New camera shoots Cinema 4K video at 24p and up to 237Mbps.

At the Photokina show in Köln, Germany, Olympus has further developed its camera range with the announcement of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II Micro Four Thirds mirrorless model that boasts a top shooting speed of 60 frames per second for full resolution RAW stills and an improved autofocus system with 121 cross type AF points.

The AF system of the camera is also said to deliver 18fps with continuous autofocus mode and is designed to do a better job of tracking fast moving subjects, including the display of AF “cluster” points on moving subjects.

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In amongst a highly impressive spec on paper the key points for videographers who might be considering the E-M1 Mark II are the fact that the camera can shoot Cinema 4K, which is available at 24p, at a bit rate of up to 237Mbps. As well as Cinema 4K the camera also allows you to shoot 4K and its recording frame rates include 24p, 25p, 30p, 50p and 60p. Video modes include Normal, Fine, Super-fine and All-intra.

Whilst the highest video bit rate is 237Mbps you also have options that include 102Mbps, whilst an in-body, on-sensor 5-axis image stabilisation system should help to ensure your video footage is stable, with up to 6.5 stops of stabilization said to be possible. For high-speed data transfer the OM-D E-M1 Mark II is equipped with a USB 3.0 Type-C connector.


The camera features dual SD card slots, one of which is compatible with UHS-II cards, which are housed alongside a direct 4:2:2 HDMI output connection. The battery life of the E-M1 Mark II is said to last almost 40% longer than its predecessor and charging time is almost twice as quick compared to before at two hours.

The camera was launched alongside new lenses, including the M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.2 PRO and the M.Zuiko Digital 12-100mm f/4 PRO, which is said to be “the world’s first constant aperture superzoom” and focuses down to just 1.5cm from the front element.