Firmware Version 3.0 Enhanced Auto Focus and Image Quality

The latest firmware version 3.0 for the E-M1 Mark II is packed with many new features; including enhanced Auto Focus, image quality, operability, and expandability. (Available from: June 2019)


AF system

Improved C-AF tracking performance

Firmware v3.0 includes the completely new AF algorithm from the OM-D E-M1X for more precise AF tracking. Support for C-AF Centre Start and C-AF Centre Priority has been included, which makes it easier to capture actively moving subjects. On-chip Phase Detection information will now be actively utilised for improved AF performance when recording video.

Improved S-AF precision

A completely new algorithm delivers improved S-AF precision. It prevents focus from jumping from the subject to the background for precise focusing even with mixed perspectives.

Group 25-point added to AF Target

AF Target Group 25-point is included with Firmware v3.0 which is highly effective for shooting moving subjects such as birds and other small animals.

C-AF+MF

Simply turn the focusing ring while shooting in C-AF to instantly switch to MF.

  • Supported on the M.Zuiko PRO series and M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3

AF low light limit -6EV

The AF low light limit has been raised to -6EV.* This feature delivers high-precision focusing for dark scenes and low-contrast subjects.

  • When using S-AF, ISO 100, and a F1.2 lens.

High image quality

Low ISO Processing (Detail Priority)

A new menu, Low ISO Processing has been added to provide higher resolution at low ISO sensitivity.

  • The default setting is Drive Priority. When Detail Priority is selected, the maximum number of frames taken in sequential shooting is lowered.

Improved noise at high ISO sensitivity

Noise that occurs when shooting at high sensitivity settings has been reduced by approximately a 1/3 of a stop compared to firmware version 2.0.

OM-Log

OM-Log mode is now available for colour grading of video in post-production and editing. OM-Log provides a high degree of freedom during shooting without worrying about overexposure, loss of detail in dark sections or highlights. A LUT (Look Up Table) file is also available for grading using Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve.

  • Natural
  • OM-Log400

Live View (LV) Boost Frame Rate Priority

LV Boost Frame Rate Priority makes the display brighter and easier to see without dropping the frame rate when using LV Boost [On2] for shooting in dark scenes such as starry skies. This feature makes it easier to frame shots in dark locations.

Focus Stacking is even easier to use

You can select from 3 to 15 shots to use for compositing. The greater the number of shots selected the larger the depth of field created. This feature’s functionality has also been improved by including guide lines to show where the images will be cropped after they are recorded.

1. Displays guide lines on the screen, showing which areas are cut in the recorded image

USB RAW Data Edit

Simply connect the OM-D E-M1 Mark II to a computer via USB cable to use the power of the high-performance TruePic VIII image processor in Olympus Workspace for faster RAW processing. RAW images saved on a computer, an SD card and when the OM-D E-M1 Mark II is connected to a computer can be edited in Olympus Workspace and processed quickly.

  • Olympus Workspace must be updated to version 1.1. A USB connection is required. Limited to RAW images that can be processed on the camera.
  • Saved in JPEG format
  • When switching to USB RAW Data Edit, editing settings from the previous window are not carried over.
  • USB RAW Data Edit is not available while connecting two cameras at the same time. This feature is supported on the OM-D E-M1X and OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

Operability and other new features

Changing settings and viewing playback are available while writing to the card

With Firmware v3.0 various settings can be changed and image playback is available while writing data to the SD card.

Quick image selection

Add images to the Share Order or for deletion by turning the dial to select images then pressing and holding the movie button.

Anti-flicker shooting

This feature detects the flicker frequency of artificial lighting and activates the shutter at peak brightness to achieve even exposure and colour across captured frames.

  • Flicker can be detected only for light sources with a frequency of 100 Hz or 120 Hz.
  • The continuous shooting speed may become slower.

Other New Features

ISO L100 (ISO 100 equivalent) has been added in firmware version 3.0. This firmware also introduces the Instant Film Art Filter, which gives a nostalgic feel to photos.


Pro photographer feedback on firmware version 3.0

Kojo Takafumi

A frenzied battle in front of the goal is the perfect opportunity for the players to showcase their skills. However, for a photographer it is extremely difficult to frame the right shot to capture the intended subject. The challenge of multiple potential subjects to capture this shot, a team mate to the left and, an opposing defender in front and to the right of the subject, the E-M1 Mark II v3.0 C-AF locked focus stayed on the player I wanted without missing a beat, capturing the intense moment perfectly.

Takanori Sugawara

The amazing compact, lightweight and high-speed performance of the E-M1 Mark II has been boasted with new functions from the E-M1X. The addition of C-AF Center Priority and Group 25-point AF modes allow photographers to select an AF mode that closely aligns to their intended subject. Improvements to the S-AF algorithm also makes it easy to photograph birds that alight on the tips of branches, perfect for use with the MC-20 2x teleconverter. To me, these additions represent a significant step forward to support photography of a broad range of subject.

Shiro Hagihara

Low ISO Processing (Detail Priority) setting priorities image resolution when processing captured images. This setting is perfect for landscape photography where detailed depictive performance and low ISO sensitivity is required. I recommend using this setting with a high-resolution PRO lens like the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO.

Frank T. Smith

As a professional photographer I applaud Olympus’s ongoing commitment to providing firmware updates. Technical additions like Detail Priority take my imagery even further by rendering subtle details in amazing clarity.

Kazuo Unno

Focus Stacking allows photographers to capture highly detailed images by stacking multiple images together. As the images are stacked it narrowing the field of view in the image, which can result in vignetting around the subject. However, with E-M1 Mark II v3.0 firmware the Focus Stacking mode has additional configurability for photographers. This new version of the Focus Stacking mode displays guidelines so that you can frame your subject to fill the entire frame when you shoot. Additionally, you can set the number of shots to be combined, so for large subjects you can combine just a few shots to prevent blurring, whilst for smaller subjects you can combine more shots, resulting in a photograph in focus from corner to corner.

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