High-speed sequential shooting and high-speed AF that can capture split-second moments

Unparalleled sequential shooting performance, an incredibly advanced fast new AF system, and a 120-fps high-speed viewfinder help you capture once-elusive split-second moments in high resolution.

Amazing sequential shooting performance

Maximum 18 fps AF/AE tracking sequential shooting

By developing the 20M Live MOS sensor together with the TruePic VIII image processor, framing and sequential shooting of moving subjects using 18-fps AF/AE tracking[1] is made possible while maintaining the high 20M pixel count. With AF/AE tracking high-speed sequential shooting that beats that of DSLRs, it easy to frame fast-moving subjects and capture the precise moment in the finest detail.

  • When using Toshiba SDXU-B032G
  • 1. When using silent sequential shooting L with C-AF at 1/1000 sec., maximum aperture, and face priority set to Off. Sequential shooting speed slows down when shooting at ISO 8000 or above.

Maximum 60 fps AF/AE lock sequential shooting

Development the new 20M Live MOS sensor together with the TruePic VIII image processor made maximum 60-fps[1] AF/AE lock high-speed sequential shooting possible at a 20M pixel count. Amazing sequential shooting speed beyond that of DSLR cameras lets you capture split-second moments that cannot be seen with the naked eye, in incredible detail.

  • When using Toshiba SDXU-B032G
  • 1: When using silent sequential shooting H with S-AF or MF, at 1/250 sec. Sequential shooting speed slows down when shooting at ISO 8000 or above.

High-speed sequential shooting performance that surpasses that of SLR flagships

  OM-D E-M1 Mark II Competitor full-frame SLR flagships Competitor APS-C SLR flagships
AF/AE tracking Electronic shutter Maximum of approx. 18 fps, 
Max. no. of frames: RAW 77, JPEG (LN) 105
Maximum of 12 to 14 fps Maximum of 10 fps
Mechanical shutter Maximum of approx. 10 fps, 
Max. no. of frames: RAW 148, JPEG (LN) until card is full
AF/AE locked Electronic shutter Maximum of approx. 60 fps, 
Max. no. of frames: RAW 48, JPEG (LN) 48
Maximum of 14 to 16 fps
Mechanical shutter Maximum of approx. 15 fps, 
Max. no. of frames: RAW 84, JPEG (LN) 117

Pro Capture

Pro Capture, a feature that provides time-lag-free shooting so you can capture the precise, desired moment, is now more advanced than ever. The camera begins recording 20M images once the shutter button is half-pressed, and retains up to 35 of the most recent images when the shutter button is full-pressed. By capturing moments just prior to when the shutter is released, Pro Capture makes up for time lag caused by human reflexes and camera processing.

  • When in Pro Capture mode, slower shutter speeds and flash cannot be used.
  • In Pro Capture Sequential L, the minimum aperture is F8.

Pro Capture mode compatible lenses

Lens Pro Capture L Pro Capture H
Olympus Micro Four Thirds lenses Compatible Compatible
Other Micro Four Thirds lenses Not compatible Compatible
Four Thirds lenses Not compatible Compatible
Lenses without electronic contacts Compatible Compatible

High-speed AF system

A completely new AF system makes it possible to capture fast-moving subjects. With a Dual FAST AF system that uses the 121-point AF area for both On-chip Phase Detection AF and Contrast AF, the E-M1 Mark II delivers dramatic advancements in AF precision, tracking performance, and operability.

  When a Micro Four Thirds lens is attached
Still image S-AF Hybrid (On-chip Phase Detection AF and Contrast AF)
C-AF On-chip Phase Detection AF
Video Hybrid (On-chip Phase Detection AF and Contrast AF)

121-point All-cross-type On-chip Phase Detection AF

121-point All-cross-type Sensor
  • Actual images are different from the images displayed in the viewfinder.

This E-M1 Mark II is equipped with an 11 x 11 121-point All-cross-type sensor. With an AF area that covers 75% vertically and 80% horizontally, subjects can be tracked across a wide range. All 121 points are cross-type focus points, making subject detection very accurate.

New AF algorithm

The new 121-point all cross-type On-chip Phase Detection sensor and new TruePic VIII image processor significantly improve focus detection performance. The new moving subject tracking algorithm makes it possible to continue tracking various subjects. With firmware version 3.0, C-AF and S-AF accuracy has been improved thanks to the newly added AF algorithm from the OM-D E-M1X. C-AF centre priority and C-AF centre start are also supported.

5-level C-AF tracking sensitivity settings

5 levels of C-AF tracking sensitivity are available. Changing the tracking sensitivity to match the subject or scene provides more effective AF tracking performance.

Recommended C-AF tracking sensitivity settings

Blocked shot AF response Subject motion Details C-AF Sensitivity
QuickDelayed ErraticSteady
Further improves AF performance on moving subjects which quickly change direction toward and away from the camera.
Standard (recommended)
Appropriate setting for a wide variety of subjects.

Further improves performance in maintaining focus on the main subject while other moving subjects pass in front.

AF limiter

This model is equipped with an AF limiter function, which lets you set three AF operating areas. This can reduce AF operating time even on lenses without a focus limiter, helping to focus instantly. It is also possible to instantly turn the function on and off via customised controls.

  • Compatible with Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds standard AF lenses
  • Distance setting values are rough estimates.
  • Lens settings take priority on Micro Four Thirds lenses with a focus limiter.

AF low light limit -6EV

(Enhanced features in firmware version 3.0)
The AF low light limit has been raised to -6 EV[*]. This feature delivers high-precision focusing for dark scenes and low-contrast subjects.

  • When using S-AF, ISO 100, F1.2 lens

Controls for making use of high-speed AF

AF Target

In total, 6 AF Target modes are now available. With firmware 3.0, Group 25-point has been added, which is effective for shooting birds and other small animals.

  • Single: For shooting still or small subjects. Landscapes, tripod shooting, etc.
  • Group 5-point: When 9-point is too wide for moving subjects. Such as shooting soccer, rugby, etc.
  • Group 9-point: For shooting moving subjects. Such as airplanes and sports
  • Group 25-point: For shooting moving subjects. When 121-point is too wide. For shooting birds and other small animals, etc.(Added feature in firmware version 3.0)
  • 121-point: For quick shots and when subjects move around the entire screen
  • Small: For finer pinpoint focusing, etc.

When using AF Target other than Single, Small, or 121-point, you can turn C-AF centre priority on and off. (Default is on) When AF is not possible in the centre area, the peripheral area's assist the Auto Focus. This is effective for shooting subjects that actively move around.

AF settings

AF Target mode, AF target position, and Face/Eye Priority can be changed with a single operation. Simply customise settings so you can use your preferred controls.

(1) Front dial: AF Target mode (2) Rear dial: Face/Eye Priority AF (3) Allow pad: AF Target position

Moving-subject-tracking cluster display

A cluster display that moves along with the subject makes it easy to confirm that the subject is continuously in focus.

  • When C-AF and All Target are set
  • When AF Target display is set to ON2

AF Targeting Pad

The AF Targeting Pad allows you to control the position of the AF target by moving your finger across the rear monitor as you keep your eye to the viewfinder. Your nose touching the rear monitor will not affect touch control of the AF target. A double-tap turns the AF Targeting Pad on and off (When AF Targeting Pad is activated from the menu).


(Added feature in firmware version 3.0)
When AF+MF is turned on, it is now possible to switch to MF while shooting in C-AF.

  • Supported on the M.Zuiko PRO series and M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3

High-speed viewfinder

This model is equipped with a high-speed viewfinder with a maximum frame rate of 120 fps, and a minimum display time lag of 0.005 sec. for optimal image display. With this display you won't miss capturing the precise moment when shooting fast-moving subjects.

  • According to Olympus testing conditions

High-speed response

Camera operation speed has been significantly accelerated with release time lag shortened by approximately 70%, and playback frame advance made 3 times faster.

  • Comparison with past Olympus models, according to Olympus testing conditions

Technology that supports high-speed performance

Compared to its predecessor, the E-M1 Mark II’s image processor is 3.5 times faster, sensor transfer speed is 3 times faster, and buffer memory capacity is 2 times larger. These significant advancements support the new AF system.

  • Comparison with past Olympus models, according to Olympus testing conditions
  • Pictures are for illustrative purposes only.
  • Screen captures in the monitor are composite images.


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