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  • After 4 month of hardly using EM1 at video works:

    Cons: Huge disappointment of its colors at video and JPEG. I even like image quality of EPL5 more, despite low bitrate and only 2-axis IBIS. Missing EM5... GH4 makes really good colors at daylight.

    Lot of EM1 bodies at market after month of using lost rear wheel operation.

    AF-C autofocus works far from expected.

    Photo: "Dramatic" effect less less lovely than EM5

    Pros: Better bitrate slightly helps with macro blocking. But it far far from hacked GH2 or GH4. Better build quality helps for handling without buying battery grip.

    Very good IBIS stabilization.

    Little less aliasing than EM5.

    Less sudden brightness changing because of IBIS bug.

    Almost gone #ColorClipping while shooting at colored party lights, it was very bad at EM5 Sony sensor.

    Better buffer using for speed photography, non-stop shooting at burst mode! RAW photo is very good after Lightroom. WiFi is very usefull.

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    I couldn’t be happier with the O-MD E-M1. The Olympus performed admirably and consistently on this trip. Exposures and focus were dead nuts on. When I needed to focus manually, the focus peaking worked perfectly. The ergonomics of the camera are pretty good and I could certainly operate everything with the set up I had.

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  • Hi, do any of you have any issues with the 2x teleconverter after the FW2.0 update? Can't seem to be able to activate it anymore when recording in video mode...

  • Looks like that the 4k firmware was tested in beta with some people, but had issues.

    It's ok not to implement 4k in a body that was not designed for it. But no better codec or 24/25p in 1080p is absolutely ridiculous.

  • So the 4K/240 with IBIS fantasy is over (for now)?

  • In response to market demand, we have decided to ignore all the videographers on the planet.

  • The award-winning flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1®, with the world’s first 5-axis image stabilization, TruePic VII image processor and Live MOS sensor is now more iconic than ever before, with the introduction of new firmware Version 2.0, enabling tethered shooting, In-Camera Digital Shift and Live Composite, and much more, also now available in a sleek, classy silver body.

    Professional Workflow
    In response to market demand, the new Olympus OM-D E-M1, with firmware Version 2.0 is equipped with USB tethered shooting capabilities, ideal integration in the workflow for studio photographers, utilizing Olympus’ new Olympus Capture studio tethering application. The E-M1 connects to a computer via a USB cable, and the free Olympus Capture software mirrors the camera’s Live View on the computer monitor, enabling easier, stress-free collaboration and sharing with other parties involved in a photo shoot. The software also allows the photographer to operate the camera directly from the computer.

    In-Camera Digital Shift
    Using two dials, firmware Version 2.0 features in-camera Digital Shift, or Keystone Compensation, allowing you to correct the converging lines of trapezoidal distortion in Live View, without the need for a shift lens or post-processing. In combination with 5-axis Image Stabilization, Dual FAST AF and its dust, splash and freezeproof body, in-camera Digital Shift makes the Olympus OM-D E-M1 ideal for capturing images of buildings from a variety of angles, in virtually any condition.

    In-Camera Creativity
    New features, including the popular Live Composite Mode, previously introduced in the OM-D E-M10, expand the user’s creative potential. Live Composite Mode is a tool that offers previews of long exposures in Live View, a perfect tool for anyone looking to easily capture light trails when shooting a star-filled sky, or shooting fireworks in flight. Two new Art Filters, both with three types of finish, add to your creative options, with a total of 14 Art Filters. New Vintage and Partial Color, boost the potential for easy, artistic photos using on-camera effects. Vintage lends images a nostalgic charm, while Partial Color emphasizes a specific portion of the photograph, utilizing an intuitive color ring of 18 available color hues, leaving the remainder of the image black and white.

    Designed with Detail
    Inherited from the OM models of the film era, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is now available in a strikingly beautiful silver magnesium body with classy aluminum dials and controls.

    Other New Features and Functionality
    Other features for improved performance include improved EVF display time lag. The display time lag has been reduced to 16 msec when the frame rate has been set to high speed. New Photo Story themes "Zoom In/Out" and "Layout" have been added. The addition of a hold function has also made it possible to temporarily save a photo story while shooting, and complete it, later. Live Guide makes it possible to layer on multiple effects simultaneously*. Remote shooting features in the OI.Share™ App have been further advanced, with the addition of a self-timer sequential and interval shooting, allowing for rich variations in movement and expression. A new Scene Mode “Panning” allows you to set the optimal shutter speed automatically to match the movements of an object. “Shade” Art Effect inserts bands of shading on the left and right side of the image (or top and bottom) for a sense of wideness. A new Movie Effect "Old Film" turns your videos into flickering images with noise, scratches and dust, for the vintage look of old movies shot on film.

    Firmware Upgrade Availability
    Firmware Version 2.0 is pre-installed on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 silver model. Existing OM-D E-M1 camera owners can also enjoy the features of this new firmware by upgrading their camera using Olympus Viewer software.

  • I really hope this is true as well! Sensor shift stabilization in 4k would seal the deal for me. Fingers crossed.

  • It would be really awesome if it is true.

  • not uncommon to field a variety of firmwares in testing

  • The latest rumor debunks the previous rumor that debunked the rumor before it. The conspiracy plot thickens. Now there are two groups of testers: those who tested still features whose firmware leaked and a secret group of video centric testers. Ha-ha! I like that!

    Personally I couldn't care less about 4K but 25p would be more than welcomed.

  • (FT4) Image of the 4K video setting on the E-M1!

    This is certainly going to be one of the weirdest rumors I have ever worked on. But here is a screenshot taken from the Olympus E-M1 menu showing the 4K video recording settings. Like I told you before many testers of the soon to be launched 2.0 firmware version have not seen that 4K feature. So the possibilities are two:

    1) Olympus hiding the feature for most of them or 2) Olympus is testing that feature on a more advanced firmware to be released some time after the 2.0 version.

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    E-M1 takes it to a further step. While it may not be as small or look as nice as it’s elder brother, it’s control is dramatically improved especially for the advance users who want direct, and fully customizable control. The image quality, IBIS and autofocus system are all excellent. It has a tough, weather proof body that can survive a bit of punishment All together it means the E-M1 is a camera that is capable of professional use.

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  • @act thanks for the info! Let's hope olympus has got a nice present for us soon :-)

  • Thanks @oscillian ! I have dual feeling about EM1.

    Pros: Better bitrate, less artifacts. IBIS even stronger than EM5, but EM5 was always the king of IBIS. Panasonic sensor drives better at artificial LED light, as usual with Lumix cameras. Better body build, don't need a battery grip just for improving camera handling. Feature 4K firmware upgrade will overweight all cons, especially if we will get more useful framerate modes.

    Cons: faded Lumix-style colors at daylight, skintone of EM5 was really the killer. Anyway, there is new improved sensor like GH4, not GH2. The green of trees and grass at EM5 more beautiful, same with blue color of EM5, it very special and lovely. I need edit more color grading to understand it better. I don't feel LCD and EVF was improved from EM5 era, I'd say it's so good as EM5. One shared problem, rear wheel stopped to work. Many peoples reported about that. I change shutter speed with UP and DOWN arrows, because I can't go to service right now.

    Both EM5 and EM1 problems: Impossible to change aperture (and shutter) while recording at Manual mode with Olympus/Lumix lenses. Occasionally fast and short unexpected and uncontrollable changing brightness while recording, like blinks, that's result af IBIS feature, not too frequently, but it's there at EM1, EM5, EP5. Haven't seen it at EPL5 yet (2-axis). I miss fast Lumix-style tap-to-zoom-in on touch screen function at both cameras for x10 focusing with manual lenses.

  • @act Great stuff as usual! So what's your take on the E-M1? Worth the upgrade?

  • It isn't final editing for client, I was edited that part just low light test demo at night ISO3200, only available light with 3 Nokton lenses wide opened. Edited at 23.976p sequence for 80% slow motion rapid.

  • This sounds like total fantasy,'s a Panasonic sensor in the EM1 right (as opposed to Sony on EM5)? Maybe it's been this mini-GH4 trojan horse just waiting to be unlocked. #wishfulthinking

  • 4K can be available only with firmware?

  • stabilized multi-format 24/25p would make me happy

  • We shall see. Maybe the association with Sony will bear fruit. Or maybe not.