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(FT5) Olympus E-P1 firmware update on September 15th!

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Bryan B. sent me an email from Olympus Australia with some good news for current and future E-P1 owners ;)

“Hello,

Thank you for contacting Olympus Imaging Australia.

There is a firmware update which will be released on the 15th of September,
which will address the AF issues of the EP-1. Please see below on details.

<< E-P1 >> Revision 1.1

– Improved operation when using C-AF (continuous AF).
* We recommend Version 1.1 or later of the lens firmware if you
are using
the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm F2.8 or the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED
14-42mm F3.5-5.6.
<< M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6  >>  Revision 1.1

– Improved AF operation.

<< M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm F2.8  >>  Revision 1.1

– Improved AF operation.

This update should solve all the AF issues you may be experiencing.”

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  • GBC

    I bet people have been working around the clock on this, I hope they don’t rush it.
    Wonder how much work is left to do.

    I also wonder how much industrial espionage is practical/effective these days?

  • Chris

    i really hope for an nice improvement :)

  • tyler

    his is good news.
    One Question: How can I update these improvemetns to my already purchased EP-1???

  • JD

    tyler: The firmware will be posted to Olympus’ website once it is released. Then you can download it and upgrade your cameras firmware.

  • BJN

    Frankly, I doubt a firmware patch will bring the E-P1 close to Panasonic’s superior contrast-detect AF performance. I don’t think Olympus has this technology, and I’d bet that the Panasonic AF performance is partly hardware based and partly superior focus processing. At best, I’d expect an incremental improvement in the E-P1’s AF performance – certainly not one that transforms the camera into a quick AF shooter.

  • Chow

    One more day.. Is there already some news about this firmware??

    • admin

      No news yet. I hope tomorrow the rumor will become true :)

  • Simon

    Only AF-C is mentiond, there’s no hint at single AF speed. The limiting factor seems to be the lens, no SWD motor, no faster AF.

    Still looking forward to the update!

  • Achiinto

    It said that AF-C for Camera Body and AF for the Lens. So there is still a likelihood that the firmware will improve overall AF.

    Can’t wait to try it out.

  • ianp

    Upgraded the firmware, less hunting, but overall not noticeably quicker with single AF, C-AF is more useful at least it isn’t jumping around. Bit dissapointing really.

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