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Olympus E-M1 Mark II Firmware Upgrade Brings Features from Flagship E-M1X
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, June 19, 2019 @ 04:30 AM (EST)
Source: DPReview

It may be nearly three years old, but Olympus apparently believes there’s still life in the venerable OM-D E-M1 Mark II: A major firmware upgrade endows the camera with many of the features of the recently released E-M1X.

Among other things, version 3.0 of the firmware adds the E-M1X’s autofocus algorithm, promising better tracking abilities and S-AF accuracy; improved high ISO performance; a new “Detail Priority” mode that reduces noise at low ISOs in JPEGs; augmented AF performance when shooting video; and the addition of OM-Log400 for more flexibility when color grading video.

Check the press release below for a full list of changes.


Version 3.0 for the OM-D® E-M1 Mark II, Version 1.1 for the OM-D E-M1X and Version 1.1 for Olympus® Workspace

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., June 19, 2019 – Olympus is pleased to announce availability of the latest firmware upgrade for two interchangeable lens cameras, Version 3.0 for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and Version 1.1 for the Olympus OM-D E-M1X. Additionally, Firmware Version 1.1 is now available for Olympus Workspace. OM-D E-M1 Mark II firmware Version 3.0 adds high-precision autofocus (AF) performance and the high image quality currently available on Olympus’ newest OM-D, the E-M1X. Specifically designed for the professional models in the OM-D series, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and OM-D E-M1X, this new firmware provides feature enhancements for photographers who require portability and smooth operation of the camera when shooting.

OM-D E-M1 Mark II Firmware Version 3.0: Main Features

Advanced AF Performance

This upgrade utilizes the OM-D E-M1X algorithm, which was developed based on the shooting needs of the professional photographer. With the goal of achieving performance that responds to demanding shooting conditions, such as fast movement in sports, etc., C-AF Center Priority delivers high-precision tracking of moving subjects and sudden subject movement. AF precision for still subjects when using S-AF is improved for various subjects compared to OM-D E-M1 Mark II firmware Version 2.3. Active use of information from the On-chip Phase Detection AF sensor also improves AF performance while shooting video.

Newest AutoFocus Features

Group 25-point has been added to AF Target, and is effective for photographing birds and other small subjects. C-AF Center Priority is now available, and repeatedly autofocuses with priority on the center point in Group 5-point, Group 9-point, and Group 25-point. If AF is not possible in the center point, the peripheral points in the group area assists, which is effective for subjects that move around quickly. In addition, C-AF+MF1 is included which allows users to instantly switch to MF by turning the focus ring while in C-AF for fine tuning the focus.

Low Light Limit Update

The AF low light limit when an f/1.2 lens is attached is -6.0 EV (ISO 100 equivalent for S-AF), enabling high precision focusing in both dark scenes and for low-contrast subjects.

Improved Image Quality

Low ISO Processing (Detail Priority) has been added for higher resolution when shooting at low ISO sensitivity1, making it possible to reduce noise while shooting with low ISO settings. Compared with OM-D E-M1 Mark II firmware Version 2.3, noise that occurs when shooting at high ISO sensitivity is improved approximately 1/3 of a step.

Support for New Functions in Olympus Workspace

USB RAW Data Edit2 is now supported for much faster RAW processing in Olympus Workspace by connecting the camera to a computer to use the power of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II TruePic™ VIII image processor.

Enhanced Operability

  • Anti-flicker shooting added to prevent unstable exposure, particularly when sequential shooting indoors.
  • OM-Log400 movie-exclusive picture mode added, allowing the user to shoot movies without loss of details in shadows or highlight blowouts, delivery greater freedom over video creativity through color grading.
  • Frame Rate Priority added to Live View Boost/On2 display, displaying images at a comfortable brightness, even in especially dark locations, such as under a starlit sky without lowering the frame rate.
  • From 3 to 15 shots can be selected in Focus Stacking and guide lines have been added to the shooting area
  • Quick image selection added
  • Setting changes and playback display while writing to card now possible, facilitating quick operation.
  • Instant Film added to Art Filter
  • ISO L100 (ISO 100 equivalent) added

OM-D E-M1X Firmware Version 1.1 Main Features

Support for New Functions in Olympus Workspace

USB RAW Data Edit is now supported for much faster RAW processing in Olympus Workspace by connecting the camera to a computer to use the power of the OM-D E-M1X TruePic VIII image processor.

Olympus Workspace Image Editing Software Version 1.1: Main Features

Focus Stacking added for compositing images shot in Focus Bracketing3

Previously, when using Focus Stacking on a computer, it was necessary to use commercially available third party software to composite images. Now, t is possible to composite up to 999 images in Olympus Workspace.

Lighten Composite added

Lighten Composite is now supported by Olympus Workspace, making it possible to create images similar to Live Composite on the camera. Darken Composite has also been added.

Support for New Functions in Olympus Workspace

USB RAW Data Edit has been added for much faster RAW processing in Olympus Workspace by connecting the camera to a computer, using the power of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and OM-D E-M1X TruePic VIII image processor.

Function Support Chart

✓ reflects the functions that have been upgraded with the firmware.


E-M1X Ver. 1.1

E-M1 II Ver. 3.0

AF Group Target 25-point

Already available

Custom AF Target

Already available

C-AF Center Priority

Already available

C-AF Center Start

Already available


Already available

Intelligent Subject Detection AF

Already available

Anti-flicker shooting

Already available

OM-Log 400

Already available

ISO L100 (ISO 100 equivalent)

Already available

Frame Rate Priority on Live View Boost/On2

Already available

Focus Stacking: Select from 3 to 15 images

Already available

Focus Stacking: Guide line display

Already available

Art Filter: Instant Film

Already available

Low ISO Processing (Detail Priority)

Already available

Setting changes and playback display while writing to card

Already available

Quick image selection

Already available

USB RAW Data Edit

Live ND shooting

Already available

Handheld High Res Shot

Already available

High-speed shooting: 120 fps (1920x1080/ MOV)

Already available

Bluetooth® connection

Already available

UHS-II compatible dual card slots

Already available

GPS® / Field Sensor System

Already available

USB power supply/battery charging

Already available

Multi Selector

Already available

Please visit the following URL for access to Olympus software and Digital Camera Updater: https://www.getolympus.com/us/en/software

Pricing and Availability

Firmware Version 3.0 for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Firmware Version 1.1 for the Olympus OM-D E-M1X and Firmware Version 1.1 for Olympus Workspace are available at no charge as an ongoing value demonstrating Olympus’ commitment to continuous product improvements.

1May affect the number of sequential shots in normal sequential shooting priority modes.

2This new function makes RAW processing much faster by using the TruePic VIII image processor on the camera via USB connection. Olympus Workspace and the supported camera must both be updated with required firmware. The available editing options from Olympus Workspace are limited to RAW editing options that can be handled internally in the camera. Compatible models are OM-D E-M1X and OM-D E-M1 Mark II, and images are saved in JPEG format.

3Images must be shot with a lens that supports Focus Stacking.



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