Olympus E-M5 MKIII - First Impression!

We all have waited for the upgrade to Olympus E-M5 MKII. The wait is over the Olympus OM-D E-M5 MKIII is here. It was just announced. I have had the possibility to test it for a week. In the video below you can see my first impression of the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 MKIII camera.

Why I Switched to Olympus - 5 years ago

It was five years ago when I took all my Canon gear to the local camera store here in Helsinki. In this video I will tell why and what I think now.

I did not have to rely only on my memory. I had a blog post about that day and about the switch.

White Balance Explained - 5 Tips to get it RIGHT

White balance is a very important thing to understand. With white balance you can control the colors in your image and video.

In the video I give you five tips on how to get the white balance right.


 

I have also made a video about white balance in January.


How To Take SHARPER photos 5 Tips For Instantly Sharper Photos

Sharper photos are usually something that you want. In this video, I will give you 5 tips for instantly sharper photos.

It is also very important to hold your camera properly so it is as steady as possible. This way you will minimize the motion blur that is cased by the camera moving during exposure.
Here is the link to the Lens Calibration target that I mentioned in the video:

Here is the video about how to take sharper photos.

High ISO - 5 tips to REDUCE NOISE in camera.

These are the instructions that I promised to tell in my video about How to reduce Noise in Camera. The video can be found at the end of this blog post.

1: Open the images as layers in Photoshop.

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2: Align the layers if needed: Edit > Auto-Align Layers

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3: Convert the layers to Smart Objects: Layers > Smart Objects > Convert to Smart Objects

4: Blend the images: Layers > Smart Objects > Stack Mode > Mean.


The result is a image with less noise that the original images. The more images you use the less noise there is.

The After image, 10 images are stacked in Photoshop.

The After image, 10 images are stacked in Photoshop.

 
The before image.

The before image.

Here the video about Noise Reduction.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 MKII - 5 Tips & Tricks.

To know your camera is very important. Most Olympus cameras have tons of features that most us do not even know or consider using. In my video about Olympus OM-D E-M10 MKII i give you 5 useful tips and tricks you can use to game up your creativity.

Is the Digital Teleconverter on Olympus cameras any good?

I have been testing the Olympus Digital teleconverter lately. It can double your focal length on your M.Zuiko lens. That why it is very tempting. Wouldn’ t it be great to have extra reach on you trips if travelling only with one lens?

But since it is a digital teleconvetert, it will upscale the cropped image you see from the EVF or the LCD. How bad is the loss in image quality?

Check out this video and the images below to see for yourself.



Upscaled from a cropped raw-file

Upscaled from a cropped raw-file

Digital Teleconverter On. (camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 MKII, 14-42mm f3.5-5.6)

Digital Teleconverter On. (camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 MKII, 14-42mm f3.5-5.6)

 

As you can see the difference is not big, but the upscaled raw-filer is a bit better.

Olympus E-M10 Mk III - Best Settings Part 2

This blog post is done together with the video that is embeded below.

Here are all the settings that was mentioned in the video.


The first setting of the Basic Settings is the ability to toggle the info about the Menu item:

Pressing the Info-button on the back of the camera you can get the ingo about the Menu item.

Pressing the Info-button on the back of the camera you can get the ingo about the Menu item.

 
Turn off the annoying beep sounds.

Turn off the annoying beep sounds.

 
Turn off the AF Illuminator. If photographing a lot in dark, them this option is good to be on. It will help to focus.

Turn off the AF Illuminator. If photographing a lot in dark, them this option is good to be on. It will help to focus.

 
Add copyright info to your images.

Add copyright info to your images.

Use the keyboard in the Menu

Use the keyboard in the Menu

 
From the Special Menu F you can make sure that you are recording he best possible JPG quality.

From the Special Menu F you can make sure that you are recording he best possible JPG quality.

Choose Super Fine as your compression.

Choose Super Fine as your compression.

 
Turn on the AF Targeting Pad to choose the focus point from the LCD.

Turn on the AF Targeting Pad to choose the focus point from the LCD.

 
Use Face Priority when photographing people.

Use Face Priority when photographing people.

 
Turning the Reset Lens off, the 14-42mm Kit lens will strat from the focal length that was last used when the camera was turned off.

Turning the Reset Lens off, the 14-42mm Kit lens will strat from the focal length that was last used when the camera was turned off.

 
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I set up the Dials so that the Exposure Compensation is on the back wheel. The front wheel is for Aperture or Shutter Speed depending on what Mode you are using.

I set up the Dials so that the Exposure Compensation is on the back wheel. The front wheel is for Aperture or Shutter Speed depending on what Mode you are using.

 
Using the Grid makes making Composition easier.

Using the Grid makes making Composition easier.

 
I will do my Noise Reduction in post and have turned the Noise Reduction Off in camera.

I will do my Noise Reduction in post and have turned the Noise Reduction Off in camera.

 
I have turned the Warm Color off. If you like the Warm Colors and do not do much post processing and shoot jpgs then you might want to have the Warm Colors On. If shooting only jpgs and post images online, sRGB is fine.

I have turned the Warm Color off. If you like the Warm Colors and do not do much post processing and shoot jpgs then you might want to have the Warm Colors On. If shooting only jpgs and post images online, sRGB is fine.

 
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I like to toggle between EVF and LCD using the button on the side of the EVF. The automatic switch is a bit annoying.

I like to toggle between EVF and LCD using the button on the side of the EVF. The automatic switch is a bit annoying.

 
I have the Touch Screen on.

I have the Touch Screen on.

I have the Sleep Time set at 5 minutes. I want to have my camera ready all the time. Usually make an image in five minutes so that time is quite good for me. If you want to save some battery life you can have the Sleep Time shorter.

I have the Sleep Time set at 5 minutes. I want to have my camera ready all the time. Usually make an image in five minutes so that time is quite good for me. If you want to save some battery life you can have the Sleep Time shorter.

 
I have the Rec View off. I have no need to see the picture right after I have taken it.

I have the Rec View off. I have no need to see the picture right after I have taken it.

 
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I like to use the Super Control Panel instead the Live Control.

I like to use the Super Control Panel instead the Live Control.

 

Here were the Best Settings for Olympus OM-D E-M1 MKIII. Be sure to watch the video. There are more explanations and some extra tips about the settings.

 

Olympus OM-D E-M1X - Best Exposure Settings

In my latest video (14.5.2019) I was talking about the experience that I have had with the E-M1 X now that I have used it for a couple of months.



I promised to write down the best settings for exposure.

Menu D1 > InfoSettings > LV-Info and in one of the Custom setting choose Highlight&Shadow
Menu I > Info Settings > in one of the Custom setting choose Highlight&Shadow
Shooting Menu 1 > Picture Mode > Muted > Contrast -2, Saturation -2
Menu G > Keep Warm Color > Off

Menu G > Color Space > AdobeRGB

Menu D3 > Histogram Settings > Set Highlight to the value you want the red color to appear and the same goes with the Shadow (blue color) I have set Hightlight to 253 and Shadow to 3.

Menu B1 > Dial Function > Set on each exposure modes the back dial to exposure compensation.

These settings will show the image on the LCD and EVF so that it is perfectly exposured when adjusting the exposure compensatuion so that there is no red or blue flag color in the scene. Usually you can have a half a stop brighter becouse the image that shows in the jpg and the final image is a raw-file.


Very durable HDMI port on the Olympus OM-D E-M1X!

I quite often use an external monitor when making videos with Olympus OM-D E-M1X. I either have an Atomos Ninja Inferno recorder or a Feelworld FW568 field monitor. The recorder or monitor gets the info via an HDMI cable.

The problem with this method is that most cameras have a micro HDMI port. It is ok to get the signal from the camera to the monitor or the recorder, but the micro HDMI port is not usually very durable.

I had a video gig this week and I used my Manfrotto 561B HDV monopod. I rested the camera against my body. When started to shoot video again the monitor was black. Then I realized that the HDMI cable was bent and was still attached to the camera. This usually means that HDMI port in camera is broken.

The bend HDMI cable

The bend HDMI cable

But luckily it was the HDMI cable that was bend. The port on the camera is ok! So it looks like the E-M1X can not only be washed under running water, but the HDMI port is more durable than the HDMI cable!

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