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Full frontal

The second generation OM-D E-M5 shares the same retro aesthetic as earlier cameras in the series.

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Video didn't kill the camera star

This camera is the first Olympus model to really take video recording seriously. There are selectable frame rates (finally!) as well as a microphone input for better audio quality. Recording can be done in either All-I or IPB, while the Olympus image stabilization system also works in movie mode.

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Push those buttons

Dials have been refined ever so slightly to give a smooth, tactile response when turning. The overall button design has been simplified from the earlier E-M5 allowing for plenty of custom function options for those who like to tweak.

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Screen time

The LCD touchscreen now rotates around the side axis, rather than a top hinge as found on earlier cameras.

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Lens me up

Launched at the same time as the E-M5 Mark II is a new 14-150mm f/4-5.6 lens, equivalent to 10.7x optical zoom. It's also splash and dust-proof to complement the camera body.

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Lock and load

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II comes with a locking mode dial, to prevent it from accidentally slipping into an undesired mode when out and about.

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Higher, higher resolution

Although the sensor is only 16 megapixels, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II can output files at 40 megapixels thanks to a new sensor shift feature. By shifting the sensor by half a pixel's width for each photo in the sequence, the camera takes 8 shots and then stitches them together for a high-resolution image. You will need to use a tripod for this mode, as any camera or subject movement will result in an odd-looking image.

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