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Olympus Firmware Updates 2.0, 2.

and 2.2 for the OM-D E-M5 Mark II
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Firmware Update 2.0
One of the opportunities presented by digital cameras is the ability
to add new features to existing hardware via software updates.
Olympus is particularly adept at this, both in terms of innovation
and convenience.

Firmware Update 2.0 is an excellent example of this commitment, thanks to the many new
features added for OM-D E-M5 Mark II owners. We’ll provide you with a brief overview in this

How to Update

Olympus Digital Camera Updater ( is
available for both Mac and Windows computers. It simplifies the updating process because the
photographer doesn’t have to download the firmware update, copy it to a memory card, put the
card in the camera, and then figure out how to initiate the upgrade.

Instead, the Olympus method is to download the Updater to your computer, connect the
camera, and launch the app. As long as there’s an Internet connection available, the updater will
check the firmware of both the camera and attached lens, and will recommend the proper
firmware if it’s available.

You can read about firmware update instructions here:

Since most Olympus lenses also have firmware, those can be updated as well while the camera
is connected to the computer. Just switch to a different lens and run the updater to see if new
software is available.

Main Features of Firmware Update 2.0 for the E-M5 Mark II

The following list provides you with the most important features added via Firmware Update 2.0.
For the most part, this firmware is an excellent improvement. Two minor bugs were introduced
with version 2, and they were subsequently eliminated with version 2.1, which is now available.

the capture remains the same whether S-OVF is enabled or not. 5 focus differential. The photographer can later create a composite from the group of exposures using software. to create a single image with expanded depth-of-field. and then navigate to the bottom of the subsequent list in the ensuing menu to Focus BKT at the bottom.Focus Bracketing At the top of the list is Focus Bracketing. An additional benefit of Focus Bracketing is that the photographer can use wider apertures than commonly needed in macro photography. This can help a photographer better read the lighting of a particular scene while looking through the camera’s viewfinder. Manual Focus Clutch Disable Manual Focus Clutch Disable was included in this update. This only affects the viewing of the image. such as Photoshop. a good starting point would be 12 shots. and you’ll be presented with the following 3 settings options: • Set number of shots • Set focus differential • Charge time (if you’re using a flash and want a pause in-between captures for it to refresh). Remember to turn off Focus BKT once you’ve completed your work. This feature does require a tripod. such as the 40–150mm PRO and the 17mm f/1. But you can change that to Inoperative if you wish to prevent accidentally setting your lens to manual focus mode. such as with a digital SLR. navigate to Gear Menu A. This feature allows the photographer to automatically shoot from 3 to 999 exposures at different focus points between the minimum focusing distance and infinity. You can turn on that mode. Turn on Bracketing at the top of the list in Menu 2. Simulated Optical Viewfinder Simulated Optical Viewfinder (S-OVF) increases the dynamic range of the electronic viewfinder in order to simulate the look of a traditional optical viewfinder. navigate to Gear Menu J. Lens firmware may also require an update for this option to work. At the bottom of the second screen is MF Clutch. Now the camera owner has the option to prevent this from happening by disabling manual focus clutch. The default setting is Operative. This option can prove very useful for photographers who have manual focus clutch lenses. To enable the Simulated Optical Viewfinder. Look for S-OVF.8 prime optic. and turn it off here. you can confirm that it’s on by looking . Turn it on. The setting for Focus Bracketing is in Shooting Menu 2. and 0 seconds for charge time. If you’re not using a flash. To disable the Manual Focus Clutch. Sometimes the lens is accidentally moved to manual focus without the photographer realizing it. Once enabled.

Turn them on. If you see “S-OVF” at the top of the viewfinder display. Click on it and you’ll see Time Lapse Settings in the next screen. Now you can quickly turn the effect on and off by simply pressing the Fn1 button on the back of the camera. You can set up 4K Time-Lapse by starting at Shooting Menu 1. Starting off with Smooth Aperture that is now supported with the M. the camera can generate a Slate Tone. For photographers using Olympus PCM audio recorders connected to their E-M5 Mark II. including Movie Settings at the bottom of the screen. At this point if you press the right arrow key. Additional Video Features There are a handful of movie-related features in this firmware update. Choose it and press OK. Keep in mind that the E-M5 Mark II does not record 4K video in movie mode. OI. Compatibility requires OI. S-OVF is one of its programming options.through the Electronic Viewfinder.6 and f/4. the setting for Fn1 will be at the top of the list. then selecting Button Function at the top of the ensuing screen. Navigate to them and press the right arrow key again to set up your 4K Time-Lapse video. To make it easier to turn the Simulated Optical Viewfinder on and off. In the next screen. Essentially. Photographers can now use the Live Composite function via the mobile app. Navigate to the bottom of the screen to what looks like the self-timer menu. This 4K output is only available for time-lapse photography.Share v2. You can do this by navigating to Gear Menu B.Share. which adds a tone to both in-camera audio and the external . this provides for step-less aperture settings in-between normal denotations such as f/5. This provides for remotely tracking the progress of Live Composite exposures on a smart device without having to further adjust the camera. 4K Time-Lapse Video 4K Time-Lapse Video captures up to 999 pictures and combines them in-camera into a 4K video file. Compatibility with Advanced Olympus Capture Software Olympus Capture software provides tethered studio shooting for both stills and videos. you may want to program the Fn1 button to toggle the control. then you know it’s on.Zuiko 14–42mm EZ zoom. you’ll arrive at the next menu that offers you a set of time-lapse options.6 or later on a mobile device.Zuiko Premium lenses and the M.

. The advantage of this is that it’s much easier to sync camera audio with external audio in movie postproduction. Moving to the video itself. Slate Tone.1 is primarily a bug fix for a couple issues that arose from Firmware Update 2.1. • When an electronic zoom lens is in use. and then choosing PCM Recorder Link. the Touch AF display on the OLYMPUS Capture cannot be cancelled. Here you have access to the camera recording volume. selecting Gear I. Firmware Update 2. You can find these settings by delving into the Menu. Another audio/video feature addition is the Synchronized PCM Audio Recording in Video. an audio track can be automatically synchronized with video.1 Version 2. the new “Movie-Exclusive Picture Mode Flat. If the photographer connects an Olympus LS-100 recorder via an USB track on the PCM recorder. The issues addressed are: • When recording movies using the OLYMPUS Capture version 1. Noise Filter for Video Shooting” feature allows for more color control in postproduction by lowering the contrast to minimize blown-out highlights and loss of detail in shadows. and synchronized recording. the zoom does not automatically adjust to the wide-angle position even if the monitor is tilted to the self-portrait position. This allows moviemakers to capture higher quality sound recordings for their video productions.2 The stability of the image stabilizer’s operations has been improved.0. Firmware Update 2.