These are my main requests after really spending time with Olympus cameras. I would love t see them integrated. Especially at a pro level. Come on Olympus…
Feel free to leave a comment with your most desired request. And maybe we can try to keep comments realistic, without trolling, negativity, and being ridiculous. No…Olympus won’t be releasing a 7-150 F/0.75 Pro zoom that is the size of a 25mm prime and weighs less at the same time. Not until new physics is discovered at least.
This would be a great feature to see potentially. I think this would unlock a lot of functionality when shooting with electronic shutter. Motion artifacts would be gone. Flash sync speeds would be much higher. I would be curious to see how far this tech has come and what creative features Olympus is able to offer with it.
Built-In ND filter
I would LOVE to see a 3-stop ND filter built into the camera and linked to a custom button. My X100 has this, and many video cameras have this. It would allow quick access to a common ND filter size without needing filter holders, etc… It would also allow the fast pro primes to be even more usable in bright light without stopping down. And sometimes that extra 3-stops is great for slowing motion when you don’t want to stop down or bring filter holders. I would love this feature.
–Update as of Feb. 2019– Olympus has added Live ND filter…which is half solution to this request. It helps in regards to slow shutter speeds and motion. However, it doesn’t help in video, or if you just want to shoot wide open in bright sun. Then again, electronic shutter gets is super fast shutter speeds for wide open shooting in the sun. Should I mark this completed? It’s a different way around achieving the end goals I guess? Just no luck for video.
We need an exposure warning mode in video. Even if zebras don’t get added, why not the highlight warning that is already built into the camera? Olympus already allows us to indicate over and under exposed areas as blue or orange and dictate at what point on the scale they are introduced. Why is this disabled in video mode??? I actually enjoy using this camera for video. I currently have to go back into manual mode to gauge hot spots and then return to video. Why not just enable this in video mode???
–Update as of Feb 2019– We now got a LOG profile for video…yeah we need zebras even more now. The data sheet for the Flat profile even provides proper IRE levels to expose for. Normally we would set zebras to a specific IRE value and that would indicate what is at or over that specific value in our scene. No zebras…no clue. More precision when you have the right tools. I would hope this gets added even more now.
Self-Timer Before HDR
Why can we not set a self timer or pre-shutter delay when shooting HDR? We get locked to high-speed shutter. High speed shutter is fine. I prefer it even, since it makes handheld HDR brackets more consistent. However…when Im on a tripod i’de like to be able to have the camera fire AFTER a delay…and not while my finger is still pushing on the camera and creating vibration. A cable release helps as it gets your finger away from the camera, and the OI Share app has a remote release function, but what if I have neither of those with me. Especially when I do panoramas and 360-degree shots. The downward facing shot especially. I would really love to see this implemented. It makes no sense since there is a pre-shutter delay in EVERY OTHER MODE. Even Hi-Res has a pre-shutter delay! Come on Olympus!
No-Delay Setting Changes
After use, yes the E-M1mkII is faster than the previous model, but it would be nice to see menus get quicker still.
Second, when you are in ISO, you need to exit out before you can call up AF or HDR settings or some other function. This needs to be REMOVED. We need to be able to switch straight from one adjustment to the next, and with no delay. If Olympus can process insane hi-res shots and focus stacking together in camera…i know they can switch menus without delay.
–Update as of March 2019– So I want to clarify this a little. In the new E-M1X…the menus are virtually instantaneous to open and close. Yes…excellent…but I guess I should have made my request more clear. I want to be able to jump from the ISO menu straight into the WB menu, or the Bracketing Menu for instance. You still have to cancel out of one adjustment menu to get to another. So if I press ISO…and then I press Drive…i should switch directly to drive options. Right now all buttons are locked out while in a specific adjustment.
(This idea comes from Brian!) It would be great to have some kind of customization of the SCP. Not all blocks are needed by every user. My idea about this is that there are two blocks rarely used by the settings. They are only affected by JPG options with color preferences. And a third block is the colorspace (srgb or argb) block which also only affects JPG. These are all on the far right side. My thought that these could be made into hotlinks. Just link the bottom right button icon takes us straight to the buttons menu…these three open blocks could take us to the first three quick menu items on page star-1 for instance. Whatever is in those three blocks would come up when pressing the “hotlink” buttons. So straight to those menu items. They wouldn’t even need a special icon representing the option. Just star-1, 2, 3 for instance. That way we could utilize features from the SCP immediately versus even menu diving. I think this would be huge. Why not utilize the space? And srgb vs adobe rgb? Really? Is that a huge priority for everyone? That could easily be a quick menu item for people that need that. I know we could say that about any option…but I think utilizing those three blocks would much better serve the majority of users in this proposed fashion.
4K60p Video option
I was actually surprised to see this not included. The E-M1X can certainly capture insane rates in RAW with electronic shutter. It has a new heat dissipation system. It has an amazing Image Stabilizer. Why not shoot in 4K60? I hope this is added as a future option. I can understand if it’s not on other models…but not on the E-M1X? I think this should be added.
Video recording and dual card compatibility
When you are in video mode you can only choose data to be recorded to slot 1 or 2. You no longer have any of the dual card options for redundancy or backup. It would be great to have this. Even a mirroring option that happens after recording has stopped. I assume this was done since only slot 1 can handle the fastest cards…but why not at least have a way to get backups happening automatically? (this dual card issue was pointed out by a reader! Thanks Gummi!)
What about yours? Leave a comment below!