EM1: Can I see the exposure LIVE (or half pressing) through the EVF?

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luisflorit Veteran Member • Posts: 7,960
EM1: Can I see the exposure LIVE (or half pressing) through the EVF?

Being a DSLR user for several years, I was waiting to go m43rds for a long time, one of the main reasons was the EVF. I always hated to have to review in the LCD the pictures I take. I do mostly wildlife, and I've lost uncountable many pictures due to wrong exposure. WIth my old FZ50, horrible EVF by today standards, I virtually never missed the exposure, since half-pressing the shutter shows me what will be recorded.

Now, I got an EM1 expecting for the same. Indeed, in M mode, I see live the exposure in the EVF, even without having to press the shutter. Neat!

However, in A or S modes, this is not the case. It always shows the same exposure. It makes sense, you would say, because the camera compensates. Not quite: the camera cannot close the lens beyond the min aperture, so you can have underexposure. Yes, the exposure/aperture blinks when it can compensate, but you don't see this in screen. Even worse, it does not tell me even how many stops I am off.

Is there any way to tell the EM1 to show me the wrong exposure in A/S modes like in M mode? I run over the whole manual already, and I only found was in Menu > Gears > D (ix) LIVE VIEW BOOST, that I set to OFF.



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