ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $1,099 (body only)
Olympus has put pretty much everything but the kitchen sink into its second-generation OM-D E-M5 Mark II. In or on its compact dust- and splashproof "mini-DSLR"-style body you’ll find 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization, a 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen LCD monitor, the 2.36M-dot electronic viewfinder from the flagship E-M1, WiFi, a host of special effects and a 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds Live MOS sensor that can deliver 40-megapixel images thanks to the new 40-Megapixel High-Resolution Shot Mode. In this mode, eight sequential images are taken—four while moving the sensor in full-pixel steps to record full-color information at each pixel site, then four in 0.5-pixel steps between shots for added detail—which are then combined to produce an image with enhanced resolution and color detail. If you shoot RAW + JPEG, the camera will save a 40 MP JPEG plus a 64 MP RAW (ORF) file and a 16 MP RAW (ORI) file.
The E-M5 II’s 81-point Fast AF can provide continuous AF at 5 fps (the camera can do up to 10 fps with focus locked at the first frame). Top mechanical shutter speed is 1/8000; silent mode provides a 1/16,000 second electronic shutter for silent shooting. The E-M5 II can do 1080p video at 60 fps (and slower rates), and you can adjust such things as AF point, exposure, electronic zoom, Movie Tele-converter, audio volume and art effects all while recording, using the touchscreen.
Like all Micro Four Thirds cameras, the E-P5 can use all MFT lenses and just about any lens for which an adapter can be found. Current Olympus MFT lenses range from 9mm fish-eye and 9-18mm zoom through 75-300mm zoom, providing, thanks to the MFT sensor’s 2.0X crop factor, 35mm-camera-equivalent focal lengths from 18mm through 600mm. The E-M5 Mark II measures 4.9×3.3×1.8 inches and weighs 14.7 ounces. Estimated Street Price: $1,099 (body only). Contact: Olympus, getolympus.com.