5 More Tips for Olympus OM-D Cameras


Hi my name is Robin Wong and I want to
share five more tips on using Olympus OM-D cameras. In one of my recent videos
i’ve shared five tips using Olympus OM-D cameras. If you have not seen that
video I’ll put a link up here. Please check it out. I will not repeat any of
the tips and here in this video I’ll share five more additional tips. Let’s
get right into it! Tip number one – the magic “OK” button. The
OK button is a useful shortcut in many shooting scenarios. When shooting in
various exposure modes, shutter priority program or aperture priority we can
adjust the exposure compensation. As you stray too far all you have to do is just
press and hold the OK button and when we do that we can bring back
the exposure compensation to zero. This works both ways either we plus or minus
the exposure compensation to either extremes and when we press and hold the
OK button, we’ll bring it back directly to zero. A
lot of people didn’t know this trick when we move around the focusing point
as the AF target area moves further away from the center, the quickest way to move
it back to the center is by pressing and holding down the OK button and by
doing that we bring the focusing point right back to the center. A lot of people
didn’t know this trick and will keep pressing the buttons or swiping on the
screen to have the focusing point right back to the center. Whichever works for
you. Also when we activate the highlight and shadow control by adjusting the
curves separately we can tone down the highlights and increase the shadows and
control the mid-tones, and when we stray too far from the original line in the
curve we can bring everything back to the straight line, you guess it right
press and hold the OK button. Everything goes straight again. I think we are starting to see a pattern
here. Similarly for when we use the Color
Creator mode we can adjust the colors we can change the saturation as we move
further and further away from the neutral color, press and hold the OK
button and we go back to the default setting. Tip number two – you can break the shutter
speed limit of your camera by using silent shutter. Typically every camera
will have a mechanical shutter speed limit and for higher-end OM-D models
the limit is 1/8,000 of a second, and to break this limit all you have to
do is go to electronic shutter or enabe silent shutter. You can do that from
the super control panel – changing the drive mode to silent where there’s a
heart shape there, by enabling this now you can break the 1/8000 second
limit and you can go to as fast as 1/32,000 and that is two stops more
advantage! I find this to be very helpful when I use very bright aperture lenses
especially the F 1.2 PRO lens, when I shoot under bright sunlight to avoid
overexposure and yet I can maintain the F1.2 shallow depth of field effect. Tip number three – enable 1 to 1 preview during image playback. Typically when we reviewed an image
after taking it we will have to scroll a few times to get into 1 to 1 or 100%
view and we don’t even know which one is 100% view to enable instant
preview to 100% go to the menu under the cogs go to d2 and we will find the
review default setting, under that go to “equally value” this will enable instant
1 to 1 playback. Now bear in mind that if you shoot RAW your preview of
100% or 1 to 1 is actually five times. This is because the camera uses a
smaller preview JPEG and it is only five times to show you a hundred percent
preview. However this changes when you use full JPEG and by using the full size
JPEG the camera will give you a true 100% view which is equivalent to seven
times and this is also true if you’re shooting RAW + JPEG. Tip number four – if you are shooting with
continuous autofocus C-AF make sure that you use low (L) sequential
burst shooting and avoid using high (H) sequential bursts. The continuous
autofocus only works with low sequential shooting. The main reason why Olympus
cameras received negative reviews when it comes to continuous autofocus and
also auto focus tracking was because a lot of these large review sites, some of
them the reputable sites they actually adopted HIGH equation burst when the
tested the continuous autofocus performance of Olympus cameras. Here is
the truth when it comes to continuous autofocus – if you enable high sequential bursts on any Olympus cameras from past and present it does not work! You will
have to select LOW sequential burst to allow the continuous autofocus to
effectively work! When we select continuous autofocus mode and that’s CAF
now it is very crucial to enable that the burst sequential mode, if we choose to
use that it’s actually in low sequential bursts, that’s actually 10 frames per
second for mechanical and about 18 frames per second for electronic but
enabling this the camera will fully utilize the continuous autofocus and we
will get good results. However if we somehow enable high burst sequential
either is mechanical at about 15 frames a second or electronic shutter which is
at about 60 frames per second the camera will not engage continuous autofocus and
only single autofocus which means only the first frame we will get the
autofocus and the rest of the frames there is no AF performed. Now this is also true for PRO Capture
modes if you want to use to use continuous autofocus use Pro capture low
and if you want to use single autofocus then you may go to much higher which is
Pro capture high continuous autofocus will continue to work with Pro capture
low Tip number five – use smaller autofocus
target area. To enable the small AF target area, from the AF selection screen here
all you have to do is use the front dial and turn it around until you find the
smallest autofocus area, you will have to cycle through different larger groups of
autofocus points and finally you’ll come to the smallest one. Use this as this
will give you a much more precise auto focus. Okay here is a bonus tip now the
camera has this auto EVF and LCD screen switch which is very annoying as
you put your finger around it it just randomly switches off and we do put our
finger in here if you have a lot now to disable it you can either dive deep into
the menu to find the EVF auto switch or there is a shortcut which is out here
now look at this button up here all you have to do is press and hold it and you
enable a EVF or the switch shortcut now when you have turned this off you no
longer have the annoying of the switch When you place your finger or hand near
the EVF but bear in mind that you have to manually turn it on and off switching
between the LCD screen and EVF and the EVF auto switch no longer works. That’s all the tips I have to share in
this video. I hope you have found these tips useful, if you have other tips and
tricks to share please leave them in the comments below I would love to hear from
you. If you have liked this video please give me a thumbs up and please consider
subscribing to this channel and I hope to see you again in the next one.
Remember to go out and take more photographs. Bye bye!

73 Replies to “5 More Tips for Olympus OM-D Cameras

  1. Question about AEL button. On Olympus when you press the AEL button you need to press it again to unlock it. I like how on Panasonic and Canon and other brands you can hold down the AEL button and take a bunch of photos and then pull your thumb off the button and the AEL is unlocked again. This is good for shooting in any auto modes and you want to keep the same exposure for all the photos. The problem with Olympus sometimes I forget to press the AEL button again to unlock.

  2. Oops forgot to add: Love the end of video "blooper". How great to be recognized! 😄😄😄 Behind the scene stuff can be fun to see sometimes. Have to admit, I go to your youtube videos more often than I read the blog. 🙈 But both mediums have useful info, so I still read!

  3. Dear Robin,
    Great tips. Thank you very much! For me the CAF tip and disable the EVF function are valuable.
    Kind regard,
    Arnoud
    Holland

  4. Why do so many of us not know about the CAF issue?!! Olympus really should flash up a message when you select both as it sounds like it is not even something that someone would want to deliberately do for a particular shot. When I switched from Nikon to Olympus to photograph Rugby I was horrified at how bad the CAF was and so kept the Nikon just to use for sports. I might have been keeping the Nikon for nothing!

  5. Thanks, Robin, for more great tips. I didn't know about the 'OK' button reset or the C-AF issue. I couldn't even find the C-AF information in the manual!

  6. can you make a tips for post production file?

    especially concerning the sharpness and noise iso and another best setting for this camera? (lightroom).
    Congratulations continue so your videos are very interesting

  7. Anytime you use focus peaking on an OM-D, regardless if it is auto-triggered when you do manual focus, or after triggering it with a button, as long as it is active, if you press the info button, a pop up menu allows you to change all the params whilst in live view so you easily can choose something that works for the current scene. It is not mentioned in the manual, and any time I have seen a youtube tutorial talk about focus peeking, they always go deep into the menus to adjust peeking. I find this ridiculously silly since it is much more meaningful to do it in live view so that you can actually see how it will work with your current scene.

  8. In playback, there are two other features I found by playing around.
    1 pressing info moves you to the next view mode. Keeping info pressed and turning one of the dials, will allow you to scroll both forwards and backward between viewing modes, so if you have enabled a lot of modes, info, and back turn is a lot quicker than repeatedly hitting info until you get back to the previous mode.

    2. When you are zoomed in the arrows only moves the zoom sector, the info button lets you choose by three different modes A) move the zoomed area B) toggle between photos, if you have taken multiple shots with the same composition, you can quickly find the one that has the best exposure on the zoomed-in area C) temp zoom out so that you get an overview whilst you move your zoom window

  9. Great video. Is there a way of seeing the SCP while using the EVF? I had a problem with my screen with my first OMD EM10 markii (the cable got loose) and I couldn't access the SCP.

  10. Great tips, I look forward to seeing your next video. Very helpful, especially the magic ok button and breaking the shutter speed tip. Thank you!

  11. Hi Robin, I know your blog for some years now, didn't know that you also have a video channel wich is cool btw.
    Very helpful tips, especially the "ok" button and the AF + the burst sequential mode. You have another subscriber. 🙂 Keep up the good work!
    Cheers from Germany

  12. Great tips, thank you for this video Robin! My favorite feature of the omd body is to enable the live view warning of highlights and dark clipping. This way I nail exposure ever time, and know which areas will be clipped, if any – all without having to look at a histogram

  13. Thank you, thank you, thank you Robin, love these tips. The only one I knew about is the CAF mode, because I called Olympus and asked. I shoot mainly birds and shoot exclusively low silent getting 18fps which is fine 98% of the time, however when shooting extremely fast moving birds it would be awesome to have 60fps with continuous focus. Oh well, in my opinion still the best camera on the market. I can handhold my 600 can't do that for very long with any other brand.

  14. Robin this might be a useful note for some users of the EM1MK2 who have customized their dial functions.

    For example, if you have moved exposure compensation to lever position 2…then, the return to 0 is disabled. Exposure compensation must be assigned to and in lever position 1.

    Super video, thank you.

  15. Thank you Robin. Another great video and very helpful. A couple of your tips do not work for OMD EM10 II, I have no such button you showed for tip 5. Also, my menu is different. No D2 on menu and no "review default" setting in the menu D. Lastly, to get to the small target focus area via shortcut, I first have to press the info button before I can turn the dial to adjust to the different focus areas. Trying to turn the dial without pressing the info button, just moves the focus point up, down, left or right. Anyway, keep up these videos. They are so helpful. Much appreciated.

  16. I was a Nikon shooter and I am so comfortable with nikon's OK button bring focus point to the center feature, I have been using OMD-EM1MKII for couple of months and the only thing which I couldn't live well with this fantastic camera is there is no quick way to bring the focus point back, after this video i think I am saved, thank you Robin!

  17. Thank you for the OK button tips. I didn't know you can do that!
    P/S: would love to see the outtakes of your video if there's any 😁

  18. Thank for your tips, I like this vedio and these tips can help me change the setting easily and quickly in EM1-MARK II. Look forward to seeing your next vedio.

  19. Excellent tips. I love the OK button for accessing the Super Control Panel, but I had no idea that a long press would "zero out" all those adjustments. That's awesome! Thank you, Robin.

  20. Hi robin. I have an em1 mark1, planning to upgrade, should I wait for em1 mark 3 or buy mark2. Em1x is too costly for me. Pls advise

  21. Hi Robin, can I present a concern about the continues auto-focus part? For e-m1 (mark I), it is officially announced that the c-af can work effectively up to 9 fps (from firmware ver. 3.0), which only appears at HIGH sequential burst. In fact, the upper limit of L burst rate is only 6.5 fps. In this case, the c-af should work at HIGH burst rate as long as we don't set it to over 9 fps, right?

  22. Excellent stuff again Robin. I've been using Olympus for 10 years plus and never knew about the OK button tips. Been re-assigning the red button to reset the focus point for years…

  23. Great video learnt some new tricks I wasn’t aware of. Any chance of a video on finding the distance you are focussed on using premf

  24. I’ve long known about the re-centring of focal point using the OK button but I didn’t know about the exposure compensation reset trick. Thank you!

    Now, any tips for getting program shift rest quickly rather than scrolling hopefully until the ‘s’ disappears (and not going straight past it)?

  25. Great tips – thanks much. I do a lot of woodland an waterfall photography so the highlight and shadow controls will help a lot.

  26. Just got my hands on my very own 5mkii today!cant recommend it enough for video shooting!forgot to put different video settings on function 1 and 2!so I had to change every time I switched between full hd 60fps and 120 fps in 720p!my D750 got less than half the video functions although it had cost about 2.2 times more!

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