Olympus Announces New Firmware for the OM-D E-M1 and OM-D E-M5 Mark II, Adding Focus Bracketing, Simulated OVF Mode and more...

Olympus has announced new firmware updates for the OM-D E-M1 and OM-D E-M5 Mark II Cameras, adding a number of features.

Olympus wants users to know how much the new Firmware Updates add to these cameras, even publishing a press release with a title starting, "Download Your Next Camera". We applaud manufacturers that update existing cameras via firmware updates to support their users like Olympus is doing with these new Firmware Updates.

The upcoming Firmware Version 4.0 for the OM-D E-M1 adds a wealth of nice features, including Focus Peaking adjustments so that users can turn it on or off while shooting in Live View, and can now adjust the desired intensity and color like they already can on the OM-D E-5 Mark II.

Olympus will also include Cursor Memory Position that makes customization easier by automatically returning to the last menu setting used. Olympus also says that they're making Anti-Shock Mode easier to use by allowing automatic switching to a mechanical shutter at speeds of 1/320 second or faster, with Silent Mode eliminating all camera sounds when shooting in conditions where silence is desired, allowing shutter speeds up o 1/6000 second.

Olympus is also adding Advanced Movie features including the ability to easily synchronize PCM Audio and Video when using the Olympus LS-100, and will also let users optimize their video recording with Movie Image Stabilization using a five axis optical IS and Digital IS with support for time coding, combined with a movie info display showing histograms, audio levels and more.

A Focus Stacking Feature is also being added to the OM-D E-M1 that will let users take macro photos that are in focus at various depths by capturing 8 shots at different focus positions with a single press of the shutter button, merging them into a single image in the camera. That allows a much greater depth of field than would be possible by changing aperture settings alone.

Th OM-D E-5 Mark II will also get new features via Firmware Update Version 2.0, including enhancements that let the camera capture clearer video without the need for editing software, and Movie-Exclusive Picture Mode Flat that reduces contrast to help prevent blown highlights and loss of detail in shadow areas. This new update will also allow for 4K Time Lapse Movie Capture by taking up to 999 photos and combining them in camera into a 4K video file.

Users of both the OM-D E-5 Mark II and OM-D E-M1 will also benefit from the addition of a Focus Bracketing Feature that lets the camera capture up to 999 images with the focus position changing. Then, you'd merge the photos into one photo using editing software, allowing the appearance of greater depth of field.

Olympus is also adding an S-OVF (Simulated Optical Viewfinder) Mode to the new firmware updates that so that users see a view that looks more like you'd expect from an Optical Viewfinder, without the projected image showing changes in exposure and white balance as camera settings are changed.

But, Olympus didn't stop with Firmware Updates to the OM-D E-5 Mark II and OM-D E-M1 Cameras alone. They're also updating their Olympus Capture Software to Version 1.1, adding features that allow customization of the Super Control Panel to enhance work flow; and are adding features that let you transfer images faster directly from the camera to computer, while also expanding the functions available for tethered shooting.

Lastly, Olympus announced new firmware for the M.Zuiko Pro and Premium Lenses, improving Aperture Drive for smoother changes in exposure, and also introduced changes to MF Clutch and Snapshot Focus features.

The Olympus Version 4.0 for Olympus OM-D E-M1, Version 2.0 for OM-D E-M5 Mark II and Olympus Capture Version 1.1 will be available in late November 2015.

To find out more about the firmware updates, visit the Olympus website at www.getolympus.com/upgrade.

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See more about the new Firmware Updates that Olympus will make available in the Press Release below:




New Performance Updates for the OM-D E-M1, E-M5 Mark II and Lenses Demonstrate Olympus' Ongoing Commitment to Enhance the Existing Lineup

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., September 15, 2015 -- Today, Olympus announces a series of firmware upgrades that significantly enhance the performance of the OM-D line for professional and amateur shooters alike, including Version 4.0 for Olympus OM-D E-M1®, Version 2.0 for OM-D E-M5 Mark II updates to M.ZUIKO® PRO and PREMIUM lenses as well as Advanced Olympus Capture Version 1.1 and OI.Share®Version 2.6. The updates, which will be available in late November 2015, are highlighted by new macro shooting modes, advanced video performance and other capabilities found on the recently announced OM-D E-M10 Mark II.

Version 4.0 for OM-D E-M1: Breathtaking Macro Images

Focus Stacking Mode, exclusive to Version 4.0 for OM-D E-M1, expands the expressive power of macro photography and brings out the true performance of M.ZUIKO PRO lenses. In Focus Stacking Mode, a single press of the shutter captures eight RAW or JPEG shots with varying focal positions and automatically composites them into a single JPEG file for a macro shot with incredible depth of field.

Users can also take their macro photography a step further with Focus Bracketing Mode, which captures up to 999 shots with varying focal positions. Third-party photo-editing software can be used to merge the files into one breathtaking image that reveals the details of any subject, from the small, like a bloom of a rose or an exotic insect, to a large depth of field in a telephoto landscape.

Enhanced Customization and Control

The firmware upgrade also give users more support and ease of use when capturing professional-quality images. The new simulated optical viewfinder (S-OVF) delivers a view similar to that of the naked eye, just like an optical viewfinder. Exposure compensation and white balance are purposely not shown so users who are more familiar with the optical viewfinder in their traditional DSLR cameras can use the OM-D in the exact same way until they become more comfortable with the benefits of an electronic viewfinder.

Advanced Focus Peaking adjusts settings and turns Focus Peaking on or off at a moment's notice while shooting in Live View. And, just like the Advanced Focus Peaking already on the OM-D E-M5 Mark II, OM-D E-M1 users can now select the desired intensity level (low, standard or high) and color (black, white, red or yellow) for consistently sharp images during shooting.

Menu Cursor Position Memory further enhances customization by automatically returning to the last menu setting used , meaning less time navigating menus and more time is spent capturing moments. Anti-Shock Mode is now easier than ever and automatically switches to the mechanical shutter at speeds 1/320 and faster. And when users are shooting in quiet situations, Silent Mode eliminates all camera sounds for completely silent shooting, perfect for a piano recital or wedding ceremony with shutter speeds up to an amazing 1/16000th sec.

Innovative Movie Functions

Advanced movie capabilities include the ability to easily synchronize PCM audio and video recording when using the Olympus® LS-100. A Slate Tone can now be added to make it simple to perfectly synchronize audio and video during the editing process. Users can further optimize their 1080p Full HD Video with additional features, including Movie Image Stabilization with five-axis optical IS and digital IS, 24p/25p frame rate, movie record start with a release cable, support for time code setting and, finally, a movie info display that shows histogram, level gauge, audio level and time code.

Version 2.0 for E-M5 Mark II: Enhanced Video Power

In addition to many of the updates in Version 4.0 for E-M1, including Focus Bracketing and S-OVF, Version 2.0 firmware upgrade for E-M5 Mark II further enhances the camera's ability to capture crisp, clear video with no need for additional editing software. Movie-Exclusive Picture Mode Flat provides for post-production color grading by lowering the contrast to minimize blown-out highlights and loss of detail in shadows. Additionally, new 4K Time Lapse Movie captures up to 999 images automatically and combines them in-camera into a stunning 4K file.

Tethered Shooting Gets Easier

Advanced Olympus Capture Version 1.1 makes tethered shooting in-studio even easier for both still images and video by allowing the user to customize the camera's display and layout for quick and easy access to the most frequently used functions. Direct PC makes image transfer four times faster by saving images directly to a computer without having to record to an SD card. Features like Keystone Compensation can be utilized from a computer as well by simply connecting the computer and camera body.

More Advancements for the OM-D System

The latest firmware for the M.ZUIKO PRO and PREMIUM lenses will also be released and will include aperture drive, which has been improved for smooth exposure control even when shooting movies with sudden changes in brightness. The update also gives the shooter the convenience of disabling the MF Clutch and Snapshot Focus even at the MF Clutch position.

Finally, the new Version 2.6 update for the OI.Share app for Android® and Apple®is available now and enables Live Comp to be viewed in real time. Now users can make adjustments to their settings and monitor the progress of the image as it develops right on their smartphone or tablet.

U.S. Availability

The Olympus Version 4.0 for Olympus OM-D E-M1, Version 2.0 for OM-D E-M5 Mark II and Olympus Capture Version 1.1 will be available in late November 2015.

To find out more about the firmware updates, visit the Olympus website at www.getolympus.com/upgrade.

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