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Soon the re-release of the Olympus E-M5 firmware 1.2 update….($80 Visa Gift Card deal)



As you know Olympus temporarily suspended the firmware updated version 1.2 download (See Olympus America).

Just got that news from an anonymous source: “E-M5 firmware version 1.2 had been finalized and is ready for use in cameras.” Olympus now started the testing period. If all works fine the firmware update could be released in October. One of the bug that will be fixed is the “not recognizing” of some lenses.

And our friend Tyson Robichaud (Click here) wrote a long fw update wishlist. I agree on all points and Olympus should read the full article :)

There is a $80 gift card deal on all Olympus cameras (Click here to see the detailed deal page on Amazon).

E-M5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

E-M5 Case:
There is the official CS-36FBC Olympus case. A leather half case from Hong Kong. A full leather case with strap from Cina. Than we have half cases from two well known producers, Zelenpol, Kaza and Gariz.

E-M5 Batteries, and other things:
The Olympus GS-4 strap and the DSTE E-M5 batteries you have to use with an extra charger. There is an E-M5 car charger a new E-M5 LCD screen and a Front Cover+ Top Panel.





  • Dossen

    That’s probably the reason why the Olympus update server was down yesterday evening.

  • Marck

    Which were the “non recognized” lenses? Is there the possibility (like in the E-5) to correct front-back focus for every single lens?

    • Me

      There is no such thing as front or back focus on a mirror-less camera…

      • Marck

        Well, try to tell this to my Sigma 30mm f1.4… he focuses in front of the selected target both on the E-5 (but I can correct it) and on the E-M5… :-)

  • iMLovinIt

    I read the wish list. There is some things like focus peaking that we absolutely would like, but not perhaps not easy to implement.
    There is one more that I would love to have, and not too hard to make:


    meaning that when I press the lens button to change a lens, if I put a olympus one, the camera knows the focal lenght, everything.
    But if not, I would love to have a menu asking me to select on of my 3 primes.
    By selecting the “nokton” line, the camera would know the focal lenght (25mm), aperture (f0.95), my choice regarding the minimal shutter speed in auto ISO…

    So, I would like to setup firstly a profile in the menu for my 3 or 4 prime lens, and give a name for each profile.
    Once done, the camera would ask me to select the right profile when I change lens.

    Because I’m tired, in a trip, to change from 25mm to 75mm, and to go in IS mode, click one hundred time the arrow to set up the focal lenght…
    And the focal lenght, when setted, don’t seems to have incidence to the minimal shutter speed in auto ISO…

    Thank you Olympus ! :)

    • Mr. Reeee

      I dislike the term “legacy” when referring to lenses. There are many lenses currently in production which do not support EXIF data. There’s nothing “legacy” about them, or for any lens that still works perfectly well, regardless of when it was produced.

      For manual lenses that don’t support EXIF, like my Voigtländers, Nikons, Pentax, etc, I use a great Lightroom plug-in called LensTagger. It takes a few extra steps, but I can add create my own lens profiles, save them and easily add that info to the EXIF data in each photo. Yes, it does batches.

      • iMLovinIt

        Sorry Mr Reeee, I’m not a native english speaker, so I miss vocabulary.
        “Legacy” is a term that we hear in a lot of videos, that’s why I used it.
        But I was actually speaking of my “manual focus lenses” : brand new nokton, cooke kinic, navitar…

        And yous idea is good also, if the camera is on the 75mm profile, it should write “75mm” as EXIF data :)

        In this profile, I would love to have a lot of settings. Because there is some lenses I use for black and white portrait only, so “B&W” could be a part of this profile.

      • Eric

        The pity is in that such present manual lenses don’t have a chip. Samyang provide AF-confirm chip for Nikon mount only. I finally bought and installed a chip on my Samyang 8 mm Fisheye so I can use the IS without manually setting f each time. It is set by default to 200 mm for my OM 200/4.0.

    • an0n

      Fantastic ideas!

  • OM-4

    PAL support and IBIS on legacy lenses, please!

    • Eric

      It would not be possible to have full IBIS support on MF lenses because the body needs to know the focusing distance. So only 2 translation axis stabilization with MF lenses at best.

      • GeorgeH

        They’ve done it before. Just set the focal length manually.

  • Tim

    I have been running 1.2 since a couple of months now. And have been using the camera ALOT!

  • Don Pope

    If I already updated to 1.2, can I apply the new 1.2? I bet the tool won’t let me.
    Why not make it 1.3?

    • Dossen

      Why should you want to update from 1.2 to 1.2?
      The problem is most likely in the update procedure and not in the firmware itself. No reason to call it 1.3 in that case.

  • Swejk

    Es wird 1.21 oder ?

  • Swejk

    Es wird 1.21 oder ?

  • Swejk

    Es wird 1.21 oder ?

  • Swejk

    Es wird 1.21 oder ?

  • Swejk

    Es wird 1.21 oder ?

  • Swejk


  • Is there any possibility in the near future that Oly introduces a firmware that enables its frame rate change to 24p on E-M5?
    I’ll buy the camera in a heartbeat if so.

  • Is it just bug fixes? I’m still running my OMD on the original firmware and haven’t had any problems so am happy to let others upgrade first!

  • Adam

    My E-M5, purchased last week, was delivered with ver 1.2. Bring on ver 1.3!

  • JimD

    Looking at the wish list, I personally don’t seem to have a lot of the problems. I have little issue with the menu system and any changes may, for me, be good or not good depending what they are.
    I have no problem with the focus magnification as against focus peaking and have magnification set on the movie button, its easy, compose, push button to get frame push again to magnify, press shutter to cancel magnify and take shot. Even works with children, only problem is I am buying more MF lenses. Yes, all buttons should be equally customisable. I use AF home set on FN1 and multi function tone curves on FN2 these with the wheels give me exposure control in aperture mode.
    The manual is a big issue, do away with the disk and make a real manual.

    Something that I want to see is a printable page listing all the settings so I can note against each one, with columns for the ‘my sets’ which I also would like to name. A spread sheet template from Olympus would suffice. Also a set of downloadable, resizable icons as used in the manual.
    For the next model, gps and built in flash, I agree that taking off all the protectors is a half day job.

  • mr.smth

    Please, oh please add focus point size adjustment. EPL-5 & EPM-2 now has that feature. Please just slip that in for EM-5 firmware update and I’ll be happy.

  • Bob B.

    Regarding Tyson Robichaud’s review of the Olympus EM-5….I have the following to say:
    I LOVE the camera…but everything..yes EVERYTHING that Tyson touches on is valid.
    Thank you for taking the time to make that list Tyson. Is anyone listening???????
    I hope so!

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