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Olympus E-M5 Mk II Will Feature Powerful Video Functions Despite No 4K | Rumor

By Anthony Thurston on January 10th 2015

The latest rumors on the block point to Olympus announcing their E-M5 follow-up, the E-M5 Mk II within the next month. We’ve already talked about the sensor and new 40MP sensor shift function, and today, we have an interesting rumor update regarding the video functions of this upcoming camera…


According to a new report over on 4/3 Rumors, the upcoming Olympus E-M5 will feature some impressive video functionality – though probably missing the biggest video marketing buzz word there is currently – 4K.

In the report, 4/3 rumors says that the new camera will be capable of clean-HDMI out, feature all ‘common’ video frame rates, and will be able to record all-intra 50 Mb/s files. Not bad for what is supposed to be a mid-level camera.

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This actually makes me pretty interested in what Olympus has up their sleeves for the E-M1 update, maybe that camera will actually be capable of 4K. The E-M5 Mk II will be announced the first week of February, so not long left to wait for those of you excited about this release.

What are your thoughts on this rumor update? Do you think that these video features will be sufficient, or is the lack of 4K a deal breaker for this camera from a video perspective? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via 4/3 Rumors]



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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dave Haynie

    I’m curious if Olympus really starts getting serious about video. Given their so – far very smart focus on still shooting (video capable, sure, but that’s a standard feature, and no one buys Olympus for video) and the fact that Panasonic offers things that Canon and Sony don’t, costs less, and takes my m43 lenses, I don’t know if it makes any sense to get all modern about video but still fall short of Panasonic. Unless they think they really can do better still (sic).

    As for 4K, no, 4K delivery is still a quagmire. But with prices dropping so fast, it’s likely that HD – only TVs will vanish above a gradually falling price point, just as you don’t find non – Blu-ray DVD players other than at the low end anymore. So content delivery will be the final piece, and many are working on it.

    So if I was buying new video gear, it would absolutely be 4K today. Shoot on 4K and you’re relatively future proof. Or you crop losslessly while editing. Or down rez to 4:4:4 HD from your 4:2:0 4K material. If Olympus is getting serious about video, they have no reason not to put this in a new camera… in particular, why not even the new E-M5? Like Panasonic taking on Canon with the GH3 and GH4, you don’t grow your market just by keeping up with the established leaders. Canon’s got their very high dollar 4K EOS line to protect, so they may be slower to 4K than others. That kind of window, the chance to shuffle around the order of the various hardware companies in an industry, that doesn’t happen often.

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  2. Rafael Steffen

    4K is going to be great in a few years when you have better processors to render these huge video files.

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  3. Matthew Saville

    I think 4K video is still absent from enough other cameras that this is a non-issue. I know people are starting to really whine about any camera that DOESN’T have it, but really, how many high-end cameras DO have it? A small percentage… Off the top of my head, all we’ve got is the A7s (via external accessory) and the Panasonic GH4. Maybe there’s one or two others I’m forgetting, but that’s it AFAIK…


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  4. J D

    As someone who doesn’t shoot video, is 4K really necessary or a deal breaker? How many people/clients realistically have the equipment to view the video at its highest settings? Personally, I still have a standard def tv at home and would have no way of even viewing something at this quality.

    Is it just me way behind the technology, is 4K just the latest “fad” like 3D tv’s or is it something that is going to be the new standard?

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    • John Cavan

      I don’t think 4K is a fad, but the number of people with 4K televisions is pretty small relative to those with normal 1080p HD variants at this time. Having said that, it’s much easier to throw away information to down convert to less capable resolutions than it is to add them back to up convert, so having 4K video as the source is the most flexible.

      Long story short, if your interest is video, I think this is a deal breaker.

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    • Hannu Siika-aho

      One advantage of shooting 4K is that when you down sample it to 1080p you’ll get really great quality video. This of course, if you know little bit of the software you’d use for it…

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