The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Revealed - Park goes hands on with Olympus' new model

Olympus have announced a Mark II model of the extremely popular OM-D E-M10 model - say hello to the OM-D E-M10 Mark II!

The fifth OM-D model, the new camera moves to a superb 5-axis in-body stabilisation system offering 4 stops of compensation and adds the superb electronic viewfinder from the range topping E-M1.

What's more, you'll be able to pre-order the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II from Park Cameras now, in preparation for release in September, where we'll have some of the first stock to arrive in the UK!

Here at Park, we've managed to get access to this great new camera, and our first impressions can be viewed here in our hands-on review.

In addition to this, Park Cameras London store will have the E-M10 Mark II in-store on Saturday 29th August, along with the Olympus experts where you'll be able to get hands on with the new camera and ask any questions you might have.

The new all-metal body construction has many visual improvements with distinctive metal dials and a retro on/off switch - Olympus OM film camera owners will be happy!

The E-M10 Mark II's electronic viewfinder now offers a superb 2,360k dots and is an OLED unit making assessing your images a real pleasure. And of course, a major advantage of an EVF is that it shows the effects of your settings in real-time - change the colour balance or exposure and it is reflected in the viewfinder unlike an optical viewfinder.

The micro four-thirds image sensor boasts 81 auto-focus areas covering the whole image area and producing 16.1 megapixels.
A 4K time-lapse video creation function in ultra-high definition has also been included, alongside high speed shooting at 8.5fps.

For the creative there are 14 art filters to snap something a bit different. Built in Wi-Fi works seamlessly with the Olympus OI share app for remote control and sharing images with your smartphone.
There is a large 3" tiltable high resolution (1040k dots) 3:2 ratio LCD rear touch-screen that can also be used to select a focusing point while you are using the EVF (Pad control) which is an extremely nice feature. Olympus have really thought of everything here, as the screen also has a fingerprint resistant coating, meaning grubby mitts won't ruin your viewing experience.

There are three raised control dials on the camera with one controlling mode, and a front and rear dial which can be set to control aperture and shutter speed or any combination you wish - this enables true one-handed operation.

Going hands on with the new model, you are struck by just how much the new controls and handling tweaks have improved the overall handling of the camera. The metal construction and positive clicks on the controls really inspire confidence and ooze quality.

There is also an electronic shutter option for silent operation and allowing shutter speeds up to 1/1600th - great for using fast lenses in bright light wide open.

What are the differences between the Olympus E-M10 and the E-M10 Mark II?

  • 5-axis image stabilisation vs 3-axis in the E-M10
  • 8.5fps vs 8fps shooting rate.
  • Much improved shot-to-shot lag-time
  • Taller buttons and an addition control wheel
  • Additional custom-function button
  • Improved on/off switch with additional pop-up flash position
  • Improved pop-up TTL flash
  • Improved EVF (Electronic Viewfinder)
  • Movie features now equivalent to the E-M5 II
  • 4K time lapse feature
  • Focus peaking with multiple colour options (again as per E-M5 II)
  • Focus stacking /Bracketing option

The camera is available in Black or Silver finish and there are various kit options available too.

Pre-order your camera and you will receive a three year warranty to boost the warranty up to a grand total of 5 and a half years!

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