It's a stabilisation feature that Olympus says will allow movie makers to get into tight spots and give them the freedom to use the camera for 'run-and-gun' action, without add-ons such as a steadycam or other types of rigs attached to the camera. Because the stabilisation is built in to the body and is based on sensor-shift technology, any lens can benefit from it, including electronic or manual focusing lenses. Olympus boasts that over 50 lenses from seven different brands can be used with the camera.
There is a multi-shot image compilation feature that can take advantage of the improved accuracy of the image stabiliser when the camera is paired with premium quality lenses. This feature can allow the camera to shoot static images that are up to 64 megapixels large in RAW mode, which then need to be processed in Adobe Photoshop CS5 or newer. Up to 40-megapixel images can be captured in JPEG mode.
A tripod is required for a multi-shot image compilation, mainly because the sensor-shift stabiliser moves up to half a pixel for a series of eight shots in slightly different positions in order to capture the single, large image. Premium lenses are needed due to the sharpness that this operation requires in order to work successfully. It's a feature that will best serve photographers of architecture, and any other types of high-detail, static scenes.
The OM-D E-M5 Mark II will go on sale from March. It will include a kit flash that can tilt and swivel. Pricing follows:
OM-D E-M5 body only: $1299OM-D E-M5 Adventure kit with 14-150mm II lens: $1799OM-D E-M5 Pro kit with 12-40mm lens: $2099OM-D E-M5 Weatherproof kit with 12-50mm lens: $1599
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