OM-D Pet peeve: switching shooting modes

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anupamkatkar
anupamkatkar Regular Member • Posts: 235
OM-D Pet peeve: switching shooting modes

Maybe I shouldn't call this a pet peeve because I do not know any other camera that does it either, but there's a small firmware improvement that I think would make an OM-D camera much more powerful.

As of now, you can program the mode switch around the AEL/AFL button to switch between AF modes and focus areas.

For example, you can program Mode 1 to shoot S-AF for a single tracking area, and Mode 2 to shoot C-AF for a 3x3 area. That makes it really easy to switch between, say, focusing on the eye of a perched bird in S-AF and photographing a bird in flight a moment later, at the flick of a switch.

But you cannot change the shooting mode! Say you're shooting single frames in Mode 1, then flick the switch to Mode 2, it will only shoot a single frame in Mode 2.

Or if you're using ProCap H in Mode 1, waiting for a perched bird to take off ... and see another bird in flight, you could switch to Mode 2 (C-AF), but that would be pointless because you need to switch to L or ProCap-L to get usable BIF shots. And to change that, you'll have to press the button on top left or use the SCP, and by that time you'll miss your shot.

Anyone else frustrated by this? Any workarounds?

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