Fast and smooth is the name of the game for Olympus' 2016 flagship mirrorless camera. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II uses dual processors to pack in impressive burst speeds, quick autofocus and 4K video while utilizing the company's five-axis stabilization system.
Those dual core processors help push the OM-D E-M1 II to burst speeds of up to 60 fps. How? That burst speed uses an electronic shutter, not a physical one, which tends to be more prone to noise (which is likely why that speed is also limited to ISO 8000 or less). Still, the electronic design means that burst is also silent.
Using the traditional physical shutter, the OM-D E-M1 II can hit up to 15 fps, but that's without autofocus tracking or image stabilization. To turn both features on, the camera slows down to 8.5 fps.
The slim body also packs in a five-axis image stabilization system. Since the system is similar to the one inside the PEN-F, consumers should expect the same steadying performance that offers a big boost for both video and low light shooting. The in-body stabilization also works with Olympus' stabilized lenses for up to 6.5 stops of flexibility.
Olympus is sticking with their micro four thirds sensor here, which helps keep the feature-packed camera looking less packed and weighing 1.2 pounds. The 121 autofocus points however cover nearly that entire sensor, translating into quick and accurate autofocus tracking.
As a flagship option, Olympus has also managed to pack in a few extra features like in-camera focus stacking.
Design-wise, the camera stays rather slim but uses a weather-sealed body that feels more reminiscent of a DSLR's styling than the new-camera-that-looks-retro options. Both a tilting touchscreen and an electronic viewfinder are included.
The Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark II looks to be an impressive performer, and if previous options are any indication, should produce solid images in a compact size. But, just the O-MD E-M1 Mark II body alone will cost $2,000. While the features and performance look to live up to such a high price, the camera is still a micro four thirds sensor at heart and finding a full frame camera at that price isn't tough to do. The big speed the camera offers also comes with a set of limitations like the electronic shutter and turning off the stabilization. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II puts big performance in a small package, but interested consumers will pay a big premium to access those features.