Following the released of the E-M1 in 2013, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II is Olympus' new flagship.
The focus is on its speed, with more frames per second and faster auto-focusing. The E-M1 Mark II goes up to a maximum 18 frames per seconds (fps) with AF/AE tracking, up from 6.5fps on the E-M1. There are 121 AF points, up from 81, which are all cross-type, with the Dual Fast AF system providing both phase-detection and contrast detection AF in C-AF.
For comparison, the Canon 1DX Mark II has 61 AF points, 41 cross-type, and the Nikon D5 has 153 AF points, 99 cross-type.
Resolution has been increased from 16MP on the E-M1 to 20.4MP on the E-M2, and the camera now shoot C4K/24p video with a high bitrate of 237Mbps. The E-M1 Mark II takes the 40MP High Resolution Shot from the E-M5 II and takes it up to 50MP with an ultra High Resolution Shot mode. Also, the camera can now cleverly reduce ghosting for subjects that move slightly.
While the E-M1 had a deep grip, the E-M1 Mark II has a deeper and chunkier grip for a more secure grip. The camera is still weather-, being dust-, splash- and freeze-proof. The Mark II is slightly thicker and heavier than the E-M1, at approximately 498g (body only) compared to 443g (body only).
The E-M1 Mark II comes equipped with dual SD card slots, slot 1 supports UHS-II/UHS-I and slot 2 supports UHS-I cards.
The E-M1 Mark II comes with, not with one, but three Custom Mode dials to save and quickly access settings. That raised button in the middle of the Mode dial locks the dial only when you press down on it. Press again to release the Mode dial.
The rear touch monitor on the E-M1 could only swivel up and down, the E-M1 Mark II has a fully articulating rear touch monitor.
The E-M1 Mark II comes with a brand new battery, the BLH-1. It has 37 percent higher capacity than the battery used in the E-M1, giving users up to 440 shots on a single charge (CIPA standards), almost a hundred more than the E-M1’s 350 shots. The new battery charger, BCH-1 charges the battery 50 percent faster than traditional chargers. Happily, the E-M1 Mark II now displays the percentage of battery life remaining on the battery, instead of an approximation.
All the goods from the E-M1 are back; like twin control dials for shutter speed and aperture control, as well as Olympus’s class-leading 5-axis image stabilization system. Both old and new features packed in this camera are going to take anyone a while to go through them all.
The Olympus E-M1 Mark II is not just a simple upgrade. The Mark II has a double quad core TruePic VIII image processing system that’s 3.5 times faster than the preceding TruePic VII, and those faster cores are responsible for the dramatic increase in AF response and frames per second shooting speed.