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PEN-F: Latest firmware lets you upload colour and mono profiles used by other photographers

Firmware upgrades have often been associated with bug fixes and it is true that is one element and why it is so vital to register your camera. It means we can alert you when a firmware upgrade is available. There is much more to the process than that and at Olympus, we pride ourselves on updating our cameras with genuinely useful features.

In V3.0 of the PEN-F firmware for example, we have added the popular Bleach Bypass art filter. This option reproduces the bleach bypass effect used to develop film. It lends a hard impression to cityscape photos, and an impressive finish to metal textures in images of cars and aircraft. Type I and Type II are available.

On top of that the popular shading effects in possible in the Monochrome Profile Control is now available in Color Profile Control and Color Creator.

Perhaps the biggest boost to your creative options is being able to upload Creative Dial settings used by other Pen-F owners

The images featured here were taken by photographers using the dial.

It is now possible to save Monochrome Profile and Color Profile settings in images recorded on the PEN-F to the camera via a computer. First – make sure your Olympus Viewer and Updater Software are the latest versions. Check update in the software for that.

 If another photographer has taken an image using Color or Mono Profile control, the exact settings can be uploaded to a custom button on your PEN-F to recreate the feel of that image.

This can be an image sent from a contact via email or downloaded to your computer. Save the image to a folder and plug your PEN-F into your computer using the USB cable supplied with the camera.

Using the latest Olympus Digital Updater (Ver. 2.1), select the image whose profile you want to use and save the settings to the camera.

(Please note: the image selected must contain the full set of Exif data for the settings to be read. Some editing programmes and processes remove all or part of this information).

The new functions require Camera updater ver2.1, which will be released with OV3 ver2.4.

To update the firmware in your camera, plus it into your computer with the supplied cable.


Once you have updated the firmware, you are ready to import the profile from an image. Make sure it has full exif data and then follow the steps in the updater software.

You can decide which setting on the camera you would like to give you access to each unique profile. 


Below are several images you can download to test out the new function.

Andrew Farrington is a UK professional who has rather fallen in love with the PEN-F, using it for all sorts of assignments despite also owning OM-D’s and numerous other cameras.

Here are just a couple of his Mono Profile shots you cn download and try out the settings for yourself.

PEN-F • M.Zuiko Digital 45mm 1:1.8 • 1:2 • 1/350s • ISO 200

PEN-F • M.Zuiko Digital 45mm 1:1.8 • 1:5 • 1/60s • ISO 400

See more of Andrew’s work here and here

Giuseppe Ardica is an Italian Photojournalist who recently decided to give the PEN-F a try after seeing so many good things written about it. Here are two colour and one mono image to download:

PEN-F • M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:1.8 • 1:5.6 • 1/400s • ISO 2000

PEN-F • M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:1.8 • 1:1.8 • 1/50s • ISO 3200

PEN-F • M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:1.8 • 1:1.8 • 1/320s • ISO 3200

 See some of Guiseppe’s latest work here and he is regularly published at Rai - Radiotelevisione Italiana Spa.

Enjoy the images, try out the creative dial on your PEN-F and upload your favourite images to your profile on MyOlympus remembering to tag the PEN-F Creative Dial. We will look out for the best and feature them in updated journal pages for others to enjoy.

  • Anonymous

    Betreffende PEN-F: Wat is de standaard instelling van Monochrome 1, 2 en 3.

    Vriendelijke groet E. Peters, Pen-F fan.


  • Anonymous

    will this feature available to em5 mark ii ?

  • Anonymous
    Only one out if the five work. None of the monochrome work. Very disappointing, I was looking forward to trying them out.
  • Giuseppe Ardica; the second photo, women and train, doesn't have ful exit data, when I save it and will update it and import the profile into my camera it says it doesn't have any data. It's a lovely phot and I wan't to try to learn how to work with colour profile. / ninni
  • You can certainly gret monochrome by turning the wheel at the front to "mono", I don't know if this was a firmware problem back in the day, but it works now...:)
  • For anyone still trying to get the Andrew Farrington mono images to work in Workspace, you need to click through to the full size images before saving, then they have all the profile information needed.

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