New OMD EM-1 Noise Question

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by tbr48, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. tbr48

    tbr48 Mu-43 Rookie

    Mar 1, 2013
    I just picked up a E-M1 at my local camera shop. I notice that when I half depress the shutter button to focus, I hear a hissing-like noise which sounds something like a motor running. It continues until a moment or so after completely depressing the button and taking the picture. I never really noticed this noise with my EM-5. I hear it regardless of which of my lenses I use. Is this a normal sound? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. JamieW

    JamieW Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 25, 2013
    I could be wrong, but I believe this is the IBIS system. It was a bit weird the first time I've heard it. My friend's E-M5 does it as well.
  3. tbr48

    tbr48 Mu-43 Rookie

    Mar 1, 2013

    Thanks for the response. You are right. When I turn off the IBIS I do not hear the sound any more. I just don't recall hearing it on my E-M5. I would check, but I sold it to buy the E-M1
  4. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL
    I have both, and they make the same sound.
  5. zpierce

    zpierce Super Moderator

    Sep 26, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    The em5 used to make the sound constantly when on before a firmware update. Now it does the same thing, it's on during half press and release then goes off. My em1 is quieter than my em5 was in my opinion.