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Olympus E-M5II is The Name of The E-M5 Successor Camera

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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.

The Olympus E-M5 production has been ended officially and Olympus US dropped the price of the E-M5 down to $559. The big discount on the E-M5 silver body for $599 and with 12-42mm lens for $699.

via 43rumors