New OM-D firmware boosts underwater and starscape photography

16/06/2015 • New firmware updates are now available for Olympus’ top-of-the-range OM-D E-M1 as well as the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. Owners of the E-M1 can look forward to more vivid starscapes thanks to Live View Boost II. New specialist settings add to the E-M1’s and the E-M5 Mark II’s already impressive underwater repertoire.

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Frame starscapes better with Live View Boost II

The new firmware v 3.1 adds LV Boost II to the E-M1, which enhances the camera’s night vision capabilities. A decreased display frame rate enables a better control of even poorly lit subjects on the camera screen, making it easier to capture pin-sharp images of tiny bright points of light against dark backgrounds that are typical for beautiful starscapes. The new LV booster can be assigned to all PASM shooting modes selectively, which is particularly interesting for the studio photographer when working with a flash in M mode. Moreover, it is possible to apply Live Boost modes individually to a range of creative functions, including Live Composite and Bulb/Time modes.

Overachieve underwater with Underwater Picture Mode

Unbeatably lightweight and compact, both OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II system cameras are much more than dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof*. They take stunning images on land and, housed in their dedicated underwater casings, both of them are also the perfect gear for high-quality underwater photography. They can capture precision stills and movies with vivid colours down to fully 45 metres – thanks to dedicated modes. The new E-M1 firmware update v3.1 and v1.2 for E-M5 Mark II take this already impressive capacity to a new level. The new Underwater Picture Mode combines the wide and macro underwater modes available on previous models in one single function and makes them available in all PASM modes. In addition to white balance, exposure and flash compensation, demanding sealife photographers can now adjust aperture and shutter speed to capture stills with the perfect balance of vivid colours and natural underwater blue tones without the need of further image editing.