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Olympus updates PEN E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1 firmware for power zooms

By dpreview staff on Jan 19, 2012 at 23:18 GMT

Olympus has issued updated firmware for its latest PEN models to better cope with the recently launched Micro Four Thirds power zoom lenses. Firmware v1.2 is supposed to result in a more accurate display of focal length on the camera display, in EXIF data and in playback. Firmware can be downloaded either via the Olympus camera software or by using the 'Digital Camera Updater' utility downloaded from the company's website.

Olympus statement:

Today Olympus announces the release of new firmware for the E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1 that more accurately displays the focal length data for electric zoom lenses shown in playback, EXIF data, and in the monitor while shooting.

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Total comments: 14
newyorkunit
By newyorkunit (Jan 22, 2012)

Now if they just fix the damn video issue then we'll have a super camera!

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Sam Carriere
By Sam Carriere (Jan 21, 2012)

Wow, a firmware update for a lens that doesn't exist yet! we are truly blessed.

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Sevventh
By Sevventh (Jan 21, 2012)

No fix for the rattlesnake sound from the Panasonic 25mm?

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Kirppu
By Kirppu (Jan 20, 2012)

So next, if they could spare few hours of the programmers time they could annoucne XZ-1 firmware update.
ps: tired of waiting minor software enchangements

Is there any camera maker that uses opensource menu program?

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Michele Kappa
By Michele Kappa (Jan 20, 2012)

I wonder: Does this mean that older Olympus cameras, such as my E-PL1, will display accurate measurements without a firmware update or that simply Olympus will not update older cameras - thus leaving us with "not-so-accurate" readings if someone with an older body buys the new lenses?

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cheenachatze
By cheenachatze (Jan 20, 2012)

I would be very mad if Olympus does not update my E-PL1 to work with the new Power Zoom lenses. I am very interested in the new 12-50mm lens. What incentive will I have to buy another Olympus product?

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453C
By 453C (Jan 20, 2012)

We'll have to see exactly what the update does, but other factors should be more important than properly displaying FL. O&P need to give all MFT cameras full control and compatibility of all lens features, including all OIS modes, all software corrections, and all "power" features.

This is a step in the right direction for O&P to keep the MFT mount coordinated, but much more can, and should, be done.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Jan 20, 2012)

I wasn't aware of this. At this rate, pretty soon, m4/3 will just be two systems with a common mount and you'd have to manual focus incompatible lenses.

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453C
By 453C (Jan 21, 2012)

It probably won't come to that, but it's getting pretty silly that beyond AF and aperture, you have to consider other compatibility issues on what should be a standard mount for MFT bodies and cameras.

A standard connotes that a MFT camera can mount any MFT lens and have full functionality. It's getting to the point that you have to consult a compatibility chart to see exactly what a body+lens will do together. That's sad for a three year old system.

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IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Jan 19, 2012)

Will Panasonic's power zooms work on these cameras? Or just Olympus power zoom?

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453C
By 453C (Jan 20, 2012)

Olympus doesn't make any power zoom lenses.

Panasonic X lenses work on Olympus bodies, but not all features work, such as OIS. O&P need to return the MFT mount to a true standard and stop this divergent behavior.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jan 20, 2012)

Actually: http://www.dpreview.com/news/2011/12/14/olympus1250EZ

Though it has a manually-driven zoom mode, too.

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Parappaman
By Parappaman (Jan 20, 2012)

"Olympus doesn't make any power zoom lenses."

http://www.dpreview.com/products/olympus/lenses/olympus_m_12-50_3p5-6p3

Wrong :)

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453C
By 453C (Jan 21, 2012)

See what happens when I don't keep up to date? :)

I stand by what I said about O&P needing to rein in the MFT mount, though. It's starting to spin a little far afield from a standard.

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