In an exciting bit of news for underwater photographers, Olympus has just announced a great new addition to their OM-D series: the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. This popular mirrorless camera lineup is a main stay for many underwater photographers who are looking for the power and flexibility of an SLR but in a smaller package. We can attest to the popularity of this series of cameras as they are often the most popular choice at our Photo Workshops. With a whole new engine inside and the ability to shoot 4K video, this is a very impressive new addition to the Olympus lineup. Of course, we are sure housing manufacturers will be soon to follow up with housings for what is sure to be a popular new camera.
Here is more information about the camera from Olympus:
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II at a Glance
Introducing the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, an advanced system of innovative technology and features designed to forever change your photography. Up to 18 frames per second sequential shooting with precision C-AF Tracking. 121 Cross-Type On-Chip Phase Detection AF points. Up to 5.5 shutter speed steps of compensation with powerful in-body image stabilization. Plus a 50MP High-Res Shot Mode. It’s all enclosed in a magnesium alloy weatherproof body that weighs a mere 600 grams. Paired with the superior resolution of M.Zuiko PRO lenses, the E-M1 Mark II will deliver brilliant imagery that’s coveted by professionals everywhere.
Another interesting feature is the introduction of the ability to “pre-shoot” and avoid shutter lag, for those all important fish behaviour photos:
Capturing the best moments can be difficult, especially when your subject is in motion. Pro Capture Mode ensures you’ll catch the exact moment you want without any lag. Pro Capture uses the silent electronic shutter to start buffering a running series of full resolution JPEG / RAW images when you press the shutter release button halfway. Then, fully press the shutter release to capture an image plus the 14 previous frames all at once. You can keep the shutter release fully depressed to continue sequential shooting. With its time machine-like capability, Pro Capture always has the perfect shot stored and ready to save.
To read the full information about this new camera please head on over to the Olympus Website