Olympus announces forthcoming E-P1 firmware update

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Chow Monkey, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. Chow Monkey

    Chow Monkey Mu-43 Regular

    Olympus has announced a forthcoming firmware update for its E-P1 Micro Four Thirds camera. Version 1.3 will address the occasional freezing of the camera display while manually focusing.

    Source: dpreview
     
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  2. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Unfortunately, not until March - I'm hoping they will have included one or two more fixes / enhancements by then!

    Good tip, thanks for the heads up!

    Cheers

    Brian
     
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  3. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    This is a strong sign of relief. I bet there are many Pen 1 users feeling kinda left out.....
     
  4. Chow Monkey

    Chow Monkey Mu-43 Regular

    I don't expect major changes.. And really don't need it since the E-P1 does what it has to do :wink:
     
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  5. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Exactly...... but my dream for a focus scale is now awaken.....
     
  6. alessandro

    alessandro Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 29, 2010
    YESSS! A focus scale! I'd love it. Where do I sign?
    (Sorry, feel like being OT... :frown:)
     
  7. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    You just did....
     
  8. Chow Monkey

    Chow Monkey Mu-43 Regular

    It's probably a bugfix for a bug nobody ever noticed :cool:
     
  9. alessandro

    alessandro Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 29, 2010
    Cause I'm just OT,
    or cause ist's not going to happen? :crying:

    Who's going to tell Olympus that THEIR C5060 could memorize focus distance as a preset?
     
  10. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Neither, and it wouldn't help :wink:

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  11. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Brian,
    The unfortunate truth is, that you are correct...
    But I can still D R E A M
     
  12. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Don, read what I said again... a little more carefully :wink:

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  13. alessandro

    alessandro Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 29, 2010
    If you mean there's nothing that could help me, that's true... :biggrin:

    About a focus scale or any other method to control the focus distance, one must admit it's missing from the E-Px.
    The C5060 had both a focus scale (DP1/2 style) and the ability to record and remember the focus distance. No mistery for Oly's staff...
    Say it would be a nice addition, although it's easy enough to pre-focus on an object at the desired distance if you want to play with hyperfocal.

    Well, ok: it's missing from every camera I know. That leaves me asking why, cause with these modern cameras it would be so easy to implement an "hyperfocal" option, for example. They already read the lens and the aperture data, and we'd have an easy "emergency" shooting mode. Many street and candid shooters know the difference between "fast" and "instant".
    Instant is a camera set at hyperfocal, be it a pro beast or a compact.

    I told you: nobody can help... :rofl:
     
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  14. alessandro

    alessandro Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 29, 2010
    Where's the emoticon with the guy scratching his head...
     
  15. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    dunno, been looking for it myself....
     
  16. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    No
    Why so defeatist? Why not?
    It wouldn't help :wink: We want them to perfect a classic cam... with a wonderful gift to their loyal customers :biggrin: don't we?

    Cheers

    Brian
     
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  17. silverbullet

    silverbullet Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 10, 2010
    I don't know whether I translated correcly or am missing the point, but some Ricohs have such a focus-control by screen, they call it Snap-Shot.
    The test GRD3 I had can easily adjusted to different distances fom 1 meter in steps to infinity and by pressing the shutter button full, the chosen distance comes immediately without noticable delay.


    ""With this quick-shooting function, AF operates when the shutter release button is pressed half way, but for a one-push full-press, the photo is taken at a set focal distance. (1m/2.5m/5m/∞). This distance setting can be easily changed. Since the AF does not operate for a one-push full press, you will not miss the moment.

    *ON/OFF can be selected. This setting is only possible when focus is set to Multi AF or Spot AF.

    *Focal distance can be changed by turning the up-down dial while pushing the button. ""
     
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  18. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    That sounds ideal Bernd, no wonder Ricoh get a lot of respect from street shooters.

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  19. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Bernd,
    My GX200 worked the same way. It also has a stepped zoom.
    That with snap mode makes a great interface.
    To bad the IQ just wasn't that good.
     
  20. alessandro

    alessandro Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 29, 2010
    yes we do... 1.4? :biggrin: