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Custom Functions / settings

Olympus has developed a tradition of making phenomenally configurable cameras - even its least-expensive DSLR has always allowed the kinds of changes that 90% of people will wonder about the need for, but the remaining 10% will be delighted to be able to change. Many of the settings included tend to be of the type that you'll likely set once and never return to, which makes Olympus's trick of hiding the settings menu quite an astute one. The menu that controls the Accessory Port can also be hidden, if you don't have anything to plug in there.

Settings menu

This is the real biggie; fully ten sections ('A' to 'J') of options ordered into fairly logical groups that cover everything from autofocus to image quality settings and button behavior. Although separated into sections, once you're in the main list the pages all link together, effectively creating a 15-page list of options (unlike the top-level tabs, that loop at the end of each tab).

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
 
AF area  • Automatic selection
 • Single area
Select area using arrow keys
 • Expanded area*
Select area using arrow keys
Auto uses all focus points to focus on the closest object.

Expanded area uses a 3x square of AF points
[...] Set Up  • Off
 • Loop
 • Spiral
 
Reset lens  • Off
 • On
Refocuses to infinity when the camera shuts down.
Bulb 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*  • Automatic selection
 • Single area
Select home area
 • Expanded area
Select home area
Sets a 'Home' AF point position that can be reset quickly using the Fn keys (when assigned)
AF Illuminat.*  • Off
 • On
 
Face Priority*  • Closer eye
 • Left side eye
 • Right side eye
 • Off
 

B: Button/Dial

Option Values / Actions Notes
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 the selection of modes that dictate the behavior of exposure and focus at shutter-button half press, full press and AEL/AFL button held.

(Described at the bottom of the page. Click on the focus type to jump to the correct table)
AEL/AFL MEMO  • Off
 • On
Toggles whether AEL/AFL button needs to be held to retain AEL.
Button Function*  • Fn 1
AEL/AFL
Movie Record
Preview
One Touch White Balance
[...] Home
MF
Quality
Test Picture
Myset1
Myset2
Myset3
Myset4
Backlit LCD
Live guide
Digital Tele-converter
Off
 • Fn 2
Exp. Comp.
Movie Record
Preview
[...] Home
MF
Quality
Backlit LCD
IS Mode
Live Guide
Digital Tele-converter
Off
 • Movie button
AEL-AFL
Movie record
Preview
One Touch White Balance
[...] Home
MF
Quality
Test Picture
Myset1
Myset2
Myset3
Myset4
Backlit LCD
Live guide
Digital Tele-converter
Off
 • Right arrow
Drive mode
ISO
WB
Dial Lock
Exp Comp
Flash Mode
 • Down arrow
Drive mode
ISO
WB
Dial Lock
Exp Comp
Flash Mode
Note: The available options displayed by the camera for the various customizable buttons are contingent upon the functions currently assigned to other buttons:

When selecting the function for Fn1, Fn2 or the Movie Record button, the options currently assigned to the other two buttons are not displayed.

When selecting the function of the 'Right' and 'Down' arrows, the option currently assigned to the other is not displayed, aside from Exposure Compensation which is always available on both buttons.
Dial function  • P
Program shift
Flash Exp. Comp
Exp. Comp.
 • A
F No.
Flash Exp. Comp
Exp. Comp.
 • S
Shutter speed
Flash Exp. Comp
Exp. Comp.
 • M
F No.
Shutter speed
 • Menu
 • Playback
Allows functions to be applied to the two command dials independently. In P mode, any of the options can be applied to either dial to suit the operator. In A and S modes, either dial can be assigned to the primary exposure parameter, and the second dial can then be set to any of the 3 listed options. In M mode, one dial controls F Number and the other shutter speed, but their function can be swapped.


The behavior of the dials while navigating menus or viewing images can also be swapped.
Dial direction  • Exposure
Dial 1
Dial 2
 • Menu
Dial 1
Dial 2
Swaps the direction in which the dial operates.
Dial Lock  • Off
 • On
Allows the rear dial to be locked to prevent unintended operation

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.

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
 
Info setting  • Play Info
Image Only
On/Off
Overall
On/Off
Histogram
On/Off
Highlights and Shadow
On/Off
Lightbox*
On/Off
 • LV Info
Displayed Grid
Off
5 x 5 grid
3 x 3 grid (rule of thirds)
Cross hairs
Diagonals
Histogram
On/Off
Highlight & Shadow*
On/Off
Multi View
On/Off
Level Gauge
On/Off
Image only
On/Off
• Thumbnail settings*
4
On/Off
9
On/Off
25
On/Off
100
On/Off
Calender
On/Off
Enables/Disables the different playback and Live view screen modes that are found by pressing the 'Info' button.
Camera Control Settings*  • iAuto
Live Guide
Live Control
SCP
 • PASM
Live Control
SCP
 • Art
Art Menu
Live Control
SCP
 • SCN
Scene Menu
Live Control
SCP
Allows various control options (including Super Control Panel, SCP) to be turned on or off in different exposure modes
Picture Mode Settings*  • i-Enhance
 • Vivid
 • Muted
 • Portrait
 • Monotone
 • Custom
 • Soft Focus
 • Pale & Light Color
 • Light Tone
 • Grainy Film
 • Pin Hole
 • Diorama
 • Cross Process
 • Gentle Sepia
 • Dramatic Tone
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*  • On
 • Off
 
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
Play Close-up Mode*  • Mode 1
 • Mode 2
Changes behaviour of enlarged view in playback
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.
Beep  • On
 • Off
Decides whether the camera beeps upon obtaining focus lock
Volume  • Mute, 5 levels  
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 100
 • ISO 200
 • ISO 400
 • ISO 800
 • ISO 1600
 • ISO 3200
 • ISO 6400
 • ISO 12800
(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 - 12800
 • Default
ISO 200 - 12800
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 timer  • 30 Min
 • 25 Min
 • 20 Min
 • 15 Min
 • 8 Min
 • 4 Min
 • 2 Min
 • 1 Min
Sets maximum exposure in bulb mode.
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 - 1/180 Sync speed of flash
Flash slow limit  • 30 secs - 1/180 Lowest shutter allowed with flash
Flash + EV comp  • Off
 • On
Links AE compensation and flash exposure compensation

G: Record mode/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)
 • 5500 K (Flash)
 • Custom 1
 • Custom 2
 • Kelvin (2000 - 14000 K)
- Fine tune Amber / Green (15 steps)
- "
- "
- "
- "
- "
- "
- "
- "
All WB comp  • All Set
Amber (15 steps)
Green (15 steps)
 • All Reset
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
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 (below).

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 position on delete and format confirmation screens.
dpi settings  • Auto
 • Custom
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
 
Movie + Still  • Off
 • On
 
Movie Sound  • Off
 • On
 

J: 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
 • Center weighted
 • Spot
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 usual.
Level Adjust  • Reset Allows you to redefine what the level gauge considers to be horizontal (just in case you disagree with the rest of the world).
Touchscreen 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.

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 the EVR

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
 • 1 - 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 & AFL Exposure AEL
mode 2 AFL only AEL & Exposure AEL
mode 3 AEL only Exposure AFL

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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