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Olympus releases a firmware update for the PEN family

On April 22 Olympus will release a firmware update to improve the Olympus PEN camera family:
• Auto Focus Performance will be improved when shooting both stills and videos using any Micro Four Thirds or Four Thirds lens
• Viewfinder/LCD Simultaneous Playback Function brings additional display functionality to the E-P2/PL1 when fitted with the VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder
• Movie-Still-Compatible (MSC) ensures E-P1/P2 are compatible with two recently announced lenses
Update: Olympus PEN firmware now available...

OVERVIEW

Check-out the Olympus PEN E-P2 specifications & reviewsThis update, coming April 22, will improve operation of all three Olympus PEN cameras in the market to date; the E-P1, E-P2 and the newest member of the PEN family, the E-PL1.

Olympus pioneered easy and reliable product firmware updates with the introduction of the E-1 DSLR in 2003. Olympus E-System camera owners can simply connect camera bodies and lenses to an internet connected computer running Olympus camera software, check for updates, and update their equipment quickly, safely and easily in minutes without the hassle of downloading additional items.

About the Update

Auto Focus Performance
This update will improve camera AF performance when shooting both stills and videos with the E-P1, E-P2 and E-PL1 cameras when using any Micro Four Thirds or Four Thirds lens. Auto Focus Lock time when shooting stills is improved by 15%. Auto Focus tracking accuracy when shooting movies is also improved.

Viewfinder/LCD Simultaneous Playback Function
This upgrade also brings additional display functionality to the E-P2 and E-PL1 cameras when fitted with the VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder. Photographers using these combinations can now view menu and recorded images on the LCD while the VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder is in use.

Movie-Still-Compatible (MSC) Lens Compatibility
This update also ensures that like the E-PL1, the E-P1 and E-P2 camera models are fully compatible with and able to take advantage of two recently announced and soon-to-reach market lenses; the M. Zuiko Digital™ ED 9–18mm F4.0–5.6 and M. Zuiko Digital ED 14–150mm F4.0–5.6 lenses. Olympus is designating these two lenses as MSC, or Movie-Still-Compatible. They are optimized for shooting high definition video with accurate and silent autofocus.

Additional information: Check-out the Olympus PEN E-P2 specifications & reviews
April 15, 2010
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