Olympus EM1 Mark II vs Olympus EM1

em1-ii-vs-em1Olympus EM1 II is a trademark camera from Olympus incorporates truly amazing specifications —and however, its jump is not too big, but bigger than its predecessor Olympus EM1. The successor camera employs better effective resolution than its predecessor that is 20MP (EM1 incorporates 16.3MP), but using the same sensor sizes. The AF system of Olympus EM1 II integrates the same AF system as EM1. But we will appreciate the high shutter speed of EM1 II offers 1/32000 sec. Anyway, it was just little introduction of two cameras. Now let’s talk in details…

Features / Models Olympus EM1 Mark II Olympus EM1
Megapixel 20 megapixels 16.3 megapixels
Sensor size / type Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm) Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm)
Image processor
TruePic VIII TruePic VII
Low pass filter yes Yes
Image stabilization 5-Axis 5-axis
AF System Contrast + Phase Detect sensor Contrast detect+Phase detect
AF points 121 points 81 points
ISO 100-25600 100-25600
Shutter Min/Max 60sec 1/32000 sec 60 sec 1/8000 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 60fps 10fps
Video 4k @24fps 1920 x1080 (30, 25, 24 fps)
Display 3.0″ TFT- LCD Rear Screen (1037K pixels) Tilting 3.0″Rear LCD (1037k)
Viewfinder Optical Viewfinder (95%) Optical Viewfinder (95%)
Hot-shoe yes yes
Battery Life (CIPA) N.A 350 shots
Wireless connectivity Built-In,  Built-In Wi-Fi
Dimensions  134 x 91 x 67 mm  130 x 94 x 63 mm
Weight 574 g 497g

Olympus EM1 Mark II vs Olympus EM1

Image quality– Both the cameras will able to produce sharp and crystal clear images of the desire subjects since both cameras utilize the same sensor sizes, but the newly its younger sister EM1 II making its way by employing 20MP resolution could give you sharper images.

AF system– Well, the AF system of both em1 II as well as em1 uses hybrid AF system, which clearly means that both will capture the focused subjects accurately and quickly, even if the target moving rapidly. But, EM1 II gains maximum number of grades for boasting 121 cross-type on-chip phase detection focus points that improve the accuracy in tracking subjects dramatically.

Shutter speed– You can say that Olympus EM1 II utilizes high speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum speed of 1/32000 second) that effectively reduces the rolling shutter, which we usually experience while shooting the faster shutter speed. This fast shutter speed also allows the camera to capture sharp, crystal clear images with a wide open aperture. Olympus EM1, on the other hand, utilize lesser shutter speed of 1/8000 sec may not be as beneficial as EM1 II.

Continuous frame rates– Advantages in everywhere, the 20MP camera is able to shoot at up to 18 fps in Raw, with AF and if you don’t shoot with AF, then you can shoot at upto 60 fps at full-res Raw with EM1 II. But, the highest frame rate of EM1 is 10 fps only.

Video– The EM1 Mark II will support Standard 4K (4096 x 2060 pixels) video capture at a 24P frame rate and a bit rate of up to 237 Mbps for marvelous movie production. On the other side, EM1 is restricted to full HD-video only.

Verdict- You should go for Olympus EM1 II, since the camera can give you the pace of snapping shots in effortless and unobtrusive manner. EM1 II is leading in almost every major specification from EM1 and the camera offers you something better that its predecessor, so go with EM1 II.

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