Olympus EM-1 Packs Firmware Update and Retro Looks

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Retro cam bodies with futuristic guts are all the rage, and if the upcoming E-M1 from Olympus is any sign, the fad extends to photokina. Sporting a throwback silver frame and packing a 2.0 firmware update under the hood, the E-M1 improves upon its predecessor, the still popular OM-D E-M1, by bringing some added upgrades to the party.

OM-D E-M1According to Olympus, the new E-M1 includes previously unavailable tethering features, which allow photographers to wirelessly transfer photos to their computers and control camera functions remotely — as is often necessary when streaming live events or performing in-studio shooting. The upgrade also now enables long-exposure preview, in addition to the ability to perform lens distortion correction in-camera.

Also, smartphone app support enables remote control of camera timing, time-lapse photography, and panning to capture objects moving at high speeds.

40-150mmShoppers interested in the new look and improved capabilities of the E-M1 can snatch up a body-only version for around $1,400 beginning this month. Those who already own the predecessor to the new silver framed edition can download the 2.0 firmware update on September 24. Also hitting the market this month for Olympus enthusiasts with deep pockets is a weather-resistant 40-150mm telephoto lens with f/2.8 aperture, which is scheduled to retail for around $1,500.

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