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Olympus is justifiably proud of its record of innovation. We looked at many of these in our 100 Year anniversary last year and will take another look soon. Many were not taken seriously when they first came out but were then copied or attempted by others. They keep on coming and below are three announcements on exciting innovations coming now or in the near future.

New Lens Road Map

Below is the latest update to our lens road map, including a NEW 8-25mm F4.0 PRO and a Telephoto Macro Lens. Further details on these will follow in due course. An already comprehensive range of lenses is set to grow over the coming months and years.

New Olympus Lens Road Map

News on the upcoming M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO Lens: this is set for delivery in the winter with exact dates to be confirmed.

News on Firmware for the E-M1X

As a taster for what is to come, this winter will also see the first-ever Bird Intelligent Subject Detection AF, as a firmware update for the E-M1X. Much anticipated, as possible enhancement to the already very effective ISD capability, this will delight many wildlife and bird photographers.

OM-D Webcam Beta Software, available July 2, 2020.

Prime Time Viewing: Olympus Introduces OM-D Webcam Beta

Picture yourself on a normal video conference camera: not so alluring. Now imagine the same scene through an M.Zuiko 25mm F1.2 Prime Lens, set to maximum aperture attached to a state of the art Olympus OM-D camera body and get ready for stardom. Keep your eyes open for the latest offers on OM-D and prime lenses at enjoy.photo

In response to the rapidly expanding demand for high-quality web conferencing and streaming solutions, Olympus is pleased to offer a FREE value-add for many OM-D owners, a software solution to enhance webcam configurations. This beta software program transforms select Olympus OM-D interchangeable lens cameras into premium webcams for use with applications of video conferencing software packages. Experience high-quality video conferencing and livestream events simply by installing the software on a PC, and connecting a supported camera using your camera’s USB cable.

OM-D Webcam Beta software is compatible with five Olympus OM-D Models, the E-M1X, E-M1, E-M1 Mark II, E-M1 Mark III and the E-M5 Mark II, utilising the USB cable provided with the camera at purchase.

OM-D Webcam Beta software is compatible with the Windows 10 (32 bit/64 bit) operating system environment and is easy to install. Simply download the installer from DL site, execute the .exe file and follow the instructions displayed. Once the software has been installed, connect any compatible OM-D camera to the PC utilising the provided USB cable, turn the camera on, select the connection icon on the monitor, turn the web conferencing application on and select ‘OM-D Webcam Beta‘ in the device settings menu within the application.

OM-D Webcam will be available for download and installation beginning July 2, 2020. It is available in English and Japanese languages, only. Download link and installation procedures can be accessed here. Due to the pre-release nature of this beta software, it is not eligible for operational warranty or customer support.

Watch Olympus Guru, Lewis Speight demonstrate what it can do below.