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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 is included, which automatically merges images into a single photo in focus from the foreground to background. In firmware version 3.0 you can select between 3 and 15 shots for shooting in Focus Stacking. A guide line display has also been added to show the areas which will be cropped in recorded images.

1. Displays guide lines on the screen, showing which areas are cut in the recorded image

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

Fisheye Compensation

(Added feature in firmware V2.0)

The Fisheye Compensation function available in Olympus Viewer 3 is now available in-body. This feature makes it possible to shoot without the fisheye effect, using the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO as a wide-angle lens. You can shoot while confirming compensation effects on the monitor.

  • Fisheye Compensation (Distortion Compensation) ON

Flicker Scan

(Added feature in firmware V2.0)

Flicker Scan has been added for fine-tuning the shutter speed to reduce flicker effects. It is now possible to watch the monitor while selecting a shutter speed that does not cause flickering effects when using the electronic shutter.

Magnification factor selection during image playback and actual pixel size display

(Added feature in firmware V2.0)

You can now select the magnification factor (the value when the dial is initially turned one step) during playback. Actual pixel size has also been added to magnification factor options. This makes it possible to check recorded images more quickly.

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.

USB RAW Data Edit

(Added feature in firmware version 3.0)

Simply connect the OM-D E-M1 Mark II to a computer via USB cable to use the power of the high-performance TruePic VIII image processor in Olympus Workspace for faster RAW processing. RAW images saved on a computer, an SD card and when the OM-D E-M1 Mark II is connected to a computer can be edited in Olympus Workspace and processed quickly.

  • Olympus Workspace must be updated to Version 1.1. A USB connection is required. Limited to RAW images that can be processed on the camera.
  • Saved in JPEG format
  • When switching to USB RAW Data Edit, editing settings from the previous window are not carried over.
  • USB RAW Data Edit is not available when two cameras are connected at the same time. This feature is supported on the OM-D E-M1X and OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

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.
  • (Added feature in firmware version 3.0)
  • Anti-flicker shooting: This feature detects the flicker frequency of artificial lighting and activates the shutter at peak brightness to achieve even exposure and colours across frames.
  • LV Display Speed Priority: This feature makes the display brighter and easier to see without dropping the frame rate when using LV Boost [On2].
  • Art Filter Instant Film: Instant Film which gives a nostalgic feel to photos has been added.
  • Pictures are for illustrative purposes only.
  • Screen captures in the monitor are composite images.


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