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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Now Supports Electronic First Curtain (EFC) Shutter

Now if only Sony will follow suit with an A7R fix. And ditto for the Leica M Typ 240— to design a high-resolution digital camera which guarantees loss of detail under some circumstances is so self-defeating that one wonders how it gets the green light to market.

dpreview.com reports:

Olympus has updated the firmware for its flagship mirrorless camera, the OM-D E-M1, adding a mode that's designed to eliminate image blurring due to 'shutter shock' by using an electronic first curtain at speeds below 1/320sec.

But dpreview also adds that “for example many of Sony's mirrorless cameras use electronic first curtain by default”, blithely omitting the fact that Sony’s flagship A7R has a damaging issue with shutter vibration. But one cannot be much surprised at that.

The Olympus site lists the firmware for the EM1 as “Version 1.05, July 2012”, but the download results in version 1.0.6 of the software updater (v1.0.6 updater produces version 1.3 firmware on the EM1).

I successfully updated my E-M1 without any difficulty, though I think the software-based updater is unnecessarily tedious—it took me 10 minutes to locate the USB cable that would fit, an issue that does not arise with cameras that update off the camera storage card.

Now if I could only find the Anti-Shock menu; having gone through all settings twice now, I just cannot see it. Surely it is there—I know I’ve used it before—but it escapes me. Where is the “My Menu” feature (as with Canon or Nikon), so that I can adapt the menu system for my own usage? The E-M1 menus are the worst of any camera on the market.

Update: after 10 minutes of tedious searching, found it: buried deep in the custom settings (gears menu, subsection E, Anti-Shock = 0 sec). The “0 sec” setting applies an electronic first curtain shutter at 1/320 or lower for the electronic first curtain (why it is limited is not clear). Which isn’t fast enough if shooting a long lens, but it is far better than no such option.

Non-sequitur on grip

Ergonomics distinguish good designs from bad (as do obtuse menu systems).

The E-M1 grip is by far the best grip on the market among smaller cameras (deep enough for hand comfort and even better than my Nikon D800), the Fujifilm X-T1 grip a design disaster that is painful to my hand, the Sony A7/A7R grip is not deep enough but not bad in context of its small size.

Olympus OM-D E-M1, top view
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