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Olympus E-M1 Mark II Will Feature a Handheld High Resolution Mode

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The upcoming flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark II camera is rumored to feature a different type of “high resolution mode” that will work handheld.

The company is allegedly working on a new handheld high-resolution shooting mode. The flagship mirrorless camera with Micro Four Thirds image sensor will be the first camera to use this feature, sources say.

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.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Will Support Handheld High Resolution Mode

Actually there are no detailed specifications leaked yet. But according to the previous reports, the Company may use a 20-megapixel MFT sensor made by Sony.


The flagship mirrorless shooter is said to feature a very fast continuous shooting speed which will make the flagship mirrorless camera aimed at professional sports photography. Especially the new handheld high resolution mode will help pro users for better stabilization.

See the combined specs posted so far.

  • 20-megapixel Four Thirds image sensor
  • Handheld high resolution mode
  • Electronic shutter of 1/32000s
  • 4K video recording capability
  • New and improved AF system
  • New viewfinder
  • No global shutter

As previously mentioned, Olympus is allegedly working on several ultra-bright prime lenses for Micro Four Thirds system cameras. They are expected to become available during the year 2016. The first in the series is probably be the M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.2 PRO lens.

The rumored Olympus bright prime lenses will offer 12mm, 25mm, and 50mm focal lengths. The MFT lenses will provide a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24mm, 50mm, and 100mm, respectively.

Trusted sources were reporting that the Olympus E-M1 Mark II announcement will happen at Photokina 2016 event in September. We might see one of these lenses in this major announcement.