Olympus has announced the development of its newest flagship camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, a compact system camera with performance capabilities that surpass pro-level D-SLRs. The E-M1 Mark II will be designed to deliver incredible speed, superior image resolution and a host of new shooting features to expand the boundaries of photographic expression, said Olympus.
The OM-D E-M1 Mark II will be equipped with the newly-developed high-speed TruePic VIII Image Processor which is 3.5 times faster than previous TruePic processors. The camera will use a new 20.4 megapixel Live MOS sensor equipped with 121 points of cross-type on-chip phase detection and contrast detection AF. These technologies will work with the camera’s electronic shutter to provide full resolution images at up to an unprecedented 60 frames per second in AF and AE lock, and up to 18 frames per second with continuous AF and AE tracking.
The OM-D E-M1 Mark II will boast a wide array of shooting features including a new Pro Capture Mode for lag-free shooting that enables the capture of split-second moments, a 50 Megapixel High Res Shot Mode for images with incredible detail that rivals that of full-frame D-SLRs, in-body 5-Axis Image Stabilization with a maximum of 5.5 shutter speed steps of compensation performance, and 5-Axis Sync IS for a maximum of 6.5 shutter speed steps of compensation when combined with the new M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO.
The OM-D E-M1 Mark II will be weather-sealed to be dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof (down to 14°F / -10°C) in a compact lightweight design and will incorporate a high-performance durable shutter designed to clear 200,000 actuations, dual memory card slots, and an improved battery capacity of 37 percent from its predecessor model.
The camera will support Digital Cinema Standard 4K (4096 x 2060 pixels) video capture at 24P frame rate and a bit rate of up to 237 Mbps for authentic movie production. The video-specific picture mode “Flat” will be ideal for colour grading and finishing the footage exactly as envisioned by the videographer.