In addition to the PEN E-PL8 camera, Olympus has also announced a new mirrorless camera in the company’s OM-D series – the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a compact system camera with performance capabilities promise to surpass pro-level DSLRs.

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II is equipped with a high-speed TruePic VIII Image processor and a 20.4 Megapixel Live MOS sensor equipped with 121 points of cross-type on-chip phase detection and contrast detection AF. These technologies 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 advanced Dual FAST AF system will automatically select between contrast and phase detection AF depending on lens type, camera settings and lighting conditions to ensure accurate focus and sharp image quality. In addition, the continuous AF tracking performance will be dramatically improved with a new moving subject tracking algorithm.

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II boasts 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 DSLRs, 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 is weather-sealed; dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof (down to 14°F / -10°C) in a compact lightweight design, ideal for shooting in all types of outdoor conditions. The camera promises to exceed professional photographers; performance requirements by employing 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 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II will be available as a body only, or in a kit with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO lens. Pricing and availability are yet to be made official.

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