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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Olympus E-System Firmware Upgrades

One of the advantages of the 100% digital design of the E-series DSLR cameras from Olympus is that components can be updated (lenses, flashes and bodies) via a software connection to the Internet long after they've been purchased. So, when better system performance is available via enhancements to firmware, users will be able to get more out of their Olympus E-System equipment.

Olympus has announced firmware upgrades for the E-410 and E-510. Both updates can be easily applied by the end user via the Olympus Master Software which ships with the camera body, and an Internet connection. Below is a description of the added functionality available for each camera once the upgrade has been applied;

E-410 Ver 1.2

- Improved reliability when writing to the new UDMA type (ultra direct memory access) high-speed Compact Flash cards.

E-410 Ver 1.1

- Improved preview of the white balance settings when in Live-View mode.

- Addressed the issue of file names being reset after images are deleted.

E-510 Ver 1.1

- Improved reliability when writing to the new UDMA type (ultra direct memory access) high-speed Compact Flash cards.

On another note, if you are currently reviewing or wish to review the E-510 and want to make sure you're doing an accurate head-to-head comparison of the camera's Mechanical Sensor Shift Image Stabilization system, we recommend the following procedures.

The Olympus E-510 uses a built-in mechanical IS system.  This system, which can be activated by the end user, shifts the sensor along the x/y axis as movement by the photographer is detected to assure that light entering the lens continues to stay centered on the image sensor for sharp clear images even in low light situations.

The advantage of an IS system built-in to the camera body is that every lens attached to the camera body will take advantage of the IS technology.  This solution means the photographer does not have to purchase the IS technology every time a lens is purchased as with optical IS systems which are built into the lens.  Consequently, body-based IS systems are more practical and affordable to the end user.


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