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Built-in Wi-Fi and Olympus Image Share

The E-M1 features Built-in Wi-Fi allowing you to connect the camera to your smartphone. When used in conjunction with OLYMPUS Image Share (O.I.Share) app for iOS & Android, users gain the ability to wirelessly transfer images for sharing, adjust various exposure settings, and remotely control the shutter of the E-M1 wirelessly with the touchscreen of their smartphone.

Images can easily be transferred to a smartphone via Wi-Fi

Easily share images just by touching the E-M1's on-screen Wi-Fi button to initiate the connection setup. Initial setup is not difficult, and can be done simply by scanning the QR code that is displayed on the camera. The setup can be completed in just a few easy steps.

Control your camera from your smartphone

The Wireless Touch AF Shutter enables the E-M1's Live View on your smartphone for remote shooting. You can select from the various shooting modes (P, A, S, M, iAUTO) and adjust settings such as the shutter speed, aperture value exposure compensation, ISO and white balance. You can also use your smartphone for remote Live Bulb shooting and sequential shooting.

(Feature added in firmware Ver. 4.0)
The E-M1 becomes compatibile with Live Composite via Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) ver. 2.6 with the upgrade to firmware ver. 4.0.

Wireless mode lets you adjust settings on the camera while activating the shutter release on a smartphone

You can adjust settings on the camera while activating the shutter release on a smartphone. Just as with a remote cable, a smartphone can be used to focus with a halfway press, and capture the image with a full press.

Computer software that enhances your shooting workflow

Olympus Capture tethered shooting software

(Feature added in firmware Ver. 2.0) Tethered shooting is a feature included in response to many requests from professional studio photographers. Simply connect the E-M1 to your computer with a USB cable and you can shoot, change camera settings, and quickly transfer images between the camera and computer. You can control the camera either directly from the camera or from the computer at all times, without having to make any control setting changes. (Because there is no mirror to be locked up on compact system cameras, the focus can be adjusted using the camera viewfinder, and shooting using the camera itself is possible while displaying Live View on a computer) This feature provides a stress-free environment for focusing on shooting, enhancing collaboration with your photography clients.

(Feature added in firmware Ver. 4.0) The E-M1 becomes compatible with Olympus Capture ver. 1.1, which now features Live Composite, Live Bulb/Time, Keystone Compensation, among other useful functions.

  • The dedicated software Olympus Capture is required to use the Camera Control function.

Olympus Viewer 3 provides smart management of digital workflow

When processing RAW files with Olympus Viewer 3 you can apply a variety of in camera settings such as Colour Creator, Highlight & Shadow Control. Alternatively you can use the Olympus Image Share smartphone app to map images with appended geotags and display the route (logging) on a map.

Tilting LCD monitor

Featuring a tilting touch LCD monitor with high colour reproduction and contrast. The monitor is a capacitive touch panel coated with fingerprint resistant finishing and is very responsive. It can be tilted upward to 80 degrees and downward to 50 degrees to provide high angle shooting in crowds and low angle shooting which can be useful for shooting children or pets. The eye sensor automatically turns off when the rear monitor is pulled out to enable touch shooting easily.

The digital level gauge corresponds to vertical and horizontal directions

A dual-direction level gauge that corresponds to vertical and horizontal directions can be displayed on the Live View monitor. This function is useful when there is no horizon, or when the screen is dark and difficult to see. Whilst using this feature shooting information such as the aperture and shutter speed can still be displayed or alternatively you can also replace the exposure indicator with the level meter display* (one axis).

  • Only with finder styles 1 and 2.

Live Guide that lets you apply multiple effects

(Newly added functions in firmware Ver. 2.0) Live Guide captures photos exactly as you imagine without having to understand difficult, photography-specific language. By upgrading to firmware Ver. 2.0, you can simultaneously apply multiple effects.

  • A check mark appears on the Live Guide options used.
  • Blur Background and Express Motion cannot both be used on the same image.

Comfortable controls

Quick release mode dial lock mechanism

Mode dial lock function

Equipped with a mode dial lock mechanism that can be toggled on/off,  ensuring you don't accidentally rotate it changing critical settings unnecessarily, whilst maintaining ease of use.

2 x 2 Dial Control

1. Rear dial 2. Fn lever 3. Front dial

The 2x2 Dial Control interface allows you to directly control frequently used parameters such as the aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, ISO speed, white balance and so on. Using the combination the conventional two dials with the Fn (function) lever user's abilities are enhanced to intuitively control the camera to capture their desired scenes.

MySet dial and button control allow you to customise camera settings according to your shooting style.

Four different MySets can be assigned to any position on the mode dial for shooting. By assigning MySets to positions on the dial that you don't use often, you can customise the mode dial to your own shooting style for ease of use. Additionally if you register a MySet to a button such as Fn button, you can recall the MySet with a single press of the button.

Features added or improved through firmware upgrade

Firmware version 4.0

  1. Focus Stacking has been added for shooting and merging different shots so that the entire scene is in focus from the foreground to the background.
  2. Focus Bracketing has been added for shifting the focus slightly while shooting.
  3. Focus Peaking now allows adjustment of peaking intensity and colour specification.
  4. Silent Mode has been added for situations where camera sounds are inappropriate.
  5. Anti-shock mode can now be selected from the drive mode for easier use.
  6. Olympus Capture 1.1 tethered shooting software is now supported.
  7. S-OVF (Simulated OVF) has been added to provide a view that is similar to that of the unaided eye.
  8. 4K Time Lapse Movie has been added.
  9. Live Composite shooting can now be controlled remotely using the Olympus Image Share smartphone app.
  10. 5-axis image stabilisation + electronic stabilisation for movies is now supported.
  11. Multiple frame rates (24p (23.98p)/25p) and time code recording is now supported.
  12. A slate tone can now be added for convenient movies, has been added.
  13. Synchronised recording start/stop operation between the camera and linear PCM recorder is now supported.
  14. Disabling MF clutch and saving the setting menu cursor position is now supported.

Firmware version 3.1/3.0

  1. Movie shooting using the Olympus Share smartphone app is now supported.
  2. AF tracking sequential shooting performance during Continuous AF (C-AF) has been improved to a max. 9 fps.
  3. Underwater Picture Mode: provides vivid colours and beautiful reproduction of blues for underwater photography.
  4. LV Boost II: assists vision in starscape photography.

Firmware version 2.0

  1. Tethered Shooting: Using the dedicated OLYMPUS Capture software, the camera can be controlled from both the camera itself and from a computer.
  2. Keystone Compensation enables the capture of perspective corrected images with any lens.
  3. Live Composite: This function lets you capture movement of light as solid light trails.
  4. Fast Electronic Viewfinder: Further reduced display time lag (0.016 sec.)
    * When the frame rate is set to High Speed.
  5. New Art Filters: Vintage and Partial Colour.
  6. New Photo Story: Zoom In/Out and Layout have been added. Temporarily Save & Resume function has also been added.
  7. Live Guide: Multiple effects can now be added.
  8. Panning Shot added to Scene Mode.
  9. New Movie Effect: Old Film Effect.
  10. HDR1/HDR2 exposure compensation: Up to ±3 EV exposure compensation is now possible in HDR mode.
  • Pictures are for illustrative purposes only.
  • Screen captures in the monitor are composite images.


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