Coming firmware update giving Olympus PEN cameras an autofocus boost

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-

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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