63.7 megapixel raw with the E-M5 II – and finally 24p at 77Mbit!

Olympus E-M5 II

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More detailed specs for the E-M5 II have come out ahead of it’s launch on Thursday 5th February.

The video mode is much improved, although it doesn’t shoot 4K.

These are the latest leaked specs according to DCInfo

  • 16.1 million pixel sensor LiveMOS
  • Hi-Res composite shooting functions (63.7 million pixels in RAW, JPEG with 40 million pixels)
  • Video 1080 / 30p, 720 / 60p (※ has changed from the previous)
  • Video frame rate 24fps can also be selected
  • The maximum bit rate is 77Mbps in ALL-I. 52Mbps in IPB
  • Fastest shutter, mechanical shutter 1/8000 seconds. Electronic shutter 1/16000 seconds
  • Continuous shooting 11 frames / sec (continuous shooting mode H), 5 frames / second (continuous shooting mode L)
  • 16 images in RAW (continuous shooting mode H), 19 in JPEG. In continuous shooting mode L no-limit.
  • ISO range ISO 100 – 25600
  • 5-axis camera shake correction, 5 stops effectiveness (CIPA)
  • LCD monitor 3 inches 1.037 million dots. Vari-Angle
  • EVF is 2.36 million dots. Eye point 21mm
  • The battery BLN-1. Possible shots 350
  • Media SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I compatible, Eye-Fi compatible)
  • Magnitude 123.7mm x 85mm x 44.5mm
  • Weighs 417g (body only). 469g (including battery and memory card)
  • Usable temperature is -10 degrees to 40 degrees (at the time of operation). -20 Degrees to 60 degrees (when saving)
  • Available humidity 30-90% (operation). 10-90% (when saving)
  • Power Battery Holder HLD-8

The 63.7 megapixel raw stills mode requires the use of a tripod. It uses a sensor-pixel-shift technique provided by the 5 axis stabilisation mechanism.

Video mode

The biggest flaws of the E-M1 and E-M5 have been corrected with the E-M5 II and not a moment too soon. We’ve waited a long time for this. The E-M5 II may be a great handheld camera for filmmakers, and good for run & gun. I say “may be” because I don’t know if moire and aliasing have been fixed. In theory it should provide Panasonic GH4 standard 1080p. The reality might be different.

The flaws – a low bitrate codec and only 30p – have been banished. Now we have 24p and 77Mbit in ALL-I, 52Mbit/s in IPB. Slightly odd numbers but very welcome nevertheless. The image will likely be less compressed looking in 52Mbit/s mode, as IPB needs less data per frame than ALL-I to maintain the same standard of image quality. ALL-I has the advantage of better motion cadence, but only if you keep the shutter to 180 degrees.

More info on 5th February.