Olympus E-M5II will be the name of the E-M5 successor camera. The Olympus OM-D E-M5II Micro Four Thirds camera expected to arrive in February, 2015 and rumored to feature a sensor shift mechanism allowing users to capture 40-megapixel photos.
According to recent Olympus rumors, the next E-M5 will be called the E-M5II or E-M5 Mark II and will integrate something called ‘sensor shift’ shooting.
The Pixel Shift mechanism found in some Hasselblad cameras, such as the H5D-200c, make it possible to capture 40MP images using the 16MP sensor inside the E-M5II by shifting the sensor and combining up to 8 shots into one.
Previously the sensor said to come packed with Phase Detection AF technology just like the flagship E-M1 camera. This is now updated as the E-M5II will use the same E-M5 16 megapixel sensor without PDAF and not the E-M1 sensor with PDAF.
Olympus E-M5II Will Feature 16MP Sensor with Shift Mechanism
The sources also mentions that the Olympus E-M5II mirrorless camera with Micro Four Thirds image sensor is not really made to hold the bigger Four Thirds lenses. The E-M1 is more appropriate for that.
On the other hand E-M5II camera design will be a little bit different from the current OM-D E-M5 shooter. The mirrorles camera will also include the same 5-axis image stabilization system and proven dust-proof and splash-proof technology used on the E-M5.
Olympus E-M5II Rumored Specifications
To wrap-up the rumors for the E-M5 Mark II camera, here are the specs posted so far :
- Same E-M5 16MP sensor without PDAF
- Sensor shift mechanism
- Capture 40MP images using the 16MP sensor
- 5-axis image stabilization
- Weather-sealed body
- 4K Video Recording (not confirmed yet)
Olympus OM-D E-M5 will be replaced by a mirrorless camera with a new sensor shift mechanism and design. Next-gen E-M5II camera is expected to be announced in the first week of February 2015.