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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II: For the amateur in you

Create: 08/31/2015 - 21:48
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II might be the right choice for those looking to move up from a smartphone or tablet.

Olympus is making no bones about it. Its successor to the OM-D E-M10 is aimed squarely at those who favor convenience first. With this model, the OM-D E-M10 Mark II, Olympus has come up with a name that only aficionados will remember.

That is a good thing for those who are looking to move on from a smartphone or point and shoot.

Its 16.1-MP 4/3 Live MOS sensor can capture images in the RAW and JPG formats, as well as HD video.

Shutter speeds run from 1/4,000 to 60 seconds with an ISO range of 100 to 25,600. In silent mode, the shutter speeds available via the electronic shutter run from 1/16,000 to 60 seconds.

The M-10 Mark II captures movies in either MOV or AVI fomat with HD movies limited to seven minutes. Cinematographers will want to consider a different camera.

Photos and movies can be composed on the 3.0-inch tilting LCD monitor or the OLED viewfinder.

The camera features five-axis image stabilization, which will really prove useful for those who shoot solely with the LCD display. The camera has a built-in flash. Among the various effects is the ability for in-camera HDR.

Battery life is rated at 320 shots or 750 shots with power-saving modes turned on.

The body is available in chrome and black and can be purchased as the body only (US$649.99) or with a matching color 14-42mm EZ kit lens (US$799.99).


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