Olympus OM-D EM1: Familar But Different
The time is nearly upon us when the new Olympus OM-D EM1 II will be readily available.
Whilst the new model looks superficially very similar to the EM1 deleve into the specification and you’ll see Olympus has honed, tweaked and improved every major aspect of the earlier model even re-shaping the finger grip to allow better traction when the new camera is used with the bigger M43 lenses like the m.Zuiko 300mm f4 and m.Zuiko 40-150mm f2.9 Pro Telephoto.
There’s been much talk about its price point ( around £1800 body only) and whether this new Micro Four Thirds ( M43) power-house can really take the fight to APS-C cameras like the Nikon D500 (they will retail at a similar cost) let alone compete with other mirrorless cameras like Fuji’s wonderfully sublime Fujifilm X-T2 which I’d argue sets the bench mark for not only CSC’s / mirrorless cameras in general but high end enthusiast cameras period.
Well time will tell but one thing is for sure spec wise the new EM1 looks like a dream M43 camera, in fact it looks like a dream camera full stop so here’s a a reminder of its general specs:
Core Specification: Olympus OM-D EM1 II
New 20mp Four Third CMOS sensor
2.36M dor EVF with improved refresh rate
On chip phase detection points
121-point AF system
New TruePic VIII processing engine
Dual quad core processors ( one for auto-focus the other for imaging)
Fully articulated touch-screen
Dual UHS-II compatible SD slots
Continous shooting up to 60 fps at full resolution
Up to 18 fps in tracking mode (Electronic Shutter)
15 fps (fixed focus) using the mechanical shutter
10 fps with focus tracking using the mechanical shutter
Up to 5.5 stops of in-body stabilisation ( up from 5 in the EM5II)
Sync IS rate of 6.5 stop stabilisation with certain “Pro” lenses
4K video at 24fps & a bit rate of 237Mbs
Built-in microphone and headphone sockets
Revised menu system
And all the above will be wrapped into a properly rugged weather sealed body.
That is one hell of a spec list and a few years back only a pro camera would have come close to sporting them.
If Olympus has managed to squeeze even a little bit more image quality at high ISO from the new sensor & processor the new EM1 II may well end up finally being the M43 camera that matches ( for the most part) APS-DSLR’s?
Mark Baynham ( November 2016)