OM-D as a webcam beta

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I think it gained a lot from the E-M1 II & it is another thing to differentiate the levels between model tiers, with the small battery etc being part of having a 'light' camera with no battery grip. Get an E-M1 model if a battery is needed, like they reduced the advanced features in the E-M10 models too.
Unfortunately, since I need to wear polarized sunglasses ALL of the time when I'm outdoors (due to migraines), the E-m1 mark II/III and E-m1x are not cameras that I will buy. It is unfortunately that they dumbed down some features in the E-m5 mark III that previous cameras in the line had (similar to the gutting that the E-m10 mark III suffered).

The problem is the TFT LCD viewfinder while the TFT LCD refreshes faster and the colors are more 'natural' than your typical OLED viewfinder (E-m10 mark II/III, E-m5 mark III, Pen-F), when you shoot in landscape orientation, the viewfinder either becomes distorted or completely opaque. Until I bought the E-m5 mark III, I would carry 2 cameras (E-m1 mark I for wet conditions and indoors, E-m10 mark II for sunny conditions, along with a dry bag to hold the E-m10 mark II).

We will have to see if JIP continues the OM-D line, and if/when they come out with new bodies, what new features are added and removed from it.

And in terms of tethering/web-cam, I'm sure Olympus could add the support if they desired, since most of the support for controlling the camera is already in the wifi/bluetooth support that is in all cameras now. I had a thought that maybe they needed higher speed USB (USB 3.0 or USB-C) for webcam/tethering, but the E-m1 mark I and E-m5 mark II have the support and they both use USB 2.0. I should mention that even if the E-m5 mark III did get tethering/webcam support, I can't use it, since I don't run Windows.
 
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I've been thinking that if it took an UPDATE to the E-M5II for it to allow tethering, then perhaps an update for the E-M5III for it might happen in the future. Seems like they might start selling these cameras before the software is ready to work with them (and vice versa).
 

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Do you get a preview on the lcd panel on the em1.2? I get a black screen, and nothing on the webcam software side (spinning wheels). Wondering if I have some setting causing a conflict on the camera, as same behavior on two different windows 10 laptops.
I backed-up my settings with olympus workspace, then reset the camera settings. The webcam software worked. I restored my settings, and it still worked. I haven't done much fiddling yet to see if there are some settings I lost in the backup/reset/restore, but wanted to followup my original post with a "fix".
 

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Unfortunately, since I need to wear polarized sunglasses ALL of the time when I'm outdoors (due to migraines), the E-m1 mark II/III and E-m1x are not cameras that I will buy. It is unfortunately that they dumbed down some features in the E-m5 mark III that previous cameras in the line had (similar to the gutting that the E-m10 mark III suffered).

The problem is the TFT LCD viewfinder while the TFT LCD refreshes faster and the colors are more 'natural' than your typical OLED viewfinder (E-m10 mark II/III, E-m5 mark III, Pen-F), when you shoot in landscape orientation, the viewfinder either becomes distorted or completely opaque. Until I bought the E-m5 mark III, I would carry 2 cameras (E-m1 mark I for wet conditions and indoors, E-m10 mark II for sunny conditions, along with a dry bag to hold the E-m10 mark II).

We will have to see if JIP continues the OM-D line, and if/when they come out with new bodies, what new features are added and removed from it.

And in terms of tethering/web-cam, I'm sure Olympus could add the support if they desired, since most of the support for controlling the camera is already in the wifi/bluetooth support that is in all cameras now. I had a thought that maybe they needed higher speed USB (USB 3.0 or USB-C) for webcam/tethering, but the E-m1 mark I and E-m5 mark II have the support and they both use USB 2.0. I should mention that even if the E-m5 mark III did get tethering/webcam support, I can't use it, since I don't run Windows.
Yes, I know you have that issue & it is unfortunate how it turns out for you, but from a marketing price point here are some Australian prices from a reputable retailer to show the pricing separation between these models (also posted elsewhere).
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II - Black Body
$2,199.00
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III Camera Body (Black)
$2,949.00
Olympus E-M5 Mark III Body - Silver
$1,629.00
There has to be enough features besides 3 buttons, built in grip, larger battery & two SD card slots to justify that price difference.
 

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Has Olympus ever released Beta software? Workspace or any others?

Could be this is something left behind from a programmer who has since left or plans to. Will it ever be finalized, say before Sept. 30, 2020 when JIP takes over.

Same goes for the firmware updates that are supposedly coming this Winter when the 150-400mm appears and any other lenses - some of which may already be made for the Winter sale.
 

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Has Olympus ever released Beta software? Workspace or any others?

Could be this is something left behind from a programmer who has since left or plans to. Will it ever be finalized, say before Sept. 30, 2020 when JIP takes over.

Same goes for the firmware updates that are supposedly coming this Winter when the 150-400mm appears and any other lenses - some of which may already be made for the Winter sale.
It's possible the programmer is no longer with them (or no longer), but I'm not going to lose sleep over it (at this point).
 

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Sorry to reawaken this thread: Has anyone found a good way to power the EM-1 for use as a webcam? I need reliable power for 3hrs at a time.

I have found a dummy battery on amazon, but there are only three reviews. Anyone have any ideas?
 

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Sorry to reawaken this thread: Has anyone found a good way to power the EM-1 for use as a webcam? I need reliable power for 3hrs at a time.

I have found a dummy battery on amazon, but there are only three reviews. Anyone have any ideas?
Which E-m1?

If you have E-m1 mark I, you have 3 options:
  • Dummy battery that is fed 7.5-9 volts of power and at least 1 amp of power;
  • HLD-7 battery grip and use 2 batteries;
  • HLD-7 battery grip and using an AC-01/AC-03/clone A/C adapter. The AC-01 A/C adapter was made for the classic 4/3rds cameras, and in theory might still be available (though expensive). The AC-03 A/C adapter was made for the E-m1 mark I/E-m5 mark I/II cameras with the HLD-6/7/8 battery grips, but it has been discontinued by Olympus. If you search around Amazon or Ebay, you can find a clone AC-01 A/C adapter. The issue is the the AC-01/AC-03 adapters used a plug that is not available any where else.
If you have an E-m1 mark II, you have 3 options:
  • Dummy battery that is fed 7.5-9 volts of power and at least 1 amp of power;
  • HLD-9 battery grip and use 2 batteries;
  • HLD-9 battery grip and external 9v/1a power. The HLD-9 battery grip switches to use a more standard 5.5mm x 2.1mm power plug, so you don't need the expensive Olympus cable.
If you have an E-m1 mark III, you now have 4 options:
  • Options 1-3 are the same as E-m1 mark II;
  • If you have something that provides USB C-PD power support (PD is power distribution) support, you can power the camera directly via USB-C.
 

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Which E-m1?

If you have E-m1 mark I, you have 3 options:
  • Dummy battery that is fed 7.5-9 volts of power and at least 1 amp of power;
  • HLD-7 battery grip and use 2 batteries;
  • HLD-7 battery grip and using an AC-01/AC-03/clone A/C adapter. The AC-01 A/C adapter was made for the classic 4/3rds cameras, and in theory might still be available (though expensive). The AC-03 A/C adapter was made for the E-m1 mark I/E-m5 mark I/II cameras with the HLD-6/7/8 battery grips, but it has been discontinued by Olympus. If you search around Amazon or Ebay, you can find a clone AC-01 A/C adapter. The issue is the the AC-01/AC-03 adapters used a plug that is not available any where else.
If you have an E-m1 mark II, you have 3 options:
  • Dummy battery that is fed 7.5-9 volts of power and at least 1 amp of power;
  • HLD-9 battery grip and use 2 batteries;
  • HLD-9 battery grip and external 9v/1a power. The HLD-9 battery grip switches to use a more standard 5.5mm x 2.1mm power plug, so you don't need the expensive Olympus cable.
If you have an E-m1 mark III, you now have 4 options:
  • Options 1-3 are the same as E-m1 mark II;
  • If you have something that provides USB C-PD power support (PD is power distribution) support, you can power the camera directly via USB-C.
Thanks, this is incredibly helpful. I have the EM-1 Mk1 (sorry). I just bought this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015C6GVYA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 

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