Olympus recently released a new camera for filmmakers called E-M5 Mark II. The Mark I was overall a great camera but it looks like they listened to the criticism and they have improved a ton with the Mark II.
Here is a list of features that this camera has to offer:
- 16MP 4608 x 3456 Live MOS Sensor with 5-Axis Sensor Image Stabilisation
- 3.0" Vari-Angle Touchscreen OLED Monitor & 2360k-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
- 1080p: 24p, 25p, 30p, 50p, 60p
- 77Mbps AVCHD Intraframe for 24, 25, 30fps, and up to 50mbps IPB for 50p and 60p
- ISO: 200-3200 (High Sensitivity Mode: 100-25600)
- Clean HDMI feed with 4:2:2 (likely 8-bit)
- SD, SDXC, SDHC Cards
- 40MP High Res Shot
- Peaking, Histogram, Exposure Clipping
- Built-In WiFi & Mic
- HDMI D (Micro), AV / USB Multi, USB 2.0, 1/8" Microphone
- 10 Frames Per Second
- Dustproof and Splash-Proof Construction
- Availability: March 2015
- Price: $1,100
If a normal filmmaking camera had come out, we would not be writing an article about it. The main reason that this camera is a big deal is because of sensor image stabilisation. Sensor image stabilisation is when the camera actively moves the sensor to compensate for shake. Many companies have attempted this in the past but not as successful as E-M5 Mark II. Note that this feature will work with any lens.
Below is a trailer and an extended tour of the camera:
Overall, it looks like Olympus might become a company used by indie-filmmakers in the future. Watch out, Cannon! So, tell us what you think of the camera. Do you think it is a game-changer? Let's discuss in the comments!