Could the OM-D be upgraded to focus peaking via firmware?

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raven900sx Regular Member • Posts: 439
Re: In a word YES.

if the hardware in the camera is capable then yes.  the original Pentax Q had focus peaking added via a firmware  update

dylanear Senior Member • Posts: 2,861
Re: Could the OM-D be upgraded to focus peaking via firmware?

don_van_vliet wrote:

Just revisiting this often wondered question. Apparently the new PEN has focus peaking, and uses the same processor, I think (Truepic VI), so presumably it wouldn't be a processing power issue. It would instead be an issue of effort/programming/marketing. Thoughts? It would be good if the OM-D was upgraded to use the smaller focus points of the current PENS too, but I suppose Oly don't want to remove all the reasons to upgrade your OM-D...

I wouldn't expect it, but Oly did very impressive updates of the E-P1 AF speed and other nice firmware changes. So it might happen!

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AllMankind
AllMankind Contributing Member • Posts: 564
Re: In a word YES.

raven900sx wrote:

if the hardware in the camera is capable then yes.  the original Pentax Q had focus peaking added via a firmware  update

You do realize it has little to do with the hardware in the camera. Right?

Monitors implement focus peaking.  They will work on any camera with suitable output.  It's all in the software.

Art_P
Art_P Veteran Member • Posts: 9,870
Not only that

It already has the capability, in the form of a kludge (by using one of the art filters)  You just lose the jpeg (or rather, it comes out w the filter applied)  But based on that art filter, they could give focus peeking and just not apply the filter to the jpeg... Sounds simple enough in theory.

Personally, I'd be more impressed by one button access to mysets... or even add them to the SCP

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texinwien Senior Member • Posts: 3,320
Even Better

Art_P wrote:

It already has the capability, in the form of a kludge (by using one of the art filters)  You just lose the jpeg (or rather, it comes out w the filter applied)  But based on that art filter, they could give focus peeking and just not apply the filter to the jpeg... Sounds simple enough in theory.

Personally, I'd be more impressed by one button access to mysets... or even add them to the SCP

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Set up a MySet with the Art Filter and the DTC on (2X magnification). Set a button to turn the MySet on. Now you have focus-peaking at the press of a button. Press the button, get your focus right, let off the button, then take your shot. Your JPEG and your RAW come out fine.

Another advantage to doing it this way is that you can more easily check to make sure you got focus (and other settings) correct on the camera if the art filter wasn't applied to the JPEG.

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