Olympus has just released a major new firmware update for the almost-three-year-old Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. The firmware brings some features straight from the company’s flagship OMD E-M1X camera including improved autofocus, improvements in high ISO performance and L64 and L100 low ISO settings for “Detail Priority” when shooting jpg.
So, the biggest new features…
- Advanced AF performance
- Autofocus algorithms straight from the E-M1X to improve performance when tracking moving subjects. This also improves S-AF performance.
- Group 25-point AF mode added. Centre priority mode sticks to the centre AF point and uses the surrounding points if the subject moves “vigorously”.
- The camera can now focus all the way down to -6EV when using an f/1.2 lens.
- “Active use” of PDAF to improve C-AF performance when shooting video.
- High ISO improved 1/3rd of a stop in JPG shooting mode – only in JPG shooting mode.
- Low ISO L64 and L100 for a new “Detail Priority” mode – again, only for jpg.
- An anti-flicker mode has been added to prevent unstable exposures when shooting indoors.
This should bring the OMD E-M1 Mark II pretty inline with the much newer E-M1X on AF performance, without you having to spend a penny if you already own an E-M1 Mark II. While it’s not quite the same as Olympus announcing an E-M1 Mark III, it will still possibly feel like a new camera to many who use one, especially with the AF improvements.