In addition to the two new cameras, Olympus is also announcing two new lenses and a major firmware update to the EM1 tonight. First up on the list is the brand new 14-150mm f4-5.6 II, which is now weathersealed. It’s also a further improvement on previous models by incorporating a coating that reduces scratch, ghosting and lens flare. It’s a great addition to the already weather sealed bodies from the company.
That’s about all that’s new for the Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II; it will launch in March $599.99.
But that’s not all that Olympus is announcing tonight.
The company is also giving new firmware upgrades to the EM1. Firmware 3.0 for the Olympus OMD EM1 is going to boost the sequential shooting up to 9 fps in continuous autofocus mode. But in addition to this, they’re enhancing the phase-detection autofocusing abilities.
Otherwise, the camera will now be able to shoot movies while using the OI Share app for Android or iOS devices.
Lastly, they’re also announcing the development of their 8mm f1.8 fisheye lens. Due to the four thirds crop factor, we can expect it to render a 16mm field of view. It will be dustproof, splashproof, and when used with the also under development underwater lens port, it will be able to go down to depths of 147 feet under water.
We’re scheduled to see it this summer, and that’s all that we know at the moment.