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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM10 product photos (3 of 7)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.5

Sony and Olympus entered a gentleman’s agreement years ago to start collaborating in closer ways. With the latest announcement of the Sony A7 Mk II, it’s easy to believe that they have the same stabilization process. For many years now, Olympus has held the honor of having the best in-body image stabilization that we’ve seen. Indeed, whenever I need to shoot in impossibly low light, the camera that I reach for is my OMD EM5 paired with a Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 lens to shoot at very slow shutter speeds and with the lens wide open. Due to the depth of field and size of the sensor, shooting at f0.95 gives me the full frame equivalent of f2 in focus.

In a situation like that, technology like this could be very advantageous. But that isn’t a reason to discount what Sony is doing with its new 5 Axis Stabilization.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 7D MK II review product images (10 of 10)ISO 4001-25 sec at f - 4.0

“The industry and the state of technology is evolving or developing so quickly I frankly cannot guess what will be five years from now. I am not certain if you’d asked me this during January 2014 I could have predicted the state of affairs today, Dec 1, 2014, just one year later.” stated Henry Posner, Director of Corporate Communications at B&H Photo Video Pro Audio in NYC.

Indeed, technology these days moves so fast that we’re not sure anyone would be able to tell. Not many could have expected that a product from Apple introduced around five years ago would have improved to the point where many use it as their main camera every day. Nor did we think that it would spur the creation of an app that allows a new breed of photographers to make a decent living off of shooting photos for advertisers.

However, it is the job of manufacturers to have some sort of foresight into the future and be able to predict how the industry will evolve and technology will progress. But that’s a tough job–and one that is much easier said than done given the viral nature of the internet and social media.

To get an idea of how the industry may change, we talked to the representatives of many leading manufacturers. What they had to say may be quite understandable.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus 25mm f1.8 review product images (3 of 6)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.2

Just days after reporting that the Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II would feature a new phase detect AF sensor, 43 rumors has corrected itself stating the rumored camera will stick with the same 16MP Sony sensor as its predecessor. Bummer.

That all said, the OMD EM5’s 16MP sensor still performs admirably–we use it often. Even though the technology is three-years-old, it still out paces  even some full frame sensors. Olympus will also likely improve the image quality and we’re personally hoping for some bumped up low-light performance. Hopefully the revisited sensor will also get focus peaking since Olympus has refused to ship the feature in a software update for the original OMD EM5.

While the OMD EM5 Mk II purportedly won’t feature a new sensor, Mirrorless Rumors is sure the camera will include the new “sensor shift” technology, which allows the camera to capture a 40 megapixel photograph by stitching together eight separate shots. The question is whether that’s enough to get OMD EM5 owners to cash in for an upgrade? Leave a comment below after the break.

The camera is also bound to have an improved EVF, weather sealing, revamped autofocus and even more artistic filters. We also hope that the camera has full timelapse capabilities and not limited like the EM10.

 

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus EM1 in silver (17 of 17)

After a steady stream of relatively similar Micro Four Thirds cameras, early reports suggest that Olympus is pulling out all the stops for the OMD EM5 successor. Sources that claim to be in the know of Olympus’ plans told 43 Rumors that the OMD EM5 Mk II will be announced during the first week of February.

Supposedly the headlining feature of the new camera will be a “sensor-shift” shooting mode, which will purportedly allow the Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II’s rumored 16MP sensor to stitch together eight frames into a single high-resolution 40MP image. From the sounds of it the technology seems to be very similar to that of the Hasselblad H5D-200c MC, which can take six 50MP frames and combined them into one glorious humongous 200MP image.

Early reports suggest that the sensor will also be equipped with phase detection auto focus and will be Olympus’ first serious camera capable of 4K video recording. The Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II has also been said to feature a slightly redesigned body compared to the current model.

The Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II sounds like the hottest camera in ages outside of the Sony A7 Mk II if rumors are to be believed. Meanwhile, even fast primes lenses seem like a very likely future for the MFT system. Recently Olympus has patented 12mm f1.0 and 14mm f1.0 lenses, while Panasonic also filed a design for a 12mm f1.2 lens, both of which would effectively replace the existing Olympus 12mm f2 lens.

When we talked to Olympus Product Manager Richard Pelkowski earlier this year, he spoke to us about why lots of changes came to their lens lineup. But he assured us that their lenses are designed to perform exceptionally with future sensors.

Via 43 Rumors

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 58mm f2 Biotar images (4 of 4)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 8.0

It’s Cyber Monday, and there are even more deals happening right now in the photo world. If you want the best camera deals, the best lens deals, and the best photography accessory deals then you’ll find them right here.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Battle of the 35mm lenses for Canon (1 of 2)ISO 1601-50 sec at f - 2.8

Updated with new deals

Hey folks,

We’ve got the massive and essential Cheap Photo list for you that we’ve been curating the entire month. Here you’ll find loads and loads of deals that you’ll want to hit as soon as you possibly can. Hit the jump for more.

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