The first Olympus E-M1 Mark II rumors are now circling around the web, revealing that the company is planning to introduce the Micro Four Thirds camera at Photokina 2016 with a new 18-megapixel sensor.
Olympus has introduced one OM-D-series camera per year. The E-M5 was launched in February 2012, the E-M1 in September 2013, and the E-M10 in January 2014.
The first model of the second-generation, called E-M5 Mark II, was announced in February 2015. The next model will probably become the E-M1 successor. If Olympus maintains the launch schedule, then a Photokina 2016 unveiling will make sense.
This is what a source is reporting, after talking with one of the company’s representatives, who is also claiming that the Micro Four Thirds camera will come packed with a brand new 18-megapixel image sensor.
New Olympus OM-D camera could feature 18-megapixel sensor with a geomembrane
The E-M1 replacement will not offer a higher video recording resolution. It is said that the upcoming mirrorless camera will still capture 4K videos.
However, Olympus is still referring to it as a “gamechanger”. The reason for that consists of its new sensor that will have 18 megapixels. The manufacturer will also add some kind of a foil on top of the sensor, which is referred to as a “geomembrane”.
It is unclear what is the purpose of this geomembrane and how it will impact your photography. Nevertheless, it appears that the E-M1 Mark II will become the first shooter to support the high-resolution mode, introduced in the E-M5 Mark II, without the need of a tripod, as it will be able to capture 10 shots in 1/60th of a second.
First Olympus E-M1 Mark II rumors say that the camera is coming at Photokina 2016
The new mirrorless camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor is expected to be announced at Photokina 2016. This is the company’s plan and there is only one chance that it could be changed: aggressive strategy from the competition.
The first Olympus E-M1 Mark II rumors say that the manufacturer does not believe the company will be forced to move ahead with the shooter’s launch. However, Olympus will speed up the development and will release the E-M1 successor sooner, if it feels like the competition will get ahead of it.
Please note that the E-M1 Mark II and the camera with a geomembrane could be two entirely different models. It is too early to draw any conclusions, so you will have to take this with a grain of salt.
For the time being, the E-M1 remains the flagship OM-D camera. It is available for about $1,300 at Amazon