Olympus PEN Firmware Update Announced

Olympus have announced a new firmware update for their PEN family of cameras which includes 3 models – the E-P1, E-P2 and E-PL1.

The firmware is scheduled for launch on April 22 and is designed to improve the operation of the cameras. Specific features that will be improved include the auto focus performance on both still and video capture. Auto focus lock has been improved by 15% when capturing stills and the auto focus tracking on video has also been improved.

Viewfinder/LCD Simultaneous Playback Function
This upgrade also brings additional display functionality to the E-P2 and E-PL1 cameras when fitted with the VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder. Photographers using these combinations can now view menu and recorded images on the LCD while the VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder is in use.

The final update ads compatibility to MSC lenses…

Movie-Still-Compatible (MSC) Lens Compatibility
This update also ensures that like the E-PL1, the E-P1 and E-P2 camera models are fully compatible with and able to take advantage of two recently announced and soon-to-reach market lenses; the M. Zuiko DigitalĀ¢ ED 918mm F4.05.6 and M. Zuiko Digital ED 14150mm F4.05.6 lenses. Olympus is designating these two lenses as MSC, or Movie-Still-Compatible. They are optimized for shooting high definition video with accurate and silent autofocus.

Full details can be found on the Olympus site.

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