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Olympus E-M1 II May Feature New 1/32000th Electronic Shutter

By Anthony Thurston on March 9th 2015

Olympus has announced their new E-M5 II to rave reviews, and now everyone’s attention is focused on when the company will update their flagship E-M1 model. Currently, the release rumors range from late this year, to late next year, in other words ~ nobody knows.


But an interesting rumor did pop up this week in regards to a new feature that may be included on the E-M1 II. According to a post over on 43 Rumors, the Olympus E-M1 II could feature a new 1/32,000th electronic shutter feature. It would make sense for them to do so, Fujifilm added a 1/32,000th electronic shutter to the X-T1 in their latest firmware update, so I would think Olympus adding it to their next flagship camera would seem to make sense.

Electronic shutter aside, there is not much information about a possible E-M1 II out there yet, so any information is news for those interested. It is also assumed that the E-M1 II would feature the same sensor shift technology in the E-M5 II, though maybe upgraded in some way – but even that is just speculation at this point.

Add to this the rumor that Olympus could have some new F/1.0 prime lenses on the way and it seems that things could start to get interesting in the M4/3 arena soon.

What are your thoughts on the E-M1 II rumors to date? What feature set would you like to see from Olympus’s flagship M4/3 camera? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via 43 Rumors]

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Steven Chen

    I’m really care about New 4/3 Em-1 can speed up and improve on the focus and tracking focus. shutter ? I rarely use over 1/8000.

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  2. Dave Haynie

    Clearly, since the OM-D E-M5II has about 1/8000th mechanical and 1/16000th electronic shutter speed limits, the OM-D E-M1II absolutely MUST have a 1/16000th mechanical top speed, along with the 1/32000th electronic top end. Plus, they need to bump the IBIS to 6 stops, and implement a high resolution mode that works with (rather instead of) IBIS, so it can be used handheld. And they need to make it smaller, or I’ll still stick with my OM-D E-M5II and then they won’t likely sell me a new body until 2017. Then again, that might be ok…

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  3. Aidan Morgan

    My X100T has a 1/32,000 electronic shutter, which comes in handy sometimes, but I’ve yet to get anywhere close to the shutter speed limit. It’s nice to be able to shoot wide open in full sunlight without using any filters or looking for shade.

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  4. Rafael Steffen

    I rarelly use 4000th of a second so I guess that having 8000 is not a key feature for 99% of what I do.

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  5. Mircea Blanaru

    I want fron the new camera super-clean images until ISO 6400 (and why not, or beyond) so CaNikon users stop complain from this point of view. They also forget the in-body stabilization works very well but this feature would be very nice!!!!

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  6. Holger Foysi

    I don’t need it. The situations where I go to 1/8000 are extremely rare.

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  7. Vince Arredondo

    Well Fuji XT-1 has it.. was about time.

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  8. robert garfinkle

    Shutter speed, to me, is incredibly important – almost my top feature (priority) in a camera – all to “capability”…

    As I see it, there are two functions for a shutter, 1. Stop Motion, and 2. Light Stoppage – I’m just a newbie here, so forgive me for restating the obvious…

    But, having said that – I find it useful, to stop down to 1/8000, for solar imaging. and had the D750 had 1/8000 I’d be all over that camera period… But, next stop, D810 (like the D800(e) before it…) which does have that capability. No need to pick up the D4s, right? (although I’d never complain about a camera like that :) )

    I suppose I could use filtration to stop down the light, yet for me, well, I subscribe to the belief that the more physics you put between your sensor and the subject, the less clarity you have, correct? So, not so much the stop action but all to light reduction. If I can get away with solar capture, on a 1/8000 and still use the lens’ sweet spot, or a couple stops down from there, it’d beat 1 1/4000, having to hunker down suffering diffraction tethered with additional filtration issues…

    but I am open for suggestions…

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    • robert garfinkle

      oh yeah, before I forget – I’d just love 1/32000, who wouldn’t –

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    • adam sanford

      Yep. A lot of folks rave about the D750 but can sometimes forget that it’s a mashup of the D6x0 line and the D8x0 line. One of the nasty tricks CaNikon do with lower trimlines is seemingly arbitrarily nerf key features to differentiate price points.

      Consider: the 6D and D750 top out at 1/4000 while even mid-level crop bodies have 1/8000. I recognize a FF shutter / mirror have physically more to do than with crop, but any camera body north of $1,000 should have 1/8000, shouldn’t it?

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    • robert garfinkle

      I content, regardless of price, that every camera should have a very high available shutter speed – I really do not consider 1/8k or higher a premium feature of a camera, but mere basic requirement – if an mfr wanted to hold back any other “comfort” feature i.e. HDR, WIFI, different types of (additional) metering modes, etc I’d be all over it, if I could get 1/8k or 1/16k shutter speeds – no replacement for displacement thinking…

      I remember owning a D1 a while back, for a short time, and that had 1/16k shutter capabilities –

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    • robert garfinkle

      I need to reread before posting – oy

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    • Stan Rogers

      Time to show my age, I guess: I remember when 1/1000 was a feature that not all focal plane shutters had, and 1/60 was the usual sync speed. Of course, that was with much easier-to-control cloth curtains. Solid blades undergo much more mechanical shock starting and stopping and timing issues (both matching the speed of movement of two blade sets and absolute timing of the start of travel) are non-trivial mechanical and electronic problems. The D1 (and cameras of the same general configuration, like the D100, D70, D50 and D40) used a CCD with a global electronic shutter; the focal plane shutter was only really used as a shutter at very low shutter speeds, and the rest of the time it was basically a dark curtain (if you ever used a medium format leaf-shutter SLR, you’ll know what that is). (By the bye, that meant that flash could sync at any speed shorter than the combination of flash duration and flash-firing lag time; no HSS needed.) If you want a full-frame focal plane shutter that works at higher speeds with higher flash sync speeds and doesn’t self-destruct quickly, it’s going to cost you.

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    • adam sanford

      Stan, please start a blog. Love the details and backstory in your posts. Great stuff as always.

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  9. adam sanford

    My 5D3 cannot do *that*. Nice work, mirrorless.

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