Custom Functions / settings

It's become something of an Olympus tradition to offer some of the most customizable cameras on the market and the E-30 takes it to new heights. Not only can you apply different functions to several of the external buttons, you can also fine-tune the autofocus system to an astonishing degree (if you're confident your testing method is good enough to outperform the engineers at Olympus.

Custom Menu 1

This is where all the fun happens - sixty settings arranged in nine sections ('A' to 'I'). They're grouped well, so that you rarely have to think too hard about where to find the setting you're searching for. Although separated into sections, once you're in the main list, those sections link together, effectively creating a 14-page list of options.

Unlike the E-3, the E-30 doesn't ever leave you stuck in the menus - pressing the shutter button always puts you back into shooting mode, which is something we're delighted to see.


Option Values / Actions Notes
AF Illuminat.  • Off
 • On
Uses the internal flash to assist autofocusing in low light.
Focus ring  • Counter clockwise
 • Clockwise
Defines the direction in which the manual focus ring operates.
C-AF Lock  • Off
 • On
Locks the focus, once attained to avoid distraction by movement.
AF area pointer  • Off
 • On
Dictates whether the AF point illuminates in the viewfinder.
AF sensitivity  • Normal
 • Small
Normal includes the area around the AF point for focusing.
AF area setup  • Off
 • Loop
 • Spiral
Defines the order in which AF points are selected when using the control wheel to move between them.
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.
Live View AF Mode  • AF Sensor
 • Hybrid AF
 • Imager AF
Selects which focus method is used in Live View.

B: Button/Dial

Option Values / Actions Notes
Dial function  • P
Program shift/Program shift
Program shift/Exp. Comp.
Program shift/Flash Comp.
Exp. Comp./Program shift
Exp. Comp./Exp. Comp.
Exp. Comp./Flash Comp.
Flash Comp./Program shift
Flash Comp./Exp. Comp.
Flash. Comp./Flash Comp.
 • A
F No./F No.
F No./Exp Comp.
F No./Flash Comp.
Exp. Comp./F No.
Flash Comp./F No.
 • S
Shutter speed/Shutter speed
Shutter speed/Exp Comp.
Shutter speed/Flash Comp.
Exp. Comp./Shutter speed
Flash Comp./Shutter speed
 • M
Shutter speed/F No.
F No./Shutter speed
 • Menu

Allows functions to be applied to the main and sub command dials. In each instance, any of the options can be applied to either dial to suit the operator.

Menu allows the behavior of the dial while navigating menus to be swapped.

Dial direction  • Dial 1
 • Dial 2
Swaps the direction in which both dials operate.
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)
 • On
Toggles whether AEL/AFL button needs to be held to retain AEL.
Fn Function  • Preview
 • Live Preview
 • Set custom White Balance
 • Current AF point/Home point
 • Manual Focus
 • P/A/S/M Mode
 • Test picture
 • My mode
 • Level gauge
 • Off
 • Face detect
Assigns a function to the function button.
My Mode setup  • My Mode 1
 • My Mode 2
Normal includes the area around the AF point for focusing.
Button timer  • Off
 • 3 Sec
 • 5 Sec
 • 8 Sec
 • Hold
Sets how long the direct-access buttons remain active after they are pressed. Hold leaves the button active until pressed again.
AEL/AFL <> Fn  • Off
 • On
Swaps the function of the AEL/AFL and Fn buttons.
Lock  • Off
 • On
Locks the four-way controller 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.
Seql. L mode fps  • 1 fps
 • 2 fps
 • 3 fps
 • 4 fps
Sets the speed of the limited-speed sequential shooting mode.

D: Disp/Beep/PC

Option Values / Actions Notes
Beep  • Off
 • On
Decides whether the camera beeps upon obtaining focus lock
Sleep  • Off
 • 1 Min
 • 3 Min
 • 5 Min
 • 10 Min
Sets the period of inactivity before sleep mode is engaged.
Backlit LCD  • 8 Sec
 • 30 Sec
 • 1 Min
 • Hold
Selects the period for which the LCD remains lit after a button press.
4 hr timer  • 4 Hr
 • Off
Auto power off after 4 hours
USB Mode  • Auto
 • Storage
 • MTP
 • Control
 • Print Easy
 • Print Custom
Defines the behavior of the camera when connected by USB. Auto brings up a selection menu each time a connection is made.
Live View boost  • Off
 • On
On brightens screen for visibility, Off mimics brightness of exposure.
LV frame rate  • Norm
 • High
Face detect  • Off
 • On
Info setting  • Play Info
Image Only
Highlights and Shadow
 • LV Info
Multi View
Image Only
Composition Grid
Thirds Grid
Crosshairs Grid
Enables/Disables the different playback and Live view screen modes that are found by pressing the 'Info' button.
Level gauge  • Off
 • On
Displays the level gauge on screen

E: Exposure/Metering/ISO

Option Values / Actions Notes
Ev step  • 1/3 EV
 • 1/2 EV
 • 1 EV
Sets incremental steps used for exposure
ISO step  • 1/3 EV
 • 1 EV
Sets incremental steps used for sensitivity.
ISO-Auto set  • High limit
ISO 200 - 3200
 • Default
ISO 200 - 3200
Sets the upper limit and default value used by Auto ISO mode.
ISO-Auto on  • P/A/S
 • All
Selects which modes ISO-Auto is active in. All includes Manual mode.
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.
Bulb timer  • 30 Min
 • 25 Min
 • 20 Min
 • 15 Min
 • 8 Min
 • 4 Min
 • 2 Min
 • 1 Min
Sets maximum exposure in bulb mode.

F: Flash/Custom

Option Values / Actions Notes
Flash X-Sync  • 1/60 - 1/250 Sync speed of flash
Flash slow limit  • 1/30 - 1/250 Lowest shutter allowed with flash
Flash + EV comp  • Off
 • On
Auto pop up  • Off
 • On

G: Record mode/Color/WB

Option Values / Actions Notes
All WB comp  • All Set
Amber (15 steps)
Green (15 steps)
 • All Reset
Applies a correction to all WB presets. Or resets that correction.
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
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).
Image aspect  • 4:3
 • 3:2
 • 16:9
 • 6:6
 • 5:4
 • 7:6
 • 6:5
 • 7:5
 • 3:4
Aspect shooting  • LV
 • All
LV mode only crops the images shot in live view mode. All crops pictures shot in live view and marks images shot with the viewfinder.

H: Record/Erase

Option Values / Actions Notes
Quick erase  • Off
 • On
Defines whether a confirmation screen appears before deletion.
RAW + JPEG erase  • JPEG
 • RAW
Dictates which components of a RAW + JPEG shot are deleted when deleting images individually.
Filename  • Auto
 • Reset
Auto continues numbering onto new cards Reset starts again.
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.

I: Utility

Option Values / Actions Notes
Cleaning   Raises the mirror for cleaning
Ext. WB detect  • Off
 • On
Disables the built-in WB sensor for when the subject is differently lit.
AF Focus Adj.  • Set AF data
Default data
+20 to -20
Lens data
+20 to -20
 • Data list

Allows AF to be fine-tuned on either a per-lens basis (based on lens's serial number), or for all lenses.

Each lens can be calibrated with a different correction value for each focus point and with different values assigned for wide-angle and telephoto.

Exposure shift  • ESP
 • Center weighted
 • Spot
Each metering mode can be fine-tuned in 1/6 EV intervals between -1 and +1 EV.
Battery type  • 1 (Alkaline)
 • 2
 • 3
Sets the type of battery being used in the optional HLD-4 battery grip.
Warning level  •+2 to -2 Adjusts whether the battery warning lights up sooner or later than usual.
Level adjust  • Reset
 • Adjust
Calibrates the on-screen level indicator or resets to defaults.

AEL/AFL modes (S-AF & MF)


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)


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