There’s much being said about Olympus’s latest Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens
camera, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. It features a proven 16MP imaging sensor supported by Olympus’s latest-generation TruePic VII image processor. It also has up to 5 stops of vibration reduction, and a rugged, and a weather-resistant, magnesium-alloy body.
No doubt about it, it’s a fine camera, but there are two special features that set the OM-D E-M5 Mark II apart from other recently-announced cameras.
The first is the camera’s High Res Shot mode in which micro motors inside the camera shift the camera sensor in half-pixel increments on the vertical and horizontal planes while capturing eight exposures along the way, one color channel at a time.
Though the High Res Shot mode can only be used for photographing non-moving subjects with the camera mounted on a sturdy tripod, the resulting image 40MB image files are notably sharper and open up larger (114.2MB vs.45.6MB) compared to single shot image files of the same subjects. Note – When shooting in High Res Shot mode lens apertures are limited to f/8 or wider (f/5.6, f/4, f/2.8, etc).
The other noteworthy feature found on Olympus’s OM-D E-M5 Mark II is the Keystone Compensation mode, which enables you to correct keystone distortions on both the horizontal and vertical plane in real-time. Functional with both the camera’s LCD and EVF, the cameras’ Keystone Compensation mode enables you to correct keystone distortion when shooting architecture and product photography without resorting to tilt-shift lenses or post-capture corrections in Photoshop.
And unlike fixed focal length tilt-shift lenses, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II’s Keystone Compensation mode is functional with any fixed focal length or zoom lens you can mount on the camera.
Olympus’s OM-D E-M5 Mark II is well worth considering if you are a product or architectural photographer already vested in a Micro Four Thirds camera system and would like to step up the image quality of your photographs.