Olympus Unveils New Lens Roadmap, 150-400mm Update, Bird Detection AF and Webcam Software for OM-D

July 2, 2020 | Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera | Comment |

Olympus has just unveiled the latest M.Zuiko Digital Lens Roadmap which now includes new 8-25mm F4.0 PRO and telephoto macro lenses, an update for the development of M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO, Bird Detection AF for the E-M1X and an OM-D webcam beta version.

Olympus UK Press Release

London, 2 July 2020 - Olympus continues enhancing its M.Zuiko lens lineup to make full use of the unrivaled portability of the compact and lightweight Micro Four Thirds System with its high image quality. The Lens Roadmap has been updated. Additionally, there is an update on the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens which was announced in January, 2019. Development of this lens continues and is estimated to be released this winter. The final design of the product,however, is already available.

OM-D E-M1X photographers can look forward to a firmware update with Bird Detection AF. It is anticipated for winter 2020.

The tethered compatible OM-D models can now also be used as a webcam for video conferences. The necessary software is free and available for download as a beta version.

The latest M.Zuiko Digital Lens Roadmap

The Lens Roadmap was updated with more information regarding the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm F4.0 PRO and a Tele Macro lens has been added.

Update: M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC 1.25x IS PRO

The development of the high-resolution M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC 1.25x IS PRO super telephoto zoom lens with built-in 1.25x teleconverter was announced in January 2019. It is currently moving toward the scheduled release of this winter. The final design of the product is now available.

Future firmware upgrade to support Bird detection AF

Olympus is working on a firmware update for the E-M1X: Bird Detection will be added to the Intelligent Subject Detection AF. The firmware update is scheduled for release in winter 2020.

OM-D webcam beta version

The OM-D beta version allows users to convert their E-M1X, E-M1, E-M1 Mark II, E-M1 Mark III and E-M5 Mark II to a webcam. Simply download the free software, connect the OM-D to your PC via USB, switch on the camera
and set it to tethered mode, turn on a web conferencing application and select “OM-D Webcam Beta” in the app’s settings.

More information and software download at:


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In response to the rapidly expanding demand for high-quality web conferencing and streaming solutions, Olympus is pleased to offer a FREE value-add for many OM-D owners, a software solution to enhance webcam configurations. This beta software program transforms select Olympus OM-D interchangeable lens cameras into premium webcams for use with applications of video conferencing software packages. Experience high-quality video conferencing and livestream events simply by installing the software on a PC, and connecting a supported camera using your camera’s USB cable.

OM-D Webcam Beta software is compatible with five Olympus OM-D Models, the E-M1X, E-M1, E-M1 Mark II, E-M1 Mark III and the E-M5 Mark II, utilizing the USB cable provided with the camera at purchase.

OM-D Webcam Beta software is compatible with the Windows 10 (32 bit/64 bit) operating system environment and is easy to install. Simply download the installer from DL site, execute the .exe file and follow the instructions displayed. Once the software has been installed, connect any compatible OM-D camera to the PC utilizing the provided USB cable, turn the camera on, select the connection icon on the monitor, turn the web conferencing application on and select “OM-D Webcam Beta” in the device settings menu in the application.

OM-D Webcam will be available for download and installation beginning July 2, 2020. It is available in the English and Japanese languages, only. Download link and installation procedures can be accessed at

https://dl-support.olympus-imaging.com/webcambeta/enu/index.html. Due to the pre-release nature of this beta software, it is not eligible for operational warranty or customer support.

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