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Olympus E-M1 Mark II

Olympus’ OM-D E-M1 has been one of our favorite mirrorless cameras since its introduction in 2013. It impressed us with its build quality, image quality, ridiculous amount of manual control (that’s a compliment) and boatload of features. Three years later, it’s still very competitive.

To say that Olympus has outdone itself with the E-M1 Mark II is an understatement. The company told us that this camera was overdeveloped, and it shows. Its blazing dual quad-core processors allow for 60 fps burst shooting (18 fps w/continuous autofocus) and ridiculously fast image playback. Combine that with one of the most advanced autofocus systems we’ve seen and 5-axis in-body image stabilization – along with what made the original so impressive – and the Mark II is a force to be reckoned with.

One thing about the Mark II that makes us pause is its price. While its MSRP of $2000 is equal to that of Nikon’s D500 and full-frame D750 (though, at time of publication, they are selling for $1800), the Mark II’s Four Thirds sensor is small in comparison to the D500 and other APS-C cameras and tiny versus full-framers.

Key Specifications

  • 20MP Live MOS sensor
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization system
  • 121-pt hybrid AF system
  • 60 fps burst shooting (18 fps with continuous AF)
  • Fully articulating 3″ LCD display
  • High-res electronic viewfinder
  • Cinema (DCI) and UHD 4K video
  • 50MP High-Res Shot mode
  • Weather-sealed body
  • USB 3 (Type-C)
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