Olympus E-5 and Panasonic LX5 firmware update.


Today it’s firmware update party! Also Olympus announced a new Olympus E-5 firmware: “Firmware version 1.2 ensures the movement of the dial on the optional HLD-4 battery grip matches the movement of the selected AF point.“. You need the Olympus Digital Camera Updater software to upgrade the E-5: http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_downloads_updater.asp

It is not a Micro Four Thirds camera but many on 43rumors do own it and the news is worthy to be posted :)
Panasonic released a major firmware upgrade for the Panasonic LX5 high end compact camera. You can download it here: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/LX5/index.html

The main changes are:
Auto Focus speed-up.
[HIGH ISO NR] has been added to the [REC] menu.
Improved auto white balance performance.
[ACTIVE MODE] has been added to the [MOTION PICTURE] menu.
The AF/AE Lock operated by half-pressing the shutter button has been improved.
When [MF] is set, you can make fine adjustments to the focus using a simpler operation than before.
The position and size of the AF area you have set are now stored.
The upper limit of the shutter speed in Manual Exposure Mode has been raised. (Max 250 seconds approximately)
[MINIATURE EFFECT] has been added to My Colour Mode.
[MONITOR] / [VIEWFINDER] has been added to the [SETUP] menu.

And those are the direct LX5 search links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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  • what a boring update for the E5, they could have at least added some new sound effects or something to spice it up lol..

    • John

      Wow, now it is boring, if you don’t buy a beta-version kamera and have to update it every week.
      Olympus makes the job before they own the money with the kamera.
      I think this is very good!

      • Ok, how about fixing up the display overlays then? How come I still can’t shift my focus point around and have histogram active in live view… or what about grid lines? :)

  • Zaph

    With the LX5 Panasonic show that they understand how to support a compact camera. Olympus need to step up to the plate and fix the XZ-1 issues and show the same.

  • Mice

    LX5 Owner here. Autofocus is definitely improved. Pulling numbers out of thin air, I would say at least 25% faster. At least.

    Don’t really care about the other updates though, but I wished I had the electronic viewfinder…

    • CRB

      What does “The AF/AE Lock operated by half-pressing the shutter button has been improved.” mean?….can i lock just the AF with half pressing the shutter button.

      • Wen

        Agreed! Also the white balance seems much better indoor

      • MrClick

        Means that you can release the shutter half-way in the reverse direction after taking the shot and you shall not lose the AF/AE lock.

  • Lawrence

    I’ve been waiting for an LX5 firmware update! I haven’t really got the chance to use my camera recently so I don’t notice much difference. However:

    Did they add the ‘LCD Display’ menu item in Setup? It lets you adjust the screen’s brightness, saturation, red tint and blue tint. I don’t remember it being there before

    Also, when changing things like ISO items, the little pop up menu has a new animation.

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