One of the most exciting announcements from Photokina this year was Olympus' OM-D E-M1 Mark II, the major upgrade to the camera company's top-end Micro Four Thirds SLR-style camera. We now know how much it'll cost and exactly when you can get your hands on one in Australia.
The E-M1 Mark II, which combines a 20.4-megapixel Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor with Olympus' TruePic VIII image processor, can rattle off a frankly ridiculous 18 frames per second, all while tracking your subject through autofocus and adjusting automatic exposure all the while. That's bonkers if you're an action or sports photographer. Lag for the electronic viewfinder and shutter have also been cut to an absolute minimum, too.
You also get Olympus's patented and extremely versatile 5-axis on-sensor, in-body image stabilisation — which means it'll work with every single lens that fits or can be adapted to fit the Micro Four Thirds mount, even if it's a 50-year-old Zuiko prime. And being a top Olympus body you get all the dust- and waterproofing that we've fallen in love with in the past. It's all wrapped up in that beautiful retro styling, too.
Hitting enthusiast camera store shelves in December this year, you'll be paying $2799 for the top-of-the-line OM-D E-M1 Mark II from Olympus. Olympus has also announced the Aussie prices for its STF-8 twin flash for macro work — dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof, it'll set you back $699 when it lands in December. If you want to store your OM-D E-M1 Mark II safely, there's also a new CBG-12 camera bag that can carry the body and a bunch of lenses and accessories for $499, also out in December. [Olympus]