Olympus Firmware Updates For OM-D And PEN Cameras

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus has announced performance firmware updates for OM-D and PEN cameras—currently, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, OM-D E-M5 Mark II and PEN-F—and select M.ZUIKO PRO lenses. The updates are available immediately and also include optimization with the new Profoto Air Remote TTL-O, which includes TTL and HSS compatibility with certain Profoto AirTTL flashes.

Check out our coverage of the new Olympus-Profoto collaboration here.

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The Profoto Air Remote TTL-O used with an Olympus camera

In addition, Olympus and Profoto are sponsoring a contest hosted at 500px.com/quests, “Seeking Light in Nature.” Submit photos by May 22, 2017 for a chance to win Olympus and Profoto equipment.

Olympus PEN-F
Olympus PEN-F
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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Here’s a snapshot of the firmware update’s main features from Olympus:

  • Compatibility with Profoto Air Remote TTL-O
  • “Save Settings and Mysets” function saves camera settings on the user’s computer
  • Midtone adjustment function added to Highlight & Shadow Control
  • AF Target Spot Metering provides spot metering at the focus point
  • Touch to select Art Filters while viewing sample images on the screen
  • Set the shutter speed to begin raising the ISO sensitivity in ISO AUTO
  • Improved AF Targeting Pad on the rear LCD monitor
  • High Res Shot and Focus Stacking Mode compatibility on non-Olympus flashes
  • Automatic switching to rear LCD monitor when shooting with the viewfinder
  • AF HOME settings saved when camera is turned off

See the press release below:

PLUG IN AND POWER UP: OLYMPUS® FIRMWARE UPDATE DELIVERS NEW CAPABILITIES FOR OM-D® AND PEN® CAMERAS

Expansive New Performance Updates for the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, OM-D E-M5 Mark II and PEN-F Include TTL and HSS Compatibility with Profoto AirTTL [1] Flashes

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., May 8, 2017 — Today, Olympus announces a series of powerful new firmware updates that enhance the performance of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, Olympus PEN-F and select M.ZUIKO® PRO and PREMIUM lenses. The updates are available immediately and are designed to bolster Olympus cameras and lenses with the latest functionality, including true compatibility with the new Profoto Air Remote TTL-O, to strengthen the performance for the professional and enthusiast photographer.

Olympus is dedicated to providing ongoing product functionality and performance improvements to expand the capabilities of their cameras. The E-M1 Mark II, Olympus’s latest flagship camera designed to withstand the rigors of professional use and deliver outstanding images, is upgraded to Version 1.2. The E-M5 Mark II, a high-performance compact system camera that features Olympus’s advanced in-body 5-Axis Image Stabilization, is upgraded to Version 3.0. And the PEN-F, a beautifully crafted camera with creative functions ideal for street shooters and those with an affinity for sophisticated industrial design, is upgraded to Version 2.0.

The recent updates are comprehensive and go beyond compatibility with the Profoto Air Remote TTL-O. The E-M5 Mark II has been enhanced with features that include “Save Settings and Mysets” for saving camera settings on a computer, and a midtone adjustment function has been added to Highlight & Shadow Control for even greater control over the tonal quality of images. The PEN-F now offers touch-to-select Art Filters while viewing the effect in real time, and users can set the slowest shutter speed allowed before the camera raises the sensitivity in ISO AUTO. For the E-M1 Mark II, High Res Shot and Focus Stacking Modes are now compatible with non-Olympus flashes, and AF HOME settings are saved when the camera is turned off.

Firmware Version 1.1 for the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO and Firmware Version 1.2 for the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f/4.0 IS PRO improves silent sequential shooting performance when image stabilization is active on the E-M1 Mark II. Firmware Version 1.1 for the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO also improves 5-Axis Sync IS performance when paired with the E-M5 Mark II and the E-M1 Mark II.

[1] Profoto is the leading company in light shaping tools for image creators around the world. Please contact Profoto for more details on the Profoto Air Remote TTL-O.

Main Features

  1. Compatibility with Profoto Air Remote TTL-O

The latest firmware upgrade delivers compatibility between the Profoto Air Remote TTL-O and the E-M1 Mark II, E-M5 Mark II and PEN-F models. The Profoto Air Remote TTL-O wirelessly integrates the Profoto Air TTL Flash with these cameras, providing Olympus users with seamless integration with products from one of the leading manufacturers of lighting and light-shaping tools.

Simply attach the Profoto Air Remote TTL-O to the hot shoe for quick remote control of all functions. For more information on which functions can be used, please see the Profoto website: http://profoto.com

  1. “Save Settings and Mysets” function saves camera settings on the user’s computer

The convenient “Save Settings and Mysets” function has been added to the E-M5 Mark II and PEN-F to easily save the user’s customized settings on their computer and restore them on the camera when necessary. This feature is useful for applying the same settings to multiple cameras and saving complex settings when upgrading firmware.

  1. Midtone adjustment function added to Highlight & Shadow Control

The new midtone adjustment function has been added to the Highlight & Shadow Control on the E-M5 Mark II to provide control over bright and dark sections of a subject and to give users complete control over the tonal properties of the image.

  1. AF Target Spot Metering provides spot metering at the focus point

AF Target Spot Metering is now available on the E-M5 Mark II to effectively link the AF Target position and spot metering area.

  1. Touch to select Art Filters while viewing sample images on the screen

Sample images that demonstrate the effects of the Art Filter are now shown at the bottom of the PEN-F’s screen. Users can simply view and touch the sample Art Filter image on the screen to instantly activate that option.

  1. Set the shutter speed to begin raising the ISO sensitivity in ISO AUTO

It is now possible to control the lowest shutter speed setting on the PEN-F. This allows users to predefine a minimum shutter speed so that the ISO sensitivity increases in low-light situations rather than slowing down the shutter speed. This is convenient for handheld shooting in low-light environments.

  1. Improved AF Targeting Pad on the rear LCD monitor

The firmware update makes it possible to use touchpad operations on the PEN-F even if your nose touches the rear LCD monitor while looking through the viewfinder. The AF Targeting Pad provides the freedom to move the AF point on the rear LCD monitor using touch operations while keeping your eye on the viewfinder.

  1. High Res Shot and Focus Stacking Mode compatibility on non-Olympus flashes

The E-M1 Mark II’s powerful 50MP High Res Shot and Focus Stacking Modes are now supported with both Olympus flashes and flashes from other manufacturers.

  1. Automatic switching to rear LCD monitor when shooting with the viewfinder

When shooting through the E-M1 Mark II’s viewfinder during Rec View, the camera now automatically switches to the rear LCD monitor for image playback when the eye is moved away from the viewfinder.

  1. AF HOME settings saved when camera is turned off

Previously, AF HOME settings were reset after the E-M1 Mark II was turned off. The firmware upgrade saves the user’s AF HOME settings even if the camera is turned off.

Additional Improvements

  • Improved viewfinder color reproduction during shooting for the E-M1 Mark II lets users compose their image while viewing color more accurately.
  • Improved stability for battery level display for the E-M1 Mark II.
  • Lens firmware upgrade improvements:

(1) M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO Firmware Version 1.1 and M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f/4.0 IS PRO Firmware Version 1.2 improves silent sequential shooting performance when image stabilization is active on the E-M1 Mark II.

(2) M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO Firmware Version 1.1 improves 5-Axis Sync IS performance when paired with the E-M5 Mark II and E-M1 Mark II.

Camera Bodies – New Functions and Improvements (Ö indicates a new function)

E-M1 Mark II Ver 1.2 E-M5 Mark II Ver 3.0 PEN-F

Ver 2.0

Compatibility with Profoto Air Remote TTL-O Ö Ö Ö
“Save Settings and Mysets” for saving camera settings on a computer Already available Ö Ö
Midtone adjustment function added to Highlight & Shadow Control Already available Ö Already available
AF Target Spot Metering provides spot metering at the focus point Already available Ö Already available
Touch to select Art Filters while viewing sample images Ö
Set the shutter speed to begin raising the ISO sensitivity in ISO AUTO Already available Ö
Improved AF Targeting Pad on the rear LCD monitor Already available Ö
High Res Shot and Focus Stacking Mode available on non-Olympus flashes Ö Already available Already available
Automatic playback on rear LCD when using Rec View in the viewfinder Ö Already available Already available
AF HOME settings saved when camera is turned off Ö Already available Already available
Improved viewfinder color reproduction Ö
Improved stability for battery level display Ö

M.ZUIKO Lenses – New Improvements (Ö indicates a new function)

E-M1 Mark II E-M5 Mark II E-M1
M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO Firmware Ver 1.1 and M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f/4.0 IS PRO Firmware Ver 1.2 improves silent sequential shooting performance when image stabilization is active Ö*4
M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO Firmware Ver 1.1 improves 5-Axis Sync IS performance Already available Ö Ö

*4 E-M1 Mark II must be upgraded to firmware Ver. 1.2

Specifications are subject to change without notice. Company names and product names contained in this release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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