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24 hours with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

The company's new mirrorless camera is all about speed and image stabilization.
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After being announced in September, Olympus' OM-D E-M1 Mark II quickly became one of the most anticipated cameras of the year. And for good reason. The new flagship mirrorless, which will hit stores in December for $2,000 (body only), is loaded with high-end specs. That includes a 20.4-megapixel Live MOS sensor (Micro Four Thirds), a dual quad-core Truepic VIII image processor, 121-point autofocus system and in-camera stabilization. Above all, though, the E-M1 Mark II is about sheer speed, featuring 18-fps shooting with continuous autofocus and autoexposure enabled, or an insane 60 frames per second if those settings are locked.

Gallery: A closer look at Olympus' OM-D E-M1 Mark II | 15 Photos

While I've only been testing the camera for little more than a day, all of those specs have translated well in real-world use. At least so far. As advertised, the E-M1 Mark II makes capturing moving subjects a breeze, especially compared to its somewhat aging predecessor. That's namely thanks to the new AF system and improved tracking performance. I also noticed right away how much heavier it feels than the original E-M1, likely due to the bulky 1,720mAh battery, which Olympus claims can handle around 440 shots per charge.

Engadget will publish a deeper dive in the coming days, but for now check out the sample images below.

Gallery: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II sample images | 15 Photos

To view our sample images in full resolution, click here.

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