Olympus Firmware Updates Coming

Olympus has announced that some firmware updates are coming on December 2, 2020. These vary based on the specific equipment that you may own.

On a personal basis I am thrilled to see Bird Detection AI becoming available for my OM-D E-M1X! The video stabilization on my cameras was already excellent… but always great to see further improvements in that regard as well. Based on the client video work that I currently do, the RAW video output is not an issue for me. Other photographers may find this upgrade to be significant.

Here is a summary of the forthcoming firmware updates.

E-M1X Version 2.0 (Available December 2, 2020)

  • Bird detection AF has been added to Intelligent Subject Detection AF.
  • RAW video output to external equipment is now supported.
    * Compatible external device: ATOMOS NINJA V HDR monitor recorder.
  • Focus Stacking Mode is now compatible with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens.
  • Video image stabilization has been improved.
  • Focus indicator display is now available during manual focusing.

E-M1 Mark III Version 1.2 (Available December 2, 2020)

  • RAW video output to external equipment is now supported.
    *Compatible external device: ATOMOS NINJA V HDR monitor recorder.
  • Focus Stacking Mode is now compatible with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens.
  • Video image stabilization has been improved.
  • Focus indicator display is now available during manual focusing.

E-M1 Mark II Version 3.4 (Available December 2, 2020)

  • Focus Stacking Mode is now compatible with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens.
  • Video image stabilization has been improved.

E-M5 Mark III Version 1.3 (Available December 2, 2020)

  • Focus Stacking Mode is now compatible with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens.s
  • Video image stabilization has been improved.

Olympus PEN-F Firmware Version 3.0

  • Monochrome Profile and Color Profile settings in recorded images can be saved onto the camera via a computer
  • Shading effects in Monochrome Profile Control is available in Color Profile Control and Color Creator
  • Adds new Art Filter option “Bleach Bypass” *
  • Support for Panasonic LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm/F2.8/POWER O.I.S. interchangeable lens

Olympus Recorder LS-P4

  • Slate Tone & Test Tone have been added for seamless video sound recording.
  • By adding the Slate Tone function the camera track and recorder track can now easily be synchronized in post production.
  • With Test Tone, you can output a reference signal to the camera for a quick visual reference to help you set audio recording levels.
  • These new features will easily help you integrate the LS-P4 into your video production routine.

Keeping the firmware updated on your camera, regardless of the make and model, is always a prudent thing to do. That way you can take advantage of any improvements that your camera brand has introduced.

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