Firmware upgrade v4.0 for Olympus OM-D E-M1 will bring focus stacking and focus bracketing

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Olympus announced firmware upgrade version 4.0 for Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera that will bring focus stacking and focus bracketing mode for advance macro shooting. Firmware version 2.0 for OM-D E-M5 Mark II and Olympus Capture Version 1.1 will also be released in late November, 2015:

Olympus Corporation (President: Hiroyuki Sasa) is pleased to announce the latest firmware upgrades for two cameras, which will be released for late November 2015 - Version 4.0 for the Olympus OM-D E-M1, a flagship Compact System Camera and Version 2.0 for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. This upgrade not only adds new functions found on the OM-D E-M10 Mark II announced on August 25, but also adds new features worthy of high-end models. At the same time, Version 1.1 of Olympus Capture will be released to meet demands from professionals, and the latest firmware update for M.Zuiko Pro and Premium lenses will also be released.

The OM-D E-M1 is the Olympus flagship Compact System Camera, with dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof performance. Not only are functions available on the OM-D E-M5 Mark II and OM-D E-M10 Mark II being added, but the latest function, focus stacking mode is being added for further advancement as a flagship model.

Functions available on the OM-D E-M10 Mark II and the latest functions will also be added to the OM-D E-M5 Mark II to achieve the further advanced OM-D Movie.

We have also incorporated advice and requests from professional photographers and customizable Super Control Panel on a computer, improved the data transfer speed, and supported the Keystone Compensation, making Olympus Capture more advanced for professional use.

Along with this latest firmware upgrade, the latest firmware for the M.Zuiko Pro and Premium lenses will also be released. Support for aperture control suitable for movie shooting and the ability to disable MF clutch and Snapshot Focus has been added.

Features and performance of the high-end models will continue to be upgraded through firmware updates.

New main features added in firmware upgrade

1) Focus Stacking Mode (OM-D E-M1 only)
Focus Stacking Mode let you shoot macro photos that are completely in focus at all depths. A single press of the shutter button captures 8 shots with different focal positions, automatically merging them into a single shot on the camera. Depth of field larger than that of minimum aperture and high resolution without diffraction can be achieved.

2) Focus Bracketing Mode
This function captures up to 999 shots with the focus position for each shot being changed, allowing you to use photo retouching software to merge the images with larger depth of field that cannot be achieved in focus stacking mode (8 shots).

3) S-OVF (Simulated OVF)
S-OVF enables a view that is similar to that of an optical viewfinder.
Exposure compensation and white balance are purposely not shown in S-OVF so that users who are comfortable with the optical viewfinder in DSLR cameras can use the camera in the exact same way.

4) Movie-Exclusive Picture Mode: Flat (OM-D E-M5 Mark II only)
Movie-Exclusive Picture Mode Flat provides beautiful post-editing or grading color by lowering the contrast to minimize highlight blowouts and loss of detail in shadows.

5) Synchronized PCM Audio Rec. with Movie Recording
Functions have been added for shooting movies when connecting Olympus Linear PCM Recorder LS-100 via USB cable. Slate Tone can be added to make it easier to synchronize the audio and image after recording is complete, and a function for synchronizing the start of audio recording with movie recording on the camera is also available.

6) Enhanced functions on Olympus Capture Version 1.1
You can customize the display of items on the Super Control Panel so that only the required functions are displayed, and you can change the layout for easier access of the most frequently used functions. Direct PC saving is also available and the transfer speed is made faster by saving images directly to a computer without recording to an SD card. Transfer speed is improved up to 4 times faster than before. Tether shooting capabilities are also expanded. Features such as Keystone Compensation are now available to operate via a computer by connecting the camera to a computer.

7) MF Clutch and Snapshot Focus Disable
You can change settings from the menu to disable MF Clutch and Snapshot Focus.

8) Latest firmware for M.Zuiko Pro and Premium lenses
Along with this latest firmware upgrade, latest firmware for the M.Zuiko Pro and Premium lenses will also be released. Aperture drive has been improved for smooth exposure control even when shooting movies in situations with sudden changes in brightness. It also supports for disabling the MF Clutch and Snapshot Focus.

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  • Annie

    This is nice, but will the update remove all my custom settings and revert the camera back to the original default settings as all the previous updates have done?

    • Probably, so write them all into a table for reference before you update. You’ll still have to manually reset them all after, but at least it will be a relative quick ‘checkbox’ exercise instead of a ‘f*ck where do I find that again?’ exercise.

  • Marco –

    Here it comes. Olympus does what I’ve been asking to samsung for years. Focus stacking and bracketing. Total shame that samsung didn’t do that for first. Perhaps now that somebody else did it, they will finally care.

  • Hubertus Bigend

    Very nice! Olympus shows that it’s not just Fuji who can do firmware upgrades. Now configurable Auto ISO and exposure compensation with Auto ISO in M mode are the only important features which still are missing.

  • Marcelo Tezza

    Lovely! Olympus is showing that know photographers needs and make it easier to achieve results.
    Thanks!

  • a-traveler

    “3) S-OVF (Simulated OVF)
    S-OVF enables a view that is similar to that of an optical viewfinder.
    Exposure compensation and white balance are purposely not shown in S-OVF so that users who are comfortable with the optical viewfinder in DSLR cameras can use the camera in the exact same way.”

    WTF! Is this a joke?? What’s next, an iPhone mode where the viewfinder is blacked-out and only the rear screen works.

    • Sakaphoto Graphics

      You don’t have to use it.

      Did you ever use a dSLR and try to move to mirror-less and back? It’s disconcerting.

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