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Upcoming Olympus E-M1 Update To Feature 4K?

By Anthony Thurston on July 18th 2014

More rumors are coming in about possible actions companies might be taking for Photokina in September. This time, we have a new rumor from the Olympus camp regarding a possible “Silver Edition” and firmware update for E-M1 cameras.


According to the report over on 4/3 rumors, the tip came from a new source, so take it with a grain of salt. But the report states that the firmware update will add 4K video capabilities to the E-M1 camera. The update will also add “lots of options” for video shooters, I assume regarding frame rates or quality control.

This would be a very welcome bit of news for current E-M1 owners, and anyone interested in the Olympus system. That said, I am not sure how feasible it could be to just “turn on” 4K video via firmware. I mean, the sensor can probably handle it, but what about the SD card slot, and the processors?

As the curator of 4/3 rumors put it, it seems like one of those “too good to be true” sort of rumors. That said, 4K is the buzz word right now, so maybe Olympus isn’t so interested in it working the best and just wants to be able to cash in on the 4K buzz. Not saying they would release a bad firmware update, but just that maybe the 4K abilities would be limited and subpar compared to other offerings like the Panasonic GH4.

Who knows, but one thing is for sure, if even half of these rumors see the light of day, Photokina this year is going to be insane…


What are your thoughts on this rumor? Do you think that Olympus could possibly add 4K recording to the E-M1? Leave a comment below…

[via 4/3 Rumors]

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  1. Al cu

    Meeh… More useful would be allowing the em-1 to use the aperture ring on the Pana/Leica 15mm and 45mm etc…

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  2. Austin Swenson

    I could be missing the train on why having 4k video is so important on a primarily still image camera… Having one that is worth it will cost a lot more, you have to buy the rig, microphones, display equipment, maybe another external recorder, and other stuff to make quality videos, and even beyond that, it will suck the life out of memory cards pretty quick. Wouldn’t anyone like to just purchase an actual dedicated 4K camera and shoot that separate if you want professional 4K results?

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  3. Isaak Kwok

    Don’t really shoot video with my E-M1. But I guess it would be an added incentive to do some IF the firmware update is able to enable more frame rate options.

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