OM System’s New Flagship Camera: The OM-1 Mark II

February 13, 2024

By Theano Nikitas

It’s been a couple years since the OM-1 was announced, and a recent update moves the new OM-1 Mark II into the coveted flagship spot of the OM System (formerly known as Olympus) line of Micro Four Thirds cameras. This 20-megapixel camera utilizes a stacked sensor, and with up to 8.5 stops of image stabilization, is at home under low-light conditions. And, with its IP53 rating, this camera doesn’t shy away from the elements thanks to its weather sealing.

Like its predecessor, the OM-1 Mark II provides a broad and deep feature set including both handheld (50mp) and tripod-based (80mp) high-resolution capture, HDR, live composite, focus stacking and live composite, and multiple subject tracking options. The new model features improved autofocus including a new human option for subject detection and tracking. Continuous shooting speeds top out at up to 120 fps with the OM-1 Mark II equipped with a bigger buffer. In-camera ND filter options are a bonus, especially with the addition of a live graduated neutral density feature.

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Capable of shooting up to 4K/60p video, the camera has also added vertical video for social media. Slow and high-speed modes add even more versatility and videographers will appreciate the camera’s focus peaking, zebra pattern, time code, and live view output via HDMI.

The camera is relatively compact, measuring 5.3 x 3.6 x 2.9 inches and weighs about 1.31 pounds. The OM-1 Mark II is equipped with dual UHS-II SD card slots along with a remote control connector, micro HDMI, microphone and headphone jacks, and can be charged via USB.

While OM System is targeting outdoor and wildlife/nature photographers, this camera offers lots of features for every type of photographer. The OM-1 Mark II is slated to ship at the end of February for $2,400.

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