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fotofundi 18th November 2017 01:12 PM

OM-D E-M1 Mk I future support?
 
During its lifetime as the Olympus premium camera, Olympus did a splendid job of improving the OM-D E-M1 Mk I camera body with firmware updates. Naturally the focus for their efforts has now switched to the Mk II version. However I am sure there are a large number of Mk I owners who, like myself, still find that the Mk I camera does (almost) everything they want or need and cannot justify spending 1850 on a new body.
Obviously there are limits to what can be done with the older design, but I'm sure there are still improvements that could be made. Is Olympus going to continue working on the Mk I firmware, even with a much lower priority, or is v4.3 the 'end-of-the-line'?
Pixel-shift Hi-Res, even if it takes several seconds to achieve, and the ability to rename the Mysets are just 2 improvements that I should like to see. I'm sure other users could add to that list. Continued support for the Mk I would, I'm sure, not only extend its value as a working tool, but repay Olympus in customer loyalty.

OM USer 18th November 2017 05:28 PM

Re: OM-D E-M1 Mk I future support?
 
They seem to have given up on the E-M5 Mk1 and these are the loyal customers who saved their bacon. I'm sure there is more in the latest firmware that could be moved to the MK1 if they wanted to - but they don't. No reason why this won't happen to the E-M1 Mk 1 as well. Does not giving us applicable upgrades make us move to the latest model? Not in my case as I can't affored to move to each new model.

wornish 18th November 2017 05:48 PM

Re: OM-D E-M1 Mk I future support?
 
I think Olympus recently said they will be doing more firmware updates rather than introducing new bodies so frequently. So they might do something for their existing customers, but there must be some time limit after which these stop.

The EM1Mk2 has not had any new features added yet and its been out for quite a while. Its interesting to see that Panasonic have just done a major update for their premier camera and its been out about the same time.

cliff 18th November 2017 08:15 PM

Re: OM-D E-M1 Mk I future support?
 
They updated the m5 mk1and the ep5 when the new ilis system came out so they would sync ok but I guess you've still gotta buy the new lens and it's a missed opportunity that it only works with Olympus lenes and not Panasonic :(

Ross the fiddler 19th November 2017 06:14 AM

Re: OM-D E-M1 Mk I future support?
 
I think you'll find that only compatibility updates (for new lenses etc) will be added to superseded models & only current models (upper levels) are likely to get new features & improvements.

OM USer 19th November 2017 02:23 PM

Re: OM-D E-M1 Mk I future support?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ross the fiddler (Post 433201)
I think you'll find that only compatibility updates (for new lenses etc) will be added to superseded models & only current models (upper levels) are likely to get new features & improvements.

In a nutshell Ross. Although I wish it were otherwise.

fotofundi 20th November 2017 08:45 AM

Re: OM-D E-M1 Mk I future support?
 
In all probability there is no budget or incentive to continue improvement of the older pro-am models (E-M1 Mk I, E-M5 etc). Having lost the lucrative consumer compact camera market that subsidised flagship camera development in the past, Olympus now has to price new pro-am cameras on a realistic cost+ basis. Hence the 1850 price tag for the Mk II body.
They could, however, increase income from the older model pro-am customer segment - and keep customer loyalty - if they offered to continue development for these models on a subscription basis.
I have no intention of spending 1850 on a camera that offers features that I don't really need, even though they might be nice to have. On the other hand I'd be happy to pay 50 a year if Olympus continued to work on feasible improvements to my current camera.

MJ224 20th November 2017 10:01 AM

Re: OM-D E-M1 Mk I future support?
 
Agree with you. Just because there is a newer version available I see no logic in not keeping the older versions uptodate. Especially if it corrects old problems, maybe not to add new features...........

Bit like Windows, they do updates, but eventually say the version is no longer supported...

If I thought Oly was not going to update my mk2 just because they have brought out mk3, that would make a difference in my purchase of an expensive camera in the first place...........*chr


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