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Photokina News: Olympus announce development of OM-D E-M1 ll

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Olympus puts on a turn of speed for next generation OM-D, and launches professional services package.

Olympus has announced the development of its next OM-D E-M1 flagship and says that the new body will have an emphasis on fast reactions via both its AF system and its ability to work at high frame rates.

The OM-D E-M1 ll will be aimed at professional photographers and will offer frame rates as high as 60fps in full 20-million-pixel resolution.

The company says that sport and wildlife photographers will appreciate the enhanced AF tracking abilities of the camera and its ability to reach 18fps with AF and AE on and 60fps with those features locked, while in Pro Capture mode the camera records 14 frames right before the shutter release is fully pressed to ensure the effect of shutter lag is completely negated.

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The AF system will have 121 cross-type AF points spread across the screen and will use a combination of standard contrast detection and phase detection systems that should deliver both speed and accuracy.

The company’s 5-axis in-body stabilisation system is claimed to provide a remarkable 6.5 stops of shake-compensation in both still and movie shooting modes.

Olympus has introduced a collection of video modes, including 4K, Cinema 4K, Full HD and HD, with frame rates of 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60fps. When set of 24fps it is possible to record 4K video at a data rate of 237Mbps to one of the two SD card slots, while other rates offer 102Mbps.

A new battery will also be introduced that powers the camera for 40% longer than the previous model and which can be charged in just two hours.

Alongside the camera Olympus launched a new professional service package available to those buying the OM-D E-M1 ll.

The package comes in three levels: Standard Plus comes free with the camera and includes a 6-month extended warranty, while Advanced and Elite levels offer free shipping on repairs, loan kit during repairs, maintenance plans and video-call technical assistance.

At the time of the launch the company also released details of a vertical grip and a FL-900R GN58m@ISO100 flash unit, as well as 30mm f/3.5 macro, 12-100mm f/2.8, 25mm f/1.2 lenses, as an consumer-level E-PL8 camera.

No price has been announced yet for the OM-D E-M1.