Hacker Reportedly Finds Hidden Features in the Olympus OM-D EM-5

The Olympus OM-D EM-5 is a powerful little camera, but what owners are using these days many only be a portion of what the camera is fully capable of. 43 Rumors writes that an anonymous hacker is claiming to have hacked the camera using some firmware update trickery. What he or she found was quite interesting: hidden and locked features such as clean HDMI 4:2:2 output and focus peaking!

Here’s what the hacker wrote,

The debugger mode is available. The OM-D has a clean HDMI 4:2:2 but locked by Olympus. I saw that the OM-D have also a locked focus peaking functionality (beta feature revision probably, they should add on the next firmware revision not sure about it). For the rest… the OM-D is clearly more powerful than the GH2 and maybe the GH3, that the image processor can calc more information.

If you’re a EM-5 owner, you should cross your fingers and hope that this is exactly what happened with iOS 5 and Panorama photo mode. In that case, a half-baked hidden feature was discovered nearly a year before it became a real feature in iOS 6.

Is focus peaking coming to the Olympus OM-D EM-5?

If everything the hacker said is true, then you might be in for a sweet firmware update sometime in the (hopefully near) future.

(via 43 Rumors via Phoblographer)

Image credit: OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 by ė•„ėš°íŽė†Œ(

  • Esrhan

    It’s pretty obvious just by looking at Panasonic and Canon that official firmware is more often intentionally crippled. The hidden features are there, unlockable by a single tick in the box and these “upgrades” are then simply enabled when they need to push out a new model for the consumers.

  • John R

    Yep. There must be clean out available on the Nikon 1 series too, but it’s locked out. Very frustrating.

  • cash

    show me how to tick the friking box please

  • Renato Murakami

    Would be pretty nice to have such features in a camera that already has a very nice image stabilization feature.

  • Glenn Bruce

    All we need to do now is work out exactly where to drill the whole through to give it a proper viewfinder and it will be a cracking camera!

  • Glenn Bruce

    (or HOLE even – damned auto complete!)

  • otto

    locking out features and functions is a common thing. it is, after all, all about the money.

  • Heny

    Did something happened?