The flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1, with 5-axis image stabilization, TruePic VII image processor and Live MOS sensor, is now available in silver. But of more importance for pros, new firmware Version 2.0 enables tethered shooting, In-Camera Digital Shift and Live Composite, and more, and is available now to all E-M1 owners.
In response to market demand, the new version, with firmware v 2.0 is equipped with USB tethered shooting capabilities, ideal integration in the workflow for studio photographers, utilizing Olympus’ new Capture studio tethering application. The E-M1 connects to a computer via a USB cable, and the free software mirrors the camera’s Live View on the computer monitor. The software also allows the photographer to operate the camera directly from the computer.
Using two dials, firmware v. 2.0 features in-camera Digital Shift, or Keystone Compensation, allowing you to correct the converging lines of trapezoidal distortion in Live View, without the need for a shift lens or post-processing.
New features, including Live Composite Mode, introduced in the E-M10, expand the user’s creative potential. Live Composite Mode is a tool that offers previews of long exposures in Live View. Two new Art Filters, both with three types of finish, add to your creative options, with a total of 14 Art Filters. New Vintage and Partial Colour respectively lends images a nostalgic charm, and emphasizes a specific portion of the photograph, utilizing an intuitive color ring of 18 available color hues, leaving the remainder of the image black and white.
Other features for improved performance include improved EVF display time lag. The display time lag has been reduced to 16 msec when the frame rate has been set to high speed.
New Photo Story themes “Zoom In/Out” and “Layout” have been added.
The addition of a hold function has also made it possible to temporarily save a photo story while shooting, and complete it, later.
Live Guide makes it possible to layer on multiple effects simultaneously.
Remote shooting features in the OI.Share App have been further advanced, with the addition of a self-timer sequential and interval shooting.
A new Scene Mode “Panning” allows you to set the optimal shutter speed automatically to match the movements of an object.
“Shade” Art Effect inserts bands of shading on the left and right side of the image (or top and bottom). A new Movie Effect “Old Film” turns videos into flickering images with noise, scratches and dust, for the vintage look of old movies shot on film.
Firmware Version 2.0 is pre-installed on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 silver model. Existing OM-D E-M1 camera owners can upgrade their camera using Olympus Viewer software.
The OM-D E-M1 in silver will be available in September. Estimated street price: $1,399.99.
Firmware Version 2.0 is available now.
Olympus Capture Studio Tethering Application will be available September 24 at no cost.