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Questions :
See the following Web page for general questions and answers for OLYMPUS OM-D and OLYMPUS PEN series cameras :


Question :
What type of materials are used for the camera body?

Answer:
The camera body is made of a magnesium alloy.


Question :
Is the Digital Tele-converter function available with any kind of lenses attached?

Answer:
Yes, the Digital Tele-converter function can be used with every E-M1 attachable lenses because it is an in-camera function.

Note:
  • Digital Tele-converter is not available with multiple exposures, in PHOTO STORY (PHOTO STORY) mode or when 3D Photo (3D Photo), Panorama (Panorama), Fisheye Effect (Fisheye Effect), Wide-Angle (Wide-Angle) or Macro (Macro) is selected in SCN mode.
  • When a RAW photo is displayed in playback, the area that you enlarged on the monitor using Digital Tele-converter is indicated by a white frame.
  • This function is not available when Movie Effect is On in movie mode.
  • While using the Digital Tele-converter, the number of AF targets decreases.

Question :
Can I use the image stabilizer while shooting movies?

Answer:
Yes, you can. In movie shooting, Movie-I.S. is used.

Movie-I.S.: In addition to Auto image stabilization, camera shake that occurs when shooting while walking is also reduced.

Note:
  • When using a tripod, set the Image Stabilizer to OFF.
  • When using a lens with an image stabilization function switch, priority is given to the lens side setting.
  • You may notice an operating sound or vibration when the image stabilizer is activated.

Question :
What are the features of the built-in electronic viewfinder?

Answer:
The following describes the main features of the built-in electronic viewfinder:

  • 2,360,000 dot resolution
  • Field of view: 100%
  • Maximum viewfinder magnification: 1.48x
  • Eye point: Approx. 21 mm (in -1m⁻1)
  • Diopter adjustment range: -4 to +2m
  • Eye sensor available
  • Finder: Choose from 3 types
  • Eyecup: Interchangeable, optional eyecup EP-13 (sold separately) is available

Question :
How long is the shutter-release lag time?

Answer:
After the shutter button is pressed halfway, it takes about 50 msec to release the shutter. (confirmed by Olympus' internal testing)


Question :
What are the compression rates and what size are the image files in each record mode?

Answer:
【 Still Pictures 】
The following table shows the approximate values when shooting still pictures in the 4:3 aspect ratio.

Record Mode Number of Pixels Compression Rate File Format File Size
(approx.)
Photo Capacity
1 GB SD / SDHC / SDXC card
RAW 4608 x 3456 Lossless Compression ORF 17.0 MB 41
L (Large) SF
(SuperFine)
1/2.7 JPEG 11.0 MB 79
F
(Fine)
1/4 7.5 MB 114
N
(Normal)
1/8 3.5 MB 248
B
(Basic)
1/12 2.4 MB 369
M (Middle) SF 3200 x 2400 1/2.7  5.6 MB 155
F 1/4  3.4 MB 257
N 1/8  1.7 MB 508
B 1/12  1.2 MB 753
SF 2560 x 1920 1/2.7  3.2 MB 271
F 1/4  2.2 MB 398
N 1/8  1.1 MB 782
B 1/12  0.8 MB 1,151
SF 1920 x 1440 1/2.7  1.8 MB 476
F 1/4  1.3 MB 701
N 1/8  0.7 MB 1,356
B 1/12  0.5 MB 1,968
SF 1600 x 1200 1/2.7  1.3 MB 678
F 1/4  0.9 MB 984
N 1/8  0.5 MB 1,906
B 1/12  0.4 MB 2,653
S (Small) SF 1280 x 960 1/2.7  0.9 MB 1,034
F 1/4  0.6 MB 1,488
N 1/8  0.4 MB 2,773
B 1/12  0.3 MB 3,813
SF 1024 x 768 1/2.7  0.6 MB 1,564
F 1/4  0.4 MB 2,260
N 1/8  0.3 MB 4,068
B 1/12  0.2 MB 5,547
SF 640 x 480 1/2.7  0.3 MB 3,589
F 1/4  0.2 MB 5,085
N 1/8  0.2 MB 7,627
B 1/12  0.1 MB 10,170
Note:
  • The same image (Olympus' standard image) is used to calculate the photo capacity and file size in each mode.
  • The capacity depends on the image quality, the type of memory card or whether print reservation is enabled. The number of remaining pictures on the LCD may not change even when a picture is taken or deleted.
  • The capacity in this table differs from the number of remaining pictures displayed on the LCD. This table shows the approximate number, but the camera shows the maximum (up to 9999).

【 Movies 】

Record Mode Image Size Frame Rate (frames per second) Record Format Recording Rate Maximum Recording Time (approx.)
Full HD Fine 1920 x 1080
(16:9)
30p
(29.97 fps)
MOV
(MPEG-4AVC/H.264)
*1
24Mbps  22 min. *1
Full HD Normal 16Mbps  29 min. *1
HD Fine 1280 x 720
(16:9)
30p
(29.97 fps)
12Mbps  29 min. *1
HD Normal 8Mbps  29 min. *1
HD 1280 x 720
(16:9)
30 fps *2 AVI
(Motion JPEG)
*3
- 7 min. *3
SD 640 x 480
(4:3)
- 14 min. *3
*1 The maximum file size of a movie is 4 GB or 20 min.
*2 When shooting movies with an Art Filter, the frame rate varies based on the selected filter.
*3 The maximum file size of a movie is 2 GB, 7 min. (in HD mode) or 14 min. (in SD mode).
Note:
Depending on the memory card, the recording may stop without recording to the maximum time.
A Speed Class 6 SD or SDHD card is recommended for HD movie recording.
* Compatibility table for SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards
* Compatibility table for Eye-Fi Cards

Question :
What differentiates the E-M1 from the E-M5?

Answer:
The following table describes the differences:

E-M1 E-M5
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds Mount
Image Processor TruePic VII TruePic VI
Effective Pixels 16.28 million pixels 16.05 million pixels
Sensor Type 4/3 High-speed Live MOS Sensor
ISO Sensitivity Auto: ISO LOW (approx. 100) - 25600
(Customizable, Default: LOW - 1600)
Manual: LOW, ISO 200 - 25600
Auto: ISO 200 - 25600
(Customizable, Default: ISO 200 - 1600)
Manual: ISO 200 - 25600
Body Color Black Black
Silver
Body Material Magnesium Alloy
Dustproof and Splash proof Available
Memory SD Memory Card
(SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I compatible))
Eye-Fi card
Built-in Wi-Fi Function Available
  • GPS info. Function
    ( by using Smartphone GPS data )
  • Wireless Shooting
    ( by using Smartphone or remote control function )
  • Image Share
    ( Orders for image upload onto a Smartphone can be saved. )
  • Easy Connection
    ( QR code setting )
Not available
Flash FL-LM2 (External flash, packaged with the camera)
Sequential Shooting Approx. 10.0 fps
(Sequential shooting H mode)
Approx. 9.0 fps
(Sequential shooting H mode)
Viewfinder Built-in, Eye-level electronic viewfinder
2.36 million dots
Field of view: 100 %
Magnification: 1.48x (maximum)
Built-in, Eye-level electronic viewfinder
1.44 million dots
Field of view: 100 %
Magnification: 1.15x (maximum)
Hot Shoe Available
Accessory Port (AP2) Available
Monitor 3.0 inches, 3:2
Approx. 1,040,000 dots
Movable HyperCrystal LCD
3.0 inches, 3:2
Approx. 610,000 dots
Movable Organic EL monitor
Touch Panel Available
Control Dial 2 dials
Function Lever Available Not available
Movie MOV (MPEG-4AVC / H.264)
AVI (Motion JPEG)
HD Movie Compatibility Full HD (1920 x 1080) shooting possible
AF System High-speed imager AF
(Contrast AF, Phase contrast AF)

* Phase contrast AF is used when a Four Thirds lens is attached.

High-speed image AF
(Contrast AF)
AF Area 81 points

* 37 points when a Four Thirds lens is attached.

35 points
Focus Modes Single AF (S-AF),
Continuous AF (C-AF),
Manual Focus (MF),
S-AF + MF,
AF tracking (C-AF + TR)
Advanced AF Available
Shutter Speed 60 - 1 / 8000 sec. 60 - 1 / 4000 sec.
Art Filter 12 art filters
  • Pop Art
  • Soft Focus
  • Pale&Light Color
  • Light Tone
  • Grainy Film
  • Pin Hole
  • Diorama
  • Cross Process
  • Gentle Sepia
  • Dramatic Tone
  • Key Line
  • Watercolor
Art filter variation and 8 art effects available
11 art filters
  • Pop Art
  • Soft Focus
  • Pale&Light Color
  • Light Tone
  • Grainy Film
  • Pin Hole
  • Diorama
  • Cross Process
  • Gentle Sepia
  • Dramatic Tone
  • Key Line
Art filter variation and 5 art effects available
Photo Story Available Not available
Creative Control Highlight & Shadow
Multi Aspect
Enlarged display
Color Creator
Highlight & Shadow
Multi Aspect
Enlarged display
White balance
Multi Exposure 2 frames max.
Level Gauge 2-axis
Menu Language 34 languages, including Japanese and English
Underwater Housing (Sold separately) PT-EP11 PT-EP08
HDMI Output Connector HDMI Micro Connector (Type D)
Battery BLN-1
Power Battery Holder
(Sold separately)
HLD-7 HLD-6
Dimensions
(excluding protrusions)
130.4 mm (W) x 93.5 mm (H) x 63.1 mm (D) / 5.1" (W) x 3.7" (H) x 2.5" (D) 121.0 mm (W) x 89.6 mm (H) x 41.9 mm (D) / 4.8" (W) x 3.5" (H) x 1.6" (D)
Weight
  • Approx. 497g (including battery and SD card)
  • Approx. 443 g (body only)
  • Approx. 425g (including battery and SD card)
  • Approx. 373g (body only)
Release Date October 2013 March 2012
Refer to the Product's Page E-M1 E-M5
Product Comparison Page E-M1 / E-M5
Note:
You can also compare other models on the following web page:
* Product comparison

Question :
What comes packaged with the camera?

Answer:
The following items are packaged with the camera:

  • E-M1 camera
  • Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery (BLN-1)
  • Lithium-ion Battery Charger (BCN-1)
  • Flash (FL-LM2)
  • USB Cable (CB-USB6)
  • Body Cap
  • Strap
  • Flash Case
  • Olympus Setup CD-ROM:
    OLYMPUS Viewer 3 software (Windows / Mac)
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Card

Question :
What type of memory card can I use with this model?

Answer:
This model is compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC cards, including Eye-Fi cards.
xD-Picture Card™ and CompactFlash® media cannot be used.

Note:
To see a list of compatible memory cards, click here:
* Compatibility table for Media Card ( OM-D / PEN series )

Question :
Where can I find the instruction manual for my camera?

Answer:
You can find the manual online. You can either read it online or download the instruction manual for your camera.
See the following Web page to find the available manuals:
* Download Manuals


Question :
Where can I get my camera repaired or serviced?

Answer:
Please contact the Olympus authorized distributor or service center in your country.
See the OLYMPUS Authorized Distributors List to find the nearest distributor or service center.
* OLYMPUS Authorized Distributors List ( PDF )


Question :
When recording movies I can hear the sound of the lens focusing, how can I reduce this sound?

Answer:
When recording sound in a movie, the sound made by the lens and camera operating may be recorded. This is due to the proximity of the microphone to the lens. If desired, you can reduce these sounds by shooting with [AF Mode] set to [S-AF], or by limiting the amount of times you press the buttons. Using an external microphone, you can extend the microphone away from the lens. If you are using a non-MSC lens, you may want to consider a lens with this type of mechanism which is near silent during AF operation.


Question :
My lens is not auto-focusing. What should I do?

Answer:
If you are not able to take pictures in AF (auto focus), try the following settings:

Switch the focus ring of the lens to the AF/MF position.

In the micro four thirds lineup the following lenses, M. Zuiko ED 12-40mm f2.8 Pro, M. Zuiko 12mm f1.8, and M. Zuiko 17mm f1.8 have a function called Manual Focus Clutch Focusing. This ring controls whether the camera/lens is in MF (Manual Focus) or AF (Auto Focus).

If you are using one of these lenses, grasp the focusing ring between your thumb and forefinger and push it toward the front of the lens. It will snap forward and set the focus mode to AF.
If you pull it back to expose the Hyper focal scale it will be in Manual mode. Basically this allows for quick switching in situations where manual focus is better suited for the situation.


When you cannot shoot in AF (auto focus) even if the focus ring is switched to the AF/MF position, change the AF mode setting in the camera to a mode other than MF (manual focus).

Even if the focus ring is switched to the AF/MF position, you cannot shoot in AF (auto focus) when the AF mode setting of the camera is set to MF.

Leaving the focus ring to the AF/MF position, change the AF mode setting by either of the following ways:

Change the setting from the super control panel.

Change the AF mode to a mode other than MF. (*If you don't have a desired AF mode, set to the default setting, S-AF (Single AF) mode.)

Change the setting from the MENU.

  1. Press the [MENU] button.
  2. In Custom Menu, select AF/MF and select AF Mode.
  3. In Still Pictures, select a AF mode other than MF and press the [OK] button.

* If you don't have a desired AF mode, set to the default setting, S-AF (Single AF) mode.



Note:
  • When the focus ring is in the AF/MF position, the lens operates in the AF mode that is set on the camera.
  • When the focus ring is in the MF position, the lens operates in MF (Manual Focus) regardless of the AF mode setting.

Question :
Can I use the Digital Tele-converter function in E-M1 with any kinds of lenses?

Answer:
The Digital Tele-converter function is an in-camera function. You can use the function with all lenses that can be attached to the camera.

Note:
  • Digital Tele-converter function cannot be used in SCN mode (such as 3D Photo, Panorama, Fisheye Effect, Wide-Angle and Macro mode), PHOTO STORY and Multiple Exposure.
  • When a RAW photo is displayed in playback, the area that you displayed on the monitor using Digital Tele-converter is indicated by a white frame.
  • In movie mode, the function is not available when Movie Effect is On.
  • The number of AF target points decreases when using Digital Tele-converter.

Question :
Which lenses are compatible with the Focus Stacking mode?

Answer:
The following lenses are compatible with the Focus Stacking mode which were added by the E-M1 firmware update version 4.0:

  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro
  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO
  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO
  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO (*)
  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO (*)
  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 30mm F3.5 Macro (*)
  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO (*)
  • * Compatible with Focus Stacking mode if the firmware of E-M1 camera is updated to version 4.2.
Note:

The angle of view of the images created by Focus Stacking will be reduced approximately 7%.


Question :
Is image stabilization available while shooting movies with the E-M1?

Answer:
Movie-I.S. is available while shooting movies. In addition to Auto image stabilization, camera shake that occurs when shooting movies while walking is also compensated.

Note:
  • When using the tripod, set the image stabilization to OFF.
  • When using a lens with built-in image stabilization, priority is given to the lens setting.
  • When image stabilizer is activated, you may feel slight vibration and noise.

Question :
I scanned the QR code that is displayed on the monitor of the camera using the Easy Setup, but couldn't obtain a Wi-Fi connection. What should I do?

Answer:
See the following Web page for questions and answers for OI.Share:
* Q&A for OI.Share


Question :
I am using OI.Share, but the QR code reading display in Easy Setup is not displayed. What should I do?

Answer:
See the following Web page for questions and answers for OI.Share:
* Q&A for OI.Share


Question :
How many shots can be taken in time lapse photography and how long can I set its shooting interval?

Answer:
You can shoot up to 999 shots in time lapse photography and you can set its shooting interval between 1 second and 24 hours.
The following procedure explains how to set and shoot time lapse photography.

How to set time lapse photography

Time lapse function is selectable when using the P, A, S or M shooting mode.

Press the [MENU] button. In Shooting Menu 1, select and press the [OK] button. In Time Lapse Settings, select On and press the arrow pad Right button. Set the number of frames and interval to a desired value and press the [OK] button to complete the setting.

Frame
Sets the number of frames of time lapse photography. You can choose between 1 and 999 shots.

Start Waiting Time
Sets the time from pressing the shutter button until the first picture is taken. You can choose between 1 second and 24 hours.

Interval Time
Sets the shooting interval after the shooting starts. You can choose between 1second and 24 hours.

Time Lapse Movie
The sequence of time lapse photography can be converted to a movie.
Off: Records each frame as a still picture.
On: Records each frame as a still picture and generates a time lapse movie.

Movie Settings
You can choose the Movie Resolution (4K, Full HD, HD) and Frame Rate (30fps, 15fps, 10fps, 5fps).

  • * Firmware version 4.0 or later is required for the Time Lapse Movie settings.
  • * In 4K, the frame rate is fixed to 5fps.
  • * In FullHD, you can choose the frame rate from 15fps, 10fps and 5fps.

How to take time lapse photography

When you set the time lapse photography to On, the icon for time lapse photography is displayed on the monitor. The number on the icon indicates the number of shots you can take.

Press the shutter button to start the time lapse photography.



Tips:
  • After autofocus, the camera starts shooting even if the image is not in focus. If you want to fix the focus position, shoot in MF mode.
  • Rec View operates for 0.5 seconds.
  • If the Start Waiting Time or Interval Time is set to 1 minutes 31 seconds or longer, the monitor and camera power turns off after 1 minute.
    10 seconds before the setting time, the power automatically turns on again.
    While the monitor is off, you can also turn the power on by pressing the shutter button.
  • When the time lapse shooting is finished, time lapse photography is set to Off.
Note:
  • Time lapse photography is available only in P, A, S and M mode.
  • When the AF mode is set to C-AF or C-AF+TR, the setting automatically changes to S-AF.
  • Touch operation is disabled during time lapse photography.
  • Time lapse photography cannot be used with HDR photography.
  • Time lapse photography cannot be used simultaneously with Bulb, Time Shooting, Bracketing and Multiple Exposure.
  • The flash will not work when the flash charging time is longer than the shooting interval.
  • If the camera automatically turns off during time lapse photography, it turns on in time before the next shot.
  • If any of the still pictures are not recorded correctly, the time lapse movie will not be generated.
  • If there is not enough space on the card, time lapse movie is not recorded.
  • Time lapse photography is cancelled if any of the following function is operated:
    Mode dial, MENU button, button, lens release button or connecting the USB cable.
  • Time lapse photography is cancelled if you turn off the camera.
  • The shooting stops if there is not enough power left on the battery.Make sure your camera's battery is fully charged.

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