Versatile Shooting Modes


Two different shooting modes expand the expressive power of macro photography.

Focus Stacking

(Feature added in firmware Ver. 4.0)
Focus stacking mode captures 8 images and automatically merges them to form a single photo that is in focus from the foreground to the background.

Applicable lenses (current as of December 2016):
M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO
M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO
M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro
M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm F2.8 Macro

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  1. High-magnification macro shooting: Impossible to stop down the aperture and capture photos that are in focus from the foreground to background
  2. Focus Stacking mode: Possible to simultaneously obtain a depth of field that exceeds the smallest aperture (f22) and high resolution that is not affected by diffraction
  • The locations in focus in each photo are automatically merged into a single shot.
  • 8 recorded shots are saved (either RAW or JPEG are available) along with the single composite image (JPEG).
  • The resulting composite image is slightly cropped from the original images.
  • Flash synchro speed is 1/13 sec. or less

Focus Bracketing

(Feature added in firmware Ver. 4.0)
In macro shooting, results changes drastically depending on where the focal point is placed. With Focus Bracketing, the focal location is shifted slightly with each shot for up to 999 shots. You can set the amount of focus movement between shots from 1 to 10, with 1 being the smallest movement and 10 being the largest. Third-party software can be used to merge shots captured with Focus Bracketing to create images that look like specimen photos from a picture book or field guide.

  • Flash synchro speed is 1/13 sec. or less

Versatile shutter modes

An easier to use Anti-shock Mode has been added.

(Feature added in firmware Ver. 4.0) Anti-Shock mode (electronic first curtain shutter), which reduces shutter shock, can now be used in sequential shooting (max. 5 fps/ Sequential L). When exceeding shutter speeds of 1/320 sec. where uneven exposure tends to occur, the camera automatically switches to the mechanical shutter.

  • When using Anti-Shock mode, the first-curtain electronic shutter is used even when the time from a full press to the beginning of exposure is set to values other than "0".

Silent Mode for situations where camera sounds are inappropriate

(Feature added in firmware Ver. 4.0)
Silent Mode (electronic shutter) turns off the shutter sound and the AF sound for shooting in environments where it is not appropriate to make noise. You can select shutter speeds from 1/16000 to 1/8 sec., and use sequential shooting (max. 11 fps/Sequential H).

  • Rolling distortion can occur when shooting fast-moving subjects.
  • Certain types of fluorescent light or LED light may cause striped patterns to appear on the image depending on the shutter speed used.
  • You can reduce the shock caused by the shutter opening and closing.
  • The flash is deactivated. The AF Illuminator is not deactivated.
  • Available from ISO LOW to 3200.

Long shooting times that let you capture fantastic images

Live Composite lets you capture movement of light as solid light trails

(Newly added functions in firmware Ver. 2.0) Live Composite shooting mode provides automatic-compositing of a large number of shots seamlessly within a single-image exposure without over-exposure unlike normal bulb shooting.   This feature is useful for capturing beautiful star trails, fireworks and fireflies in the background while shooting a bright building in the foreground. As with Live Bulb, you can check the progress on the LCD monitor. Moreover, you can also use the flash to emphasise a moment during the exposure or a pen light for light-painting. A maximum exposure of up to 3 hours in total length is possible without risk of overexposure.

  • Shooting time: 3 seconds
  • Shooting time: 1 min. (20 shots/composite)
  • Shooting time: 60 min. (1200 shots/composite)

Live Bulb and Live Time update the image display during exposure

Live BULB functionality provides a Live View display of the image the camera is capturing whilst the shutter  release is engaged. The screen also displays the exposure time and a histogram. The E-M1 also has the option of Live Time which provides a Live View display of the image the camera is capturing by opening the shutter on the first push and closing the shutter on a second push.

  • (1) Number of possible display refreshes(2) Exposure time
  • The histogram can be shown or hidden by pressing the INFO button

Interval Shooting & 4K Time Lapse Movie

(Feature added in firmware Ver. 4.0) The Interval Shooting features lets you capture scenes such as blooming flowers, the flow of people, and the movement of starts, over long periods of time from a fixed point. It automatically performs continuous shooting once you set the number of total shots and the interval (from one second to 24 hours). Additionally, when upgrading to version 4.0, you can automatically create 4K Time Lapse movies (5 fps) up to 200 seconds long. With this function, you can enjoy successive shots as a movie.

Hand-held Starlight Mode

The E-M1 features Hand-held Starlight Mode. When used in this mode, the camera takes 8 shots during one shutter release to create a composite image with less noise.


Shooting modes that expand your photographic expression

In addition to Art Filters, which enables artistic expressions in photos, the E-M1 is equipped with Photo Story, for telling a story with multiple photos. These Olympus-original functions are included to let you turn normal, everyday scenes into photos that are uniquely your own.

14 Art Filters

Art Filters expand your artistic expression. If you upgrade to firmware Ver. 2.0, you can enjoy 14 different Art Filter options.


(Newly added functions in firmware Ver. 2.0)

Vintage for a special aged photo effect

By reproducing effects that occur in aging film prints, such as colour changes and darkening, a normal, everyday scene can be turned into a nostalgic moment. Effects are available in Type I, II, and III.

Partial Colour makes subjects more impressive

This option keeps just a single specific colour and converts all others to monochrome for when you want to emphasise part of a subject.

Art Effects increase the creativity of Art Filters.

Art Effects increase the creativity of Art Filters. The E-M1 features a Defocusing Art Effect for defocusing either the left and right sides or top and bottom of an image for creating a miniaturizing effect. This effect can also be used in combination with Art Filters other than the Diorama Filter by using the Eye Detection AF. This defocuses the left/right or upper/lower part of an image using the focused eye as the central point to create a portrait image with impressive depth of field.

Photo Story: create in-camera story boards

Create a story through a collection of multiple everyday photos in real time with the Photo Story feature. You can combine multiple photos while still maintaining full creative control and composition.

The Save & Resume function lets you create a Photo Story over multiple shoots

(Newly added functions in firmware Ver. 2.0)
A new temporary Save and Resume function allows for Photo Story collages to be completed later should a user wish to delay the completion of their collage for added flexibility.

New themes: Zoom In/Out and Layout

(Newly added functions in firmware Ver. 2.0)
Zoom In/Out creates an image consisting of a wide-angle shot and a telephoto shot in one image. Layout has been added for enjoying photo album style expressions


Convenient perspective-control for architectural photography

Keystone Compensation allows tilt-shift photography with any lens

(Newly added functions in firmware Ver. 2.0) Allows for the compensation of horizontal and vertical skew that is often encountered when utilising ultra wide angle lenses, this new feature eliminates the need for expensive shift-lenses and enables easy perspective-corrected photography with any lens for E-M1 users. This is a particularly useful feature for those undertaking architectural, interior and other similar fields of photography. Corrections that are made to the image are seen live through the camera’s viewfinder by utilising E-M1's rear and front dials.

  • Before use
  • After use

Focus Peaking now lets you specify peaking intensity and display colour

(Feature added in firmware Ver. 4.0) In addition to black and white, red and yellow are now available in Focus Peaking. You can quickly adapt to the situation by using the Fn button to turn Peaking on and off, and the INFO button to set the peaking intensity and display colour you see in Live View.

  • Low: Narrow depth of field
  • Standard
  • High: Wide depth of field

Two HDR modes and HDR Bracketing (HDR-BKT)

Drive button Direct HDR shooting is possible by pressing the HDR button.

HDR mode

With a single release of the shutter, the camera takes four shots with different exposures to create an HDR image. HDR1 creates natural textures, and HDR2 creates strong artistic effects reminiscent of paintings. You can make use of two different HDR modes.

  • ±3 EV exposure compensation during shooting is possible from firmware Ver. 2.0. HDR shooting information can be added to Exif information.
  • The ISO is fixed at 200 in HDR mode.
  • HDR1: Creates a natural looking image with high dynamic range
  • HDR2: Generates painting-like, highly artistic photos.

HDR-BKT(HDR bracketing)

HDR Bracketing mode is also included for use with HDR software on a computer.

One-push Digital Tele-converter

This function provides a telephoto effect simply by magnifying the central part of an image by a 2x. You can assign this function to the Fn button for use at the single push of a button. Thanks to the advanced image compensation performance of the image processing engine, up to 1200mm (in 35mm terms) of telephoto shooting is possible (when the M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II is used).


Full HD movie

Full HD video shooting provides spectacular video quality, making the most of high-performance interchangeable lenses, which can defocus the background. The E-M1 provides smooth beautiful video with high-quality stereo recording.

Multi Frame Rate

(Feature added in firmware Ver. 4.0)
Compatible with Multi Frame Rate, offering 30p and 25p, in addition to 24p which provides a film movie-like feel.

5-axis image stabilisation + electronic stabilisation for movies

(Feature added in firmware Ver. 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.

  • An SD card with a speed class of 6 or greater is recommended for shooting movies.
  • In M-IS1, the image is recorded at a slightly magnified size.

Time code settings

(Feature added in firmware Ver. 4.0) It is possible to record a time code, which is useful for editing movies. The following options are available: Rec Run and Drop Frame/Non-drop Frame. The starting time for the time code can be set by the actual time or manually.

Remote control to start and stop movie recording

(Feature added in firmware Ver. 4.0) You can start and stop movie recording using the separately available RM-UC1 Release Cable and the OLYMPUS Image Share smartphone app.

Microphone sensitivity, microphone input limiter

The dynamic range when using an external microphone is expanded and audio recording level adjustment is available in 21 steps. An input limiter is now in place that automatically limits volume levels and prevents clipping when the sound from the microphone goes above a certain level.

Movie Effect:

The Movie Effect feature adds effects to HD movies. Multi Echo creates motion trails, One Shot Echo captures the image when the button is pressed and shows it as a trail, and Art Fade lets you shoot a video with the effect of the selected picture mode. Movie Tele-converter magnifies a given part of the image by 4 times in an instant moment, and Old Film Effect produces a retro feel. All of these effects can be operated by touching the screen.

New Movie Effect: Old Film Effect

(Newly added functions in firmware Ver. 2.0)

The Old Film Effect movie effect can be enjoyed from firmware Ver. 2.0. Noise, scratches, and dust are randomly inserted and the entire screen is slightly darkened to produce an older classic look to your movie.

Movie Tele-converter: Activation at a single touch while recording a movie

  • Touch the image to magnify
  • Magnification with virtually no image degradation

Support for efficient movie editing

(Feature added in firmware Ver. 4.0)
It is now possible to synchronise the start/stop of high-resolution audio recording on a linear PCM recorder with the start/stop of recording movies on your camera. You can also add a slate tone while shooting a movie to make synchronising video and audio easier when editing movies.

  • Compatible model: LS-100

New Scene Mode: Panning Shot

(Newly added functions in firmware Ver. 2.0)
When movement is detected by the camera for tracking a subject, the shutter speed will automatically be set for optimum panning. The 5-axis image stabilisation system optimises control for all directions in panning shots.

  • Pictures are for illustrative purposes only.
  • Screen captures in the monitor are composite images.

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