Olympus announced OM-D E-M1 Mark II mirrorless camera development

Olympus announced OM-D E-M1 Mark II mirrorless camera development

Olympus has announced the development of its newest flagship camera at the Photokina 2016 event. The OM-D E-M1 Mark II is now official with 4K and 50MP high-res mode.

The new camera will feature a 20.4-megapixel Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor. It has an ISO range of 200-25,600, which can be expanded down to 64 ISO. It does not have an anti-aliasing filter.

The sensor is coupled with a TruePic VIII processor, which is about 3.5x faster than the TruePic VII engine. It delivers up to 18fps with continuous autofocus and up to 60fps with single AF in burst mode.

This is the first Olympus camera that offers 4K video recording. The E-M1 Mark II also supports the DCI 4K standard, so it captures movies at 4096 x 2060 pixels at up to 24fps, while the maximum bitrate stands at 237 Mbps.

Olympus E-M1 Mark II unveiled with 4K and 50MP high-res mode


The built-in electronic viewfinder has a frame rate of 120fps and a lag of only 6ms. Moreover, shutter release lag has been reduced by 30%, while a Pro Capture mode allows users to half-press the shutter button in order to capture up to 14 shots at maximum resolution.

The Olympus E-M1 Mark II features an integrated 5-axis image stabilization technology. It provides 5.5 stops of stabilization. If you pair the camera with a lens that also has an IS system, then the technology will offer up to 6.5 stops of stabilization.

  • 20-megapixels sensor
  • ISO 64
  • 25% higher resolution than the predecessor model
  • TruePic VIII Image Processor which is 3.5 times faster than previous TruePic processors
  • 121 cross-type AF on-sensor phase detection points
  • 4K recording at 24fps up to 237 Mbps
  • 1.48x (35mm equivalent) high-magnification EVF
  • 60 frames per second in AF and AE lock, and up to 18 frames per second with continuous AF and AE tracking.
  • 50 Megapixel High Res Shot Mode
  • Dual memory card slots
  • Improved battery capacity of 37 percent from its predecessor model.
  • Weathersealed to be dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof (down to 14°F / -10°C)


The camera has 121 cross-type AF on-sensor phase detection points. It also has a new algorithm that should be better at tracking. The flagship MFT camera can also shoot 4K video, including the wider aspect ratio ‘DCI’ Cinema 4K at up to 236mbps. It supports Dual UHS-II SD slots and higher capacity battery with faster charging.

After four years of development the Olympus OM-D E-M1II camera will come in late 2016.

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