Olym­pus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Amateur Photographer - - Testbench -

Price £1,849 (body only)

in rE­cEnT years the dig­i­tal cam­era in­dus­try has seen a move to­wards the use of ul­tra-fast im­age pro­ces­sors that can han­dle the in­creased data pro­duced by high-res­o­lu­tion sen­sors and speed­ily process it, thereby en­abling pho­tog­ra­phers to shoot ex­tended bursts at high speed for longer than was pre­vi­ously pos­si­ble. re­leased early last year, the flag­ship oM- D E- M1 ii epit­o­mises this new breed of cam­era in that it’s built for speed.

While the oM- D E- M1 ii’s 20.4MP sen­sor rep­re­sents a step up from be­fore, it’s the TruePic Viii im­age pro­ces­sor that re­ally makes the oM- D E- M1 ii tick. This utilises two quad core pro­ces­sors, one of which is as­signed to im­age pro­cess­ing du­ties while the other drives the aF sys­tem. This en­ables the oM- D E- M1 ii to shoot a burst at 18fps us­ing the me­chan­i­cal shut­ter while main­tain­ing ac­tive aF. if you want to shoot faster, the elec­tronic shut­ter can be em­ployed to fa­cil­i­tate speeds of up to 60fps.

aut­o­fo­cus is an­other area where the oM- D E- M1 ii shines. Whereas the orig­i­nal oM- D E- M1 used a 37-point sys­tem, the E- M1 ii of­fers an ad­vanced 121-point sys­tem that cov­ers around 80% of the frame with phase- de­tec­tion aF points, all of which are of the cross-type va­ri­ety. Fur­ther­more the oM- D benefits from built-in 5-axis im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion tech­nol­ogy, 4K video record­ing at up to 30fps along with twin sD card slots and built-in Wi- Fi. in terms of con­struc­tion, the oM- D E- M1 ii benefits from durable mag­ne­sium al­loy con­struc­tion and is weather-sealed against dust and mois­ture.

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Price £1,849 (body only) 20.4MP Four Thirds Live MOS sen­sor ISO 200-25,600 (ex­pand­able to ISO 64) 18fps con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing 3in, 1.03m-dot vari-an­gle touch­screen LCD 4K video cap­ture

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