Olympus releases OM-D E-M5 firmware version 2.0

Olympus has issued a firmware update for the OM-D E-M5, adding two new features : an lower ISO setting and smaller AF points.

The ISO 100-equivalent setting promises lower noise, and enables shooting of fast primes at closer to maximum aperture in daylight, but comes at the cost of earlier highlight clipping. Also being added to the E-M5 is the ability to select smaller AF target points for more accurate focusing.

The version 2.0 update is available now via the ‘Olympus Digital Camera Updater‘ program.


Olympus Announces the Ultra Compact E-M10

Olympus got even smaller with their new, just announced ultra-compact E-M10. While the new mirror less camera is tiny, it’s tough with an all-metal body, built-in Wi-Fi, a tilting 3-inch touchscreen on back, an electronic viewfinder, and a built-in flash.

The E-M10 uses 3-axis image stabilization built into the camera body with a revamped autofocus system that uses 81 target points. The camera can shoot at a maximum of 8 frames per seconds in high-speed burst mode.

The Olympus E-M10, goes on sale in March 2014 for $699.99 body only and is available in black or silver. You can also buy it as a kit with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42 mm f3.5-5.6 II R lens for $799.99.

Olympus also introduced two new micro four thirds lenses. The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ is a “pancake” zoom lens that measures just .9 inches thick. Olympus calls it “the world’s slimmest standard zoom lens.” Olympus also unveiled a M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm f1.8 portrait lens.

New Firmware from Olympus

Olympus has released firmware updates for the OM-D E-M1, the XZ-2, and the 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 lens. Version 1.1 for the E-M1 promises to improve autofocus and image stabilization. Meanwhile version 1.3 for the XZ-2 should improve autofocus in low light, and the 12-50mm lens should work better when using electronic zoom on Panasonic cameras.

Both camera and lens firmware can but updated using Olympus’s Digital Camera Updater: