Olympus Announces Development of OM-D E-M1 Mark II Camera

The just announced Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is going to be fast, very, very fast.

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II will feature the newly-developed high-speed TruePic VIII Image Processor (which Olympus says is 3.5 times faster than previous TruePic processors) and a new 20.4 megapixel Live MOS sensor equipped with 121 points of cross-type on-chip phase detection and contrast detection AF.

OM-D E-M1 Mark II Back

These technologies will work with the camera’s electronic shutter to provide full resolution images at up to a blistering 60 fps in AF and AE lock, and up to 18 fps with continuous AF and AE tracking.

The new Pro Capture Mode is designed to catch split-second moments and it’s 50 megapixel High Res Shot Mode will supposedly rival the detail captured by full-frame DSLRs.

Here’s what Olympus says about Pro Capture Mode:

Capturing precise moments often proves to be difficult, especially when your subject is in motion. The E-M1 Mark II’s Pro Capture Mode ensures that you catch the exact moment you want without any lag. Pro Capture starts taking and buffering a running series of full resolution JPEG / RAW images as soon as you press the shutter release button halfway. Fully press the shutter button to instantly record an image plus up to 14 previous frames. Keep the shutter button fully depressed to continue shooting. With Pro Capture’s silent electronic shutter and high-speed sequential shooting, you’ll capture once-in-a-lifetime images in no time.”
OM-D E-M1 Mark II Top Down View

Feature Highlights:

  • Advanced 5-Axis Image Stabilization
  • 15fps Seq. Shooting (Mechanical) / 60fps Seq. Shooting (Electronic)
  • 121-Point Dual FAST AF
  • 50 Megapixel High-Res Shot Mode
  • 1/8000s High-Speed Mechanical Shutter
  • Dual Memory Card Slots
  • 50% faster start-up time
  • 3x faster internal data writing speed and 2x more raw buffer capacity
  • 120 fps EVF with lag of just six milliseconds.

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II will be capable of 4K (3840x2160) and C4K (4096x2160) video capture with a max bit rate of up to 237 Mbps, and the in-body 5-Axis Image Stabilization will provide up to 5.5 shutter speed steps of compensation for blur-free handheld shooting.

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II is weather sealed, dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof to -10 degrees centigrade.

Because this is a development announcement, Olympus hasn’t released an official release date, other than to say that it will be sometime later this year.

Originally published at Pro Photo Blog.