As is often the case with nearly every itty-bitty software update, the goal's usually to alleviate any problem regardless of how minor it is, and sometimes even bring a couple of enhancements with it. Well, such is the fact behind Olympus' latest firmware refresh for that sleek E-M5 Micro Four Thirds shooter. That's not to belittle the goods, however, as v1.2 does pack a couple of welcomed changes, including an improved "sleep recovery operation" and the addition of an autofocus tracking point to use while in the camera's Sequential L setting. The top panel, as you're looking down at it, features an exposure mode dial on the left side and what Olympus calls a main dial on the right side. There's also a sub-dial around the shutter release. You can easily rotate either of the right-side dials with your thumb or forefinger to make various adjustments to the camera. A common example would be to press a programmable button for exposure compensation, then rotate the main dial for the precise setting. The touchscreen LCD is handy when using the Super Control Panel that allows you to tap on a menu option and then rotate the main dial to change the setting. If you don't like using the touchscreen, however, it can be disabled. Five-axis image stabilization is built into the body, so any lens that you mount on the camera is stabilized. And unlike other Olympus bodies, you can even stabilize the camera's preview, allowing you to see the effect while shooting. Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, Effective pixels 16.1 megapixels, Sensor photo detectors 16.9 megapixels, Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm), White balance presets 12, Custom white balance Yes (1), Image stabilization Sensor-shift, Image stabilization notes 5-axis IS.
*International Model - Free U.S. adapter and warranty in country of origin included with this device