Olympus has just announced new products including the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. With a 16 megapixel sensor and 5-axis stabilization, the camera shoots 10 fps with 81-point Fast AF. Utilizing pixel shift technology, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II can be set to 40 megapixel mode for high resolution images. Video mode captures 1080p up to a 60p frame rate and supports 50p, 30p, 25p and 24p frame rates. A 3.0-inch LCD touch screen has multi angle variability. The camera also has built-in WiFi capability and a dustproof and splashproof body. Available this month in black or silver body for $1099.
The 16 megapixel TG-860 joins the Stylus Tough series with a 21mm ultra wide angle lens and 5x optical zoom within a waterproof, freezeproof, shockproof, crushproof, dustproof case. Video Modes include standard 1080p, High Speed 120p frame rate, Time Lapse, and Sports Burst modes. Available in April 2015 in black, orange and white for $279.
The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO lens, with a 35mm focal length equivalent of 16mm, features a weatherproof construction. Currently an underwater lens port is being developed to allow the lens to be used up to 45 ft under the surface when paired with the OM-D E-M5 Mark II and the PT-EP13 case. Available summer 2015. Pricing TBA.
An upgrade to Firmware 3.0 is also available to OM-D E-M5 users increasing sequential shooting speed to 9fps.
Check out the full press releases below for more details:
A FOCUS ON STABILITY: OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 Mark II® CAPTURES STUNNING MOVIES FROM THE PALM OF YOUR HAND
Industry-Leading 5-Axis Image Stabilization, Variable-Angle LCD, Advanced Video Features and 40-Megapixel High-Res Shot in a Compact Interchangeable-Lens Camera
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 5, 2015 — Olympus introduces an exceptional high-resolution still and advanced motion picture hybrid with the new OM-D E-M5 Mark II®. This advanced interchangeable-lens camera features a compact dustproof, splashproof body, with a familiar, premium design. Packed with 5-axis image stabilization, a 40-megapixel high-resolution shot mode, sophisticated, stunning HD video, integrated Wi-Fi® and a variable-angle 3-inch touchscreen, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II makes it easy to get the shot you need, every time. The easy-to-use 2.36 million dot, super-large, high-definition electronic viewfinder has a field of view of 100%, and a viewfinder magnification of 1.48x. The camera is equipped with Adaptive Brightness Technology, which automatically adjusts the backlight brightness in accordance with environmental lighting. The new LV Boost II*1 is convenient for shooting stars, and Creative Control provides complete freedom of control over color, tone, focus, and aspect ratio.
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II pairs a redesigned16-megapixel Live-MOS Micro Four Thirds® sensor with the Olympus TruePic™ VII processor, enabling brilliant image quality in bright and low-light conditions alike. The 1/8000 mechanical shutter allows photographers to shoot using a large aperture for maximum bokeh, even in bright, daylight conditions. Users can capture RAW images at up to 10 fps with S-AF, or 5 fps with C-AF tracking enabled. An Anti-shock mode utilizes electronic first-curtain shutter to reduce shutter shock during sequential shooting, and a new Silent mode enables a full-time 1/16000 second electronic shutter, eliminating the mechanical shutter noise entirely for absolutely silent shooting. The 81-point Fast AF provides an expanded focus area, with unparalleled speed, while Small Target AF allows users to focus on small areas across the entire frame.
World’s Most Sophisticated Image Stabilization
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II’s in-body 5-axis VCM image stabilization system offers unprecedented performance. The camera’s 16-megapixel sensor shifts horizontally, vertically and on the X (pitch), Y (yaw) and Z (roll) axes in order to provide 5.0 EV steps of compensation performance. The OM-D E-M5 Mark II can capture sharp images at shutter speeds as low as 1/4-second without the use of a tripod. Sensor shift on the X and Y axes can also assist when photographing close-up subjects. Image stabilization extends to the 3-inch, 1.04M-dot rear vari-angle touchscreen and the 2.36M-dot electronic viewfinder (1.48x magnification), providing a full image stabilization preview when the shutter button is pressed halfway.
40-Megpixel High-Resolution Shot
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II takes high-resolution imaging to a whole new level. In addition to the exceptional 16-megapixel stills you’ve come to expect from OM-D, the E-M5 Mark II captures 40-megapixel images*2 using an innovative pixel-shift technique that is facilitated by the voice-coil motor IS unit. The 40-Megapixel High-Res Shot mode captures eight sequential images, moving the sensor by 0.5-pixel steps between each shot. Then, the E-M5 Mark II compiles those images to produce a super-high resolution shot that rivals those captured with a 40-megapixel full-frame camera.
A tripod and a high-resolution M.ZUIKO® DIGITAL PRO or M.ZUIKO Premium lens are recommended to use the 40-Megapixel High-Res Shot mode, which captures eight shots over a period of one second1. Another two seconds are required to compile the final image. Images can be captured at up to f/8 with a shutter speed of up to eight seconds and a sensitivity of up to ISO 1600. When shooting in RAW+JPEG mode, the camera will save a 40M JPEG file, a 64M RAW (ORF) file and a 16M RAW (ORI) file. 64M RAW images may be processed using Photoshop CS4 and later with a required plug-in.
The OM-D E-M5 Mark II’s advanced video features enable photographers to capture cinema-quality movies from the palm of their hand. The camera’s 5-axis image stabilization compensates for even the slightest movement, allowing the camera to capture stable footage without the use of a sophisticated and expensive stabilization rig, or even a tripod, letting users shoot in environments where adding heavy equipment may not be practical. The mechanical IS unit can also work in concert with Electronic Stabilization if desired.
The OM-D E-M5 Mark II captures 1080p video at up to a 60p frame rate with up to 77 Mbps high bit-rate recording possible at the 30p setting. Additionally, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II supports 50p, 30p (29.97p), 25p and 24p (23.98p) frame rates, making it easy to blend footage captured using other camera systems. An integrated microphone jack supports external audio input, while a headphone jack positioned in the HLD-8G External Grip enables real-time audio monitoring. Focus Peaking with four color choices (red, yellow, black and white) as well as three selectable intensities for optimal manual focus results. Settings can be adjusted while recording using the 3-inch touchscreen, including AF-point selection, exposure, electronic zoom and Movie Tele-converter, microphone sensitivity, headphone volume and art effects. Additionally, OM-D Movie supports time code settings and connection to an external HDMI® monitor during recording. You can also add an Olympus PCM recorder for high-quality audio capture.
Photographers can take advantage of the OM-D’s popular Art Filters while in Movie Capture mode. Users can select from Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale and Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line and Watercolor while capturing video. A Movie Tele-converter lets users touch an area on the screen to enlarge it without losing image quality, while the Clips tool enables short clip capture, allowing users to combine footage and effects directly on the camera for instant sharing.
The OM-D E-M5 Mark II includes integrated Wi-Fi, enabling remote shooting, geotagging and easy image sharing using the Olympus Image Share app on an Android® or iOS® smartphone or tablet. Photographers can use the Olympus Image Share app to apply Art Filters. Users can also start and stop movie recording using a wirelessly connected smartphone, or with the RM-UC1 Remote Cable Release. Studio photographers can take advantage of Olympus Capture support, enabling complete control of the OM-D E-M5 Mark II from a connected Mac® or PC.
Portability and Build
The OM-D E-M5 Mark II features a dustproof, splashproof body, that, when properly sealed and paired with select M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses, can even be used in the rain. Olympus’ renowned Supersonic Wave Filter technology uses super high speed frequency movement to “shake” any dust or debris off the sensor, eliminating dust marks that irreparably spoil images. Two body colors are available: a luxurious black with texture casting, and a bright, gorgeous silver. The camera includes machined metal dials, an extended grip and a lowered center of gravity that makes the OM-D E-M5 Mark II comfortable to hold in a variety of positions. The camera (body only) weighs just 417 grams, or 14.7 ounces, making it one of the lightest models in its class.
The OM-D E-M5 Mark II includes a dustproof and splashproof bundled flash, the FL-LM3, with Guide Number 9 (at ISO 100) and tilt and swivel positioning, enabling users to light subjects directly or by bouncing the flash off of a ceiling or wall.
The HLD-8 is a dustproof and splashproof power battery holder for exclusive use with the OM-D E-M5 Mark II, which enhances both the camera grip and power supply. The HLD-8G Non-powered Grip pairs a substantial camera grip with a headphone jack for monitoring audio during video capture, and an HLD-6P Power Grip, which can attach directly to the camera or to the HLD-8G, provides additional battery power for extended shoots. Because the grip (HLD-8G) and battery holder (HLD-6P) can be separated, the grip can be used alone when necessary. The HLD-6P battery holder is the same as the HLD-6 which was previously designed for the OM-D E-M5. The ECG-2 Metal External Grip can be attached to and removed from a tripod easily, and includes a battery pass-through for changing batteries without removing the grip.
An EE-1 External Dot Sight, which is compatible with any camera with a hot shoe, makes it easier to frame subjects during super-telephoto shooting An EP-16 Large Eyecup is also available, which blocks sunlight, making the electronic viewfinder easier to use. A redesigned version of the OM-D E-M5’s popular full-cover case, which includes a body cover and removable front cover, is also available as the CS-46 FBC Leather Cover and Body Jacket. The PT-EP13 Dedicated Underwater Case can be used at depths of up to 45 meters, and is designed specifically for the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. The case is equipped with a pick-up viewfinder and can be used with the cameras bundled FL-LM3 flash, along with a variety of lenses.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II will be available in February 2015.
Estimated Street Price
$1,099.99 Body only in Black or Silver
HLD-8G Non-powered Grip (pricing & availability to be announced)
HLD-6P Power Grip (pricing & availability to be announced)
HLD-8 Combination HLD-8G + HLD-6P Grip (pricing & availability to be announced)
ECG-2 Metal External Grip (pricing & availability to be announced)
$139.99 CS-46 FBC Leather Cover and Body Jacket (Available in March, 2015)
$129.99 EE-1 External Dot Sight (Available in May, 2015)
$22.99 EP-16 Large Eyecup (Available in March, 2015)
$999.99 PT-EP13 Dedicated Underwater Case (Available in February, 2015)
To find out more about the OM-D E-M5 Mark II, and for a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website at http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/digitalcameras/omd/e-m5-mark-II.html.
OLYMPUS STYLUS TOUGH® TG-860 CAPTURES SUPER-SHARP SELFIES IN RUGGED AND EXTREME CONDITIONS
Enhanced Rugged Performance, 180-Degree Flip LCD, Built-in Wi-Fi® and GPS, Full HD Video, Sportcam and Self-Portrait Modes, Ultra Wide-Angle 5x Zoom Lens
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 5, 2015 — Olympus brings an added degree of Tough functionality and photographic excellence to the renowned Stylus Tough lineup with the introduction of the ultra-rugged Stylus Tough TG-860. This tremendously powerful compact camera packs an ultra wide-angle 21mm lens with 5x optical zoom, allowing you to capture stunning landscapes and detailed portraits alike, along with offering improved video capture options, GPS with multiple satellite system support, built-in Wi-Fi, a variety of shooting modes and Art Filters for capturing and sharing expressive images directly from the camera. The camera features a 180-degree flip LCD for ease-of-use when capturing selfies. Two new customizable function buttons- one on the front and one on the back- allow for quick access to important functions like shutter release and boosting the brightness of the LCD screen.
True to the Tough series of rugged compact cameras, the Stylus Tough TG-860 is built to withstand extreme conditions; the camera is waterproof to depths of 50 feet (15 m), freezeproof to 14°F (-10℃), shockproof from 7 feet (2.1 m)*1, crushproof to 220 pounds (100 kgf) and dustproof. The Stylus Tough TG-860’s 21mm-105mm (35mm equivalent) f3.5–5.7, ultra wide-angle lens combined with its TruePic™ VII image processor, the same found in Olympus’ award-winning OM-D® series of interchangeable lens cameras, and a 16.0-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor capture incredibly sharp images with minimal noise, even in dim light.
The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 includes built-in Wi-Fi with an easy-to-use setup process and interface. An iOS® or Android® smartphone or tablet can be paired with the Stylus Tough TG-860 in just a few seconds by scanning the QR code displayed on the camera LCD. The free Olympus Image Share app synchronizes a user’s iOS® or Android mobile device with the Stylus Tough TG-860, enabling instant image and movie transfers, and a live view through the camera’s lens. You can also control the camera remotely by touching the smartphone or tablet’s display, as if it were the camera itself, and users can send selected images directly to websites and social media. For users who also want to track where in the world their adventures have taken them, the OI Track app allows users to update the camera’s GPS assist data, transfer GPS logs and pictures from the camera to your smartphone and manage them in albums.
The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 is also an incredibly capable video camera. Sportcam Mode makes four video options immediately accessible to the user. The camera captures Full HD 1080p video at 60 frames per second, with 720 60p and 480 60p options also available. Additionally, the Stylus Tough TG-860 can record High-Speed Movies at 120 frames per second at 854×480 (16:9) or 640×480 (4:3) or 240 frames per second at 640×360 (16:9) or 480×360 (4:3) resolution. A Time-Lapse Movie mode is also available, capturing images in 0.5, 1, 3, 6, 12 and 30-second intervals, while a Sport-Burst shooting mode allows photographers to capture sequential images with a shutter interval from 0.05 to 60 seconds.
The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860’s metal construction contributes to the camera’s durability, letting you capture the shots you want even in the most unforgiving situations. A PT-057 Underwater Case expands the camera’s underwater capabilities to 147 feet (45 m), while an optional UFL-3 Underwater Flash enables true underwater flash photography. A CSCH-124 Silicone Jacket protects the camera from scratches on land, while a CSCH-123 Sport Holder allows you to attach the camera to a backpack or belt, enabling hands-free photography while participating in extreme sports.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 will be available in April 2015 in Black, Orange and White for $279.99.
To find out more about the Stylus Tough TG-860, and for a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website at http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/digitalcameras/tough/tg-860.html.
A NEW BENCHMARK FOR VERSATILITY: THE OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO® DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II LENS
Olympus’ Improved M.ZUIKO Interchangeable Lens Brings Enhanced Optical and All-Weather Performance for Outstanding Results
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 5, 2015– Olympus continues to grow its interchangeable-lens lineup with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II (28-300mm, 35mm equivalent) lens. With 10.7x magnification, this versatile Micro Four Thirds® lens features incredible zoom capabilities in a compact, lightweight body. A dustproof, splashproof construction makes this lens durable enough to withstand the toughest shooting conditions when paired with the Olympus OM-D E-M1® or OM-D E-M5 Mark II®. With the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II included, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL dustproof, splashproof lens lineup now offers five exceptional lenses for all of your professional shooting needs.
An improvement upon the M.Zuiko 14-150mm f4.0-5.6, released in June 2010, this new lens also features ZERO (ZUIKO Extra-low Reflection Optical) Coating on the surface of the lens to eliminate scratches as well as reduce ghosting and lens flare, even in very bright situations, for the clearest images.
Covering focal lengths from wide-angle to telephoto, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II is perfect for capturing any type of scene, from portraiture to travel photography featuring a wide variety of subjects. The lens can capture subjects at all zoom ranges from a closest shooting distance of 20 inches (approx. 13 inches from the end of the lens). Amaximum shooting magnification of 0.22x (35mm equivalent: 0.44x) is possible with close-up photography.
The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II features an internal focusing system utilizing an MSC mechanism making high-speed, silent autofocus possible for seamless still-image and movie capture. The manual focusing mechanism is designed to offer a responsive feel, with the perfect amount of resistance to enable smooth, precise operation. With silent autofocus operation, nature photographers can get the shot they need without disturbing wildlife, while all photographers will benefit from clear audio while capturing video.
Olympus has also developed a professional-grade lens filter for the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II Lens. The PRF-D58 PRO is a lightweight, thin protective filter, created with double-sided, multi-coating and blackened glass edges to suppress ghosting and lens flare, for the clearest shots. The pouch-style LSC-0914 Lens Case is designed with a three-layer construction to offer additional protection.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II Lens will be available in March 2015.
Estimated Street Price: $599.99
For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/lenses/pen-omd/medium-telephoto/m-zuiko-ed-14-150mm-f4-0-5-6-II-black.html.
OLYMPUS ADVANCES FLAGSHIP CAMERA WITH INCREDIBLE SEQUENTIAL SHOOTING SPEED
Olympus Announces Firmware Version 3.0 for the Award Winning OM-D E-M1® with Improved Capabilities for Sequential Shooting
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 5, 2015 – The award-winning flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1, featuring 5-axis image stabilization, TruePic VII image processor and tethered shooting, is now more impressive than ever before. With the introduction of new firmware Version 3.0, the weather-resistant camera is now capable of an impressive maximum 9 fps in the C-AF sequential shooting mode when using a Four Thirds® or Micro Four Thirds® lens, improving the ability to capture moving subjects.
The newest firmware upgrade features an enhanced algorithm for phase-detection, raising the former C-AF sequential shooting speed of 6.5 fps to a maximum high speed of 9 fps. With this update, AF tracking performance is improved when using continuous-AF (C-AF) Sequential H mode. When set to C-AF, 37-point on-chip phase detection AF is used. Now, when capturing a quick-moving subject, photographers never need to miss the shot. A maximum 10 fps remains available when set to single-AF (S-AF) Sequential H mode.
The update also adds support for the latest Version 2.5 of the Olympus Image Share Android® and iOS® app. Users can now select Movie as a shooting mode, and record movies while viewing the Live View screen on a smartphone.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus firmware Version 3.0 will be available in February 2015.
To find out more about the OM-D E-M1, and for a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website at http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/e-m1.html.