Olympus E-M1 Mark II announcement rumored for Photokina 2016 event

More details are coming from the rumor mill about the upcoming Olympus E-M1 Mark II camera.  

As we are approaching the Photokina 2016, the worlds biggest digital imaging event; more gossips has been surfaced for several replacement units in all brands. The most popular one is the OM-D E-M1II.

The company has scheduled the Olympus E-M1 Mark II announcement event for Photokina 2016. The release date of the new flagship Micro Four Thirds camera is also mentioned for October, 2016.

Olympus E-M1 Mark II announcement scheduled for this September

Olympus E-M1 Mark II announcement rumored for Photokina 2016 event

Actually there are no confirmed details about the sensor of the MFT camera yet. According to the previous reports, Oly may use a 20-megapixel MFT sensor made by Sony on the E-M1II.

The flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II is said to feature a very fast continuous shooting speed. This will sure make the flagship mirrorless camera aimed at professional sports photography. On the other hand it won’t have global shutter. Olympus worked hard to reduce rolling shutter to a negligible level. The Dual SD card slot is another feature that will make the Olympus E-M1II more suitable for PRO photographers, sources say.

Let’s talk about the new handheld high-resolution shooting mode. If becomes true, the flagship E-M1II will be the first camera to use this feature. Current high resolution modes like the Pentax K1‘s Pixel Shift work by taking multiple pictures and combining them. This also makes the need of a tripod. If Olympus has managed to create a handheld high resolution mode than the users won’t need a tripod for extra stabilization.

Rumored Specs

See the updated Olympus E-M1 Mark II specs posted so far.

  • 20-megapixel Four Thirds image sensor
  • 40-megapixel high resolution mode introduced in the E-M5 Mark II
  • Electronic shutter of 1/32000s
  • 4K video recording capability
  • Dual SD Card Slot
  • Improved autofocus performance
  • Handheld High Resolution mode
  • New high-resolution EVF

Olympus is allegedly working on several ultra-bright prime lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras. They are expected to become available in late 2016.

One of them will be the Olympus 25mm f/1.2 model. This optic is on the horizon from the beginning of 2016. It will be the first lens in a series of fast primes, which will most likely join the company’s PRO-series.

Olympus E-M1 Mark II announcement might also include this fast prime lens. Stay tuned with us for more information.


  • jvdc78

    not 40-megapixel high resolution, maybe 50 megapixel. same as the PEN F Hi resolution mode assuming that it will be 20.3 megapixel camera.

  • Dave Haynie

    Unless there’s a secret new sensor, they’re almost certainly using the Sony IMX269 sensor found in the Pen F. Though they’d need a modified version, or lose PDAF. But that sensor is capable of 4K video and up to 27fps full frame raw readout over twelve LVDS channels. So they could offer a mindblowing frame rate with large, buffer and fast UHD-II SD cards.

    And yeah, the expected normal Hires would deliver eight shots for a 50Mpixel JPEG or a raw stack which is essentially two 20Mpixel full RGB images ovetlapped interstitally, yielding an 80Mpixel full RGB interpolated raw when viewed. But no one’s said if the handheld Hires would work the same way. When the EM5II came out, Olympus reps did say they believed that would eventually be done handheld.

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