As Olympus executives fend off protests from shareholders in Tokyo, the under-fire company signals business as usual by announcing a firmware upgrade for its flagship camera, the OM-D.

Non-photographers following the unfurling accounting cover-up at Olympus over the past six months may, perhaps, be forgiven for thinking that OM-D stands for Olympus Manoeuvres in the Dark.

Announced in February, the OM-D is a digital camera that borrows its name from Olympus’s traditional OM series of film-based SLRs launched four decades ago.

The first in the OM-D range is the EM-5, a firmware upgrade for which has been released this week.

The update aims to bolster the camera?s 5-axis image stabilisation when used with the following Olympus Four Thirds lenses: the Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/3.5 fisheye; 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ultra zoom, and the Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm f/3.5-5.6 wideangle zoom.

The OM-D?s 5-axis image stabilisation is designed to eliminate image blur by compensating for vertical, horizontal and rotational camera shake around the optical axis, in addition to ?pitch and yaw?.

To download the firmware update visit


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