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Olympus E-M1 Usability

Menu system

Once configured the camera is highly usable. But anyone approaching the EM1 for the first time should find a comfortable chair, and expect to take a good half hour, at least, to configure the camera, particularly the programmable buttons.

As with it EM5 predecessor, the menu system is the most confusing and Byzantine kitchen-sink mess on the market today, a non-design disaster zone. It’s easy to miss a setting and have great frustration finding it (going past its menu again and again), because so many settings are buried several levels deep.

It took 20 minutes to go through the E-M1 and configure the settings buttons as I wished, and that is with being already familiar with its E-M5 predecessor. And at least one button (right button on 4-way controller) could not be reprogrammed and it is hard-coded to a setting that is of no use for raw shooting.

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