The Video Mode speaks to Ali Kiani of Olympus to discover what videographers can expect from the new OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera, which includes Cinema 4K capabilities

At the Photokina 2016 show in Köln, Germany, The Video Mode got the chance to chat to Ali Kiani of Olympus Europe about the video features of the new OM-D E-M1 Mark II Micro Four Thirds mirrorless model that can shoot Cinema 4K (4096×2160) at 24p.

Ali Kiani explained: “The E-M1 Mark II offers, for the first time [in an Olympus camera], the 4K format and the Cinema 4K format. You can get the Cinema 4K right out of the camera and you can have a clean 4:2:2 output with the E-HDMI connection out of the camera as well.”

Talking about frame rates Ali Kiani added: “You can have 4K up to 30 frames per second and the Cinema 4K is 24 frames per second. You can have Full HD up to 60 frames per second which is also very, very handy – it’s a format that a lot of videographers use. We believe that with these formats and the rich bit rate up to 237Mbps you can achieve very good video in combination with the 5-axis [image stabilisation]. I think this is going to be a great combination – many people have been waiting for it and now the video format is there it gives you a nice video format as well as that capacity of the 5-axis [technology].”

6.5 stops of image stabilisation
Whilst the highest video bit rate is 237Mbps you also have options that include 102Mbps, whilst the aforementioned in-body, on-sensor 5-axis image stabilisation system should help to ensure your video footage is stable, with a promised offering of up to 6.5 stops of stabilisation possible. For high-speed data transfer the OM-D E-M1 Mark II is equipped with a USB 3.0 Type-C connector.

The camera features dual SD card slots, one of which is compatible with UHS-II cards, which are housed alongside a direct 4:2:2 HDMI output connection. The battery life of the EM-1 Mark II EM-1 is said to last almost 40% longer than its predecessor and charging time is almost twice as quick compared to before, at two hours.

The camera was announced alongside new lenses, including the M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.2 PRO and the M.Zuiko Digital 12-100mm f/4 PRO, which is said to be “the world’s first constant aperture superzoom” and focuses down to just 1.5cm from the front element.

According to Olympus the OM-D E-M1 Mark II will be available before the end of 2016 but no exact launch date has been announced yet. To find out more about the video features of the new model just click no the play button in the window at the top of this page.