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Olympus updates firmware for OM-D E-M1, XZ-2, and 12-50mm lens

By dpreview staff on Nov 28, 2013 at 12:36 GMT

Olympus has released firmware updates for its OM-D E-M1 mirrorless camera, XZ-2 enthusiast compact, and 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 lens. Version 1.1 for the E-M1 promises improved autofocus and image stabilisation operation, and better image quality in Live Bulb mode. 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 be updated using Olympus's Digital Camera Updater:

http://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/c/cameras_support/help/firmware_updates/digital_camera_updater.html

Panasonic camera owners wishing to update the 12-50mm firmware can download it from this page:

http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/software/pana/m_ed1250ez.cfm


Improvements following the firmware updates are as follows:

OM-D E-M1 Version 1.1

• Live Bulb image quality while noise reduction is on has been improved
• Improved AF operation
• Image stabilisation in sports, children mode and C-AF has been improved
• Chromatic aberration caused by LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm 1:3.5-5.6 ASPH/POWER O.I.S (H-FS14140)

XZ-2 Version 1.3

• Improved AF performance when single target in low light situation is used

M.ZUIKO 12-50mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ lens

• Improved stability after using electronic zoom in combination with Panasonic cameras

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Comments

Total comments: 10
NarrBL
By NarrBL (5 months ago)

Several of us are observing that this is a very big improvement in the (very) low light autofocus for the XZ-2.

Here's a discussion which lays out the trick to it -- and how this fits with actual camera use.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52623701

I think Olympus have done what it takes to really make this camera, and it's a nice holiday gift. Much appreciated.

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arrie
By arrie (5 months ago)

After a day's experiment, I still don't think that the new v1.3 firmware to the XZ-2 has made a noticeable difference. At least, it still doesn't live up to my expectation from a "flagship" compact DC.

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Bruce Clarke
By Bruce Clarke (5 months ago)

Just look at the website, all fairly obvious:
http://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/c/cameras_support/help/firmware_updates/index.html

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Doberman
By Doberman (5 months ago)

Link not working for the OMD download??? Anyone has a working link?

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peevee1
By peevee1 (4 months ago)

Update camera with their own software. The same for 12-50 lens.

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basilboy
By basilboy (5 months ago)

I've downloaded Firmware 1.3 for XZ-2, and tried the camera with it. It is a big improvement under the studio conditions, where the camera didn't acquire focus before it focuses without any problems. After months of not using it, I'll try it at couple of openings this evening, and report back on actual performance under "working" conditions.

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basilboy
By basilboy (5 months ago)

I think firmware v1.3 is a big improvement for XZ-2:

http://artsdiary.co.nz/focus.html

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Alejandro del Pielago
By Alejandro del Pielago (5 months ago)

What???

The OM-D EM-1 owns a very fast AF, and now the new firmware means:

• Improved AF operation
• Image stabilisation in sports, children mode and C-AF has been improved

It sounds amazing!!!! I would like a review about how deep are the changes with this new firmware...

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BBking83
By BBking83 (5 months ago)

I think the reduction of noise for long exposures is the main one.

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Jerra
By Jerra (5 months ago)

XZ-2 Version 1.3

• Improved AF performance when single target in low light situation is used

WOHOO

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