Olympus’ Stylish PEN E-PL8 & Speedy OM-D E-M1 Mark II


Two new cameras were already unveiled by Olympus, namely PEN E-PL8 and OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Both offer interesting features, even sophisticated ones.

Available in black, brown and white, Olympus PEN E-PL8 has a stylish design in which selfies are easily captured since it uses tilt-touch LCD screen. When the screen is tilted 180o down, “Selfie” mode will be automatically activated.

The entry-level E-PL8 is equipped with 16-MP Live MOS sensor, in-body image stabilization, TruePic VII image processor and 3-inch tilt-touch LCD screen. All these are the same hardwares planted in its predecessor, E-PL7. Their diffrence is basically on the design where the latest product has new top plate and grip. Olympus PEN E-PL8 is estimated to be available next month for USD 550 (body only).

Meanwhile, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II which is now in development has a weathersealed body making it dustproof, splashproof dan freezeproof (down to -10oC). Compact and lightweight in design, the camera is equipped with 20.4-MP Live MOS sensor and TruePic VIII image processor – claimed to be 3.5 times faster than previous TruePic processors.

“The newly-developed high-speed TruePic VIII Image Processor and a new 20.4 megapixel live MOS sensor will work in concert with the camera’s electronic shutter to provide full resolution images at a maximum 60 frames per second in AF and AE lock, and up to 18 frames per second with continuous AF and AE tracking,” Olympus explains.

Several other features in E-M1 Mark II include Digital Cinema Standard 4K (4096 x 2060 pixels) video capture, 50-MP high-res shot mode, in-body 5-axis image stabilization, and dual UHS-II SD card slots. Olympus said that the camera would be available later this year, but no information yet on its official release.

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