Olympus E-M1 Mark II limited edition marks company's 100th birthday

Olympus E-M1 Mark II limited edition marks company's 100th birthday

While the reveal of the Olympus OM-D E-M1X was the company’s biggest news, Olympus reminded us that this year marks its 100th anniversary – and, to celebrate, it is releasing a limited edition silver version of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

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Of course, 2019 also marks the 10th anniversary of the company’s first Micro Four Thirds (MFT) camera: the Olympus PEN E-P1. Olympus remains firmly committed to MFT, which it calls “a format that still provides the best basis to offer the most compact and lightweight camera system with image quality that satisfies professional photographers.”

The silver edition of the E-M1 Mark II – strictly limited to 2,000 units worldwide, and available in late February for £1,499.99 / $1699.99 – is Olympus’ way of commemorating both milestones. 

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The silver Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is limited to 2,000 units worldwide

The silver Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is limited to 2,000 units worldwide

Like previous OM-D limited editions, such as the titanium E-M5 Mark II, the silver E-M1 Mark II shares the same specs and features as the original black version. So you can expect the same blistering 60fps burst shooting, 5-axis IBIS providing up to 6.5 stops of stabilisation, and a body with industry-leading weather proofing.

“We are sincerely grateful to all customers and other stakeholders who have supported Olympus since its founding 100 years ago,” said Olympus’ President Hiroyuki Sasa. 

“Being true to our purpose of ‘Making people’s lives healthier, safer, and more fulfilling’, we shall continue to contribute to photographic culture and deliver the joy of capturing and expressing special moments to photography lovers worldwide.”

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.