Today, Olympus announced that the OM-D E-M1 will also be available in Silver. It also announced a Firmware ver. 2.0 that adds four features to the E-M1 to allow professional workflow using the OLYMPUS Capture studio tethering application, Keystone Compensation (Digital Shift) to correct converging lines of trapezoidal distortion in Live View, Live Composite to preview long exposures in Live View (e.g. shooting star trails while checking the results in Live View), and two new Vintage and Partial Color art filters.
Camera settings can be adjusted on the computer and effects can be confirmed in Live View on the computer monitor. Settings that can be adjusted on the computer include Exposure Compensation, Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO, WB, Focus mode, Metering , RC Flash settings. Shooting mode must be selected on the camera itself.
OLYMPUS Capture can also be linked to OLYMPUS Viewer to cover the entire studio workflow.
Keystone Compensation (Digital Shift)
Digital Shift allows you to simulate the use of a shift lens to avoid converging verticals when you tilt the camera up to include the top of a tall building in your composition. On the E-M1, the two top dials are used for trapezoidal compensation and the UP, DOWN, LEFT and RIGHT buttons of the Selector is used to set the crop location.
This function should rejoice the heart of all those who tried to shoot star trails at night and came up frustrated. Live Composite, as its name implies, does two things: 1) shoots 1200 images of the scene and merges them into one, and 2) it allows you to do that while checking the results in Live View.
Vintage and Partial Color Art Filters
Vinr=tage Art Filter effect produces a vintage look, as in a burned print, complete with light leak effect, scratched print and discoloration. Partial Color Art Filter provides 3 different color variations. You can select to keep only one color or a variable number of colors besides the selected color, all at a simple turn of the Main Dial and utilizing an intuitive color ring of 18 available color hues on the screen.
Availability and Price
The silver E-M1 will be available in September 2014:
- E-M1 Silver and Updated f/w Body $1,399.99 Avail in September 2014
- Firmware 2.0 Avail in September 2014
- ‘Olympus Capture’ studio tethering application Available September 24
Please note the following update: as of September 17th, the OM-D E-M1 Firmware Version 2.0 upgrade (pre-installed on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 silver body) is now live.
ADVANCED FLAGSHIP MODEL FOR PROFESSIONALS
Olympus’ Award Winning OM-D E-M1® Combines a New Look with Tethering Capabilities Ideal for Studio Photographers
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., September 15, 2014 – The award-winning flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1®, with the world’s first 5-axis image stabilization, TruePic VII image processor and Live MOS sensor is now more iconic than ever before, with the introduction of new firmware Version 2.0, enabling tethered shooting, In-Camera Digital Shift and Live Composite, and much more, also now available in a sleek, classy silver body.
In response to market demand, the new Olympus OM-D E-M1, with firmware Version 2.0 is equipped with USB tethered shooting capabilities, ideal integration in the workflow for studio photographers, utilizing Olympus’ new Olympus Capture studio tethering application. The E-M1 connects to a computer via a USB cable, and the free Olympus Capture software mirrors the camera’s Live View on the computer monitor, enabling easier, stress-free collaboration and sharing with other parties involved in a photo shoot. The software also allows the photographer to operate the camera directly from the computer.
In-Camera Digital Shift
Using two dials, firmware Version 2.0 features in-camera Digital Shift, or Keystone Compensation, allowing you to correct the converging lines of trapezoidal distortion in Live View, without the need for a shift lens or post-processing. In combination with 5-axis Image Stabilization, Dual FAST AF and its dust, splash and freezeproof body, in-camera Digital Shift makes the Olympus OM-D E-M1 ideal for capturing images of buildings from a variety of angles, in virtually any condition.
New features, including the popular Live Composite Mode, previously introduced in the OM-D E-M10, expand the user’s creative potential. Live Composite Mode is a tool that offers previews of long exposures in Live View, a perfect tool for anyone looking to easily capture light trails when shooting a star-filled sky, or shooting fireworks in flight. Two new Art Filters, both with three types of finish, add to your creative options, with a total of 14 Art Filters. New Vintage and Partial Color, boost the potential for easy, artistic photos using on-camera effects. Vintage lends images a nostalgic charm, while Partial Color emphasizes a specific portion of the photograph, utilizing an intuitive color ring of 18 available color hues, leaving the remainder of the image black and white.
Designed with Detail
Inherited from the OM models of the film era, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is now available in a strikingly beautiful silver magnesium body with classy aluminum dials and controls.
Other New Features and Functionality
Other features for improved performance include improved EVF display time lag. The display time lag has been reduced to 16 msec when the frame rate has been set to high speed. New Photo Story themes “Zoom In/Out” and “Layout” have been added. The addition of a hold function has also made it possible to temporarily save a photo story while shooting, and complete it, later. Live Guide makes it possible to layer on multiple effects simultaneously*. Remote shooting features in the OI.Share™ App have been further advanced, with the addition of a self-timer sequential and interval shooting, allowing for rich variations in movement and expression. A new Scene Mode “Panning” allows you to set the optimal shutter speed automatically to match the movements of an object. “Shade” Art Effect inserts bands of shading on the left and right side of the image (or top and bottom) for a sense of wideness. A new Movie Effect “Old Film” turns your videos into flickering images with noise, scratches and dust, for the vintage look of old movies shot on film.
Firmware Upgrade Availability
Firmware Version 2.0 is pre-installed on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 silver model. Existing OM-D E-M1 camera owners can also enjoy the features of this new firmware by upgrading their camera using Olympus Viewer software.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The OM-D E-M1 in Silver will be available in September 2014.
Estimated Street Price: $1,399.99
Firmware Version 2.0 (pre-installed Olympus OM-D E-M1 silver body) will be available September 24, 2014 at 10:00pm ET at no cost.
Olympus Capture Studio Tethering Application will be available September 24, 2014 at 10:00pm ET at no cost.
For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/digitalcameras/omd/e-m1.html
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