The in-body 5-axis image stabilisation system compensates for the shutter speed by up to 4 EV for correcting camera shake that occurs in all shooting situations. As the stabilisation system is built into the body it allows for the stabilisation of all Four Thirds, micro Four Thirds and legacy lenses. Additionally, the world’s most powerful camera shake compensation performance equivalent to 6 shutter speed steps is provided by 5-axis Sync IS when the E-M1 is combined with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO, which is the first Olympus interchangeable lens to be equipped with in-lens image stabilisation.
This model is equipped with IS-AUTO, which provides image stabilisation for general shooting and panning. The camera automatically detects the direction it is moving in and optimises the image stabilisation control direction for panning shots including tilting.
The image stabilisation system automatically engages when the shutter button is half depressed or if the Live View display is magnified. Once the stabiliser is engaged you can see the effects live which allows for more accurate framing and focusing for macro and telephoto shooting.
5-axis image stabilisation system is not just for still images, but is extremely effective for shooting movies as well. In particular, rotary shift compensation, not possible with in-lens image stabilisation, is necessary for stable movie shooting. It enables you to smoothly shoot a movie with minimal blur while walking or moving actively. The power of this feature shows its true worth in underwater movie shooting where it is difficult to keep still.
(Added features in firmware Ver. 4.0) With firmware version 4.0, M-IS1 mode for combined 5-axis image stabilisation and electronic stabilisation, and M-IS2 mode for 5-axis image stabilisation only, are available.
|In-body image stabilisation||In-lens image stabilisation|
|Stable viewfinder image||Available||Available|
|Can be used for any lens||YES||NO*1|
|Also effective for legacy lenses||YES||NO*1|
|Smaller and lighter lenses are possible||YES||NO|
|The image quality of lenses is not affected||Not affected||Affected|
|Rotary shift compensation||Available||NO*1|
|Shift blur compensation||YES||YES with limitation*2|