I just received a Development Update from Olympus this morning that formally announced the development of Bird Subject Detection for the Olympus OM-D E-M1X camera. This Olympus Development Announcement also provides an updated lens road map, confirms the M.Zuiko PRO 150-400 F4.5 TC1.25X IS PRO zoom, and announces that OM-D Webcam Beta software is now available for download.
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As regular readers will know, I have been experimenting with the use of Airplane Subject Detection for birds-in-flight on a periodic basis.
I have found that Airplane Subject Detection can work extremely well under certain conditions, but it did not perform consistently for birds-in-flight in some shooting conditions. This was understandable since this AI Subject Tracking mode was not specifically designed to photograph birds-in-flight.
The fact that Olympus will be developing Bird Subject Detection for the OM-D E-M1X is a significant development for photographers like me who own this particular camera model and enjoy bird photography.
Other E-M1X AI Subject Tracking modes for motosports, airplanes and trains provide excellent results for these specific subjects. I am very encouraged about this Olympus announcement.
Bird Subject Detection is scheduled for release at the same time as the M.Zuiko PRO 150-400 F4.5 TC1.25X IS PRO zoom lens (i.e. Winter 2020). This firmware update will be an excellent compliment for this PRO zoom lens.
Just in case you were wondering, the last four osprey in-flight images in this article were all captured using E-M1X Airplane Subject Tracking mode.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Image were produced from RAW files using my standard process. Some photographs were cropped to taste, then resized for web use.
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