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New OM-1 MkII Camera and Lens from OM System


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Take off with the new M.Zuiko 150-600mm zoom

OM-1 Mk II

Two years after the release of the OM-1, OM System have launched an updated OM-1 Mk II body with two new lenses

Changes to the OM-1 are subtle, but powerful. From my own testing, AF is significantly improved over the already class-leading system in the current OM-1.

Sensor resolution is maintained at the more than adequate 20Mp and image quality has been improved and to my perception, noise levels further reduced, putting OM-1 MkII image quality on a level with many full frame bodies and well beyond most crop frame cameras in the market. Did I mention improvements to video too?

The AI Detection AF, developed using deep learning technologies, recognizes a wide spectrum of subjects, including birds, animals, cars and now includes humans, enhancing autofocusing for exceptional clarity, even under the most challenging conditions.

Raising the bar for high-speed shooting performance, the OM-1 Mark II's increased memory buffer allows for an increased number of sequential shots and with Pro Capture, users can seize fleeting moments at up to 120 fps during AF/AE lock and approximately 50 fps during AF/AE tracking.

For landscape photographers, the body now provides the World’s first Live GND harnessing computational photography to replicate the effects of a half ND filter.


The new OM-1 MkII camera body

KEY FEATURES of the OM-1 MkII camera
  • World’s first Live GND shooting functionality
  • Advanced AF Performance
  • Enhanced AI Detection AF
  • Blackout-free High Speed Sequential Shooting
  • High-speed EVF
  • Improvments to image quality
  • Improvements to video quality
  • P53-class weather-sealed performance
  • High-performance IS (8.5 stops)

Weight: approx. 511g (body only)

Planned availability: Feb 15th approx for camera, late February for Lens.

Price: Camera body £2,199.99

OM SYSTEM OM-1 Mark II 12-40 II Kit £2,699.99

Alongside the new OM-1 MkII body, two new lenses have been released:

  • M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-600mm F5.0-6.3 IS
  • M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 II

M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-600mm F5.0-6.3 IS

The 150-600mm is effectively a 300 - 1200mm lens with a minimum focus distance of only 56 cm, giving equivalent 0.7x Macro as well as the outstanding telephoto reach.

The lens weighs 2.06 Kg and the built-in stabilisation synchronises with the body to give 7stops stabilisation at 150mm and 6 stops at 600mm.

Key Features
  • Supports Sync-IS (Correction effects of wide 6.0 / tele 5.0steps on the lens alone, and wide 7.0 / tele 6.0 steps for Sync IS) ,
  • 9 aperture blades
  • Minimum focus: 56 cm
  • Filter size: 95 mm
  • 25 elements in 15 groups (4 Super ED lenses, 2 ED lenses, 6 HR lenses, 1 HD lens) fluorine coating
  • IPX1 weather sealing,
  • Length: 264.4 mm -Diameter: 109.9 mm
  • Weight: 2065 g
  • Comes with LH-103 lens hood, LC-95 lens cap, LR-2 back cap, lens strap, instruction manual, warranty card
  • Price: £2,499
See the Unboxing and Overview videos below:

OM-1 MkII with M.Zuiko ED Digital 150-600mm F5-6.3 IS zoom

Video - unboxing a new lens from OM System


The new 150-600mm zoom - effectively 300-1200mm!

Video - using the new 150-600mm zoom

M.Zuiko ED Digital 9-18mm MkII zoom lens

is an update on a previous model.

From the sell sheet:

A typical super-wide-angle lense tends to be big, heavy, and expensive, making it difficult for most camera users to take advantage of them.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 II promises to change all this. With its ultra compact and lightweight design and the outstanding portability, thanks to the DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) lens, available only with the Four Thirds System, this lens will make super-wide-angle photography friendlier and more affordable.

Despite its compact size — it’s just 49.5 mm long and weighs a mere 155 grams — this lens boasts a long focusing range equivalent to 18-36 mm on a 35-mm camera lens.

If you have any questions,

Feel free to to reach out via phone or message. I will reply as quickly as possible

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