Olympus E-M1 firmware update coming! Features list.

Olympus announced that it will launch a new firmware update for the E-m1 by end of February. Here is the press text:

OLYMPUS ADVANCES FLAGSHIP CAMERA WITH INCREDIBLE SEQUENTIAL SHOOTING SPEED

Olympus Announces Firmware Version 3.0 for the Award Winning OM-D E-M1 with Improved Capabilities for Sequential Shooting

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 5, 2015 The award-winning flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1, featuring 5-axis image stabilization, TruePic VII image processor and tethered shooting, is now more impressive than ever before. With the introduction of new firmware Version 3.0, the weather-resistant camera is now capable of an impressive maximum 9 fps in the C-AF sequential shooting mode when using a Four Thirds or Micro Four Thirds lens, improving the ability to capture moving subjects.

The newest firmware upgrade features an enhanced algorithm for phase-detection, raising the former C-AF sequential shooting speed of 6.5 fps to a maximum high speed of 9 fps. With this update, AF tracking performance is improved when using continuous-AF (C-AF) Sequential H mode. When set to C-AF, 37-point on-chip phase detection AF is used. Now, when capturing a quick-moving subject, photographers never need to miss the shot. A maximum 10 fps remains available when set to single-AF (S-AF) Sequential H mode.

The update also adds support for the latest Version 2.5 of the Olympus Image Share Android and iOS app. Users can now select Movie as a shooting mode, and record movies while viewing the Live View screen on a smartphone.

The Olympus firmware Version 3.0 will be available in February 2015.

Press release: M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO

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Olympus Imaging Corporation (President: Haruo Ogawa) is pleased to announce the development of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO (35mm equivalent focal length: 16mm), a high-performance fisheye lens conforming to the Micro Four Thirds System standard, scheduled to go on sale in summer 2015.

This is the world’s first*1 dustproof and splashproof fisheye lens with a bright f1.8 aperture value. It is categorized in the M.Zuiko PRO series, a professional lens with high optical performance and reliable dustproof and splashproof construction, constantly providing high image quality under any conditions.

The dedicated underwater lens port is also under development. It will expand the shooting scenes of nature photography from underwater to the night sky.

Pricing and Launch Date

Category Product Name MSRP Planned Launch Date
Interchangeable lens M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO
(black)
TBD Summer, 2015
※1 As of February 5, 2015

Preorders (if you preorder through those links you will support 43rumors…thanks!):
E-M5II in Black or Silver at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus. In Europe at Jessops, WexUK, Namencolor.
14-150mm II lens at Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
FL-LM3 Flash at AmazonAdorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
Olympus ECG-2 External Metal Grip at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
Olympus HLD-6P Battery Grip at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
HLD-8g at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
E-P16 eyecup at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
HLD-8G and HLD-6P kit at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
Full leather case at Amazon, Adorama and GetOlympus.
Olympus PT-EP13 Underwater Housing at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 at Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.