The OM System OM-1 will get autofocus improvements via firmware this fall: Digital Photography Review

Photo: Richard Butler

Less than a month after the release of the OM-1 Mark II, OM System has announced that its original OM-1, released in 2022, will benefit from a firmware update later this year. Owners can expect upgraded autofocus capabilities and the option to use the ‘trash’ button as a programmable shortcut. But don’t expect any new features from the Mark II.

While the primary new features of the OM-1 Mark II, like human detection autofocus and improvements to simulated neutral density filters, manifest primarily as software features, they likely rely on the grunt of the Mark II’s increased RAM.

In its press release announcing the update OM System is clear: «The new AF performance of the OM-1 will not match the OM-1 Mark II.»

The update is slated for this fall.

FUTURE Firmware Update Plan for OM-1

Thank you for your continued support of our products.

Since the announcement of the OM SYSTEM OM-1 Mark II interchangeable lens camera on

January 30, there have been many inquiries regarding the possibility of a firmware update to the OM SYSTEM OM-1 (released March 2022).

As a result, we would like to advise of our plan for a future firmware update for OM-1:

Future Firmware Update Plan for OM-1

Scheduled to be released around this autumn (northern hemisphere), the following changes for the

OM-1 via a firmware update are planned:

  1. Autofocus: Improvement of some AF performance capabilities, such as S-AF and C-AF in all-target mode to improve capture of main subjects.
  2. Operability: Improved usability through the option to assign the trash (delete) button as a menu access shortcut.

Please note the following:

  • It will not include new features introduced with the OM-1 Mark II, such as Live GND and AI Detection AF for humans.
  • It will provide some AF performance improvements only and therefore the new AF performance of the OM-1 will not match the OM-1 Mark II.

We will continue to provide products and services that enrich the photography experience.

* Details are subject to change

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