Olympus Imaging Australia has re-launched its OM-D E-M1 interchangeable lens camera with added professional-targeted features, as well as a new silver colour version. A ‘second generation’ firmware (version 2.0) also introduces significant new features that will expand its capabilities across a wide range of professional photography applications.
For professional studio imaging purposes, the upgraded E-M1 will be Olympus’ first OM-D camera that can be tethered to a computer for direct image transfer, remote camera control, and remote live viewing. A new “Olympus Capture” application will be introduced to enable this functionality with MacOSX and Windows computers.
A new digital perspective correction feature, “Keystone Compensation”, enables the direct in-camera correction of converging vertical lines as well as perspective-control in architecture, real-estate, studio still-life, and artwork photography.
The in-camera Keystone Compensation feature eliminates the need for expensive shift-lenses and enables easy perspective-corrected photography with any lens for E-M1 users.
First introduced in the E-M10 model, Olympus’ unique Live Composite long-exposure shooting mode is now available in the E-M1. This special shooting mode provides automatic-compositing of a large number of shots (with user pre-determined exposure setting) within a single-image sequence. This feature empowers the photographer to use light-painting techniques in a typically bright ambient lighting conditions, take fireworks pictures with pleasingly dark backgrounds, capture clear star-trails in night time landscape pictures, and easily experiment with mixed flash/ambient illumination time-lapsed imaging effects.
Enthusiast users will welcome the addition of two new Art Filters, Partial Colour and Vintage, first introduced with the recently announced PEN E-PL7 camera. The new Partial Colour art filter features an intuitive, on-screen, colour wheel adjustment control with three levels of colour exclusivity. Like all Olympus Art Filters, these new filter effects can be used for both stills and videos, and are live viewable through the camera’s electronic viewfinder or rear LCD screen. Firmware 2.0 shortens viewfinder lag to 16ms in the high display frame rate option setting (from 26ms); improving camera operation for high-speed action and sport photography.
The new premium silver version is an exact form analogue of the current black E-M1 model, with silver painted top and bottom chassis plates, and colour-matched buttons and dials. Version 2.0 of the E-M1 operating firmware will come pre-installed with all silver models of the OM-D E-M1 camera, as well as future-production black colour models. All other main specifications of the current E-M1 camera apply to the relaunched model. Both black and silver versions of the E-M1 will be sold concurrently.
E-M1 camera owners can easily upgrade their cameras to the new firmware 2.0 specification by downloading and self-installing the new firmware via the Olympus Digital Camera Updater app on their computers (connected to the internet).
E-M1 firmware version 2.0 is expected to be available at end-September 2014. The Silver version of the OM-D E-M1 is expected to be available for sale from mid-October 2014.