Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Updating your camera's firmware, part of Olympus OM-D Cameras: Tips and Techniques.
- Olympus frequently releases updates to your camera. By keeping the camera up to date, you can get the best performance out of it. I wanna show you how to update the firmware on a E-M series camera. Remember, the camera's firmware cannot be returned to an earlier version once it's been updated, so you may wanna read through the software release notes before you do it. In order to update this, you're gonna need a computer with an internet connection. Be sure to leave the camera connected to the computer until the LCD screen on the back displays, "OK." The firmware update is not complete until it displays "OK" on the menu screen of the camera.
Disconnecting the camera early can leave it with an incomplete firmware, which can leave the camera inoperable, or bricked. Alright, this is pretty simple. You'll see here that I've connected the camera to the computer using the supplied cable that came with my camera. If you've lost this USB cable, you'll need to order one because it is a proprietary cable connection. Alright, let's get started. I just go to the Olympus website, and you can use the search field or simply click on Support. From the Support tab, I'll just choose Digital Cameras, and find the E-M series in the list.
Here it is, OM-D Systems. Now, you need to pick the camera. At the time of this recording, we have the E-M1, the M10, the M10 Mark II, the M5, and the M5 Mark II. I've currently connected to the E-M1 here. Let's make sure that it's powered on. I'll click on the EM-1, and make sure to access Software Downloads.
I need to be logged in as an admin user on my computer in order to do this. I'm running Microsoft Windows here, so I'll click to download, and you'll see various firmware updates. Now, you can go ahead and update to different versions depending where you're at. There's been a sizable number here of updates. Depending upon what you're trying to do, you may have to do this in a series of steps. For example, going from version one to an interim update.
I'll try jumping right to version 4.1. It cautions you the same things that we've already gone over. Make sure the camera's connected, and that the battery is fully charged. We can now download the Olympus camera updater. This'll trigger a new page. Check it over, and then download the appropriate version for your operating system. Now I've used the included USB cable from the manufacturer, and the screen pops up asking me to say how I want the camera to mount.
Now, you're gonna choose either storage or PC or an option like that, and then press the OK button so it shows up on your computer. Once everything is connected, click the Next button to continue. Now, if there is a newer version of firmware available, it'll be displayed in a dialogue box. You could review the changes in that firmware by clicking the Details button. To apply the selected firmware update, click the Update button, and then on the next screen, click Yes. You may wanna read the software license agreement, and if you accept the terms, just click Agree to start the install.
When the camera's LCD displays, "OK," the firmware update is complete. Again, do not disconnect your camera early, or it can damage it. When finished, click the Next button, and then disconnect the USB cable from the camera and computer, and click close.
In this course Richard Harrington and Rhed Pixel demonstrate a set of customization strategies aimed at making your EM series camera far more responsive. They show you how to master the exposure by modifying ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and exposure compensation. They take you through several specialty shooting modes including Bulb, Art Filter, panoramic, and 3d mode. In addition to showing you how to get the most out of the in-camera settings, they show you how to control the camera remotely, connect the camera to Wi-Fi, record video, and more.
Get ready to go beyond the factory settings and make shooting with your Olympus EM-D series camera faster and more responsive with this collection of settings and customizing tips.
- Modifying focus points
- Setting a custom white balance
- Building lens kits
- Adding flashes, grips, and remote cable releases
- Adjusting exposure settings and locking exposure
- Shooting with specialty shooting modes
- Connecting your camera to Wi-Fi
- Recording video and attaching an external microphone