Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Digital Mirrorless Camera Body
Park Picks 2017 Winner: Best Mirrorless Camera
I think it is fair to say that the E-M1 Mark II took a fair few people by surprise when it was announced as a development product at Photokina 2016.
A high-end mirrorless camera with punchy autofocus and continuous shooting capabilities opening up a viable wildlife and sports camera with a micro four-thirds sensor (as discussed in our blog where we were bold enough to call it a game-changer), it sounded almost too good to be true.
Lo and behold, now it has launched it has become a wildly popular choice for Park Cameras customers, and is the perfect complement for the Olympus 300mm PRO lens to grab far-away fast-moving action.
Battery life and camera build are also laudable - with the manufacturers of the Tough range of action cameras adopting some of those double-hard capabilities within this model.
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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Digital Mirrorless Camera Summary
Compatible with a wide range of Micro Four-Thirds lenses.Head over to the Park Cameras Blog to read our hands-on, real-world test and review of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II follows on from a camera launched in 2013, meaning in the fast-moving world of photographic advancement, there was a lot of scope for improving upon their flagship mirrorless.
Olympus haven't failed to impress with the list of key specs on the E-M1 Mark II and are showing that mirrorless cameras can be a more than viable contender for wildlife, sports and other photography where tracking faster subjects has been the mainstay of powerful DSLRs.
With 20.4 MP stills captured in RAW at 18 frames per second and a fast autofocus with a whopping 121 cross-type AF points, this camera can more than handle the pace.
One thing that Mirrorless cameras have tended to beat their chunkier siblings, the DSLR on in the specs war is on-board image stabilisation. The OM-D E-M1 Mark II makes good use of the technology Olympus have become reknowned for, and this will make a fine partner for the excellent Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300MM F/4.0 IS Pro lens which has clearly been made knowing the OM-D E-M1 Mark II was on the way. Handheld telephoto photography just got a whole lot easier!
|First Look: Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II|
|Olympus OM-D E-M1 II Digital Mirrorless Camera Features in Detail|
The predecessor OM-D flagship has already earned glowing assessments, and now the OM-D E-M1 Mark II elevates OM-D into the very top tier of the pro camera elite with the new ultra-fast Auto Focus system.
Key to this is the completely new on-chip, phase-detection AF system, based on a trinity of precision, tracking performance and real-time controls.
Precision derives from 121 all cross-type AF points and a high-speed algorithm powered by the new TruePic VIII AF processor.
Tracking uses a dedicated moving- subject algorithm to deliver reliable focus for sequential shooting at an amazing 18fps, while single AF delivers ground-breaking 60fps.
Several high-speed components combine to deliver effortless sequential shooting on the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. With an EVF that offers a response rate of barely 6 ms and a smooth frame rate of 120 fps, it’s easy to keep up with fast-moving subjects.
In C-AF mode, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II reaches sequential speeds of 18 fps, which rises to 60 fps in S-AF mode, while the new PRO Capture Mode relieves OM-D owners of the shutter lag that afflicts some professional cameras.
With up to 14 frames taken even before the shutter release is fully depressed, it’s virtually impossible not to capture the desired split-second shot, no matter how fast the subject moves.
Ultra-compact, portable design is another key strength of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Olympus is the first and only professional camera maker to provide a complete, pro-standard photography system, including lenses, that fits in a carry-on bag suitable for a standard aircraft.
Enhancing this go-anywhere flexibility is the rugged, splashproof, dustproof and freezeproof design. Despite its compact dimensions, the indented shape of the new OM-D makes it easier to grip firmly, especially with a telephoto lens attached.
An optional battery grip with matching controls as on the main body is great for portrait orientation and safe hold on the camera in all positions.
A number of improvements are designed to make work as straightforward as possible for the busy professional photographer. By popular demand, there are two SD slots with one being UHS-II-compatible.
There are multiple recording settings available for each card, e.g. saving RAW format to one card and JPG format to the other at the same time.
The new battery lasts nearly 40% longer, the charging time of 2 hours is roughly twice as quick as in the predecessor camera, and the battery charge can be displayed on the LCD as a percentage. For more details like overall battery condition, there is a separate status menu available. For high-speed data transfer, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II comes equipped with USB 3.0 Type-C connector.
Elite image quality
The true measure of any professional-grade camera is image quality, and here the new OM-D E-M1 Mark II lays down another marker – for both stills and cinema-standard video footage – that the competition will struggle to match.
Olympus developed the all-new TruePic VIII image processor and 20-Megapixel Live MOS sensor specifically for this camera, and it shows. By any measure, the optical potential is startling.
Thanks to enhanced pixel optics and double quad-core processing, the dynamic range has been significantly improved. The 50-Megapixel High Res Shot goes far beyond the potential of full-frame cameras, with blur as good as eliminated by a combination of the TruePic VIII and a new, enhanced version of Olympus’ celebrated on-sensor 5-axis Image Stabilization.
The 5-axis mechanism which has been re-designed exclusively for OM-D E-M1 Mark II now compensates the equivalent of up to 6.5 steps at a focal length of 100mm (with the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm 1:4.0 PRO lens).
This revolutionary IS system is now the perfect match for OM-D E-M1 Mark II’s video capabilities in radiant, ultra high-definition 4K at 30fps rate and 102 Mbps bit rate.
Movie enthusiasts will also welcome the addition of the 24p frame rate and a 237 Mbps bit rate to the OM-D repertoire, which means footage can be shown in the authentic widescreen C4K format.
Buy Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Digital Mirrorless Camera Body - price £1,849.00
|Sensor Type||4/3" Live Mos Sensor|
|ISO range||LOW ‑ 25600 in 1/3 or 1 EV ISO steps|
|Focus points||121 points * / All target, Group target (9‑areas or 5‑areas), Single target 800 points / Manual selection in Magnified View Mode|
|Video resolution||4K Video Capture at 30fps and 102Mbps bit-rate|
|LCD screen||7.6cm / 3.0'' (3:2) 1037K dots|
|Viewfinder||Electronic Viewfinder 2.360K dots|
|Lens compatability||Micro 4/3"|
|Storage type||SD HX/XC|
|Dimensions||134.1 x 90.9 x 68.9mm|
|Weight||498g (body only)|