Olympus Re-Launch OM-D E-M1
Tokyo, Japan (15 September 2014) – Olympus Imaging is pleased to announce the re-launch of its multi award-winning OM-D E-M1 interchangeable lens camera with added professional-targeted features, as well as a new silver colour version.
Launched in September 2013, the flagship OM-D E-M1 has received numerous industry awards for its combination of high imaging performance, outstanding portability, and class-leading technologies such as its superb 5-Axis in-body Image Stabilisation. For 2014, Olympus re-launches the E-M1 with a ‘second generation’ firmware (version 2.0) that 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 atypically 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 of the OM-D E-M1 brings a much-demanded colour option to the E-M1 model range. This new colour version is an exact form analog of the current black E- M1 model, with silver painted top and bottom chassis plates, and colour-matched buttons and dials. Close design attention ensures that the new two-tone colour scheme has an ‘aesthetically integrated’ appearance. 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. Camera owners are advised to consult the relevant news sections, or the E-M1 product page at their local country Olympus imaging website at http://yourBCwebsiteaddress for further information.
The Silver version of the OM-D E-M1 is expected to be available for sale from mid-October 2014.
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1. Tethered shooting (with new Olympus Capture app)
For studio photography purposes, the E-M1 can be remotely controlled from the Camera Control System of the new Olympus Capture app that works in conjunction with the Olympus Viewer (provided with the camera), Adobe Lightroom or Phaseone Capture One image management/raw conversion softwares. High quality Live View is available at an SXGA resolution within Olympus Viewer. Camera settings can also be directly controlled from the camera. Olympus Capture will be available as a web-only download app from end-September 2014 (expected).
2. Digital Perspective Control (“Keystone Compensation”)
Obviating the requirement for expensive shift lenses, this new feature enables the capture of perspective corrected images that are required in architecture, interior, studio still-life and artwork photography. The corrected image is viewed live through the viewfinder or rear LCD screen with keystoning easily controlled using the front and rear control dials. A significant advantage of in-camera correction of perspective is that extremely wide angle lenses (wider than typical shift lenses) can be used to capture otherwise difficult to photograph buildings or interiors due to camera distance/positioning constraints.
3. Live Composite
This feature enables the automated compositing of a large number of images with light- painting, star-trail, fireworks or time-lapsed photography applications. Unlike conventional Bulb or Time exposure modes (which are also available in the E-M1), Live Composite ensures that eventual composited scene is not overexposed when a suitable per shot exposure is used. This enables light-painting in bright ambient lighting and pitch black backgrounds in night-time fireworks photographs; impossible with normal long exposure photography. Progress of the compositing sequence can be monitored in real time on the camera’s LCD screen.
4. Partial Colour and Vintage Art Filters
The new Partial Colour art filter comes has three user settings with different degrees of colour exclusivity. The Colour Ring live interface visible through either the digital viewfinder or the LCD screen is controlled by camera Control Dials for intuitive adjustment of the mono-colour hue. The Vintage Art Filter comes in three user selectable flavours. A new Art Effect (Shade) can be combined with both filters for enhanced creativity.
5. Improved viewfinder display lag of 16ms
In the High-frame rate viewfinder setting the reduced display lag (16ms from 26ms) enables better and smoother live viewing through the digital viewfinder during high speed action photography.