If you’re shooting one of Olympus’s Micro Four Thirds cameras, you’re about to get some good news here on Tax Day. According to the press release, the E-P1 , E-P2 and E-PL1 will all be getting 15% faster autofocus when the firmware becomes available on the Olympus site starting on April 22. In addition, the E-P2 and E-PL1 will be able to display menus and playback images on the LCD, even when the VF-2 electronic viewfinder is in use. If you’re planning on picking up the new M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F/4.0-5.6 (May) or M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm F/4.0-5.6 (June), you’ll also get better AF tracking when shooting HD video thanks to the silent motor. The Olympus site lets you download a stand-alone utility that will grab the update as soon as possible if you don’t want to hang around clicking refresh in our browser all day. Either way, I think I speak for all of us when I say, “Huzzah for making our cameras better for free.”
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