After numerous firmware updates for various models of various manufacturers, such as the Nikon D7100 and Nikon D5200, Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Samsung NX1, Panasonic DMC-GH4, now it is Olympus's turn and the company has announced firmware upgrades for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II that will bring marked improvement and multitudinous innovations.
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 will receive firmware version 4.0, which will offer plentiful options and possibilities: Focus Stacking, Focus Bracketing, Advanced Focus Peaking, Silent Mode, Simulated OVF (S-OVF) (which delivers a view similar to that of the naked eye, just like an optical viewfinder), 4K Time Lapse Movie (which captures up to 999 images automatically and combines them in-camera into a stunning 4K file), Live Composite using OI.Share application (which has also been upgraded - version 2.6), the ability to shoot at 5 fps with Anti-shock, MF Clutch Disable (which is used to toggle off manual focus), and Menu Curser Position Memory (which remembers and automatically returns to the last menu setting used). Moreover, Full HD video will experience a rebirth: the features include Movie Image Stabilization, which represents a combination of 5-axis optical IS and digital IS, 24p (23.98p) and 25p frame rates, a movie info display that shows all the necessary information about the video (histogram, level gauge, audio level, and time code), support for time code setting, movie recording start with the RM-UC1 release cable, as well as synchronized PCM audio and video recording.
As for the Focus Stacking Mode, it is completely new in the world of Olympus cameras and it will available only for the Olympus E-M1 - at least for now. It stacks 8 images, in-camera, into a single JPEG, with incredible depth of field, while the user can set the difference in focus distance between each image on a scale from 1-10 (1 being the smallest change in focus between images). In this mode, the camera also saves all 8 individual images, and users can even shoot RAW+JPEG, yet the combined image will still be a JPEG. Furthermore, this mode adds new dimensions to macro photography, making it possible for the camera to capture up to 999 shots with varying focal positions, which will later be merged into one breathtaking image using third-party photo-editing software.
When it comes to the firmware update for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (version 2.0), it will also provide Focus Bracketing, Simulated OVF, 4K Time Lapse Movie, Live Composite using OI.Share application, synchronized PCM audio and video recording, while the innovations comprise the Movie Noise Filter and Flat Picture Mode, which, for now, will be exclusive to E-M5 II.
The new firmware versions for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (4.0) and the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (2.0) will be available to download in late November.
To find out more about the firmware updates, please visit Olympus's official website.