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Silent Mode for silent shooting

The E-M1 Mark II is equipped with Silent Mode, which disables shutter sounds and electronic sounds for silent shooting. This feature is useful for concerts and other events where sounds are inappropriate.

  • Shooting quick-moving subjects may cause distortion in the image.
  • When noise reduction for long shutter time is set to Auto while using Silent Mode, you will hear a shutter sound when the dark frame is captured in a shooting time of 4 seconds or more.
  • You can select to activate or deactivate the AF Illuminator, autofocus sound, and flash.
  • Shutter speed can be set from 60 to 1/32000 sec.
  • Certain types of fluorescent light or LED light may cause striped patters to appear on the image depending on the shutter speed used.
  • The shock caused by the shutter opening and closing can be reduced.

Focus Stacking Mode

Focus stacking captures 8 photos of slightly different focus and then automatically merges them for a single photo in focus from the foreground to background.

M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO, f/11, 1/60sec., Focus Step: 3
  • (1) High magnification macro shooting: Even when closing the aperture, a photo in focus from foreground to background cannot be achieved.
  • (2) Focus Stacking Mode: Obtain a depth of field that goes beyond the smallest aperture setting (f22) in a high resolution image without the effects of diffraction. You can also deepen the depth of field while keeping the background defocused.
    • 8 recorded shots are saved (either RAW or JPEG) along with the single composite image (JPEG).
    • Flash is available (flash charging time can be set). The flash sync speed is 1/50 sec or less.
    • The focus moves from the standard position at the beginning of shooting, then captures 2 close-up shots, and 5 shots at infinity for a total of 8 shots
    • Composited photos are cropped 7% on the top, bottom, and sides.

Focus Bracketing Mode

M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro, f/7.1, 1/8 sec., Focus Step: 5, 8 images

In focus bracketing, the focal location is shifted slightly with each shutter activation for up to 999 shots. You can select from 10 levels of focus shift. Create photos that look like they belong in an encyclopedia by using photo software to composite images.

  • Flash is available (flash charging time can be set). The flash sync speed is 1/50 sec or less.

Long exposure photography produces spectacular imagery

Live Composite

Live Composite records only those areas that are newly bright, thus avoiding over-exposure which may occur with conventional bulb shooting. This feature allows the capture of beautiful nightscapes with star trails or fireworks in the background and buildings in the foreground. As with Live Bulb, you can confirm the progress of your shot on the rear monitor. Moreover, you can also use the flash to emphasise a moment during the exposure or a pen light to write letters. A maximum exposure of up to 3 hours is possible.

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

Live Bulb/Live Time

This function updates the display during exposure at a set interval. You can choose from two modes, Live Bulb that opens the shutter while the shutter button is pressed and Live Time that opens the shutter on the first push and closes it on the second push of the shutter button. While in Live Bulb mode, the screen displays the exposure time and a histogramme. When the Bulb/Time shooting mode is selected, the backlight is automatically dimmed to reduce the power consumption and brightness.

  • Shooting time: 1 min.
  • Shooting time: 2 min.
  • Shooting time: 4 min.

Keystone Compensation

Keystone Compensation is similar to using tilt-shift photography. In the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, vertical and horizontal trapezoidal compensation can be adjusted simultaneously as you confirm the results in Live View, prior to releasing the shutter. This feature can also be used to enhance perspective. Keystone Compensation is also available on the Olympus Viewer 3 software, so you can make small adjustments in post-production editing as well.

  • f/8, 1/400 sec., ISO 200, Keystone Compensation ON

Olympus Capture tethering software

The Olympus Capture tethering software was developed based on the requests of professional photographers, and can be extremely useful for studio photography. The new TruePic VIII image processor and USB 3.0 compatibility provides for transfer speed from the E-M1 Mark II that is four times faster than its successor. Olympus Capture Ver. 1.2 supports the E-M1 Mark II’s 121-point AF area and dual card slots.


Compatible with USB 3.0 for high-speed transfer of large shooting data

  1. USB3.0: Easy to connect without worrying about the right position
  2. Cable Clip (CC-1): Helps prevent unintentional removal of the USB or HDMI cable from the camera body

USB 3.0 (connector Type-C) is now supported for high-speed transfer of large shooting data. The included cable clip can be used to secure the cable and keep it from being disconnected.


Other new functions

Many new functions and user interface displays are included on the E-M1 Mark II.

  • Preset MF: This function lets you instantly set the focus to your preferred position. (Distance setting values are rough estimates.)
  • AF Home settings: Assign AF home settings to one of the buttons, program your most frequently used AF target position, AF Target mode, and AF mode as your AF Home settings, and pull them up simply by pressing the assigned button.
  • Low shutter speed limit: This function lets you set the shutter speed at which the ISO setting begins to automatically rise when in ISO Auto. This is convenient for when you want to shoot at low ISO settings or high shutter speeds.
  • Save settings/Mysets: Backing up camera settings on a computer lets you avoid having to reset them after a firmware upgrade.
  • Assign save folder/new folder: This function lets you assign a folder on the memory card for saving recorded images. You can also create new folders. Doing so helps make image editing and management easier.
  • Grid settings: You can change the colour of the grid to make shooting easier in dark locations such as stage performances.
  • Date/time/second display: You can organise images up to second increments.
  • Tab scroll menu: Scrolling a tab screen that collects separate genres makes it much easier to access the menu.
  • Pictures are for illustrative purposes only.
  • Screen captures in the monitor are composite images.

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