Olympus E-M1 Mark II vs Olympus E-M1: What Are the Differences?

Want to see how the new Olympus E-M1 Mark II compares to the original E-M1? We put the two side by side


Olympus E-M1 Mark II vs Olympus E-M1: What Are the Differences?


The new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is the new flagship in the Olympus CSC lineup, and it comes with a feature-set to reflect that. The camera makes a few key advancements on its predecessor, and promises to be a significant upgrade and a powerful imaging machine in its own right.

While the Mark II retains more or less the same button layout as that of its predecessor, a larger grip has been added to improve comfort and convenience of handling, especially when using telephoto lenses.

It also adds an extra SD card slot, expanding its versatility and its capabilities as a workhorse camera. For pros and serious enthusiasts who need their camera to shoot fast and cope under pressure, the E-M1 Mark II looks more than capable of delivering.

Its weatherproofing has been upgraded as well, with improved weather-seals to allow the camera to cope in harsh conditions.

The new camera gets a resolution bump from the older model, and also benefits from Olympus’s 50 MP High Res shot mode, which stitches together several shots into an ultra-high resolution image.

Burst shooting too gets a significant upgrade. Where the original E-M1 was able to reach a maximum burst rate of 10 fps, the new model ratchets up to 60 fps when using the silent electronic shutter. This is supported by a new AF system with 121 points – an improvement on the original’s 81 – which carries new tracking modes to help it cope with fast-moving subjects.

All in all, the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II has marked itself out as a fast, durable camera that can take on fast-action and moving subjects with the confidence that pro photographers demand. It’s a seriously respectable flagship for the firm, and we’re looking forward to delving into it further.

Take a look at some key specs below:




 Olympus OM-D E-M1Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
Megapixels 16.3MP 20.4MP  
Sensor 4/3-inch Live MOS sensor with 16.28 million camera effective pixels 4/3-inch Live MOS Sensor with effective 20.4 million pixels and 50 MP High Res shot  
AF system 81-area high-speed AF 121-point all cross-type phase detection and contrast AF system  
HD video Full HD up to 30p 4096 x 2160 (C4K) / 24p / IPB (approx. 237 Mbps)  
Burst rate Up to 10 fps Up to 60 fps  
SD card slots One Two  
ISO Low-25,600 Low-25,600  
LCD 3in tilting touch-panel LCD, 1,037k dots Vari-angle 3in touch-panel LCD, 1,037k dots  
Weight 497g battery and card inc. 574g battery and card inc.  
Dimensions 130.4 (W) x 93.5 (H) x 63.1mm (D) 134.1 (W) x 90.9 (H) x 68.9mm (D)  


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