OMD EM5 FW v1.5 supports IBIS for Legacy Lenses in Movie Mode

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Good News for all of the OM-D E-M5 video shooters out there.  The new firmware update, v 1.5 now takes a camera that already had some of the best image stabilization in the world and applies that powerful “Steady-Cam” like performance to legacy lenses.

Tyson Robichaud posted this great video illustrating the enhanced performance over the previous firmware version.

Here’s Tyson’s report:

Just a quick comparison pre and post firmware v1.5 update showing the difference that the IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) makes when using adapted, third party lenses in video mode on the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

The above video was shot using a Canon FD 55mm f/1.2 SSC lens adapted to the OM-D E-M5 with segments using firmware v1.2 to show the lack of IBIS support compared to the same setup after the firmware update to v1.5.  I was walking with the camera held out in front of me to further amplify the differences that the IBIS can make for video.  I would certainly suggest standing still, IBIS or not when shooting video because nobody wants to watch this type of vomit inducing drivel, with the distinct exception of gear nerds like myself, in small, short doses of course.

To properly engage the IBIS when using adapted lenses for video, you’ll need to manually enter the focal length (just as we have to for still shooting) in the Image Stabilization sub menu.

Along with the added IBIS support in video capture for third party lenses, the update included a muting (or more accurately a disengagement) of the IBIS humming when the camera was inactive prior to entering sleep mode.  Unfortunately, we didn’t see some of the other issues we’d raised last week addressed (like focus peaking, high ISO banding, etc) but these are two good changes and hopefully are merely the beginning of the firmware update chain for this camera.

Looks like great improvements (and more to come?) for Olympus’ Micro 4/3 Monster.

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