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Olympus Announces 100th-Anniversary OM-D E-M1 Mark II Silver
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, January 24, 2019 @ 07:00 PM (EST)
Source: DPReview

If you’re looking at the new OM-D E-M1X and wondering if a vertical grip, extra battery, and fancier autofocus tracking justifies a $3,000 outlay, you might want to check out the other camera Olympus released to mark its centennial: a limited edition silver version of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

For the same price as a regular black E-M1 Mark II ($1,700), you get all the good stuff from that 2016 camera—most of which is the same as the E-M1X: weather-sealed construction, 20.4MP Live MOS Four Thirds sensor, 121 all-cross-type phase detect points, 18fps continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking, and 4K/30p and 1080/60p video capture. But it’s got various nice silver bits.

True, none of this matters once you’ve closed the lid on your underwater housing, but there’s always the thrill of knowing only you and 1,999 other people own the silver one.

More nostalgia in the press release below.


2,000 Units Available Worldwide in Commemoration of Olympus’ 100th Anniversary

CENTER VALLEY, PA., January 24, 2019 – Olympus is pleased to announce a special edition of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II Silver. This limited edition model, of which only 2,000 units will be available worldwide, will be available at the end of February 2019, in commemoration of Olympus’ 100th anniversary.

From Olympus President Hiroyuki Sasa:

We are sincerely grateful to all customers and other stakeholders who have supported Olympus since its founding 100 years ago. Being true to our purpose of “making people’s lives healthier, safer, and more fulfilling,” we shall continue to contribute to photographic culture and deliver the joy of capturing and expressing special moments to photography lovers worldwide.

TruePic VIII Image Processor and 20.4 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II features the TruePic VIII Image Processor, which makes it possible to capture images with minimal noise while retaining details. Furthermore, the 20.4 Megapixel Live MOS sensor with 121 points of cross-type on-chip phase detection improves resolution without the need for a low-pass filter. This synergy maintains the full 20.4 Megapixel image while offering up to 18 fps high-speed sequential shooting performance in AF/AE tracking. It also enhances gradation through pixel characteristic improvement for a wide dynamic range that rivals that of cameras with larger sized APS-C sensors. Pro Capture Mode is also included and allows lag-free shooting of split-second moments as full resolution images, attaining both high-speed and excellent image quality.

In-Body 5-Axis Image Stabilization

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II is equipped with built-in 5-Axis Image Stabilization to compensate for camera shake. Through an optimized correction algorithm, this model boasts 5.5 shutter speed steps of compensation performance. Furthermore, when combined with an M.Zuiko lens containing in-lens image stabilization2, 5-Axis Sync IS provides up to 6.5 shutter speed steps of compensation performance for hand-held shooting capabilities.

A Compact, Lightweight, Durable System Offering Unparalleled Reliability

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II features sealing throughout the camera for a highly reliable dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof (14°F/–10°C) design so that the camera performs even in the harshest outdoor conditions, such as snow or rain.

Premium Silver Body

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a dependable camera that meets the needs of the professional photographer and is capable of shooting in the harshest of environments. The black body embraces functional beauty while the new silver body provides a classic, quality camera look.

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