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Custom Functions / settings

The E-M5's high-end status isn't simply a function of its build quality and degree of external control. As has become common with Olympus cameras, it also features a quite astounding level of customization. A lot of these settings are set-and-forget - you'll want to set them to suit the way you want to work, then leave them alone. If this is the case, you can use an option in the Setup menu tab to hide the Custom tab. However, to get the best out of the E-M5, we'd recommend looking through the options available to you, because the E-M5's behavior can be very precisely tailored to your needs.

Custom menu

This is where all of the key fine-tuning options for the camera live. The options are fairly logically organised into 11 groups (labelled 'A' to 'K'). Once you enter any of these sub-tabs, you essentially find yourself in a 16-page, 86-option list (some of which have multiple sub-options). At any point you can push the left-hand arrow to go back up to the A-K list that shows you the section headings. There's also the option of pressing 'Info' at any point, to provide a short explanation of the currently-selected function.

A: AF/MF

Option Values / Actions Notes
AF mode  • Still Picture
S-AF
C-AF
MF
S-AF + MF
C-AF + TR
 • Movie
S-AF
C-AF
MF
S-AF + MF
C-AF + TR
TR = Tracking mode
Full-time AF  • Off
 • On
 
AEL/AFL  • S-AF
Mode 1
Mode 2
Mode 3
 • C-AF
Mode 1
Mode 2
Mode 3
Mode 4
 • MF
Mode 1
Mode 2
Mode 3
Allows you to choose the behavior of the shutter button, half-press and AEL/AFL button (if assigned to a button in section B).

Includes the option to apply AF acquire to the AEL/AFL button in MF mode.

(Described at the bottom of the page. Click on the focus type to jump to the correct table)
Reset lens  • Off
 • On
Refocuses to infinity when the camera shuts down.
BULB/TIME focusing  • Off
 • On
Defines whether focus can be altered during exposure in bulb mode.
Focus ring  • Counter clockwise
 • Clockwise
Defines the direction in which the manual focus ring operates.
MF Assist  • On
 • Off
Automatically magnifies the preview image as soon as the manual focus ring is moved.
[...] Set Home  • All points
 • Single point
 • Large area
Lets you define the 'home' AF point
AF Illuminat.  • Off
 • On
 
Face Priority  • Off
 • Focus on detected face
 • Focus on closer eye
 • Focus on right-side eye
 • Focus on left side eye
Sets whether the camera prioritises faces when it focuses and, if it can identify eyes, which one it attempts to focus on.

B: Button/Dial

Option Values / Actions Notes
Button Function  • Fn 1
AEL/AFL
Movie Record
Preview
One Touch White Balance
AF area select
[...] Home
MF
Image Size/Quality
Test Picture
Myset1
Myset2
Myset3
Myset4
Underwater mode
Digital Tele-converter
Magnify preview
Off
 • Fn 2
Multi Function
ISO
White Balance
Exp. Comp.
AEL/AFL
Movie Record
Preview
AF area select
[...] Home
MF
Image Size/Quality
Underwater mode
Live Guide
Digital Tele-converter
Magnify preview
Off
 • Movie button
Movie Record
Preview
AF area select
[...] Home
MF
Image Size/Quality
Underwater mode
Live Guide
Digital Tele-converter
Magnify preview
Off
Multi Function
ISO
White Balance
Exp. Comp.
AEL/AFL
 • Right arrow
Flash Mode
Drive mode
ISO
WB
Dial Lock
Exp Comp
 • Down arrow
Drive mode
ISO
WB
Underwater mode
Exp Comp
Flash Mode
 • Arrow Function
[...] (AF point selection)
Off
Direct Function
 • B-Fn1
19 options
 • B-Fn2
19 options
 • L-Fn1
20 options
Sets the functions assigned to the customizable buttons.

The Right and Down arrows on the four-way controller can only be customized if the Arrow function option is set to 'Direct Function.'

B-Fn1 and B-Fn2 are the function buttons on the optional accessory vertical grip. Each can have any of 18 functions applied to them (or be left without a function).

L-Fn1 is an on-lens function button (such as the one on the 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 kit power zoom). One of 19 options can be applied to the button, including AF-stop.
Dial function  • P
Prog shift / Exp. Comp
Exp. Comp / Exp. Comp
Flash Comp / Exp. Comp
Prog shift / Flash Comp
Exp. Comp / Flash Comp
Flash Comp / Flash Comp
Prog shift / Prog shift
Exp. Comp / Prog shift
Flash Comp / Prog shift
 • A
F No. / Exp. Comp
F No. / Flash Comp
F No. / F No.
Exp. Comp / F No.
Flash Comp / F No.
 • S
S Spd / Exp. Comp
S Spd / Flash Comp
S Spd / S Spd
Exp. Comp / S Spd
Flash Comp / S Spd
 • M
F No. / S Spd
S Spd / F No.
 • Menu
Left-Right / Up-Down
Up-Down / Left-Right
 • Playback
Prev-Next / Magnify
Magnify / Prev-Next
Allows fine-grained customization of the behavior of the two dials in each exposure mode, as well as during menu and playback navigation.
Dial direction  • Dial 1 (Move right raises FNo.)
 • Dial 2 (Move left raises FNo.)
Swaps the direction in which the dial operates.

C: Release/Continuous

Option Values / Actions Notes
RLS Priority S  • Off
 • On
Chooses whether camera waits for focus before shooting in S-AF mode.
RLS Priority C  • Off
 • On
Chooses whether camera waits for focus before shooting in C-AF mode.
RLS Priority C  • Off
 • On
Chooses whether camera waits for focus before shooting in C-AF mode.
Cont. L fps  • 1fps
 • 2fps
 • 3fps
 • 3.5fps
 • 4fps
 
Cont. H fps  • 5fps
 • 6fps
 • 7fps
 • 8fps
 • 9fps
 
Cont + IS Off  • On
 • Off
'On' disengages IS during continuous shooting
Half Way RLS With IS  • Off
 • On
Starts IS when the shutter is half-pressed

D: Disp/Beep/PC

Option Values / Actions Notes
HDMI  • HDMI Out
1080i
720p
480p / 576p
 • HDMI Control
Off
On
Set the HDTV output resolution
Video out  • NTSC
 • PAL
 
Camera Control Settings  • iAuto
Live Guide – Off/On
Live Control – Off/On
Live SCP – Off/On
 • PASM
Live Control – Off/On
Live SCP – Off/On
 • Art
Art Menu – Off/On
Live Control – Off/On
Live SCP – Off/On
 • SCN
Scene Menu – Off/On
Live Control – Off/On
Live SCP – Off/On
Allows various control options (including the Live Super Control Panel, Live SCP) to be turned on or off in different exposure modes

When in shooting mode, these control options are accessed by pressing 'OK' - pressing INFO then cycles through whichever options you've engaged in this menu.
Info setting  • Play Info
Image Only – Off/On
Overall – Off/On
Histogram – Off/On
Highlights & Shadow – Off/On
Lightbox – Off/On
 • LV Info
Histogram – Off/On
Highlight & Shadow – Off/On
Level Gauge – Off/On
Image only – Off/On
• Thumbnail settings
4 – Off/On
9 – Off/On
25 – Off/On
100 – Off/On
Calender – Off/On
Enables/Disables the different playback and Live view screen modes that are found by pressing the 'INFO' button.
Display Grid  • Off
 • 6x4 grid
 • 3x3 grid
 • Crosshair grid
 • Diagonal grid
 • 16:9 (movie shooting) guides
Allows various grid options to be overlaid on all live view screens
Picture Mode Settings  • i-Enhance – Off/On
 • Vivid – Off/On
 • Muted – Off/On
 • Portrait – Off/On
 • Monotone – Off/On
 • Custom – Off/On
 • Soft Focus – Off/On
 • Pale & Light Color – Off/On
 • Light Tone – Off/On
 • Grainy Film – Off/On
 • Pin Hole – Off/On
 • Diorama – Off/On
 • Cross Process – Off/On
 • Gentle Sepia – Off/On
 • Dramatic Tone – Off/On
 • Key Line – Off/On
Allows each of the Picture Modes and Art Filters to be individually turned on or off.
Histogram Settings  • Highlight
245 – 255
 • Shadow
0 – 10
Allows setting of the levels at which highlight and shadow clipping warnings will be displayed
Mode Guide  • Off
 • On
 
Live View boost  • Off
 • On
On brightens screen for visibility, Off mimics brightness of exposure.
Art LV Mode  • Mode 1
 • Mode 2
Optimizes Art Filter preview for accuracy or refresh rate
LV Play Close-up Mode  • Mode 1
 • Mode 2
Mode 2 retains magnification when shutter is half-pressed
Info Off  • 10 sec
 • Hold
 
Backlit LCD  • 8 sec
 • 30 sec
 • 1 Min
 • Hold
 
Sleep  • 1 Min
 • 3 Min
 • 5 Min
Sets the period of inactivity before sleep mode is engaged.
Auto Power Off  • Off
 • 5min
 • 30min
 • 1h
 • 4h
 
Sounds  • Off
 • On
 
USB Mode  • Auto
 • Storage
 • MTP
 • Print
 

E: Exposure/Metering/ISO

Option Values / Actions Notes
Ev step  • 1/3 EV
 • 1/2 EV
 • 1 EV
Sets incremental steps used for exposure
Metering mode  • ESP
 • Center Weighted Average
 • Spot
 • Highlight based spot
 • Shadow based spot
 
AEL Metering  • Auto
 • Center weighted
 • Spot
 • Spot (Highlights)
 • Spot (Shadows)
Selects the metering mode used when the AEL button is pressed. Auto meters using the mode currently selected.
ISO  • Auto
 • ISO 200
 • ISO 400
 • ISO 800
 • ISO 1600
 • ISO 3200
 • ISO 6400
 • ISO 12800
 • ISO 25600
(1 EV steps shown here - 1/3 EV steps also available).
ISO step  • 1/3 EV
 • 1 EV
Sets incremental steps used for sensitivity.
ISO-Auto set  • High limit
ISO 200 - 25600
 • Default
ISO 200 - 25600
Sets the upper limit and default value used by Auto ISO mode.
ISO-Auto  • P/A/S
 • All
Selects which modes ISO-Auto is active in. All includes Manual mode.
BULB/TIME Timer  • 30 Min
 • 25 Min
 • 20 Min
 • 15 Min
 • 8 Min
 • 4 Min
 • 2 Min
 • 1 Min
Sets maximum exposure in Bulb or Time mode.
Live BULB  • Off
 • 60 sec
 • 30 sec
 • 15 sec
 • 8 sec
 • 4 sec
 • 2 sec
 • 1 sec
 • 0.5 sec
Defines how often the preview image is refreshed during BULB capture.

(Number of updates is ISO limited - up to about 24 updates at ISO 200, only 9 at ISO 1600)
Live TIME  • Off
 • 60 sec
 • 30 sec
 • 15 sec
 • 8 sec
 • 4 sec
 • 2 sec
 • 1 sec
 • 0.5 sec
Defines how often the preview image is refreshed during TIME capture

(Number of updates is ISO limited - up to about 24 updates at ISO 200, only 9 at ISO 1600)
Anti-Shock  • Off
 • On: 1/8 - 30 sec
Equivalent to 'mirror lock up' on a conventional SLR.

F: Flash Custom

Option Values / Actions Notes
Flash X-Sync  • 1/60 - 1/250 Sync speed of flash
Flash slow limit  • 30 secs - 1/250 Lowest shutter allowed with flash
Flash + EV comp  • Off
 • On
Links AE compensation and flash exposure compensation

G: Image Quality/Color/WB

Option Values / Actions Notes
Noise reduction  • Off
 • On
 • Auto
Enable or disable long exposure noise reduction.
Noise Filter  • Off
 • Low
 • Standard
 • High
Changes the noise processing level. High is recommended for high ISO images.
White Balance  • Auto
 • 5300 K (Daylight)
 • 7500 K (Shade)
 • 6000 K (Cloudy)
 • 3000 K (Incandescent)
 • 4000 K (Fluorescent)
 • Underwater
 • 5500 K (Flash)
 • Custom 1
 • Custom 2
 • Kelvin (2000 - 14000 K)
- Fine tune Amber / Green (15 steps)
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All WB comp  • All Set
Amber (15 steps)
Green (15 steps)
 • All Reset
Yes
No
Applies a correction to all WB presets. Or resets that correction.
Auto WB Keep Warm Color  • Off
 • On
Maintains warm colours under candlelight etc.
Flash + WB  • Off
 • WB Auto
 • Flash WB
Automatically changes WB mode when shooting with flash
Color space  • sRGB
 • Adobe RGB
Sets the color space used in JPEGs.
Shading comp  • Off
 • On
Automatically corrects light fall-off at image corners (Vignetting)
Compression set  • JPEG size/quality 1 set
Large / Compression
Medium / Compression
Small / Compression
• JPEG size/quality 2 set
Large / Compression
Medium / Compression
Small / Compression
• JPEG size/quality 3 set
Large / Compression
Medium / Compression
Small / Compression
• JPEG size/quality 4 set
Large / Compression
Medium / Compression
Small / Compression
Selects the image size (Large/Middle/Small) and compression settings (SuperFine/Fine/Normal/Basic), that the camera uses for shooting JPEGS.
Pixel count  • Middle
3200 x 2400
2560 x 1920
1920 x 1440
1600 x 1200
• Small
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
Defines the sizes of 'Middle' and 'Small' JPEGs. The actual pixel values produced are dictated by the Image aspect option (Selected in Shooting Menu 1).

H: Record/Erase

Option Values / Actions Notes
Quick erase  • Off
 • On
Defines whether a confirmation screen appears before deletion.
RAW + JPEG erase  • JPEG
 • RAW
 • RAW + JPEG
Dictates which components of a RAW + JPEG shot are deleted when deleting images individually.
File name  • Auto
 • Reset
Auto continues numbering onto new cards Reset starts again.
Edit Filename   Add up to a 4-digit prefix to image names. One preset per color space.
Priority set  • No
 • Yes
Sets default answer on delete and format confirmation screens.
dpi settings  • 0 - 9999dpi Applies print resolution based on image size or a chosen output res.
Copyright settings  • Copyright Info
Off
On
 • Artist
(Set Name)
 • Copyright Name
(Set Name)
Allows copyright information to be incorporated into image EXIF data

I: Movie

Option Values / Actions Notes
Record Mode  • P
 • A
 • S
 • M
 • Art 1
 • Art 2
 • Art 3
 • Art 4
 • Art 5
 • Art 6
 • Art 7
 • Art 8
 • Art 9
 • Art 10
 • Art 11
 
Movie + Still  • Off
 • On
Sets whether movies are interrupted upon hitting shutter button.
Movie Sound  • Off
 • On
 
Movie Effect  • Off
 • On
Makes the video 'Echo' effects available
Wind Noise Reduction  • Off
 • Low
 • Standard
 • High
 
Recording Volume  • Low
 • Standard
 • High
 

J: Built-In EVF

Option Values / Actions Notes
Built-In EVF Style  • Style 1
 • Style 2
 • Style 3
Selects between two modes with a status bar and a full-screen display with settings overlaid.
Info Settings  • Histogram – On/Off
 • Highlight & Shadow – On/Off
 • Level Gauge – On/Off
 • Image Only – On/Off
Chooses which settings screens are available in the EVF
Displayed Grid  • Off
 • 6x4 grid
 • 3x3 grid
 • Crosshair grid
 • Diagonal grid
 • 16:9 (movie shooting) guides
Allows various grid options to be overlaid on all live view screens
EVF Auto Switch  • Off
 • On
Chooses between eye sensor or EVF switch to select live view method
Frame Rate  • Normal
 • High
Selects between 60Hz and 120Hz EVF refresh rate
EVF Adjust  • Brightness –7 to +7
 • Color temp –7 to +7
Adjust brightness and color balance of internal EVF

K: Utility

Option Values / Actions Notes
Pixel Mapping  • Start Automatically senses 'dead pixels' and maps them out by averaging colour values from surrounding pixels.
Exposure shift  • ESP – ±1EV
 • Center weighted – ±1EV
 • Spot – ±1EV
Each metering mode can be fine-tuned in 1/6 EV intervals between –1 and +1 EV.
Battery warning level  •+2 to –2 Adjusts whether the battery warning lights up sooner or later than default
Battery Priority  • PBH Battery
 • Body Battery
Chooses whether the internal or 'power battery holder' battery is used first
Level Adjust  • Reset Allows you to recalibrate the level gauge
Touch Screen Settings  • Off
 • On
Turns touchscreen functions on or off
Eye-Fi  • Off
 • On
Enable use of Eye-Fi WiFi-enabled SD cards

Accessory Port menu

The Accessory Port menu is short, dealing with the options available when using Olympus's PENPal image sharing device and the VF-2 clip-on EVF (which you can fit to the E-M5, but which shuts down the internal finder).

Option Values / Actions Notes
Olympus PenPal share  • Please Wait
 • Address Book
 • My Olympus PenPal
 • Picture Send Size
Size 1: Small (640 x 480)
Size 2: Large (1920 x 1440)
Size 3: Medium (1280 x 960)
 
Olympus PenPal Album  • Copy All
 • Reset Protect
 • Album Mem. Usage
 • Album Mem. Setup
 • Picture Send Size
Size 1: Large (Original size)
Size 2: Medium (1920 x 1440)
 
Electronic Viewfinder  • Brightness –7 to +7
 • Color temp –7 to +7
Adjust brightness and color balance of an external EVF

Setup menu

The setup menu contains just six options, with one of them acting to simplify the menu structure by hiding or displaying the Custom and Accessory Port menus. It's an interesting idea (especially since it's unusual to have to regularly delve into the Custom menu, given that all key settings are directly accessible), that can make the Olympus menu system considerably less intimidating.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Date / Time  • Date
 • Time
 • Date Format
 
Language   Selects menu language. Varies depending on market. Additional languages can be added with Olympus Master software.
LCD Adjust  • Brightness –2 to +2
 • Color temp –3 to +3
Adjust brightness and color balance of the LCD
Record View  • Off
 • Auto playback
 • 0.3 – 20 sec
Amount of time record review is displayed. Auto playback then moves to playback mode - allowing deletion.
Settings / Acc. Port menu display  • Settings Menu Display
Off
On
 • Accessory Port Menu Display
Off
On
Hides or reveals the settings and accessory port menus, to simplify the menu structure.
Firmware  • Show Displays lens and body firmware

AEL/AFL button combinations

AEL/AFL modes (S-AF & MF)

Mode Shutter half-press Shutter full-press AEL/AFL button
mode 1 AEL & S-AF Exposure AEL
mode 2 S-AF AEL & Exposure AEL
mode 3 AEL only Exposure S-AF*

*In manual focus mode, single AF acquire (S-AF) is only available in Mode 3 - giving you the option to use the AEL/AFL button (if you've configured one of the Fn buttons to be AEL/AFL), to perform a one-off autofocus acquisition.

AEL/AFL modes (C-AF)

Mode Shutter half-press Shutter full-press AEL/AFL button
mode 1 AEL & AF Start AFL & Exposure AEL
mode 2 AF Start AEL & AFL & Exposure AEL
mode 3 AEL only AFL & Exposure AF Start
mode 4 No action AEL & AFL & Exposure AF Start
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Comments

Total comments: 9
BobFoster

Great camera for travel and I have owned the OM-D E-M5 for already 3 weeks. I love the retro stye of it as it remind me of the OM4 which I still own.

Do note that the Lumix 20mm f:1.7 lens is not 100% comparable with the OM-D E-M5 when you leave the switch ON and the camera goes into sleep mode. It hang, Sometime It cannot wake up when you press the shutter button, you need to reset the camera by removing the battery for it to reset. Even when you OFF and ON back the switch is of no good.

1 upvote
larryr

It is the only one listed in the camera feature search with a viewfinder as waterproof,but it appears to be only weather resistant, ie don't dunk it in water(or clipped to your life jacket while whitewater kayaking).

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saradindubose

OLUMPUS OMDE5 appears to be an interesting camera - I am specially attracted to its weathersealed body and lens ( which I think is very essential in a country like I NDIA) - that was the reason why I had purchased PENTAX K10D years ago. One thing which is bothering me is its made in China tag. I am an architect and basically interested in landscape and nature photography - I travel a lot . Can I am have some inputs from those who are using OLYMPUS OMD E5?

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Vaqas

As a hobbyist, I have been using OMD EM5 for more than an year now and I love it. Here are some of my clicks. There are mostly landscapes and outdoors sports shots.
https://www.facebook.com/VaqasPhoto
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vaqasmalik/

4 upvotes
Liberator

I recently got E-M5 and very happy with it. By no means I'm pro photographer but with my new 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens is great combat and have been talking great picture. I use Toshiba Flash Air to use with my iPhone/ipad too. I mostly to landscape photos and it has not let me down.

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photohounds

It is an excellent little shooter.
THe EVF is quite good and KILLS OVFs in low light. THese were taken with one ..

http://http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Performing-arts

The CaNIKSon shooters told me that they got VERY few 'keeper' pics with their FF sensors. I get a few 'looks' while shooting, but they soon shut up when RESULTS are compared.

Anywhere it's really dark, you'll appreciate being able to SEE.

I also own the EM-1 and have yet to put it through its DIM light paces.

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Chad Hogan

I'm on the hunt for a new camera and weighing up my options just now.. I'm fairly new to the game though and a bit naive in all honesty! Is the EM5 much better than the Canon EOS 7D as this comparison...

http://versus.com/en/olympus-om-d-e-m5-vs-canon-eos-7d

suggests? What features make this camera great and what one would you go for?

Thanks, Chad

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TheRabbit

Hi, I didn't see any answer yet, so I asume nobody saw your post yet. I'll try to help you (maybe you didn't choose yet). This comparison isn't very good in my opinion (for example, it compares 9 fps vs 8, but you have to take in account that is with fixed focus. With continuous focus is much slower and less accurate...). I had a 60 D (same sensor, and image quality as the 7D with different features) and I have now the EM-5. I can tell you it has some advantages (if you think smaller and cheaper very good lenses are important advantages; for me, it is essential), but you will have to sacrifice some speed and easyness of handling. The best way is to read the full review of both cameras and to determine what are YOUR priorities. Don't forget to look at the sample images, as the two cameras have different outputs and it's important if you don't like to spend time in post processing. You will find very nice and helpfull reviews on this site (in my opinion, one of the best). Good luck!

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coroander

I sold my 7D and lots of expensive L glass after buying the E-M5. The E-M5 is much smaller, it's images are sharper (no anti-aliasing filter), while the 7D has a very strong anti-aliasing filter (much stronger than any of the other Canon cameras with 18MP sensors) and the E-M5 has more dynamic range. It's also not nearly as prone to banding as the 7D is when pulling details from shadows. The 7D is a bit more ergonomic, but it's much larger, and it's lenses are significantly larger. And the reason i sold it is because it's so heavy. The E-M5 is very fast focusing, but for indoor sports (subjects moving towards or away from the camera) the 7D wins. Both cameras are metal bodied and weather sealed. Both have 4 channel, 3 group remote flash triggering. The E-M5 also has tilt screen and touch screen (touch point to focus and take image.)

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