After being announced in September, Olympus' OM-D E-M1 Mark II quickly became one of the most anticipated cameras of the year. The new flagship mirrorless, which will hit stores in December for $2,000 (body only), is loaded with high-end specs. That includes a 20.4-megapixel Live MOS sensor (Micro Four Thirds), a dual quad-core Truepic VIII image processor, 121-point autofocus system and in-camera stabilization. Above all, though, the E-M1 Mark II is about sheer speed, featuring 18-fps shooting with continuous autofocus and autoexposure enabled, or an insane 60 frames per second if those settings are locked. While I've only been testing the camera for little more than a day, all of those specs have translated well in real-world use.
It might be exiting the camera business, but Olympus is still releasing new models. The company has unveiled the $700 O-MD E-M10 Mark IV, the latest in its line of entry level Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. While it looks much the same as the last model, there are some notable improvements in the sensor and display that should appeal to users looking to graduate from smartphones. The biggest change is a new 20-megapixel sensor and upgrade TruePic VIII image processor, replacing the 16-megapixel sensor on the last model. Those appear to be the same as the sensor and chip on Olympus' recent OM-D E-M5 Mark III mid-range camera, meaning you should see sharper images with less noise in low-light shooting.
Things move fast in the camera world these days, as manufacturers push for new innovations to keep their lineups relevant in the age of smartphones. Since our last guide, new models from Canon, Sony and others have arrived with big improvements in shooting speeds, autofocus and video. That's good news if you're a buyer, because the latest cameras are better than ever and it's easier to find deals on past models. Still, it can be hard to keep track of every new camera that comes along, and that's where we come in. Our 2021 guide will catch you up on all the latest models and bargains, so you can select a camera that fits your shooting needs and budget to a tee.
Sony may not have the brand recognition of Canon or Nikon among old-school camera heads, but the company has been putting out impressive high-end shooters for a few years now. The Japanese giant makes some of the best compact cameras on the market (like the RX100 and RX1), and the company's mirrorless Alpha a7S II is generally considered to be the best low-light camera under $5,000, even better than leading DSLRs. The Alpha a9, Sony's latest entry into its mirrorless lineup, is even more beastly than its siblings. The flagship feature is its 24.2-megapixel, 35-millimeter full-frame CMOS sensor. It's also insanely fast: it can calculate autofocus and autoexposure 60 times per second and capture 20 frames per second in continuous shooting mode.
Who still needs a dedicated camera when smartphone cameras are now so damned excellent? Professionals and hobbyists are two answers that come to mind. Among those group, Sony's been leading the pack for years: Its Alpha series of mirrorless cameras (with both full-frame and APS-C-size image sensors) and RX100 point-and-shoot models are generally well regarded, and now the company is ready to further its lead. SEE ALSO: Sony's mirrorless camera is here to slay DSLRs Let's get price out of the way. Sony's new cameras are not cheap.