Olympus E-M5 hack: Clean Hdmi 4:2:2 and focus peaking possible?

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I got an anonymous mail from a hacker. Be aware that I don’t know yet if what he tells me is correct or not but I hope other hackers or sources can confirm or deny this.

Here is the text I got. Be aware that he is not a native English speaker:

After a long investigation I can say the OM-D EM5 can be hacked (with Olympus Studio and the Bin version of a OM-D EM5 Firmware that is only available somewhere here http://dl01.olympus-imaging.com/OLYMPUS_MASTER/FIRMWARES/).
How the update firmware work on OM-D. First the update firmware check the revision of your camera and check the firmware (last firmware, don’t update, new firmware, update)
if the update firmware find that your camera don’t have the last firmware, the update firmware take the last firmware revision in here http://dl01.olympus-imaging.com/OLYMPUS_MASTER/FIRMWARES/
We call that a silence update. You can easily hack the OM-D EM5 if you have the bin one, as you know many dev in the past was doing some decrypt olympus firmware work

First – We need the firmware.BIN it would be more easier this way
Second – you can use Olympus Studios or SDK to push the OM-D into the service and debugger mode that let you to work on it
Third – we can after really exploit the OM-D EM5 capabilities

Just to keep you informed. The debugger mode is available. The OM-D has a clean HDMI 4:2:2 ! but locked by Olympus. I saw that the OM-D have also a locked focus peaking functionality (beta feature revision probably, they should add on the next firmware revision not sure about it). For the rest… the OM-D is clearly more powerful than the GH2 and maybe the GH3, that the image processor can calc more information. For example the OM-D can easily support a 1080p120p ! i wonder why they blocked the OM-D to 30p…

But for know, you really need to find the firmware.Bin OM-D (it’s more easier) than using USB programming (on my way, it was a fully success and also need to be more experimented) but i expect to modify the firmware.BIN directly and not programming in fly.

I ask the anonymous hacker to send me more details about the project at 43rumors@gmail.com. We may can help you to go one with the hack project!

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Silver Olympus E-M5 for $849 at Cameta (Click here).
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Silver Olympus E-M5 with 12-50mm lens for $1149 at Cametaacutions (Click here) and Cameta (Click here).
Black Olympus E-M5 with 12-50mm lens for $1149 at Cametaacutions (Click here) and Cameta (Click here).

 

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  • Wow…that would be AMAZING if possible/true.

    • Duarte Bruno

      Yeah, sure.
      I can clearly see why @Admin didn’t even bother to put up FT1.
      Considering the effort behind the GH2 hack I would classify this as FT0.5 for the moment.
      (edit) I have another idea: I will go to personal-view right now and see how loud they are laughing.

      • michael

        Shame these cameras aren’t Android-based. It would be fairly easy to just make an app allowing most of this (as well as building a MUCH better menu system!)

        • Bart

          Well, that is not a shame really.

          I’m absolutely not waiting for my camera that runs an OS that is:
          – one huge privacy mess
          – kills apps whenever it feels an urge
          – refuses to respond because it decided it has something more important to do then take the picture I want
          – fragments its memory enough over time to require regular reboots
          – will still substantially drain the battery of a camera even when not in use

          That is daily experience based on a very wide variety of Android devices and knowing a thing or 2 about the technology behind Android. It is very nice for a tablet or phone (at least if using it as a voice communications device isn’t the primary goal of your phone) and may even work for a compact camera where expectations of a highly responsive and reliably responding system don’t exist, but not for anything that needs to respond in a very reliable way and with reliable timing, Android simply cannot do that because it was designed with goals in mind that conflict with that.

          Yes, an open platform is a very good idea, no, Android is a very bad idea, at least in currently available versions.

          • michael

            So you don’t know anything about Android, or OSs in general. Why not just say so? Or say nothing? (Also, you get that Android has nothing to do with being connected, right? It’s just a framework.)

            One (who doesn’t know anything about technology) could write your exact post about Java, which already runs several camera OSs, as well as many (most?) home electronics like VCRs and TVs. Or Linux, which runs my car OS.

            In other words, any problems you have with you Android phone/tablet — in addition to almost certainly being user error — are not OS-level problems (timing? Really? SystemClock really isn’t that hard to understand.)

            And on top of all that, your whole assumption is that the current camera OS isn’t a patched-together piece of crap. Having worked on OSs for years, I assure you you’re as wrong about that as you are about everything else.

            • Bart

              Sure Michael, that is why I have code in Free/Open/NetBSD. For that matter, I’ve written my own bytecode interpreter, a few compilers and an embedded OS.

              Don’t make silly assumptions.

              There are 2 basic problems with Android for this kind of use:
              – abstraction means having to provide interfaces for accessing the hardware and more overhead, in a device where heat production and power use are very major concerns.
              – resource management is not at all designed for this kind of use

              As for your JAVA example, indeed, the same could be said there. A very simple example of one thing that causes trouble: lazy resource management (garbage collection) instead of explicit resource management.

              Why?

              Because garbage collection always happens after the fact, and because of that you run a risk of either being starved of resources, or having to spend time on collecting garbage at random moments (and typically when you can least afford spending that time).

              Contrast this with explicit allocation and freeing of resources, this is more work for the programmer, more error-prone, but, with a known set of resources, you can know exactly how much time you’ll be spending and when you will spend it, which helps a lot for keeping a system responsive.

              Sure, one can try to get around that by pre-allocating everything and recycling your resources and call the garbage collector explicitly at moments when you can afford it, but its just one of the reasons why a framework like android simply isn’t the right choice for this.

              Additional issues? Timing isn’t about being able to read a clock, but about being able to respond with absolutely reliable timing, meaning that a button press (shutter release especially) must be responded to in a very very short, and very predictable time. For your video player, anywhere between 0.1 and 0.3 sec will work, and it doesn’t matter too much that it isn’t the same every time. For a camera however that will make things like panning shots totally impossible because timing those depends on learned reflexes, and those are heavily timing sensitive.

              • thethirdcoast

                Great analysis in both posts!

                You’ve done a nice job articulating why I too am left very cold about the use of Android in digital cameras. Digital cameras are more purpose-built embedded systems than general purpose computers, and the hardware and software design should follow embedded best practices more often than not.

                • Julius

                  Well, I can assure you that my Samsung Galaxy S3 (thanks to Android being mostly opened up for my device) has A LOT of config for the video-recording part that is simply missing in my E-M5 (which genuinely SUCKS!). 30fps, why, Olympus, why leave out 24/25/50/60 and yes, even 120 fps?
                  In addition, the only bad thing about my current SGS3 OS is that it controls A LOT of heavy hardware, but lacks really good camera-hardware. Touch to (auto)focuss and shoot works faster on my SGS3 than on my E-M5.

                  So yeah, I’d rather have it be Android than this mess of an OS and horribly non-userfriendly menu-layout. By the way, power-usage is a much bigger issue in smartphones than it is in an OM-D E-M5, and android simply runs/starts services; If the E-M5 doesn’t require them, they’re not IN there (nor started or ever run). You’re really underestimating the humongous power of android code versus that of the tiny bunch of less experienced coders that try make an OS for custom hardware. I’d easily BET you €1000 that if Olympus would open their code up so that hardware can be spoken to by Android, it would be a MUCH less powerhungry OS in a few months time. You really have no idea what you’re writing about. Go check out the xda forums.

            • On the contrary, he seems to know a lot about it. The analysis is spot on. And yes, an open real-time platform with apps support would rock. But Android? No thanks.

            • Joe

              I bet VxWorks would make a good choice for a camera OS. RTOS, small, and very mature.

  • CobyD

    1080P120? Yeah, right … I call bullsh*t on that part of the post, at least.

    • stu

      probably 120fps@ 720p like other cams can already do

    • The processor on the camera can probably deal with that… the sensor can’t…

  • Bert

    Hope this guy sets up an organized collaborative effort. The OMD is too good to be left with its current video mode.

  • Me

    > For example the OM-D can easily support a 1080p120p ! i wonder why they blocked the OM-D to 30p…

    Probably because no sd card would be able to provide the speed needed for recording this…

    • Ulli

      what would be the writespeed needed for that mode? for other platforms there are 1,2 Gbps cards already. It sounds interesting, hope it is true.

    • 2345357342

      Wrong. Frame rate does not make a video larger, bitrate does. You’ll need a higher bitrate to retain quality at a higher frame rate, however even at 100Mbps video bitrate (which would be incredible and overkill), that’s still only 12.5MBps, which many SD cards can read/write.

  • mahler

    With a camera, where you can find a lot of reports about electronic, shutter, and IBIS failure, I would never apply a hack, which may go beyond the limits Olympus currentlyv imposes on the camera. There could be reasons, well known by Olympus, why some stuff is currently locked.

    I would not risk my camera and the warranty, for dubious benefits such hacks could provide.

    • popo

      if not up bitrate very high i think not problem to up FPS to 120fps.

    • JimD

      Where have you found all these multitude of reports of IBIS, shutter and other failures?

  • Anonymous

    I hope this guy is not just a boaster.

  • Focus peaking!!! :D NAIS!!!

    • Miroslav

      +100

      VEREE NAIS!!! ;)

      Add it to new PENs and I’ll start saving money for them the next moment.

  • Rinaldo

    I just produced a corporate video using the GH2 and EM-5 side by side. The IQ from the Olympus really surprised me. Impressive resolution, fantastic colors, smooth skin tones and an amazing DR.

    • @ Rinaldo how did the E-M5 hold up next to the GH2? Did you have a problem with resolution? Which type of shots did you use it for? Can we see a sample?

      • Rinaldo

        I’m uploading a quick comparison… please hold!

      • Rinaldo
        • Bronica

          Impressive! Thanks!

        • dannyboy

          The comparison is biased… you used 2 different lenses (with different focal lengths)

  • DingieM

    Time…to…get…angry…?

  • an0n

    Im keen to see which operating system they use for the camera…is it proprietary to Olympus or licensed from another company?

    • @an0n: Given aggressive timelines for new products, hardly any vendors use fully proprietary OSes these days, unless they are proprietary OS vendors :)I am guessing they are using VxWorks or some other embedded realtime OS as the basis. Olympus use VxWorks for some of their medical products – that OS is a de facto standard for many automotive, manufacturing and other mission critical applications.

      • an0n

        @owczi

        I hope this is the case, potentially this will make any hacks easier.

  • So when is this hack going to be available and who’s going to try it?

  • KI

    Please let them release focus peaking….

    And as far as hacking goes…, there are lots of stuff that might be very useful, but are locked firmware-vise. … I guess there are a lot of potential for getting more out of the E-M5.

  • chris

    I’d donate to a hacking project if the OP can show some of this is legit. Peaking and clean UNCOMPRESSED HDMI would be huge as the image the EM5 produces is very nice, to get an uncompressed signal to a Ninja would make the EM5 a video beast.

    After shooting with the ME5 for the last few 5 months, there definitely seems to be more capability. I get the feeling we’ll see more features in the rumored “pro” OMD camera and hopefully a firmware update to boost the Em5.

  • David

    120fps does not surprise me at all. The sony chips are fast and remember that the evf can output 240! So that data has to come from somewhere. I would be surprised at only 120fps actually, expect more like 480fps to support the EVF!.

    The obvious questions though are is the output clean at 120fps? Most likely no.

    Is it stable? Most likely No.

    Does it shut off after say 1 or 2mins? Most likely YES.

    Doe it produce so much heat that your a risk of damaging the camera?

    There are 1000’s of reason for olympus to cap at 30fps. But 60p would have been nice. But most likely 30 looks nicer and the heat issue is less of problem.

  • Oly, if you read this post… WE WANT FOCUS PEAKING!!

    • snowflake

      Dave you are right on about the reasons for limiting processing speed.

      I think the main issue is heat. The Gh3 patents included designs to dispurse heat. Double the film rate and you double the heat generated. Heat kills electronics and radically reduces the life of the electronics. As the chips get ever more dense for faster speeds, the concentration of heat on the chip increases. Think how hot a laptop gets with most of the heat coming from within a small location on tthe processor, a tiny location in the laptop. At some point something has to give.

    • taran

      If you need focus peaking, buy a NEX. Never gonna happen on Oly. Sony invested in Olympus to define a weak feature set for m43 so it won’t compete with NEX. Get used to it.

      • “Sony invested in Olympus to define a weak feature set for m43 so it won’t compete with NEX” — do you have proof of this, or is it just speculation on your part?

        • WSG123

          Ridiculous conspiracy theory.

          • taran

            Or, business 101. Identify your killer app then make it proprietary. Sony puts millions of dollars into olympus for what, so they can eat Sony’s lunch? You guys have to understand everything Olympus camera does will be dictated by Sony from now on.

            The alternative was Olympus going bankrupt. Instead, they took the money and they will keep their mouths shut while eating Sony’s leftovers.

            Perhaps you believe Oly’s engineers are so stupid they couldn’t implement a feature that has been on digital for at least the last 8 years? LOL, that would be even more pathetic than a camera without an orientation sensor… oh wait.

            • Bart

              > Sony puts millions of dollars into olympus for what

              For getting access to technologies they need for getting their medical business off the ground? For getting access to optical knowledge and technology that they failed to acquire when they bought out Konica-Minolta’s camera business? For getting alternatives for IP for which Sony is still paying an arm and a leg?

              You see, Minolta was one of the few optical companies that did have all the technology, from manufacturing optical glass to high-quality coatings to very good lens designs, and had the reputation for very good optics, yet Sony needs the likes of Carl Zeiss for their lenses, why? because the engineers stayed with Konica-Minolta (to get fired in part), and Sony still has to pay Konica-Minolta for use of the ‘camera business’ IP.

              Surely Sony wants to make money from this investment, but there are many ways to accomplish that, harming the company they just invested in however is not a very good one.

              Also keep in mind that regardless of if Nikon, Olympus, Sony or whomever else uses Sony parts, sells a camera, Sony makes a profit.

            • WSG123

              The GH3 doesn’t have focus peaking either, a lot of cameras don’t. Not sure why you think that the absence of focus peaking in Olympus cameras is evidence of anything.

              I really doubt that Sony bought into Olympus for the purpose of keeping focus peaking out of their cameras.

    • “We” do?

      • Bart

        Yes we can!

        Oh wait, wrong place, wrong time.

        Its always funny how people think everyone must share their specific desires :-)

  • Well isn’t this rumor timely for Olympus…that is to say right before the GH3 hits the streets. Until its real and in the wild its just talk. Would be great if it were real.

  • hwy

    i am willing to donate money if this works.

  • Anonymous

    The crazy part of these hacks is that a hack that offers good features like improved video and additional features for the OMD would easily fetch $30-50 and a “hacker” could make a decent profit and have a great incentive to produce and support such a upgrade. My guess is one could make an easy $50K with some time investment. Even at $25 a well documented upgrade would sell thousands of units.

  • just_D

    well, you can get busted for hacking firmware doing it just for free. But if you get money then it’s even worse I think…

    • Mike

      Busted by who? It’s not against the law to hack a camera. That’s just silly.

  • I may be the odd one out, but I’m not interested. The E-M5 is fine as it is, nice and solid. I wouldn’t trust unofficial firmware which may compromise the stability of operation or even overload the hardware.

    • Ross

      You’re not the only one to think that way. :)

      • Julius

        Only uninformed people make such statements. The likes of you never seem to realize that it’s just a memory-chip containing some code that boots and can be copied in its entirety. Similarly: It can be reset 100%, error-free, back to the way it came out of the factory. Better yet; Even Olympus would not be able to tell if the camera has ever seen unofficial firmware on it.
        Happens with smartphones all the time; People turn them ‘back to stock’ so they can get their warranty’s worth, even though they rooted their phones, flashed weird OS-es on them, overclocked, undervolted, you name it.

  • just_D

    geeee… you can stay with you official firmware, I’ll take the hacked one anyday (that is, once it’s brick-safe :D )

  • MAFAv8r

    There may be reasons that Oly are holding back. But it could also be just like cars. Most cars come out underpowered, then get ‘improved power and torque’ with each new release, so they can justify the release.

  • milez

    How about unlocking these,
    1. ISO100
    2. Focus peaking
    3. 1080/24p

    Anything more is probably unstable.
    I don’t mind unclean images of ISO100 and 1080/24p video.

      • Bart

        +1

        It would be very nice if more people understood what that article tries to explain.

        • milez

          Understood ISO very well. Still want ISO100 … perhaps you dont understand.

          • So if the em5 started at iso100 you would want iso50. Or is it just that 100 on one camera cannot = 200 on another camera that is the problem.
            If you read the article it basically says that one’s 200 is another’s 160 and some one else’s 100 or even 60.
            Then on top of that the camera exposure system is trying to compare the shot with 18% grey.

  • chauffeurdevan

    This guy is just using some of an old hacking project started for the EP-1 E-PL1 : http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?215943-E-P1-E-P2-E-PL1-hack-research

    If he is not able to find the .bin file, first he is not an hacker, and second he doesn’t have the E-M5.

    So beware if he ask for money to hack it.

  • SteB

    I’ve no idea about the details of the actual hacking as what I know about hacking could be written on the back of a very small matchbox. However, it’s perfectly clear that the E-M5 has got much more technical potential than the firmware allows. It looks like the sensor is at least similar to the GH3 and image processor is powerful. So it could certainly handle much higher bit rates, and could probably handle different frame rates. Focus peaking is old hat and hacks such as Magic Lantern have been adding it to Canon cameras for a long time.

    What I don’t understand is why cameras are not far more user configurable. Unfortunately it demonstrates that the camera market is not really properly competitive. Otherwise you’d have thought at least one camera manufacturer would break ranks and offer users more personally configurable cameras. After all a camera now is little more than a computer with a lens on it.

    • Anonymous

      What do you need more from Olympus regarding personalisation? These. Cameras are extremely personalizable in my opinion, already now!

    • Esa Tuunanen

      > and image processor is powerful.
      TruePic VI came already with E-P3 so it might well get replaced in next round of bodies.
      And compression of doubled frame rate video isn’t trivial.

      In GH2 Panasonic even stacked memory chip’s package directly on top of processor’s package allowing higher bandwidth and lower latency of memory bus and metal structures inside camera were used to disperse heat from processor. And it was still limited to 1080p30.

      Also GH2’s video compression engine was programmable instead of more commonly used dedicated, and fixed feature set, hardware codec.
      So even that might limit video framerates and output bitrate of E-M5.
      After all Olympus doesn’t have 1080p50/60 in any of their cameras when from competitive viewpoint it would be stupid to turn it of if hardware is capable to it.

  • Keith

    Sorry to be a newb, but can someone explain what “HDMI 4:2:2” is? I understand it has something to do with “chroma subsampling”, but I’m interested as to what the current color space of the OM-D is and what difference one would see with 4:2:2.

    • I had the same question recently when I first heard about 4:2:0 and 4:2:2. Here’s a decent explanation with some helpful illustrations: http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/4%3a2%3a2 , you can look it up on Wikipedia for a very detailed, technical explanation, but that source just made me more confused.

  • About the 120fps – 120fps readout is probably not the issue itself, although who knows, there may be internal bus bandwidth constraints. Mind you that the E-M5 already does 120fps in the high fps EVF mode. Heat is one thing, but there is also the CPU power needed to process and encode those 120 frames.

    Capturing the FW image URL is trivial to do with Wireshark or any other packet capture tool, I’m sure the source thought of that? If getting the image is the hacker’s hardest task right now then I’m having doubts about this case – unless he means that he already has it. Probably even trivial string analysis would reveal some interesting information, unless the firmware is encrypted. The testing modes were available on the PENs, not sure if this is the same thing as debug mode. And mFT cameras are not [officially] supported by Olympus’ SDK.

  • Ank

    I had fun reading the comments, logic is the key here.
    Simply ask yourself, more features means more money spent on technical stuff..why on earth Oly would do this then lock these features.
    In case a smarty replied ; ‘they have the intention to unlock them later with some firmware’, seriously? does this make sense to you.

    • MAFAv8r

      I have no idea how they manufacture, maybe they have runs of sensor with associated electronics, put the whole module in a later model then unlock it in like the OM-D successor

    • Mike

      Depends what you mean by features. There is a difference between adding new features and improving the quality of the things the camera can already do. Like improving the HDMI output and increasing the bitrate of the video files. Oly, like panasonic on the GH1/2, may have been playing it safe by default. But that doesn’t mean that is all the camera is capable of if pushed.

    • Bart

      That the hardware can do something is nice, but having firmware support it is ‘a little bit’ more work then just ‘unlocking’ a feature. Having hardware that can in theory do something is usually only part of the job, and often the easy part for that matter.

      So, we know 120fps readout is possible with the E-M5’s sensor, simply because the fast evf refresh rate supports it. We also know that comes with a number of limitations such as no longer correctly displaying what the exposed image is going to look like, not displaying art filters etc. That already strongly suggests that while 120fps is possible, it is at the expense of other resources, either because of heat production, processor power or both.

      So, applying some logic, the fact that 120fps readout is possible does not automatically mean it is possible to record 120fps video, simply because that requires being able to encode that video, and we do also know that available resources for this are quite limited when using 120fps readout. Maybe it is possible, maybe not, the point is, just based on 120fps being possible, you CANNOT judge if 120fps recording is actually possible.

      All in all there can be a few reasons for not ‘unlocking’ certain features, such as:
      – feature that at first glance seems possible is in fact not possible
      – feature does not work well enough to be unlocked right now, and the need for having the camera released was bigger then the need to fix the feature
      – feature does work, but licensing forbids using it
      – feature does work in most cases, but the circumstances where it doesn’t work are unclear and this cannot be handled by support

      A number of those may result in the feature being released later with newer firmware.

      With all respect, it is pretty obvious you never dealt with releasing a commercial product for consumers world-wide. Releasing something that has a substantial set of available but unfinished features is first of all going to get you a bad reputation, next its going to cause some significant support costs, and if you try to avoid those, some very interesting run-ins with consumer law in various places. Sure, many technical users may prefer a half finished feature that they can use at least in some situations over not having that feature at all, but that doesn’t apply to the general consumer (if it doesn’t work reliably, why the hell did you release it).

      Since you can’t take forever to release a product, this simply means aiming for a set of features that you know work well enough that you can properly support them, and then optionally release additional features once you got to work those well enough, and usually after addressing any serious problems with previously released features.

      Btw, this doesn’t just apply to Olympus really, Panasonic is no different, for that matter, seeing the recent firmware for the 7D, Canon is absolutely no different.

  • Camaman

    Can’t wait to hear more about this hack.
    IMO add focus peaking and its done! :-)

    • CobyD

      You don’t include 120P60 sensor and encoding capability in a camera just to ‘play it safe’ for your 30P recording.

      Happy to be proven wrong, but I’d say there is absolutely zero chance of seeing useable 1080p60 out of the EM5.

      • Bart

        The 120fps sensor readout is actually being used for the fast EVF refresh rate, it is there.

        Can you record useful 120i or 60p with it? That depends on what resolution you get at 120fps (reduced, but how far?) and how much resources the camera has left for this (cpu power, heat disposal capacity, memory etc)

        Not saying it can or can’t be done, I simply don’t know. All I am saying is that a sensor supporting 120fps readout doesn’t mean the device it is in can automagically record 120fps video, more is needed for that.

  • Michael Meissner

    I should mention that it appears Olympus has now locked down http://dl01.olympus-imaging.com/OLYMPUS_MASTER/FIRMWARES/ (unless they only locked down looking at the directory, and you need to know the name of the firmware file being downloaded).

  • Rinaldo

    I just produced a corporate video using a hacked GH2 and the OM-D EM-5 side by side. The IQ from the Olympus really surprised me. Impressive resolution, fantastic colors, smooth skin tones and an amazing DR. Come on guys, bring the hack on!! And please include 24p..
    I’ve selected some shots to share with you guys ;) https://vimeo.com/51538858 and https://vimeo.com/51538857

    • WSG123

      Very nice. That 75mm makes an excellent interview lens.

    • agachart

      it about lens and IBIS if you see fast moving frame you will know about potential what camera to use
      for videographer,guy.

    • agachart

      All on time of vdographer,cinematographer GH2 is still the best.

    • mike_tee_vee

      Awesome work! Did you do anything special for the 30p to 24p conversion on the OM-D footage? This looks incredibly fluid.

  • Lucio

    about focus peaking, it’s already there in a way… if you put the art filter key light II (not the first one) you’ll see that the outline is exactly on the focus plane!! so i guess that a hack is not that complicated… the downside of that is you have to see your frame throu that horrible effect.. than of course if you shoot raw you still have the original pict.. now my question is.. there is a way to customize the art filter in a botton so i can enable it focusing and disable it with just a clik? anyone?

    cheers

    • James

      I’m no focus peaking expert, but I tried what Lucio mentioned and that art filter sure looks like a crude form of focus peaking to me. Fascinating!

  • beefcheeze

    I would easily donate to any Hacker who explores this and can release a stable hack. I know my OMD has so much potential! :)

  • homer

    What a joke, the processor already can’t even handle scrolling through a magnified image in playback without breaking up

    • Ross

      It might be the operator, because I use that all the time without problems. ;)

      • homer

        ive held several OM Ds now so I know what Im saying is legitimate. on playback if you zoom in the photo and swipe the screen to change what you want to see the image gets all pixelated before you can see it. On the GH2 its seamless. Thats as dumb as I can describe it, read it well before writing a fanboy response

        • milez

          Try scrolling through playback with zoom. .. on a high speed memory card.
          I have never had any issues with playback/zoom/scroll.

        • Never see it on mine.

  • sickasaids

    hackers should start a Kickstarter

  • bj

    Fingers crossed!! Yet skeptical….. Heat, as mentioned I would imagine is one of the main problems here. Either way I would be happy to throw some do$h at the project if possible.

  • I’m sure there are plenty of problems with heat, IBIS, Engine, etc. I don’t think that it’s something that simple, but yeah, partially I thin that the problem is the lack of Oly’s video know how, etc.

  • ell

    “Be aware that he is not a native English speaker” so he must be joking because he’s not a native eng speaker!?

    • homer

      no, he must be joking because THE PROCESSOR CANT HANDLE IT. can you read?

  • Vincent

    We urgently need 25 FPS on the EM5. The camera is now unusable for PAL and SECAM projects.
    All the Pana’s have it so why not the Oly’s?

  • Dugo

    Yes, you can probably hack it and mess with it. But it would be simpler if you just drop the camera into the water from the cruise ship.

    “Clean 4:2:2 chroma video?” Oh yeah…. right.

  • Danas

    Hello!

    Apologies, didn’t read the whole bunch of comments.
    If it will get hacked, please oh please add 24fps and 25 fps to the video shooting mode, that is all needed for OM-D to be perfect!

    Thank you if you will :)

  • Harry

    Any progression made on hacking the E-M5 ?

    • admin

      Will have some news soon.

      • Nawaf

        :)

      • mistmal

        Any news on the progress of the e-m5 hack?

        • Kaiser

          Nothing?

      • Joonas

        Soon? Eagerly waiting for someone to hack HDMI out for E-M5 as would hate to be forced to purchase another camera just for this.

  • TParker

    Honestly, I would rather a Nikon style digital range finder type deal than focus peaking, but thats just me. Either one would add a lot to an already fantastic camera, and either should be technically possible.

  • TOday 43r published some news, waiting for new software

  • We are a gaggle of volunteers and starting a brand new scheme in our community.
    Your site offered us with valuable info to work on.
    You’ve done an impressive process and our entire neighborhood will probably be grateful to you.

  • Hurricane

    not news for hack? Olympus Em-5 give me a good video for still or slowly subject but very bad for fast sujebct :-(

  • hey, i am wondering if something new came out lately. Since the omd m1 came i am afraid that they drop down the old m5 and a new firmware become a dream from olympus to happened. So, any hacker developed something or not? what is the future of this camera in terms of filming? cheers guys.

  • heny

    any news about the hack?

  • Ozzie

    I suppose Olympus Hacks never got anywhere, right?

  • pixeljammer

    Any news on this?

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