 4/3 Live MOS (17.3 x 13mm) 4/3 Live MOS (17.3 x 13mm)
Image Stabilization Sensor-shift, 5-axis Sensor-shift, 3-axis
Effective Pixels 16.1MP 16.1MP
Total Pixels 17.2MP 17.2MP
Maximum Resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 1:1, 3:2, 16:9 4:3, 1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Still Image File Format JPEG, Raw, MPO JPEG, Raw, MPO
Card Slot 1x SD 1x SD
Viewfinder Type OLED electronic viewfinder, 2.36m-dot resolution OLED electronic viewfinder, 1.44m-dot resolution
Frame Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.62x (35mm equivalent) Approx. 0.58x (35mm equivalent)
Eyepoint 19.2mm 20.0mm
Diopter Adjustment -4 to +2m -4 to +2m
Shutter Type Focal plane and electronic Mechanical
Shutter Speed 60 to 1/4000 sec.
30 to 1 min. in Bulb/Time mode
60 to 1/16,000 sec. with electronic shutter
60 to 1/4000 sec.
Flash Sync Speed 1/250 sec. with built-in flash, 1/200 sec. with external flash 1/250 sec. with built-in flash, 1/200 sec. with external flash
Drive Modes Single, continuous high, continuous low, self-timer Single, continuous high, continuous low, self-timer
Top Continuous Shooting Rate 8.5 fps at 16.1MP for up to 22 raw files or 36 JPEG files
4.0 fps at 16.1MP for ∞ frames
8.0 fps at 16.1MP for up to 16 raw files or ∞ JPEG files
3.5 fps at 16.1MP for up to 20 raw files or ∞ JPEG files
Self-Timer 12- or 2-second delay 12- or 2-second delay
Exposure Metering System Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), center-weighted average metering, spot metering, spot metering with highlight control, spot metering with shadow control Center-weighted average metering, multi-zone metering, spot metering
Metering Range -2 to +20 EV -2 to +20 EV
Exposure Modes i Auto, Program AE (Program shift possible), Aperture priority AE, Shutter priority AE, Manual, Bulb, Time, Scene select  AE, Art Filter, Underwater wide / macro Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Programmed Auto, iAUTO, Scene Selection, Bulb, Time, Underwater, Art Filter
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 EV in 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV steps +/- 5 EV in 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV steps
Exposure Bracketing 2, 3, or 5 frames in 1/3, 2/3, or 1 EV steps, 7 frames in 1/3 or 2/3 EV steps Yes
ISO Sensitivity Auto, ISO 200-25600 (expandable to ISO 100-25600) Auto, ISO 200-25600 (expandable to ISO 100-25600)
Autofocus System High speed imager, FAST AF High speed imager
Number of Focus Points 81-area contrast-detection AF 81-area contrast-detection AF
Focus Modes Single, Continuous, Manual, Single AF+MF / AF tracking Single, Continuous, Manual, Single AF+MF / AF tracking
Built-In Flash Yes; pop-up Yes; pop-up
Flash Modes Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual (1/1-1/64) Auto, Fill-in, Manual, Off, Red-eye reduction, Slow sync, second-curtain sync, slow sync/red-eye reduction, TTL Auto
Flash Compensation +/- 3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV steps +/- 3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV steps
Flash Bracketing 3 frames in 1/3, 2/3, or 1 EV steps Yes
External Flash Interface Hot shoe Hot shoe
White Balance Modes Auto WB, 7 Preset WB settings, 4 Capture WB settings, Custom WB Kelvin setting Auto, Sunny, Shadow, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Underwater, WB Flash, Custom WB Kelvin setting
White Balance Bracketing 3 frames in 2, 4, or 6 steps (selectable in each A-B/G-M axis) Yes
Movie Recording 1920 x 1080p/60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps
1280 x 720p/60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps
640 x 480p/120, 30 fps
1920 x 1080p/30 fps
1280 x 720p/30 fps
640 x 480p/30 fps
File Format MOV (MPEG-4AVC/H.264) , AVI (Motion JPEG) MOV (MPEG-4AVC/H.264) , AVI (Motion JPEG)
Compression ALL-I (77Mbps) or IPB (SF: 52Mbps, F: 30Mbps, N: 18Mbps) Not specified by manufacturer
Audio Recording Built-in stereo microphone Built-in stereo microphone
Audio File Format Stereo Linear PCM (16-bit) Stereo Linear PCM (16-bit)
External Microphone Input No No
Headphone Jack No No
Maximum Recording Time 29 minutes 29 minutes
Monitor 3.0" 1.04m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD 3.0" 1.04m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD
Interface USB 2.0, HDMI micro (Type D) USB 2.0, HDMI micro (Type D)
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
GPS Via Wi-Fi-connected smartphone Via Wi-Fi-connected smartphone
Power Source 1x BLS-50 rechargeable lithium-ion battery 1x BLS-5 rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Battery Life Approx. 320 shots (CIPA) Approx. 320 shots (CIPA)
Operating Environment 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Humidity: 30 - 90%
32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Humidity: 30 - 90%
Dimensions 4.7 x 3.3 x 1.8" / 119.5 x 83.1 x 46.7mm 4.7 x 3.2 x 1.8" / 119.1 x 82.3 x 45.9mm
Weight 13.8 oz / 390 g with battery and memory card 14 oz / 396 g with battery and memory card

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would this camera work well wedding portraiture and enviromental portraiture?

If you are a hobbyist, this could be a great option for starting out with a mirrorless camera.  And you can shoot portraits with almost any camera.  That being said, with the micro four thirds sensor, it’s more difficult to achieve a shallow depth of field than with larger sensors.  I also don’t know that the lighting system is as advanced as one would want for shooting weddings on a professional level.  But it’s more than capable of taking lovely shots at a friend’s wedding.

where can I get the leather strap that is in the picture?

This particular strap is included with the camera, but it does not appear to be available seperately. You may wish to contact Olympus directly.  The strap's part # is CSS-S119L.

What are the differences between this camera and the Sony 7 io, besides being a full frame?  Also, are their Zeiss lenses for this camera

Sorry, it's Sony Mark 7ii

Sorry, it's Sony Mark 7ii

The new Sony A7rII camera is quite a bit more powerful than this Olympus camera.  Aside from the sie difference between a micro 4/3rds sensor and a full-frame sensor, the A7rII is a 42mp sensor camera, vs only 16mp on this Olympus.  Couple that sensor with their incredibly high ISO of 102,400 (vs 25,600), and 399 Autofocus points(vs 81) and there are not many situations that the camera can't excell at.  Plus, the Sony A7rII also captures video in 4k resolution vs. standard 1080p HD in the OM-D E-M10 Mark II

Currently there are not any Zeiss lens options available for the Micro 4/3rds system.  Depending on the type of Zeiss lens you come across (they have lenses for various systems/formats) there may be an adapter available, but nothing native.

I currently have a Olympus E-510 would my lenses work with the new OM-D Mark II ?

Your lenses from your E-510 camera could be used on the new OM-D Mark II camera but would require a special adapter.  See the link below for details:

Will it perform well in low light phtography? Currently I shoot with a canon 30d. Noise was a severe problem. Also with stabilization being in the camera will I be able to achieve sharper focus?