The NEW Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

You know that feeling you have when you've gotten someone a great...No...INCREDIBLE gift and you have to wait for them to open it? Yeah? Well that's what I've been dealing with for weeks now!! But now the wait is over!!! I can finally talk about the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II 

 

The all new Olympus OM-D E-M5

The all new Olympus OM-D E-M5

Where do I start? Well...Let's start with design.  As you can see from the images below it has had a total overhaul. New button layout, heck...NEW BUTTONS!  The control dials are revamped and in my opinion beefed up significantly. They feature this gnarly knurled surface and machined edges that shine like the chrome on a sports car. They also feel way more rugged, and that is probably a welcome bit of info for those a little rough on their gear. 

New function buttons and a good view of the new shape of the rear thumb grip.

New function buttons and a good view of the new shape of the rear thumb grip.

Locking pin for the mode dial like you see on the OM-D E-M1 and you can also see the PC Sync port for off camera lighting.

Locking pin for the mode dial like you see on the OM-D E-M1 and you can also see the PC Sync port for off camera lighting.

The next few photos are showing the new body style next to the original OM-D E-M5.

Father and son? Old and new? 

Father and son? Old and new? 

Wait!! Where did the LCD display go?!?! We'll get to the in a minute.

Wait!! Where did the LCD display go?!?! We'll get to the in a minute.

There's the LCD :)

There's the LCD :)

The button and dial layout just got serious in here.

The button and dial layout just got serious in here.

**DISCLAIMER**     The camera I had for this review was running a NON-PRODUCTION FIRMWARE. This means that there are some things that may change for the production cameras.

So as you can see from the photos above this new camera brings back the swivel LCD that was common the in the Olympus dSLRs back in the day. I know I myself will enjoy this for macro work and the low level portrait orientation landscape photos I do.

There are some other feature too that I can't really show in a photo. Those are as follows.

Silent shutter. Yes...When I say silent I mean 100% silent. Perfect for street photography or venues where discretion is key. I also saw that in the menu you can have the silent shutter fire at up to 11fps. Cool isn't it?!

Focus peaking got an update too....You can now choose between the following colors. Black,White,Red, and Yellow. You can also select different levels on intensity for it! Pretty cool!

I am not a video person, but I did notice a few things in that area of the menus. 
First of all it has the option of numerous frame rates, 24p, 25p,30p,50, 60.  It has All-Intra (which is pure Greek to me) I also noticed in the menus that if you have one of the new grips attached (not sure which one as I know NOTHING about them yet) you can control external headphone volume via a control dial on the grip. Again..I am not a video person so I have no idea about this stuff. It all just looks cool to me.
Oh, and speaking of video....The camera DOES have an external mic jack so you can use a mic and not have to use the SEMA adapter. I also saw settings for letting the camera know if the mic you are using has its own power source. And you can monitor volume levels on the camera display.  
 

Other things to note are the inclusion of WiFi control, Live Composite (YAY!!), the cool retro Vintage Art Filters, along with Partial Color. 

And of course the BIG thing..... A sensor shift technology that takes 8 images while shifting the sensor to create a huge high resolution image.

I was about ready to share some sample images from the camera but sadly due to the fact my unit was running pre-production firmware I had to omit them from this post. 
But stay tuned as I will hopefully have a 1.0 firmware unit soon to share some images....

Thanks for dropping in!!

Jamie

 

HOLD THE PRESSES!!! Last minute addition!!
I JUST received the spec sheet for the OM-D E-M5 Mark II!!!
And here it is!!!

 

DOWNLOAD THE OM-D E-M5 Mark II Spec Sheet Here: