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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Announced

Olympus has introduced the high-speed OM-D E-M1 Mark II at Photokina.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Announced : Olympus OM D E M1 Mark II (7) (Custom)

In their press event streaming live from Photokina in Cologne, Olympus has announced that a new flagship product has joined the Olympus line-up and this new camera is the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

This new camera has been 2-years in the making and everything in the camera has been improved. There's a new AF system, as Olympus want to offer the fastest possible performance to professional shooters and AF coverage has been improved. There's also a new AF algorithm so tracking a subject becomes easier and the AF cluster display has been worked on by the Olympus team. 

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II features a new 20Mp Live MOS sensor that offers better noise performance and dynamic range, plus there's also a new double quad-core image processor built in. 

The EVF has been improved and now has a reaction time of 6 milliseconds as well as 120fps and the camera captures 4K video. The battery compartment has been designed to take more capacity and also charges faster and there are 2 SD card slots available. 

As with previous OM-D models, the E-M1 Mark II is dust-, splash- and freeze-proof and you'll find the same level of mobility as seen in previous models, too. The grip's also been worked on so it's more secure and works better with larger lenses. 

Pro Capture is built in that starts taking full resolution images from when you start pressing the shutter button until it's fully pressed giving you up to 14 extra frames as well as the image you captured in RAW, if you choose to. 

The new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II will arrive in 2017. Price TBC. 

As well as the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Olympus has also released 3 news lenses as follows: 


Read our Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Hands-On Preview.


Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Announced : Olympus OM D E M1 Mark II (3) (Custom)

From Olympus: 

Olympus OM-D is on a mission to give photography professionals, enthusiasts and specialists exactly what they want. The new OM-D E-M1 Mark II exceeds all expectations of an ILC model, delivering high-class image quality with unparalleled highspeed performance. Where others have a heavy load to look after, the future OM-D E-M1 Mark II owner will be able to take all equipment in a carry-on to any given destination, thus providing superior mobility.  The new OM-D E-M1 Mark II will be one of the best cameras Olympus has ever built. To take a clear and unmistakable stance in the professional field, there will be new service packages for the OM-D  E-M1 Mark II available that enable the professional owner to continue shooting under almost any circumstances.  The OM-D E-M1 Mark II will be available as body only, or in a kit with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO lens.   


The key facts of OM-D E-M1 Mark II read like a wish list of the ideal, versatile camera every photographer has dreamt of: It meets the demands of serious enthusiasts in every photography field and serves professionals in wildlife, documentary and travel with its high-speed performance, mobility and image quality. It is the fastest in its category with unprecedented sequential shooting performance and a breathtakingly fast new autofocus system. Its sequential shooting performance is backed up by a brand-new, high-speed, all cross-type, On-chip phase detection autofocus system, new AF controls and even faster shutter response. In silent mode, using continuous AF and AE tracking, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II captures 20.4Megapixel RAW stills at a class-best 18 fps. Combined with the Live View display and custom controls, this is ideal for shooting fleet-footed wildlife or indoor events in split-seconds. With AF and AE locked, the frame rate further rises to an outstanding performance of 60fps.

The innovative Pro Capture shooting mode in OM-D E-M1 Mark II exploits the virtual elimination of shutter lag by recording up to 14 sequential frames before the shutter release is fully pressed, and ensure the OM-D E-M1 Mark II captures the perfect moment every time where other cameras miss. Powering this still (and 4K/C4K movie) prowess is an all-new TruePic VIII processor, 20 Megapixel Live MOS sensor– combined with Olympus’ trademark in-body 5axis IS re-developed for the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and the M.ZUIKO PRO lens system that covers the full focal range.  ISO speed range has been improved by one f-stop, and the new sensor’s dynamic range puts any rivals in the shade. Another ace up the new camera’s sleeve is its super-compact, easygrip design, which makes shooting with a 300mm (600mm 35mm equiv.) 1:4.0 super-telephoto lens possible without tripod support. Alongside dual SD card housing compatible with UHS-II, Direct 4:2:2 HDMI output and significantly improved battery performance, and three tiers of Olympus Pro Service packages, the design is one of numerous practical features that cater professional photographers working in an ever faster-moving field.

Benchmark AF

The predecessor OM-D flagship has already earned glowing assessments,  and now the OM-D E-M1 Mark II  elevates OM-D into the very top tier of the pro camera elite with the new ultra-fast Auto Focus system. Key to this is the completely new on-chip, phase-detection AF system, based on a trinity of precision, tracking performance and real-time controls. Precision derives from 121 all cross-type AF points and a high-speed algorithm powered by the new TruePic VIII AF processor. Tracking uses a dedicated moving subject algorithm to deliver reliable focus for sequential shooting at record-breaking 18fps, while single AF delivers ground-breaking 60fps.   


Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Announced : OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Game-changing speed

Several high-speed components combine to deliver effortless sequential shooting on the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. With an EVF that offers a response rate of barely 6 ms and a smooth frame rate of 120 fps, it’s easy to keep up with fast-moving subjects. In C-AF mode, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II reaches sequential speeds of 18 fps, which rises to 60 fps in S-AF mode, while the new PRO Capture Mode relieves OM-D owners of the shutter lag that afflicts some professional cameras. With up to 14 frames taken even before the shutter release is fully depressed, it’s virtually impossible not to capture the desired split-second shot, no matter how fast the subject moves.

Unmatched mobility

Ultra-compact, portable design is another key strength of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Olympus is the first and only professional camera maker to provide a complete, pro-standard photography system, including lenses, that fits in a carry-on bag suitable for a standard aircraft. Enhancing this go-anywhere flexibility is the rugged, splashproof, dustproof and freezeproof design. Despite its compact dimensions, the indented shape of the new OM-D makes it easier to grip firmly, especially with a telephoto lens attached. An optional battery grip with matching controls as on the main body is great for portrait orientation and safe hold on the camera in all positions. 


Maximum usability

A number of improvements are designed to make work as straightforward as possible for the busy professional photographer. By popular demand, there are two SD slots with one being UHS-II-compatible.  There are multiple recording settings available for each card, e.g. saving RAW format to one card and JPG format to the other at the same time. The new battery lasts nearly 40% longer, the charging time of 2 hours is roughly twice as quick as in the predecessor camera, and the battery charge can be displayed on the LCD as a percentage. For more details like overall battery condition, there is a separate status menu available. For high-speed data transfer, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II comes equipped with USB 3.0 Type-C connector.  


Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Announced : Olympus OM D E M1 Mark II (17) (Custom)

Elite image quality

The true measure of any professional-grade camera is image quality, and here the new OM-D E-M1 Mark II lays down another marker – for both stills and cinema-standard video footage – that the competition will struggle to match. Olympus developed the all-new TruePic VIII image processor and 20-Megapixel Live MOS sensor specifically for this camera, and it shows. By any measure, the optical potential is startling. Thanks to enhanced pixel optics and double quad-core processing, the dynamic range has been significantly improved. The 50-Megapixel High Res Shot goes far beyond the potential of full-frame cameras, with blur as good as eliminated by a combination of the TruePic VIII and a new, enhanced version of Olympus’ celebrated on-sensor 5-axis Image Stabilization. The 5-axis mechanism which has been re-designed exclusively for OM-D E-M1 Mark II now compensates the equivalent of up to 6.5 steps*** at a focal length of 100mm (with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm 1:4.0 PRO lens).This revolutionary IS system is now the perfect match for OM-D E-M1 Mark II’s video capabilities in radiant, ultra high-definition 4K at 30fps rate and 102 Mbps bit rate. Movie enthusiasts will also welcome the addition of the 24p frame rate and a 237 Mbps bit rate to the OM-D repertoire, which means footage can be shown in the authentic widescreen C4K format.

Professional service

Olympus goes the extra mile for customer service and offers OM-D E-M1 Mark II owners choice of three service programmes under new concept OLYMPUS PRO Service. Entry level called Standard Plus will be available free of charge together with MyOlympus benefits such as 6 Months Extended Warranty. Having the requirements of professionals in mind, further two service programmes Advanced and Elite will typically offer free repair shipments, loaner during repair time, regular system maintenance plan, express customer support or even assistance via video call. OLYMPUS PRO Service will be launched in 17 European countries.  

Accessories and lenses

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II is compatible with Olympus’ range of professional grade Micro Four Thirds lenses and accessories, including tailor-made camera bags and a housing for shooting down to 60 metres underwater. The new Olympus flagship system was designed to make professional photography faster, easier and more effective – anytime anywhere. Mission accomplished.


Read our Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Hands-On Preview.

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