One Touch White Balance

Why useful

The automatic or preset white balance is useful for normal situations. In case you would like to have a precise white balance or you are working in difficult light situations a user-defined white balance offers you much better results. In case you don’t work with RAW files, which can change white balance in post-processing, with OM-D cameras you could use the One Touch White Balance.

How to use the One Touch White Balance

1. Press the “OK” button to activate the Super Control Panel. Choose white balance and press “OK” again.

2. Choose a “Custom White Balance” and press the “INFO” button.

3. Shoot a neutral object (i.e. white sheet of paper or a gray card), which covers at least 75% of the image area.

4. As soon as you took the image the camera asks you whether you would like to save the white balance or not.

Pro Tip

In case you need to have custom white balance often you could also program a button with the “one-touch white balance” function. This has the advantage that you could save the customized white balance by pressing the button only, without going through the menu.

Fast access to focus peaking settings

Why useful

Focus peaking is an outstanding feature, which supports you in case you would like to focus manually with highlighted lines. In OM-D cameras you can choose between red, yellow, black, and white. Depending on the image content it is necessary to change the color as otherwise, the highlights lines are not visible. Changing the settings in the menu is too time-consuming while you shoot, therefore OM-D cameras have a shortcut to do so.

image without focus peaking
image with focus peaking

1 When you have activated focus peaking in the camera menu, your camera shows colored lines of in-focus areas, as soon as you are moving the focus ring.

2 The shortcuts work as long as the focus peaking is on. Simply press the “Info” button to open the menu to change the setting.

3 Once it opens you can directly change, color, the brightness of the image, and the intensity with the forefinger wheel. Choosing the setting, which should be changed can be chosen with the thumbwheel.

Scroll through zoomed images

Why useful

It is not well known that you are able to scroll through zoomed images in OM-D cameras. This could be very helpful in case you have a lot of similar images and you would like to decide which of the images should be deleted or transferred via WiFi. As you have zoomed in it is easier to differentiate between small differences and easier to make decisions.

How to scroll through zoomed images

1. To show images, which are stored on your Kamera, press the replay button on the back of your camera.

2. You have different possibilities to zoom into images. Either you press the touch screen once and use the slider on the right side or you are using the thumbwheel to zoom into the images. With the cursor keys, you can select the area you would like to see closely. She could be done with the touchscreen.

3.Use the forefinger wheel to scroll through the images. All images will be shown at the same zoom factor and same position. This is perfect to compare images in every detail.

How to link Spot Metering with AF field

Why useful

As photographers try to have the AF field on the main object of the image, a link of spot metering capabilities to the AF field ensures that the main object is exposed correctly. Compared to a centred spot metering this function leads to more correct exposed images.

How to program

1 Go to „Custom Menu“ and choose „E3“. Select „Spot Metering“ and press the „OK“ button

2 Choose which Spot Metering mode (Spot, Spot Highlight, Spot Shadow) should be applicable and confirm by pressing the “OK” button.

3 Press “OK” to open the Super Control Panel and select “Spot Metering” as Metering mode and confirm by pressing the release button half.

4 Choose one AF field for focusing.
You could check whether it is working or not by moving the AF field over dark and bright areas, the exposure should change accordingly.

Use flash in silent mode

Silent mode is for the situation in which sound and flash are objectionable. Therefore in the factory setting flash is deactivated in silent mode. In some situations, you might like to use flash together with the silent mode. For example when you would like to use flash in focus bracketing or HighRes mode. To use flash in silent mode you have to make the following settings.

1 Press the “Menu” button to open the menu and choose the menu “Camera2”.

2 Choose “Anti-Shock / Silent” and press the right cursor button.

3 Choose “Silent Mode Settings” and press again the cursor button to the right.

4 Choose “Flash Mode” and press right again. Choose “Allow” and press the “OK” button.

Attention: When you are using flash in silent mode shortest flash sync time is 1/60 sec. (E-M1X, E-M1 Mark III, E-M1 Mark II, and E-M5 Mark III) respectively 1/15 sec. (E-M5 Mark II, PEN-F, and E-M10 series)

Adjust self timer to your needs

OM-D cameras do have a predefined self-timer of 2 or 12 sec. In most cases, this is more than enough, but in some situations, you might like to adjust the shutter release delay by yourself. Therefore OM-D cameras offer the possibility to adjust the self-timer to your needs.

1 press the “OK” button to activate the Super Control Panel. Choose self-timer in shooting mode (the self-timer symbol with C).

2 Press again “OK” button to be able to adjust your self-timer.

3 To change the settings press the “Info” button.

4 Choose the settings you would like to adjust with left / right cursor buttons. Adjust them with the up / down cursor buttons to your needs.

The following parameter could be adjusted:
1. Delay until the first image.
2. Number of total images.
3. Delay between single images.
4. Whether the camera should focus on each image or not.