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Olympus XZ-1 firmware update coming soon?


Steve Digicam’s reports that a new firmware update (version 1.2) has been published. He says following features will be added “picture orientation: Horizontal/Vertical, to the camera menu. The camera will record which way the image was oriented when captured, so in playback, the orientation of an image can be rotated by using the control ring. The desired orientation is then saved in the Exif portion of the image file. Photographers can choose to turn this function on or leave it off.

Olympus Japan doesn’t list the new firmware. Maybe Steve published the news to early :)

Check out the XZ-1 direct links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

P.S.: There is a $7 price drop on the XZ-1 on Amazon (Click here).

  • The information is correct. Exactly as reported. A press release to that effect was sent via Olympus’ US PR firm this morning.

  • Jadakiss

    They need to make this same firmware change to the EPL-2

  • toto

    is that micro four third news?


    so who cares?

    • GreyOwl

      Some of us like to keep tabs on related products. If you have no interest in this or other none m43rds rumours, then, as admin says, don’t read it. Simple as that.

      • admin

        Thanks GreyOwl!

        • spam

          Also agree, I think you do a pretty good job on “MFT-related” news.

  • Reza

    What they need to add is an option to re-assign the movie button to AEL/AFL. Every review complains about it, as some of us do rely on this functionality.

  • Michael Meissner

    So if the XZ-1 had an orientation sensor all along, why didn’t they enable it at product launch? I could understand firmware releases adding new things that can be done entirely in software, but to do orientation you need the sensor in the camera. Given that the E-P1/E-P2 (but not E-PL1/E-PL2) and all DSLRs have an orientation sensor except for the E-1, it is not exactly revolutionary.

  • Mar

    I’d like to see variable amount of NR for JPEG made available – like in Oly DSLRs and PEN cameras.

    • yeah, just a “low” or “off” NR option would be nice.
      if they’re feeling generous, i’d like aperture control when using art filters

  • mclarenf3

    It’s not the firmware update that most of us were hoping for, but it’ll do… for now. ;)

  • Mr. Reeee

    If Olympus somehow added AVCHD video, instead of the crappy video codec they use now, it would be great.

    I got chance to use an XZ-1 a bit and at was a real downside! The menu system needs a serious optimization, too!

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