CP+ 2018: Olympus Releases Pro Firmware Updates


Instead of a new batch of cameras, Olympus has chosen to make significant improvements to its existing pro lineup through the release of firmware version 2.0 for the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, version 3.0 for the PEN-F, and version 4.0 for the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. This plan of action should make many current users happy, because it can immediately unlock a load of new functions and features in their systems.

Starting with the shared updates, Olympus has added the Bleach Bypass Art Filter to each of these cameras. They also all now support the Panasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 POWER O.I.S. lens. Another nice new function is the release of a Flat LUT for easier color grading when recording video with the flat picture style.

Moving on, the E-M1 Mark II received a huge bunch of upgrades, with most of the significant changes coming to the Pro Capture Mode. This lag-free mode records a buffer of images, and the number of pre-shutter-release frames has been bumped up from 14 to 35. Also, there is a new display icon and all lenses are now compatible with the mode, including lenses without electronic contacts. Focus stacking now supports a variety of new lenses, and there is in-body correction available for the 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO lens. For added precision, the Small AF Target setting has been added to S-AF and C-AF modes and the magnify setting now has a 100% enlargement setting. A Flicker Scan function will help reduce the chances of flickering light sources affecting your images. Various other improvements were made, as well.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

The PEN-F received a few smaller tweaks, such as the ability to save Monochrome and Color Profile Control settings to the camera via a computer. Also, shading effects for the Monochrome Profiles Control have been made available in the Color Profile Control and Color Creator.

Olympus PEN-F

Finally, the E-M5 Mark II received a solid update in the form of a Focus Stacking function, which supports eight different lenses.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Olympus has made these updates available for immediate download, so go to the company's support page to find the proper download link for your computer and camera. And then go out and start shooting! Which feature or mode are you planning on using first? Let us know, below, in the Comments section.