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Focus Stacking Mode

(Added feature in firmware V4.0)

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 F2.8 PRO, F11, 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 1/20 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 shifts the focus and lets you set the number of shots 

(Feature added in firmware Ver. 2.0)
In macro shooting, results change drastically depending on where the focal point is placed. With Focus Bracketing mode, the focal location is shifted slightly with each shot for up to 999 shots. This feature is convenient for when you're not sure where to focus. 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.

  • Flash synchro speed is 1/20 sec. or less

Shooting modes that expand your photographic expression

The E-M5 Mark II is equipped with Art Filter, which lets you create artistic photographic expressions, and Photo Story, for creating a story out of multiple photos. These Olympus-original functions are included to let you turn normal, everyday scenes into photos that are uniquely your own.

Art Filters expand the possibilities of photographic expression

Art Filters expand your artistic expression. Extract a specific colour and change all other colours to black and white to emphasise a specific part of an image with Partial Colour, or reproduce colour changes and fading that occurs in old film prints with Vintage. Many more Art Filters are also available.

(Added feature in firmware V4.0)

Upgrading the camera firmware to V4.0 adds the new Bleach Bypass Art Filter.

Photo Story provides new ways of photographic expression.

Collection of multiple usual everyday photos create a story. Photo Story mode provides new ways of photographic expression. You can combine multiple photos while still maintaining full creative control and composition just by touching the rear panel and create artwork.

Two HDR modes and HDR Bracketing (HDR-BKT)

HDR mode

When the drive and HDR buttons are pressed, direct HDR shooting is possible.

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.

  • The ISO is fixed at 200 in HDR mode.

HDR Bracketing (HDR-BKT)

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

  • HDR1: Creates a natural looking image with high dynamic range
  • HDR2: Generates painting-like, highly artistic photos.

Extended exposure lets you capture fantastic images

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

Live Composite seamlessly composites images in lighten mode so that it can capture star trails without over-exposure unlike normal bulb shooting. It is useful when capturing beautiful star trails or fireworks together with buildings in the foreground, or for capturing trails of fireflies. 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 to write letters. Live Composite shooting of up to 3 hours is possible.

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

Live Bulb and Live Time update the image display during exposure

This function updates the display during exposure at a set interval. There are two modes: Live Bulb which opens the shutter while the shutter release button is pressed, and Live Time which opens the shutter on the first push and closes on the second push. During Live Bulb mode, the exposure time and histogram are displayed on the screen. When the Bulb/Time shooting mode is selected, the backlight is automatically dimmed to reduce the power consumption and brightness.

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

Interval Shooting & 4K Time Lapse Movie

(Feature added in firmware Ver. 2.0)
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 2.0, 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.

LV Boost II convenient for shooting stars

This function is convenient for shooting stars. You can shoot while checking the stars in the Live View screen. This version is approximately 5 steps brighter when compared to that of the E-M5. On the E-M5 Mark II, LV Boost I, II and Off settings are also available in each shooting mode. Default setting is LV Boost II during Bulb/Time shooting.

  • Normal Live View
    Stars are not visible in the Live View screen.
  • LV Boost II
    Stars are visible in Live View, allowing you to compose your shot

Functions especially convenient for shooting buildings

Keystone Compensation enables tilt-shift photography with any lens

Just as if shooting with a shift lens, trapezoidal compensation and perspective enhancement are possible while viewing the effects on the Live View screen. Since this feature can be used in the Olympus Viewer 3 computer application, after confirming the adjustment results, the RAW file can be processed and further detailed adjustment can be made.

  • Original image
  • With keystone compensation

The digital level gauge corresponds to vertical and horizontal directions

A dual-direction level gauge, supporting vertical and horizontal leveling, 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. Additionally, main shooting information such as the aperture and shutter speed can be displayed constantly with the level. The digital level gauge and histogram can now be displayed simultaneously.

Built-in Wi-Fi and Olympus Image Share

This camera features built-in Wi-Fi, allowing you to easily connect the camera to your smartphone via Olympus Image Share. Initial connection is easy with a simple scan of the QR code that is displayed on the camera monitor. In addition to transferring images on the camera and controlling the camera, geotags obtained with a smartphone can be added to images, and Art Filters can be applied to recorded images. The E-M5 Mark II becomes compatibile with Live Composite via Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) ver. 2.6 with the upgrade to firmware ver. 2.0.
Click here for details on Olympus Image Share

PC applications to support your photography

Olympus Capture tethered shooting software

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. 2.0) The E-M5 Mark II 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.
Click here for details on Olympus Capture


Olympus Viewer 3 for 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, and Highlight & Shadow Control. Alternatively, you can use the Olympus Image Share smartphone app to map images with appended geotags and display the log on a map.
Click here for details on Olympus Viewer 3

Quick Sleep mode enables up to 750 shots

Quick Sleep mode is included on the E-M5 Mark II, which puts the camera into sleep mode whenever the Super Control Panel is displayed and the camera is not operated for more than 3 seconds, allowing up to approximately 750 shots* to be captured. Quick Sleep mode is deactivated when the shutter button is pressed halfway. You can switch between Super Control Panel and Live View Super Control Panel using the LV button.

  • When Quick Sleep mode is activated, according to Olympus research.
  • Live View Super Control Panel
  • Super Control Panel

Improved, easy to use GUI

Live View Super Control Panel

The rear monitor default display has been changed to the Super Control Panel. This makes it possible to intuitively change all settings. Also, switching to the traditional Live Control is possible by setting from the custom menu.

Menu cursor memory

You can store the position of the menu cursor from the previous session so that it is kept in the same place.

One-push preview lock

You can now check the depth of field with the press of a single button. The camera will stay in that view even when the button is released.

Features added or improved through firmware upgrade

Firmware version 2.0


  • 1.Olympus Capture Version 1.1 tethered shooting software is now supported.
  • 2.S-OVF (Simulated OVF) has been added to provide a view that is similar to that of the unaided eye.
  • 3.4K Time Lapse Movie has been added.
  • 4.Focus Bracketing has been added for shifting the focus slightly while shooting.
  • 5.Live Composite shooting can now be controlled remotely using the Olympus Image Share smartphone app.
  • 6.Dedicated movie picture mode “Muted Colour" has been added for colour grading movies.
  • 7.A slate tone can now be added for convenient movies, has been added.
  • 8.Synchronised recording start/stop operation between the camera and linear PCM recorder is now supported.
  • 9.Disable MF clutch now supported.



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