Olympus PEN E-PL7 Leaks Out

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This is the first leaked photo of the upcoming Olympus PEN E-PL7. The camera is expected to be announced on August 30 and should replace the aging Olympus PEN E-PL5 in the US. (The PEN E-PL6 was an Asian market-only camera.)

Based on previously leaked portions of the user manual, the camera is believed to feature a 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor with an 81-point AF system. Note that the design adds a dial around the shutter button similar to the OM-D camera designs. [Read more...]

Olympus PEN E-PL5 and PEN E-PM2 Firmware Updates

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Olympus has issued firmware updates for the PEN E-PL5 and PEN E-PM2. The new firmware provides the following improvements:

  1. Improved stability of touch panel operation during playback
  2.  Support for new VF-4 electronic viewfinder (automatic display switching by the VF-4 eye sensor is not supported)

Additionally, support for the new VF-4 EVF has been added to firmware updates for the following Olympus cameras: OM-D E-M5, PEN E-P2, E-P3, E-PL1, E-PL2, E-PL3, E-PM1 and XZ-2.

There are two options for updating the firmware:

  1. Launch the included Olympus camera software and connect the camera via USB cable to an internet connected computer. Choose the Update function from the Camera menu in the software to apply available updates for camera bodies, lenses and accessories.
  2. Download the software updater from the following link: http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_downloads_updater.asp and follow the installer instructions.

With each method, users can choose to display information related to what the update will apply, prior to performing the update.