Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Firmware v3.0, E-M1X v1.1

Major OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera upgrade via firmware update

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II firmware upgrade to Version 3.0 includes major improvements to the camera’s autofocus performance, enhances the image quality and unlocks new video features. Along with updates to the E-M1X and the Olympus Workspace image editing software, the E-M1 Mark II firmware is available for download from today.

Firmware Version 3.0 for Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II with major improvements to autofocus performance and image quality

Olympus is dedicated to continuously improve and add new features to its professional OM-D camera line-up with regular firmware updates. As part of this commitment to their users, the firmware update Version 3.0 for the OM-D E-M1 Mark II was developed to add high-precision autofocus (AF) performance and some of the features allowing for the high image quality currently available on Olympus’ newest OM-D, the E-M1X, to the E-M1 Mark II.

Major improvements include the following :-

  • Latest autofocus features such as C-AF Center Priority (delivers high-precision tracking of moving subjects), Group 25-point and C-AF+MF (allows users to instantly switch to MF while in C-AF) have been added
  • Utilizing the OM-D E-M1X autofocus algorithm, the AF precision for still subjects in S-AF mode was improved for various subjects compared to OM-D E-M1 Mark II firmware Version 2.3. Active use of information from the On-chip Phase Detection AF sensor furthermore improves AF performance while shooting video
  • AF low light limit is now -6.0 EV (ISO 100 equivalent for S-AF) when an F1.2 lens is attached, enabling high-precision focusing in both dark environments and for low-contrast subjects
  • Noise at high ISO sensitivity is improved approx. 1/3 steps compared to firmware Version 2.3
  • Low ISO Processing (Detail Priority) has been added for higher resolution when shooting at low ISO sensitivity
  • USB RAW Data Edit is now supported for much faster RAW processing with the Olympus Workspace image editing software

Also available for download from today: E-M1X firmware Version 1.1 and Olympus Workspace software Version 1.1

Improvements with OM-D E-M1X firmware Version 1.1:

  • USB RAW Data Edit is now supported for much faster RAW processing with the Olympus Workspace image editing software

Free image editing software Olympus Workspace Version 1.1:

  • Focus Stacking added for compositing up to 999 images shot in Focus Bracketing with the Olympus Workspace software
  • The new “Lighten Composite” feature now allows users to create images similar to Live Composite on the camera. Darken Composite has also been added.
  • Using the power of the TruePic VIII image processor, the new feature USB RAW Data Edit allows much faster RAW processing in Olympus Workspace


Both firmware updates are available for free via the Olympus Digital Camera Updater. For more information and to download the new version of the Olympus Workspace software please go to www.olympus.co.uk/firmware.