This is an update to the previous blog, Olympus Firmware Upgrades for Cameras OM-D E-M1 (Version 4.0) and OM-D E-M5 Mark II (Version 2.0) + M.ZUIKO® PRO and PREMIUM Lenses’ Firmware Updates + Advanced Olympus Capture Version 1.1 Update: Availability in USA is Late November 2015; New Version 2.6 Update for OI.Share App is Available Now.
Olympus just announced the planned release of the Version 4.0 firmware upgrade for the OM-D E-M1, which features Focus Stacking and Focus Bracketing, among other improvements. It is scheduled to become available for download in late November, along with the Version 2.0 firmware upgrade for the OM-D E-M5 Mark II which features enhanced OM-D Movie performance, and Ver. 1.1 of the Olympus Capture tethering software.
Olympus explains the Focus Bracketing feature that is included in the upcoming Ver. 4.0 firmware upgrade for Olympus OM-D E-M1 as follows:
This photo of a jewel beetle was taken with an OM-D E-M1, using the Focus Bracketing feature included in the upcoming Ver. 4.0 firmware upgrade, with the images edited in post production using software available on the market.
Normally, it would be impossible to get the insect in focus from front to back shooting at such a close distance, even at an aperture of f/22, thus requiring multiple shots at different focus distances edited together. The process of manually changing the focus little by little as you take multiple shots is extremely tedious and time consuming, but now you can leave that up to the Focus Bracketing feature and it will be done in an instant. It is a great feature for those of you who enjoy taking photos of flowers, insects, or other small subjects up close.
The E-M1 Ver. 4.0 firmware upgrade is scheduled to become available in late November.
OM-D E-M1 + M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro
f/5.6, Focus Step 1, 150 shots
For a detailed description and explanation of both Focus Stacking and Focus Bracketing, please see the Olympus article on Utilising Focus Stacking and Focus Bracketing in Insect Photography with professional photographer, Kazuo Unno at http://cameras.olympus.com/stack/en/ .
The following video presents Introducing the OM-D EM-1:
Watch as Peter reviews the incredible new features of …. OMD- EM1.