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Olympus, one of the top brands in the micro four-thirds segment, launched its OM-D E-M1 mirrorless camera in the fall of 2013. Ahead of the Photokina 2016 trade show in Cologne, Germany, Olympus announced that its flagship shooter will receive a refresh.
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II features a 20.4-megapixel live MOS sensor and a TruePic VIII processor that dishes out 3.5 times as much processing power compared to its predecessor. With it, the camera is capable of shooting at 18 frames per second with continuous focus enabled and up to 60 frames per second with the focus locked (electronic shutter) – all at full-resolution.
The camera utilizes a new 121-point all-cross-type, on-chip phase detection and contrast detection autofocus system.
There’s also a 50-megapixel high-resolution mode that combines eight shots to generate a single, massive image. This of course is best used when photographing still objects when mounted on a tripod but it’s neat nevertheless.
The body also has Olympus’ excellent five-axis image stabilization system built in which, when combined with a lens equipped with its Sync IS system, is reportedly equivalent to 6.5 shutter speed stops. Other noteworthy features include a 3-inch, articulating touchscreen LCD, a 120 frames per second 2.36M-dot electronic viewfinder, dual SD card slots and Olympus’ dust, splash and freeze protection.
The battery is also said to last 37 percent longer than before while the charger is 50 percent faster at its job. What’s more, the E-M1 Mark II is the first Olympus camera to support 4K video capture (up to 30 frames per second).
No word yet on when exactly the OM-D E-M1 Mark II will go on sale nor do we know how much it’ll cost.