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Olympus OM-D E-M1 gains a few new capabilities in a firmware update

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Firmware update v2.0 for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is said to give the following:

8 new functions:

  • Tethered Shooting for studio photography via the new Olympus Capture Software.
  • Live Composite mode for star-trail photography as with the E-M10
  • Keystone Compensation (digital shift) to correct vertical distortion
  • 2 New Art Filters: Vintage and Partial Color
  • Aperture Lock function has been added to Aperture Preview
  • Panning Shot shooting mode has been added to SCN mode
  • Old Film effect has been added to movie effect
  • New Photo Story mode features: Zoom In/Out and Layout framing options. Save (complete partway through), Temporary Save, and Resume functions

16 operability improvements:

  • EVF image display time lag reduced to 16 milliseconds (when frame rate setting is set to high speed)
  • Multiple simultaneous settings now available in Live Guide
  • Exposure compensation (±3 EV) is now available in HDR 1/HDR2 shooting
  • A function has been added to cancel Color Creator and return to the original Picture Mode by pressing the MENU button when using Color Creator function.
  • Movie Tele-converter can now be used simultaneously when Art Filter is set to Picture Mode.
  • AF function for each frame was added to Custom Self Timer. In Drive Mode’s Custom Self Timer settings, you can now press the INFO button to change settings.
  • MF Assist is now supported in magnified frame position.
  • 3x has been added to high resolution magnified Live View.
  • The Peaking display frame rate has been improved.
  • Electronic zoom speed setting function was added. An icon appears on the LCD monitor when using an Olympus electronic zoom lens.
  • When the arrow pad is set to Direct function, the Underwater/Underwater macro functions can be used with the left and down button on the arrow pad.
  • Double tap is now supported in touch operations on the Super Control Panel.
  • The level gauge and histogram can now be displayed during magnified frame display. The Touch Off icon was added to magnified frame display.
  • A function was added so that shooting information recorded in HDR1/HDR2 can be viewed in the playback screen.
  • Information on composited number of shots for images recorded with Live Composite was added (Can be checked in Olympus Viewer3).
  • When the BKT button is held down, the BKT menu now appears.

Much has been rumoured of the firmware update adding 4K video capability but this did not eventuate in this update – perhaps in a subsequent one if we are lucky!

Panasonic has partnered with video firmware hacker Vitaly – the forthcoming GH-3 is becoming even more promising!

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

And no, this does NOT appear to be an April Fool’s Day joke.

Legendary firmware hacker, Vitaly whose team has made the Panasonic GH-2 one of the best video cameras for a dSLR-like camera, has announced on March 31st 2012, that he has entered into a partnership with Panasonic.

We will need to await the NAB 2012 in 2 weeks time for new features to be revealed given the non-disclosure agreement he has signed, but a few of his comments on his blogs are as follows:

  • his team will still be able to make hacks for certain cameras – presumably the GH-1 and GH-2 as a minimum.
  • his next firmware will be “revolutionary”
  • “Venus Revolution is code name for new LSI, as well as name for the team who works on it’s design and related software libraries. It’ll be used in upcoming cameras.”
  • “Due to new features, new cameras won’t be in direct competition to GH2″
  • his team is now “Already working on firmware v2.0 changes. Some companies will be very upset with their $5000 cameras.” – there will be “drastic changes in v2.0″
  • for “selected Panasonic cameras, they won’t have new “hacks” released, but will have firmware that incorporate much much more.”
  • “None of new cameras will write in AVCHD container anymore. None will support interlaced modes. And all will support >2Gb files, no spanning”
  • “After NAB 1080p60 will be considered past tense” – perhaps the new cameras will be 1080p120 for super slo-mo capability?

There has been mixed reactions to this partnership from the hacker community, most welcome the opportunity to have the potential for Panasonic’s cameras to have higher functionality and capabilities thanks to Vitaly’s input, but the cost will be Vitaly’s team will not be able to hack some “selected” cameras and thus in these cameras, although the firmware may be brilliant, it will not have some features currently availability in hacks such as the hacks to get longer than 29min 59sec recording time – a limit to avoid higher tax rates on the cameras in some regions.

Nevertheless, this is great news to Micro Four Thirds users who already have one of the best compact cameras designed for photographers needs – the Olympus OM-D E-M5, and will have access to some of the highest HD video quality available in the sub-$1000 camera bracket thanks to the Vitaly-Panasonic partnership.

I am very much looking foward to the forth-coming Panasonic GH-3 – will we at last get a global electronic shutter for incredibly fast and silent burst rates, as well as fast flash sync?

Panasonic GH-2 Micro Four Thirds camera gets a very useful firmware update

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Version 1.1 firmware update includes:

  1. Added a video mode [HIGH BIT RATE] which is suitable for editing video recorded at high bit rate(24Mbps). ie. for 1080/30p or 25p HD video.
  2. Added a function [POWER ZOOM LENS] when using power zoom lens.
    ([DISP FOCAL LENGTH], [STEP ZOOM], [ZOOM RESUME], [ZOOM SPEED], [ZOOM RING]*)
  3. Full area enlargement of AF area setting.
  4. Improved in the speed of consecutive shooting when shot with auto bracket.
  5. Increased number of recordable images in consecutive shooting.
  6. [EX.TELE CONV. (Extra Tele Conversion)] can be set ON/OFF separately in photo or video recording.
  7. More accurate light adjustment of built-in flash.
  8. Improved in the AF performance in video recording.
  9. Synchronization of alarm volume for low battery with [BEEP VOLUME].
  10. Added a function [HALF PRESS RELEASE].
  11. Improved NR (Noise Reduction) in high sensitivity shooting.
  12. Added a function [TOUCH SCREEN] which is ON/OFF control of touch-screen.

* Available with LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. only.

It would seem some of these upgrades are derived from Panasonic G3 (eg. improved noise reduction).

see firmware update service

 

Panasonic issues firmware update for Lumix 14-140mm lens

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

The firmware update is said to improve AF speed and optical image stabilisation in movie mode.

See here for instructions on installing it.

Panasonic announces firmware update to GH-1, GF-1 and G-1

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

available May 10th, 2010 from here.

Firmware update for Olympus ZD 9-18mm lens

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Firmware update improves AF performance.

see firmware update

Olympus lens firmware – Micro Four Thirds compatibility

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Olympus has announced firmware updates to several ZD lenses to enable compatibility with the Panasonic DMC-G1 Micro Four Thirds camera.

see firmware upgrades.

The lenses include:
ZD 35mm F3.5 Macro
ZD 25mm F2.8 pancake
ZD 35-100mm F4.0-5.6
ZD 40-150mm F4.0-5.6

New firmware update mechanism for Olympus/Panasonic/Sigma

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Four Thirds system users who have multiple manufacturer systems such as a Panasonic/Leica Four Thirds lens on an Olympus dSLR will now be able to update the firmware on their lens even though it is not the same brand as the camera.

This is an important development, particularly, as we can expect some lens firmware upgrades to improve compatibility with the Micro Four Thirds cameras.

Olympus camera and lens owners click here

Panasonic dSLR and lens owners click here

Sigma lens owners click here