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For those considering focus bracketing and post processing this may be a good place to start if looking for tips and techniques.
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Re: EM-1 firmware update - November 2015

I really like the idea of the focus stacking. But it looks like it's the only feature for the EM1 which is not going to be on the EM5 Mark ii V2 software update. Booo!

Also i feel sorry for original EM5 mark 1 owners who are being left behind. Apple manage to do IOS updates going back down the models rather than just the latest models. But then again if the EM5 mk1 had more of the latest features, people would presumably keep them for much longer. I wonder what the average age of a digital camera is these days? Three years before you upgrade?
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Re: EM-1 firmware update - November 2015

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I really like the idea of the focus stacking. But it looks like it's the only feature for the EM1 which is not going to be on the EM5 Mark ii V2 software update. Booo!

Also i feel sorry for original EM5 mark 1 owners who are being left behind. Apple manage to do IOS updates going back down the models rather than just the latest models. But then again if the EM5 mk1 had more of the latest features, people would presumably keep them for much longer. I wonder what the average age of a digital camera is these days? Three years before you upgrade?
Hi MarkG I Have an iPad 1st generation and apple do not update the iOS on mine! Also Apple have turned their back on iPhoto in exchange for their new photo. They are no longer supporting the old iPhoto. It would be nice if Olympus were to update firmware for the EM5.
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Re: EM-1 firmware update - November 2015

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I really like the idea of the focus stacking. But it looks like it's the only feature for the EM1 which is not going to be on the EM5 Mark ii V2 software update. Booo!

Also i feel sorry for original EM5 mark 1 owners who are being left behind. <snip>
I think that it may well have something to do with the TruePic Engine in the EM-5 being VI and the EM-5 MkII & EM-1 having the VII Version.

Also my old iPhone 4 can't run a lot of the updated APPs as they now need the latest iOS to run...
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Re: EM-1 firmware update - November 2015

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I really like the idea of the focus stacking. But it looks like it's the only feature for the EM1 which is not going to be on the EM5 Mark ii V2 software update. Booo!

Also i feel sorry for original EM5 mark 1 owners who are being left behind. Apple manage to do IOS updates going back down the models rather than just the latest models. But then again if the EM5 mk1 had more of the latest features, people would presumably keep them for much longer. I wonder what the average age of a digital camera is these days? Three years before you upgrade?
Don't feel too sorry for me, Mark, I still consider myself fortunate to own an E-M5 mk1 despite getting left behind. I suppose it is always a difficult task deciding where to draw the line - there must be many useful updates that they could make available to original E-P1 owners!
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Re: EM-1 firmware update - November 2015

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Don't feel too sorry for me, Mark, I still consider myself fortunate to own an E-M5 mk1 despite getting left behind. I suppose it is always a difficult task deciding where to draw the line - there must be many useful updates that they could make available to original E-P1 owners!
Yes, we have to remember that Olympus is a commercial company and has to make money to exist. If they supported every camera they had ever made with continuing updates there would be little market for their new products and they would soon be out of business - then no support for anybody.

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Re: EM-1 firmware update - November 2015

I think iPhone 4 was released 2010, EM5 was 2012. I bought my mark 1 em5 at end of 2012 and I can't remember the last firmware update after bug fixes . Was it to add smaller focus squares at the start of this year? I get that phones are different if you are on a 2 year upgrade cycle, but my em5 was bought before em1 came out and it was disappointing to see it drop so much for body only and then updates stopped too.

Anyway I'm on em5 mkii now through insurance claim so this doesn't really affect me, but I feel for others. Even if it's little additions like a few more 'art effects', something to think you've not been totally neglected for new buyers.
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Re: EM-1 firmware update - November 2015

Dave in Wales posted this hands on Firmware 4 upgrade which showed some interesting examples of the results achieved regarding the focus stacking in the EM-1.

http://cameras.olympus.com/stack/en/

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Re: EM-1 firmware update - November 2015

Presumably E-M5 buyers were happy with the features of that camera when they bought it though? Any firmware upgrade that adds significant new functionality should be thought of as a bonus. And there are probably hardware reasons why the E-M5 can't do these new things as well.

When you think about what this focus stacking is actually doing it's quite impressive from a technical perspective.
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Re: EM-1 firmware update - November 2015

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Presumably E-M5 buyers were happy with the features of that camera when they bought it though?.
I was and I still am. There are a few features on the Mk2 that I would like, but to be honest I don't use half the features that I already have.
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Re: EM-1 firmware update - November 2015

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I was and I still am. There are a few features on the Mk2 that I would like, but to be honest I don't use half the features that I already have.
It's like this for many of us I am sure.
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Re: EM-1 firmware update - November 2015

When I had my E-M5 there were some useful updates - they gradually stopped the things locking up, for one thing!

Mostly I agree that updates haven't generally been very useful for the types of photography I do or would like to, which is why v4 is so welcome, offering focus stacking (I was about to embark on this via PP software) and e-shutter (really useful for street and other work where you want to remain unnoticed).

Fuji also gets a lot of plaudits for improving their firmware and adding/improving features. It does make one feel that the manufacturers care about existing owners and not solely about selling new hardware.
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Re: EM-1 firmware update - November 2015

The new F/w 4 features help to keep existing users from looking wistfully at the competition if - as I suspect - it will be a further 9~12 months before an E-M1 mkII sees the light of day.
Remember also that there will have to be a f/w update to incorporate the processing optimisations for the forthcoming 300mm Pro lens.
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Re: EM-1 firmware update - November 2015

I couldn't wait for the update so did a seven shot stack with focus bracketing using my E-500

Having the camera put it all together is going to be very useful, but I shall have to look into some clever post processing software, as PS CS4 takes a lot of time and effort.
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Re: EM-1 firmware update - November 2015

It's simple things like in camera panorama stitching that could go on any camera. I had this on a point and shoot ten years ago. Unless it's a copyright issue, can't be that hard to add to existing cameras.
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