Olympus News: Flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1 II camera launched at Photokina 2016!


posted Monday, September 19, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST


The announcements continue at Photokina as Olympus kicks off its press conference. What does the company have to reveal today? The IR team is live at the show, and we'll summarize the announcements below. In the meantime, you can see all of the new products for yourself in the live stream video courtesy of Olympus:

Olympus' new products

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
  • Olympus E-M1 Mark II: A new flagship model for the OM-D line, claimed to "exceed APS-C cameras in overall value"

    • New 20-megapixel Live MOS sensor, not the same one Panasonic is using. Optimized for low power consumption, much higher-speed data readout, much better noise performance and dynamic range. Noise performance improved by one stop. 50 megapixel High Res Shot mode can compensate for moving subjects.

    • TruePic VIII image processor, double quad-core design. One core is dedicated to AF, and the other to image processing.

    • New high-speed, high-precision autofocus system. 18 fps in full-res raw with continuous autofocus active. (!) 75% vertical and 80% horizontal coverage, all 121 AF points are cross-types. Uses all focus points in every shooting mode, all of the time. Uprated subject tracking can better handle background and subject with similar texture.

    • 60 fps full-res raw burst shooting with autofocus locked from the first frame

    • 50% faster startup time

    • 3x faster internal data writing speed and 2x more raw buffer capacity

    • New Synchronous Image Stabilization system has a claimed 6.5 EV corrective ability.

    • Pro Capture function captures up to 14 full-res (and optionally, raw) frames immediately after shutter button is half-pressed, these and final image are saved as soon as shutter button is fully pressed.

    • 120 fps EVF with lag of just six milliseconds. Olympus is suggesting some pros who were shown pre-production units thought it was an optical viewfinder, not an EVF.

    • Dustproof, splashproof, freezeproof design.

    • New, higher-capacity battery and significantly faster charging.

    • New grip works better when shooting with longer lenses.

    • Dual SD card slots, UHS-II compatibility.

    • 30p Cinema 4K footage at 237Mbps straight out of the camera

  • Two new M.Zuiko Pro lenses.

    • Super-bright, super-fast 25mm f/1.2 PRO lens. Dust, splash and freezeproof.

    • 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO, their first professional 8.3x zoom. 1/5cm closeup performance, Sync IS tech for 6.5 EV shake compensation. Also weatherproof.

  • Accessories

    • HLD-9 grip has dedicated key pad, can be accessed the same for portrait and landscape shooting

    • FL-900R weatherproof flash with 10 fps shooting

    • RM-CB2 remote cable

    • PT-EP14 underwater case

    • STF-8 Twin Flash

    • CBG-12 camera bag

  • Service

    • Olympus Pro service can provide next-day replacement units, video hotline for support, comes in Standard Plus (Free for all customers), Advanced (paid) and Elite (paid) levels.