E-M5/E-P5 - How to keep battery indicator on on LCD?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by cdo221, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. cdo221

    cdo221 Mu-43 Rookie

    May 3, 2013
    Sorry if this is a noob question but I can't find it anywhere in the manual. Is there a way to keep the battery indicator on the LCD?

    On both the E-M5 and E-P5 I have, the battery indicator seems to only be on right when I turn on the camera (and then goes away after a few seconds) or if the battery is low. Is there a way to keep the battery indicator on the LCD all the time?
  2. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    I recently got my E-M5 and was wondering the same thing.
  3. Dch

    Dch Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 20, 2013
    Same here :) let's see if someone figured this out.
  4. chonbhoy

    chonbhoy Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 23, 2013
    Scottish Highlands
    The only thing i can think of is in the settings set the warning level to the highest then when it flashes to tell you that level has been reached go back in and set it lower in a 1 or 2 lower increment then repeat this until its at the lowest.
    I too would like this info at all times, hope they do this in the next firmware update.
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  5. lightmonkey

    lightmonkey Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 22, 2013
    Same here. And why not implement a % estimate rather than bars???
  6. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    The batteries lack the circuitry to provide those estimates. About all the camera can do is read the voltage, and guess what that means for the charge level. That's also the reason why the battery often takes forever to go from 3 to 2 bars, but drops from 2 to 0 quite quickly.

    Canon and Nikon have integrated chips in their batteries for years that can provide detailed measurements, but alas Olympus hasn't gotten around to adding that yet.
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  7. chonbhoy

    chonbhoy Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 23, 2013
    Scottish Highlands
    Shame really, oh well. I just checked and a Canon battery is only £5 more but has this feature and a higher capacity.:frown:
  8. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Um, they're also twice as large. Physically. Doesn't excuse the lack of a decent chip (Sony does it, for instance) but still.
  9. MarkRyan

    MarkRyan Instagram: @MRSallee Subscribing Member

    May 3, 2013
    Thanks for that explanation. Remaining battery life is a big question mark, and that sucks. I once drove an hour to get a photo, before leaving the battery said it was 2/3 bars, but it died after just a couple of snaps. Frustrating.
  10. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    The E-M5 doesn't keep the battery meter on all the time because OLED screens, like plasma panels, are prone to burn-out if they're constantly showing the same thing at the same place. It's the same with Panasonic GH3.
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  11. RichardB

    RichardB Snapshooter Subscribing Member

    Nov 19, 2012
    Maryland, US
    I'm guessing that the battery meter might also put a relatively heavy load on the battery for a short time in order to gauge the remaining charge. In that case, you would not want the meter on for more than a few seconds.
  12. tkc9789

    tkc9789 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 8, 2013
    DFW, TX
    How do you do a quick check on remaining battery level short of turning the cam off/on?