Olympus Release Firmware 3.0 for OM-D E-M1


After talking about the OM-D E-M1 firmware v3.0 update for some time now Olympus finally released this update yesterday. Im’m not sure why this minor update required a whole major version number bump from 2.x to 3.x as there are only 2 improvements.

Although I regularly check the 43 Rumours site I was actually informed of the new firmware availability directly from Olympus UK via email which is nice. I have had these kind of updates from camera companies before but usually they are many days or weeks after the release date. Nice one Olympus 🙂

The (two) features of this update are as follows:

  1. AF tracking during C-AF continuous shooting in continuous shooting H mode is supported.
    Previously, in continuous shooting L mode 6.5 frames per second was possible, but now taking a maximum of 9 frames per second in continuous shooting H mode is possible. It is recommended to set C-AF Lock as standard when using C-AF.
  2. OI.Share Ver. 2.5 is supported.
    Live view display when shooting movies is possible.

Olympus also detail what happens to your camera settings too:

  • When updating the firmware from Version 1.0/1.1/1.3/1.4 to Version 3.0, the camera settings other than the AF focus adjustments are reset.
  • When updating the firmware from 2.0 / 2.1 / 2.2, the camera settings are maintained.

Although there is a kludge you can use to update the firmware via the SD card, it is a kludge so not something I recommend and this was available at the end of last week. For the sake of a few days I saw no harm in waiting for the official and recommended way of updating the firmware using the “Olympus Digital Camera Updater” software that is already on my iMac.

I was having trouble getting the software to connect to the camera initially and it was because I forgot to remove the SD card first. There are some very good instructions on using the software on the Olympus UK site and these can be obtained here.

Details on the firmware can be found on the main Olympus (UK) site here.

I will write a follow up post later if the updates provide any meaningful improvements beyond increasing the firmware version number to v3.0 on the camera.