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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Firmware Update 3.0 Brings Flat Picture Profile and More

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Firmware Update 3.0 Brings Flat Picture Profile and More

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a powerful camera, and it just gets better with the new firmware update version 3.0. This new firmware adds a lot of functions previously available on the newest OM-D E-M1X, including the possibility to now shoot using the OM-Log400 profile. Let’s take a closer look at it!

Olympus OM-D E M1 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Firmware Version 3.0 – What’s New

It’s always a beautiful thing to see that companies continue to care and update their older product and not only focus on pushing out new models (Especially if the update is for free)… Three years is a lot in camera age, and back in 2016, we reviewed the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

This new firmware version 3.0 brings a lot of functionalities that are found in the more recent OM-D E-M1X that we reviewed here.

Here is a list of the improvements/additions that this firmware brings to the OM-D E-M1 Mark II:

  • OM-Log400 movie-exclusive picture mode is now available.
  • A new AF algorithm that utilizes the OM-D E-M1X AF algorithm and works in stills and movie mode. The camera now uses the On-chip Phase Detection AF sensor to improve AF performances in video mode.
  • New AF modes such as C-AF Center Priority, S-AF, and group 25-point has been added to AF Target. Also, C-AF+MF1 is now available, which allows users to instantly switch to MF by turning the focus ring while in C-AF for fine-tuning the focus.
  • If you are using an F/1.2 lens in very dark conditions, the AF low light limit is now -6.0 EV.
  • Less noise when shooting at high ISO settings, improvement is around 1/3 of a step.
  • Detail Priority is now available when shooting in low ISO conditions if you need higher resolution images. ISO 100 is now the lowest setting possible.
  • If you connect your camera directly to a computer by USB, USB RAW Data Edit is now available for faster RAW processing in Olympus Workspace.
  • There are new Anti-flicker shooting capabilities.
  • Frame Rate Priority added to Live View Boost/On2 display.
  • Quick image selection is now possible, and Instant Film is available to Art Filter.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X and Olympus Workspace

A new version of the Olympus Workspace Image Editing Software (version 1.1) is also part of the update. It includes new features such as Focus Stacking for compositing images shot in Focus Bracketing. There is also a new lighten composite mode, and the addition of the USB RAW Data Edit for high-speed RAW processing.

Finally, the OM-D E-M1X gets an update to firmware version 1.1 to support the new Olympus Workspace version, and the RAW Data Edit functions.

Both firmware for the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and E-M1X are available right now on Olympus’ website. You can download the new version of Olympus Workspace here.

What do you think of these new features added to the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II? Do you own an Olympus camera? Let us know in the comments!

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