Olympus Announces The Upgraded OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark II

At this year’s Photokina in Germany, Olympus announced the new OM-D E-M1 Mark II, their second generation of the E-M1 mirrorless camera.

Most of Olympus’ announcement was about speed and how much faster the Mark II is compared to the previous E-M1 camera.  For example, in continuous AF, the Mark II is capable of shooting full res, RAW images at 18 fps or 60 fps full res, RAW images in S-AF.

With a rebuilt autofocus system, Olympus says that the new system features 121 points that all cross type with on-chip phase detection.

The AF system wasn’t the only part of the camera that’s supposed to be faster. The new EVF runs at 120 fps with a 6ms reaction time.

They announced more upgrades including the 20MP Live MOS sensor and the ability to shoot Cinema 4K video, but the big takeaway from Olympus’ press conference was speed and efficiency.

At this time, we don’t know when the camera will come out. Olympus reps stated that it would drop later this year but a price or more specific dates were not released.

For more details and technical specifications check out the press release below.


CENTER VALLEY, Pa., September 19, 2016 — Olympus announces the development of its newest flagship camera and the latest addition to the award-winning OM-D series, the Olympus® OM-D E-M1 Mark II, a compact system camera with performance capabilities that surpass pro-level DSLRs. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II will be designed to deliver incredible speed, superior image resolution and a host of new shooting features to expand the boundaries of photographic expression.

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II will be equipped with the newly-developed high-speed TruePic VIII Image Processor which is 3.5 times faster than previous TruePic processors and a new 20.4 megapixel Live MOS sensor equipped with 121 points of cross-type on-chip phase detection and contrast detection AF. These technologies will work with the camera’s electronic shutter to provide full resolution images at up to an unprecedented 60 frames per second in AF and AE lock, and up to 18 frames per second with continuous AF and AE tracking.

The advanced Dual FAST AF system will automatically select between contrast and phase detection AF depending on lens type, camera settings and lighting conditions to ensure accurate focus and sharp image quality. In addition, the continuous AF tracking performance will be dramatically improved with a new moving subject tracking algorithm.

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II will boast a wide array of shooting features including a new Pro Capture Mode for lag-free shooting that enables the capture of split-second moments, a 50 Megapixel High Res Shot Mode for images with incredible detail that rivals that of full-frame DSLRs, in-body 5-Axis Image Stabilization with a maximum of 5.5 shutter speed steps of compensation performance1, and 5-Axis Sync IS for a maximum of 6.5 shutter speed steps of compensation2 when combined with the new M.ZUIKO® Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO.

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II will be weathersealed to be dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof (down to 14°F / -10°C) in a compact lightweight design, ideal for shooting in all types of outdoor conditions. The camera will exceed professional photographers’ performance requirements by employing a high-performance durable shutter designed to clear 200,000 actuations*3, dual memory card slots, and an improved battery capacity of 37 percent from its predecessor model.

Main Features 

  1. High-Speed Sequential Shooting and Superior AF Performance

Live MOS sensor and TruePic VIII Image Processor

The newly-developed high-speed TruePic VIII Image Processor and a new 20.4 megapixel live MOS sensor will work in concert with the camera’s electronic shutter to provide full resolution images at a maximum 60 frames per second in AF and AE lock, and up to 18 frames per second with continuous AF and AE tracking.

The TruePic VIII Image Processor will boast a dual quad core system with four CPU cores and four image processing cores that achieve image processing speeds approximately 3.5 times faster than the TruePic VII Processor. Because camera operation and image processing functions will be carried out in parallel, transfer speeds and menu operations will be vastly improved over previous models. A new Pro Capture Mode will provide lag-free shooting so users can capture high-quality full resolution images at precise moments with no compromises.

Advanced Dual FAST AF

The advanced Dual FAST AF will automatically choose between on-chip phase detection AF, contrast detection AF, or will utilize both phase and contrast detection simultaneously. This system will boast 121 cross-type on-chip phase detection focus points in order to dramatically improve accuracy. The simultaneous use of contrast detection and on-chip phase detection AF will enable accurate focus in difficult lighting conditions, while a new moving subject tracking algorithm will rapidly and continuously measure the subject-to-camera distance to precisely maintain focus. Finally, an in-camera AF limiter will be included to achieve faster focusing by limiting the focus range of the lens, thus preventing time-consuming focus hunting.

Autofocus functions such as AF Target Mode4, AF target position, and face/eye priority AF will be easily set with a single action. AF operations will be enhanced with a new cluster display, which illuminates active sensors to assure the user of focus subject accuracy. The AF Targeting Pad feature will allow users to select the AF point by sliding their finger on the rear touch LCD while looking through the viewfinder.

High-magnification, high-speed electronic viewfinder

The performance of the 1.48x (35mm equivalent) high-magnification, high-resolution electronic viewfinder will rival those of professional full-frame interchangeable lens cameras. With high-speed operation that includes a maximum frame rate of 120 fps and a minimum six-millisecond display time lag during shooting, users will never lose track of fast-moving subjects.

High-speed response

Superior response will be facilitated by a significant improvement in shutter release lag time; this time will be reduced by approximately 30% from that of the predecessor model so users will never miss a photo opportunity. In addition, frame advance speed during playback will be approximately three times faster for faster scrolling and review of images.

  1. Outstanding Portability and Reliability

A compact, lightweight system with excellent portability

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II will feature weatherproof construction in a compact and lightweight design. Coupled with an Olympus M.ZUIKO lens, the OM-D system remains extremely compact, providing the ultimate in portability for shooting and transportation. Hand-held super-telephoto shooting will be possible with the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO lens (600mm focal length in 35mm equivalent), and this camera and lens combination will even be compact enough to store in carry-on luggage when flying.

Weatherproof construction and Super-Sonic Wave Filter dust reduction system

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II will feature high-performance weathersealing for excellent dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof (down to 14°F / -10°C) performance so that users can shoot in the harshest of conditions. This weatherproofing will not be limited to the camera body alone: it is extended across the entire OM-D system, including the dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof M.ZUIKO PRO lens lineup5. In addition, a Supersonic Wave Filter (SSWF) dust reduction system will vibrate the image sensor more than 30,000 times a second to virtually eliminate any dust that may land on the sensor while changing lenses.

High-performance shutter rated for 200,000 actuations

A newly-developed shutter will be rated for 200,000 shots3 to withstand consistent daily use in professional environments.

Dual memory card slots

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II will feature dual memory card slots to allow simultaneous use of two SD cards for more versatile shooting. The slots will be positioned in a staggered layout, making cards easier to insert and remove. Users will be able to select from four types of settings: “Standard” will record to the specified card; “Automatic Switching” will automatically switch to the second card when the first card becomes full; “Dual Independent” will record to both cards according to the specified image quality setting assigned to each; and “Dual Same” will record identical files to both cards simultaneously. Slot 1 will support UHS-II and UHS-I cards, while Slot 2 will support UHS-I cards.

High-capacity battery and rapid charger

With an improved 1720mAh rating, the new BLH-1 lithium-ion rechargeable battery will have a capacity that’s approximately 37% higher than that of the BLN-1 used in the predecessor model. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II will display the remaining battery life percentage on the rear monitor so that users will never be surprised by a depleted battery. Also, the new BCH-1 charger will be 50% faster than the previous version.

  1. Exceptional Image Quality

Higher resolution and improved dynamic range

The new 20.4 megapixel Live MOS sensor will offer 25% higher resolution than the predecessor model, and the absence of a low-pass filter further enhances image quality. A higher dynamic range6 will improve the reproduction of highlight and shadow detail, and an anti-reflective coating on both sides of the sealing glass over the sensor will further enhance contrast performance.

Improved image quality at high ISO settings

The newly-developed TruePic VIII Image Processor will dramatically improve image quality when shooting at high ISO settings, making it possible to capture images with minimal noise. The normal sensitivity ISO (ISO AUTO) range will be expanded to ISO 6400 for greater flexibility in a variety of shooting scenarios and Fine Detail Processing II will ensure that no detail will be lost due to over-sharpening.

ISO 64 equivalent ISO LOW setting

The ISO LOW setting will be equivalent to ISO 64, providing greater flexibility to shoot at wider apertures even in brightly-lit situations, making it possible to achieve beautiful shallow depths-of-field.

50 Megapixel High Res Shot Mode

A High Res Shot Mode will utilize the Voice Coil Motor (VCM) system of the 5-Axis Image Stabilization System to precisely shift the sensor in half pixel increments while capturing a total of eight shots. The camera will then automatically composite the shots into a single 50-megapixel equivalent ultra-high resolution image7. This unique Olympus technology is a necessity for any still life photographer or anyone that requires ultra-fine detail reproduction. The new TruePic VIII Image Processor will effectively suppress blur due to subject movement, making it possible to utilize High Res Shot Mode in a wide variety of shooting conditions, such as gently-blowing grass, tree leaves, or ocean waves. In addition to 80 megapixel RAW and 50-megapixel equivalent JPEG images, it will be possible to select a smaller 25 megapixel equivalent file size.

In-body 5-Axis Image Stabilization

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II will be equipped with the latest in-body 5-Axis Image Stabilization that compensates for all types of camera shake. An optimized correction algorithm will boast outstanding compensation performance with approximately 5.5 shutter speed steps of compensation*1. Also, when combined with Olympus lenses equipped with in-lens image stabilization, 5-Axis Sync IS will provide the world’s most powerful 6.5 shutter speed steps of compensation*8 for blur-free handheld shooting of stills and video. 

  1. Stunning UHD Video Capture 

Digital Cinema Standard 4K videos

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II will support Digital Cinema Standard 4K (4096 x 2060 pixels) video capture*9 at a 24P frame rate and a bit rate of up to 237 Mbps for authentic movie production. The 20.4 megapixel Live MOS sensor will provide a read speed three times faster than that of the predecessor model for effective suppression of movement distortion, resulting in sharp, clear image quality. The video-specific picture mode “Flat” will be ideal for color grading and finishing the footage exactly as envisioned by the videographer

5-Axis Image Stabilization combined with electronic stabilization for video

With four times the resolution of Full HD, 4K videos are easily affected by camera movement and typically require a tripod, mini jib, crane, and other specialized accessories for movie recording. The OM-D E-M1 Mark II will pair its advanced 5-Axis Image Stabilization with electronic stabilization specialized for movies (M-IS)*10 to effectively reduce camera shake, making handheld 4K video capture possible. This outstanding image stabilization system will allow videographers to easily shoot movies with virtually no visible camera shake. The camera’s rear vari-angle LCD monitor will be adjustable to the user’s preferred angle for shooting convenience.

HDMI monitor connection and recording synchronization

The HDMI monitor connection will provide the ability to view live video output live on a larger display while shooting. Users will be able to select from Monitor Mode for an external monitor and Recording Mode to capture uncompressed video directly from the HDMI port. The OM-D E-M1 Mark II will be equipped with a synchronization signal so that video recording to an external device may be started or stopped from the camera. A 4:2:2 external output will be provided to meet a wider color correction range. An audio synchronization function will make it easy to synchronize audio recording when using Olympus’ Linear PCM Recorder LS-100 while recording video, and a Slate Tone function will facilitate the syncing of recorded audio and video.

  1. Advanced Shooting Functions

Silent Mode

Silent Mode will utilize a silent electronic shutter to eliminate all mechanical noises while shooting. Silent Mode will be especially useful for shooting in situations where noise of any kind is not appropriate, including stage performances, concerts, and even sleeping children. Also, it will be possible to deactivate the AF Illuminator, autofocus confirmation beep, and flash for practically silent operation.

Focus Stacking / Focus Bracketing Modes

Depth-of-field is especially shallow when taking macro photos, making it difficult to capture an image that is completely in focus from the foreground to background, even at smaller apertures. Focus Stacking Mode will capture eight shots at different focal positions and composite them to form a single shot that is entirely in focus. The depth-of-field provided by Focus Stacking will be far deeper than even the smallest aperture at close distances. Focus Stacking Mode will be compatible with seven Olympus M.ZUIKO lenses for a variety of shooting scenes*11.

Focus Bracketing Mode will capture up to 999 shots at different focal distances with a single shutter button press, allowing users to choose shots with the optimal focus point or use commercially-available software to composite all images into one picture with stunning depth-of-field.

Live Composite / Live Bulb Modes

Live Composite Mode will be available for shooting fireworks and cityscapes against starry backgrounds. While using Live Composite, the exposure of dark areas remains constant, while areas of light that change during the exposure are updated, creating trails of light from stars or fireworks. Live Bulb and Live Composite Modes will allow users to easily check the image on the LCD monitor in real time, instead of relying on intuition.

Keystone Compensation

The camera will be equipped with Keystone Compensation for photographing architecture. Keystone Compensation digitally provides tilt and shift functions with all M.ZUIKO lenses, and because trapezoidal compensation may be applied simultaneously to both vertical and horizontal directions, it is possible to shoot various subjects in a wide range of situations.

Tethered shooting with Olympus Capture

Olympus Capture is now available in Version 1.2 and will support tethered shooting with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. High-speed data processing and transfer via the USB 3.0 Type C port will be four times faster than with Olympus Capture Version 1.1. A cable clip will be bundled for securing and stabilizing the cable to a strap when the camera and computer are connected.

Additional features

  • Customizable C-AF tracking sensitivity will allow users to choose the best setting for their subject to optimize C-AF tracking performance.
  • AF Scan will allow users to adjust the lens scan operation settings in low-contrast environments to prevent unnecessary hunting.
  • Preset MF will let users quickly set a preferred focus distance when using manual focus.
  • AF Home Settings will be assignable to a customizable function button. Users will be able to program their most frequently used AF target position, AF Target Mode, and AF Mode as an AF Home setting.
  • Lowest Shutter Speed Setting on the camera will allow users to predefine a minimum shutter speed so that the ISO sensitivity will increase in low-light situations rather than slowing down the shutter speed. This is convenient for handheld shooting in low-light environments.
  • Users will be able to back up customized camera settings on a computer so that they can be re-applied to the camera whenever necessary, especially useful for using the same settings on multiple cameras or maintaining settings after a firmware update.
  • Specify Folder function will let users select a folder as a recording destination and create new folders to make image editing and management easier.
  • Grid settings will allow users to set a highly visible grid color for display as a guide when shooting in dark locations such as theaters.
  • The “Date/Time/Second” display will let users organize images by a second unit. This is an effective feature for high-speed sequential shooting.

Optional Accessories  

HLD-9 Power Battery Holder

This dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof power battery holder will be specifically designed for the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. With the HLD-9, users will have the power of one BLH-1 lithium-ion rechargeable battery in the camera body and a second one in the HLD-9. The rear of the HLD-9 power battery holder will be equipped with the same directional pad, two control dials, two function buttons, and shutter release as on the camera body for identical controls whether the camera is held in a vertical or horizontal position. An optional AC-5 AC adapter may be used for studio photography or other situations when using the camera for long periods of time.

FL-900R Weatherproof High-Intensity Flash

This is a high-intensity flash boasting a maximum guide number of GN.58m. This accessory on-camera flash has the highest sequential shooting tracking performance in its class at 10 fps12. It features a lightweight weatherproof design with a wireless RC mode for simultaneous control of multiple flash units, and supports Multi Flash, High Res Shot, Focus Stacking and Focus Bracketing Modes. The FL-900R is also equipped with a built-in LED light for recording videos. For additional details, please see the FL-900R press release.

STF-8 Weatherproof Macro Flash

The STF-8 will be the world’s first macro flash built with dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof construction13. The flash heads and controller will feature a lightweight compact design. When combined with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Focus Stacking and Focus Bracketing modes will be supported for flash photography, useful for capturing flowers, insects, and commercial photos in the studio. The bundled adapter ring will be compatible with the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 30mm f3.5 Macro, M.ZUIKO Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro and M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO. When using both flash heads the GN will be 8.5m. In addition to a TTL Auto Sync Mode for precision control, users will be able to set the flash in 1/3 step increments on the camera when in Manual Mode and in one step increments with the flash dial. The main flash will also be able to be used as a commander to control multiple flash units. The flash head angle will be adjustable within a range of -60 to 40 degrees.

RM-CB2 Release Cable

This release cable with a pin jack terminal (2.5mm diameter) will feature a bulb lock function convenient for long exposures. The connector terminal will feature an L-shaped design ensuring a compact form when connected to the camera.

PT-EP14 Underwater Case

This compact underwater housing will provide water depth resistance up to 60 meters. It will provide a clear field of view to each corner of the screen, designed to be easy to hold to frame and zoom your shot easily. In addition, the PPO-EP03 Macro Lens Port will provide compatibility with the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro and M.ZUIKO Digital ED 30mm f3.5 Macro14.

CBG-12 Large-Capacity Backpack

This large-capacity backpack will easily fit multiple Olympus cameras and several interchangeable lenses, including the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO. This backpack will feature a padded back and straps that reduce strain, side openings for quickly removing necessary items and water-repellent materials for superb functionality. The CBG-12 will feature a genuine Micro Four Thirds mount emblem in the center of the backpack.

  1. OM-D E-M1 Mark II with M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO; focal length: 40mm (35mm equivalent focal length: approx. 80mm); CIPA standard compliant, when correction is carried out on two axes (Yaw/Pitch); as of September 2016.
  2. OM-D E-M1 Mark II with M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO, focal length: 100mm (35mm equivalent focal length: approx. 200mm); halfway release image stabilization: OFF; CIPA standard compliant, when correction is carried out on two axes (Yaw/Pitch); as of September 2016.
  3. According to Olympus internal testing.
  4. Four modes of AF targeting will include a new 5-point cross group pattern, all points, single point, and a 9-point group pattern.
  5. Dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof (-10°C) performance applies to the following non-M.ZUIKO PRO lenses as well: M.ZUIKO Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro, M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ, and M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II.
  6. As of September 2016, according to Olympus internal testing.
  7. In RAW+JPEG Mode, three types of image are saved including 50M JPEG, 80M RAW (ORF), and 20M RAW (ORI). 80M RAW images can be processed to 50M JPEG images on the camera. 80M JPEG images can be processed using Olympus Viewer 3 (64-bit OS).
  8. OM-D E-M1 Mark II with M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO and M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO, as of September 2016.
  9. 4K video capture (3842 x 2160 pixels) will also be possible.
  10. The angle of view is narrowed when using electronic stabilization for movies (M-IS1).
  11. Lenses compatible with Focus Stacking Mode: M.ZUIKO Digital ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO, M.ZUIKO Digital ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO, M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO, M.ZUIKO Digital ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO, M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO, M.ZUIKO Digital ED 30mm f3.5 Macro, and M.ZUIKO Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro.
  12. When paired with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, as of September 2016.
  13. Among ring flashes and twin flashes currently on sale as of September 2016, according to Olympus research.
  14. Any lens with the appropriate diameter may be used with a commercially available step-up ring.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Techinical Specifications

Sensor / Dust Reduction
Sensor Type 4/3″ Live MOS Sensor
Effective Pixels 20.4 million
Total Pixels 21.8 million
Aspect Ratio & Area 4:3 / 17.4 x 13.0mm
Dust Reduction Super Sonic Wave Filter
Processor Type TruePicTM VIII
Focusing System
AF System Type High-speed imager AF: Imager phase detection AF and imager contrast AF (active AF automatically selected by camera; when a Micro Four Thirds lens is attached, imager phase detection AF is always selected)

Focus Modes

Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR) / Preset MF*1

*1 Distance setting values are rough estimates and not compatible lens except the AF lens.

Full Time AF Not Available
AF Limiter Available (Fn button can be assigned to On/Off; can save 3 settings)

*Distance setting values are rough estimates.

AF Performance C-AF lock (5 steps) , AF scanner (3 types)


Magnified Frame

3x , 5x , 7x , 10x , 14x

*Autofocusing is possible in the magnified frame; can be assigned to button to turn magnify frame AF on and to activate magnification; touch icon on monitor to turn off; enables selection of AF point from over 800.

Face Detection AF / Eye Detection Available

Eye Detection AF mode : off / nearer-eye priority / right-eye priority / left-eye priority

Focusing Points / Focusing Points Selection Mode 121-point cross-type phase detection AF and 121-point contrast AF / All target, group target (9-area or 5- area), single target
AF Illuminator Available
AF Targeting Pad Available (activate / deactivate with double tap on rear monitor)
Manual Focus Assist* Customize Function Focus ring rotation activates Live View image magnification and/or focus peaking when in S-AF+MF or MF mode


Peaking Function

Activate with Fn button or focus ring

Change peaking settings using the Info button Color selection: white, black, red, yellow Intensity selection: high, normal, low

Back light effect: on, off

Image Stabilization
System Type Built-in 5-axis* sensor-shift image stabilization for movie and still photos

*yaw/pitch/roll/vertical  shift/horizontal shift

Modes 4 modes (S-IS AUTO, S-IS1, S-IS2, S-IS3), OFF
5-Axis Sync IS Available*

*When using M.Zuiko Digital lenses equipped with image stabilization

Live View Image Stabilization Activation by half-pressing shutter button or enlarging view
Focal Length Setting 11 settings: 10 programmable settings (10 lenses), 1 open setting
IS for Live View Image Activation by half-pressing shutter button or enlarging view

Stabilization Performance

5.5 EV*

*Based on CIPA measurement conditions.

When using M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO (focal length = 40mm (35mm equivalent: 80mm))

Lens IS Priority Available
Shutter / Sequential Shooting
Shutter Type Computerized focal-plane, high-speed mechanical shutter Silent electronic shutter

Shutter Speed

Mechanical Shutter: 1/8000 – 60 sec. (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable) Electronic Shutter (Silent Mode): 1/32000 – 60 sec

Bulb / Time: default setting 8 min. (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min. selectable)










Sequential Shooting Maximum Speed

[Sequential shooting H] approx. 15 fps with selectable 10-15 fps [Sequential shooting L] approx. 10 fps with selectable 1-10 fps

[Anti-shock sequential shooting L] approx. 8.5 fps with selectable 1-8 fps [Silent sequential shooting H] approx. 60 fps with selectable 15, 20, 30, 60 fps

[Silent sequential shooting L] approx. 18 fps with selectable 1-10, 15, 18 fps

[Pro Capture H] approx. 60 fps with selectable 15, 20, 30, 60 fps

[Pro Capture L] approx. 18 fps with selectable 1-10, 15, 18 fps


*When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO

*Maximum sequential shooting speed may be affected by several factors including lens used, brightness, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO setting.

*When in Pro Capture mode, slower shutter speeds and flash can not be used。

*When ISO is 8000 or above, 30 fps becomes the maximum sequential shooting speed, and the actual shooting speed may become slower than the set shooting speed by a few frames per second. When using ISO Bracketing, performance will be affected at ISO 2000 or above.

*Focus and exposure are fixed at the values of the first shot when using sequential shooting  H.

*Maximum sequential shooting speed is 8.5 fps for anti-shock sequential shooting L, even when set to 9 or 10 fps.

Max. Recordable Pictures in Sequential Shooting TBD
Self Timer Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec.,custom (Waiting time 1-30sec.,Shooting interval 0.5/1/2/3sec.,Number of shots 1-10
Viewfinder / Monitor
Finder Type Eye-level electronic viewfinder, approx. 2.36M dots


Field of View / Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 100% / Approx. 1.30x*1 – 1.48x*2 (-1m-1, 50mm lens, Infinity)

*1: Finder Style 1, 2 (aspect ratio 4:3)  *2: Finder Style 3 (aspect ratio 4:3)

Eye Point / Diopter Adjustment Range Approx. 21mm (-1m-1, Distance from rear lens surface) / -4 ~ +2m-1
Preview Live View preview with depth of field preview lock
Display Grid Off / normal grid / trichotomy /golden grid / scale / diagonal / movie grid

*grid color is selectable

Level Gauge 2-axis (horizontal / vertical) level gauge
One Touch Tele-Converter Available (2x)
Finder Style 3 styles
Brightness / Color Temp Control Adaptive brightness technology (EVF Auto Luminance) / ±7 level manual brightness control /±7 level manual color temperature control
S-OVF (Simulated OVF) Expands the Live View dynamic range.

*Available in the EVF when in P, A, S and M modes. Art filter, WB and exposure are not reflected in EVF.

Eyecup Optional eyecup EP-13 available
Rear Monitor Size 3.0-inch vari-angle monitor*

*Approx.1037k dots (3:2), electrostatic capacitance touch panel


Touch Control

Shutter release, magnification, AF area selection, AF area size adjustment, AF touch pad, frame forward/backward, magnified playback, Live Guide, Super Control Panel, Wi-Fi connection, movie controls, movie effects, movie teleconverter , selfie controls (shutter release, e-Portrait, custom self timer)
Tilting Capability With (mirror display when monitor is in self portrait position)
Brightness / Color Temp Control (Rear Monitor) ±7 levels / ±7 levels
Color Tone Select Vivid / Natural



Live View

Approx. 100% field of view,

exposure compensation preview, WB adjustment preview, gradation preview, face detection preview (up to 8 faces), grid line, magnification display (x3/x5/x7/x10/x14),


Display modes: Standard, Histogram, Highlight & Shadow, Level Gauge, Off (Image Only)

Field of View 100%
Display Mode Standard, Histogram, Highlight & Shadow, Level Gauge, Off (Image Only)
Magnification Display x3/x5/x7/x10/x14


Monitor Information

Aperture value, Shutter speed, Auto Bracket, AE Lock, AF mode, IS, Shooting Mode, Battery %, Custom Set, Internal Temperature Warning, Face / Eye Detection, Histogram, Number of storable still pictures, Record mode, ISO, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, White Balance, Metering Mode, AF confirmation, Exposure Compensation Value, Spot metering Area Flash Mode, Flash Status, Flash intensity Control, Super FP, Focal length, Tone control, Eye-Fi condition, Digital teleconverter
Display of Face Detection Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed.
Exposure Control / Flash

Metering System

Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), center-weighted average metering, spot metering*, spot metering with highlight control, spot metering with shadow control

*Also available AF target spot metering

Metering Range EV -2 – 20 (using 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)




Exposure Mode / Shooting Mode

i Auto (Live Guide can be used) , P: program AE (program shift can be performed), A: aperture priority AE

S: Shutter priority AE

M: Manual (Live Bulb, Live Time and Live Composite are available) Custom 1,2,3

Art Filter

Underwater wide/Underwater macro (to be assigned to the Fn1 button)

Scene Select AE No
ISO Sensitivity AUTO ISO (default) : LOW (approx.64) – 6400 with customizable upper limit (200 – 6400) Manual ISO : LOW (approx.64), 200 – 25600 (adjustable in 1/3 or 1 EV steps)

Exposure Compensation

±5 EV, adjustable by 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps

When shooting in HDR or in video, only adjustable up to ±3 EV steps Live View only reflects up to ±3 EV steps

AE Lock Locks with a half-press of the shutter button , AEL/AFL button(can be set to Fn button as well)
Noise Filter at High ISO Setting Off, Low, Standard, High

Noise Reduction at Slow Shutter Speed

Off, On, Auto On : effective when shutter speed is slower than 1 sec.

Auto : effective when shutter speed is slower than 4 sec. (at ISO 200 or higher) or 8 sec. (at lower than ISO200)

Flash Intensity Control Mode TTL Auto, Auto*, Manual, Super FP*(FP-TTL AUTO, FP-MANUAL)

* Available on the external flash



Bundled Flash

FL-LM3(dustproof and splashproof flash)

GN=9.1(ISO100・m)/   GN=12.9(ISO200・m)

Bounce Capability (up and down:45, 60, 75, 90 degree / left and right 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, 180 degree)

*Powered by the camera

Flash Mode Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual(1/1(FULL)~1/64)


Synchronization Speed

1/250 sec.

*When using Super FP: 1/125-1/8000 sec.

*When using electronic shutter: 1/50 sec. up to ISO6400, 1/20 sec. for ISO 8000 and higher, and 1/20 sec. for ISO bracketing

Flash Intensity Control Up to ±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
Compatible External Flash FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R, FL-900R, STF-8




Wireless Flash Control

Wireless flash transmission channel settings enable selection of the flash/no flash for groups of multiple flash units. In addition, it allows TTL auto, auto and manual models to be set; offers a bounce and swivel head; and flash coverage is automatically adjusted in several steps to correspond to the image area when zooming.
Wireless Flash Control Method Triggered and controlled by Olympus Wireless RC Flash system compatible flashes: included FL-LM3 or separately available FL-600R and FL-900R , STF-8
Wireless Flash Intensity Control Mode TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL
Channel No. 4 channels
Group No. 4 groups (External flash 3 groups + commander flash)
Memory / Image Recording (File Format)

Compatible Memory

SD, SDHC*1, SDXC*1, Eye-Fi Card compatible*2

*1 Slot1:UHS-I,II compatible , Slot2:UHS-I compatible.

*2 Not compatible with Endless Memory.

Recording Format DCF2.0, Exif2.3
File Format RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Recording Image Size [RAW] 5184 x 3888 pixels

[JPEG] 5184 x 3888 pixels – 1024 x 768 pixels

File Size TBD
Dual Card Slot Settings Standard, Auto Switch, Dual Independent, Dual Same

*When two cards are inserted, card to be saved on to or to be viewed can be designated.

Folder Creation and Selection Available
Copy Copy single file, copy multiple files, copy all

*When copied, the new file will be given a different name from that of the original file.

White Balance / Color Mode
White Balance Mode Auto WB, 7 Preset WBs, 4 Capture WBs, Custom WB(Kelvin setting)
White Balance Compensation* ±7 steps along A-B / G-M axis * Except for Custom WB

Preset White Balance

7 preset WBs (3000K – 7500K)

– Sunny(5300K), Shadow(7500K), Cloudy(6000K), Incandescent(3000K), Fluorescent(4000K), Underwater, WB Flash(5500K)

CWB (Kelvin Setting) 2000 – 14000K
Capture White Balance 4 custom settings can be registered
Color Mode sRGB, Adobe RGB
Bracketing / HDR
Exposure Bracketing 2, 3 or 5 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 0.3/0.7EV steps selectable
ISO Bracketing 3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable
White Balance Bracketing 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 selectable steps for A-B/G-M axis.
Flash Bracketing 3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV step selectable
Art Filter Bracketing i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters, Color Creator selectable
Focus Bracketing 3 to 999 shots, focus steps adjustable from 1 to 10 (compatible with Micro Four Thirds lenses)






Focus Stacking Mode

8 shots are taken at different focus points and automatically composited together into a single image


*  Angle of view becomes slightly smaller

*  Compatible with :

M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4.0 IS PRO


HDR (Auto Composite)

HDR1, HDR2 (painting-like)

※ISO sensitivity is fixed at 200, and maximum shutter speed setting is 4 sec.

※Exposure compensation can be performed.


Bracketing for HDR post-process

3 or 5 frames in 2.0 or 3.0 EV steps, or 7 frames in 2.0 EV steps.

*This sequential shooting H AE bracketing is specifically for shooting images that will be HDR-processed on a PC.

Creative Features
Picture Mode i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, e Portrait, Underwater, Color Creator, Art Filters
Gradation Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key   [except when using i-Enhance, Underwater, Art Filters, Color Creator]
Filter Effect (B&W Filter) Neutral, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green for Monotone
Picture Tone Neutral, Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green for Monotone







Art Filter

(Variation / Art Effect)

Pop Art (I, II / a.b.c.d.e) Soft Focus ( – / c.e)

Pale & Light Color (I, II / a.b.c.d) Light Tone ( – / d)

Grainy Film (I, II / b.c.d.f.g) Pin Hole (I, II, III / d.) Diorama ( – / d.)

Cross Process (I, II / b.c.d.) Gentle Sepia ( – / a.b.c.d.f.)

Dramatic Tone (I / b.c.d.e.f.) (II / b.c.d.e.f.g.h) Key Line (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.)

Watercolor (I, II / a.b.c.d.)

Vintage (I, II, III / a.b.c.d.e.f.i) Partial Color (I, II, III / a.b.c.d.e.f)







Art Effect

a.   Soft Focus Effect

b.    Pin-Hole Effect

c.   White Edge Effect

d.    Frame Effect

e.   Star Light Effect

f.   Blur Effect (Top & bottom, Left & Right)

g.   B&W Effect (None, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green)

h.    Picture Tone (None, Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green)

i.   Shade Effect (Top & bottom, Left & Right)

Color Ring (for partial color) 18 color selectable
Live Bulb / Live Time Update Interval Time – 0.5 sec – 60 sec
Live Composite Update Interval Time / composite method – 0.5 sec – 60 sec / Lighten Mode (Bright area prioritization)
Interval Shooting Interval Time 1sec. – 24 Hours, Max 999 frames. Available on making Time-lapse movie automatically
Multiple Exposure (number of pictures / function) 2 frames / Auto gain, Exposing on Recorded picture(RAW)
Keystone Compensation Available (can be confirmed in Live View)

*Horizontal and vertical compensation can be performed simultaneously.

Video / Audio Recording
Video Recording Format MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264) , AVI(Motion JPEG)











Movie Mode / Frame Rate / Compression Method

4096 × 2160 (C4K) / 24p / IPB (approx. 237 Mbps)

3840 × 2160 (4K) / 30p, 25p, 24p / IPB (approx. 102 Mbps)

1920 x 1080 (FHD) / 30p, 25p, 24p / ALL-I (A-I), IPB (SF, F, N)

1920 x 1080 (FHD) / 60p, 50p / IPB (SF, F, N)

1280 x 720 (HD) / 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p / ALL-I (A-I), IPB (SF, F, N)


60p: 59.94 fps, 50p: 50.00 fps, 30p: 29.97 fps, 25p: 25.00 fps,

24p: 23.98 fps, C4K 24.00 fps

FHD ALL-I (A-I: ALL-Intra / approx. 202 Mbps),

FHD IPB (SF: SuperFine / approx. 52 Mbps, F: Fine / approx.. 30 Mbps, N: Normal / approx. 18 Mbps)

HD ALL-I (A-I:ALL-Intra / approx. 102 Mbps),

HD IPB(SF:SuperFine / approx.26Mbps, F:Fine / approx.14Mbps、N:Normal / approx.10Mbps) HD (1280 x 720) / 30p


*Frame rates may drop when particular Art Filters and Movie Effects are used.

*Class 10 or higher SD card is recommended for shooting movies.

*UHS-II or UHS-I U3 card is recommended for 4K,C4K,ALL-I shooting.


Maximum Video Recording Time

[MOV] Approx.. 29min [AVI] Approx. 7min*

*Excluding when particular Art Filters are used

Movie Tele-converter Approx. 3x (enlarges view of selected area)
Art Filter Movie Available

(Frame rates may drop when certain Art Filters are used)

Movie Effect One-shot Echo / Multi-echo / Art Fade / Old Film


Timelapse Movie

[AVI ]

3840×2160(4K)/ 5fps

1920×1080(FHD)/ 5fps,10fps,15fps 1280×720(HD)/ 5fps、10fps、15fps、30fps


IS for Movie

M-IS1*(Image sensor shift and electronic image stabilizer with multi motion IS), M-IS2(Image sensor shift with multi motion IS), Off

*While using M-IS1, field of view may be affected.

AE Lock Available
Video Exposure Control Program AE, aperture priority AE, shutter priority AE, manual
Grid Lines / Focus Peaking 4 types of grid lines / 4 colors for focus peaking
Time Code Rec run/free run, drop frame/non-drop frame
File Size TBD
Clips 1, 2, 4, 8 sec.

(Further continued shooting possible up to 16 seconds by pressing movie record button again)

Quick Movie / Slow Movie With (this function is not available for videos with certain frame rates)
Audio Recording Format Wave Format (Stereo linear PCM/16-bit, Sampling frequency 48kHz)
Microphone / Speaker Built-in stereo microphone / built-in mono speaker

*External stereo microphone can be attached


Microphone Function

Wind noise reduction, recording volume, microphone volume limiter Audio dubbing possible for still pictures (up to 30 sec.)

*May affect audio quality.

IC Recorder Linkage Slate Tone / Synchronized Audio Rec-Movie Rec

*LS-100 compatible












Easy Connection QR code setting Wireless Shooting Live View

Power off Rec View

Self timer (w/Countdown guidance, Sequential shooting, movie recording capability) Touch AF & Shutter

P/A/S/M exposure modes (Live Bulb, Live Time, Live Composite) Sequential shooting

Movie Recording Zoom

Aperture, shutter speed, exposure, ISO sensitivity, white balance can be adjusted.*

*When in private connection

Tethered Shooting Via USB cable (camera can be operated by both PC or camera controls)

Playback Mode

Single-frame, information display, index display (4/9/25/100 frames), Clips, calendar, enlargement (2x – 14x), movie (with sound, FF/REW/Pause), picture rotation (auto), slideshow (with sound including BGM, Slide show effects, replaceable BGM), Light Box display
Information Display Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, OFF

Custom Settings / Reset

Modes C1, C2, and C3 can be accessed by mode dial Modes C1, C2, and C3 can be accessed via the menu

Dial function and dial direction are customizable for both dials


Button Customization

Buttons can be customized (select from 35 functions)

*Buttons on lenses and HLD-9 power batter holder can also be customized from the camera

*Some buttons may have restrictions to what functions can be assigned

Copyright Settings / Lens Info Settings Available / With (save up to 10 lenses)
RAW Image Editing Functions Gradation auto, Monochrome, Sepia, Red-eye fix, Saturation, Resize (1280×960, 640×480, 320×240), Trimming, Aspect, e-Portrait, Image Overlay, Post recording
JPEG Image Editing Functions
Image Overlay Up to 3 RAW images
Erasing Function
Protect Function


Menu Languages (34 selectable)

English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai
Connectivity / Power Requirements
USB Connector USB Type-C
Remote Connector φ2.5Pin Jack (when using separately available RM-CB2).
HDMI Connector Micro HDMI (type D)
Flash Attachment Hot shoe, sync terminal
Wireless LAN Built-in(IEEE 802.11b/g/n)
MIC Input Jack φ3.5 stereo mini jack (plug-in power on/off)
Headphone Jack φ3.5 stereo mini jack
PC Interface SuperSpeed(USB3.0)
TV Interface Not Available
Battery BLH-1 Li-ion battery (included)
Battery Status Display Remaining power (4 steps, %, or by-minute display), shot count, degradation
Power Battery Holder HLD-9 power battery holder is separately available (holds one BLH-1 battery).
AC Adapter AC-5 AC adapter is separately available (connects to power battery holder HLD-9 to provide power to camera
Sleep Mode Available (1/3/5 min. off)
Number of Recordable Pictures TBD
Battery Life for Movie Recording TBD
Weights & Dimensions / Operating Environment / Box Contents
Weight Approx. 574g (with BLH-1 battery and Memory card, based on CIPA standards) Approx. 498g (body only)
Dimensions W:134.1mm H:90.9mm D:68.9mm

(based on CIPA standards: excludes protrusions)

Environmentally Sealed Dust, Splash, Freezeproof
Operating Temperature Range -10℃ ~ +40℃ (when in operation) / -20 ~ +60℃ (when stored)
Operating Humidity Range 30 – 90% (when in operation) / 10 – 90% (when stored)
Box Contents Body, USB cable, cable clip, shoulder strap, instruction manual, warranty card, FL-LM3 flash, BLH-1 Li-ion battery , BCH-1 Li-ion battery charger


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