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You just got a new Olympus... what are the first settings you change?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by ekimneems, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. ekimneems

    ekimneems Mu-43 Rookie

    Jan 5, 2018
    I just upgraded my E-M10 Mark 1 to a Mark 3 and it got me thinking... I've had my camera settings, LV display, everything the same since day 1, and I'm wondering if maybe I've just been so used to the way I'm shooting that there are some settings I should be changing from the defaults.

    So if you just got yourself a new Oly, what are the first things you're changing?
  2. exakta

    exakta Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 2, 2015
    The function buttons (one is used for ISO/WB and a second one for manual focus), then I turn on SCP.
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  3. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
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  4. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    I switch to RAW or RAW+JPG and also makes sure JPG compression is set to Super Fine (least amount of compression).

    Noise filter I set from "Standard" to Low. Since I normally use the RAW file this setting is not this critical, but does effect the JPG if you don't shoot raw.

    The default ISO step setting is usually 1/3 steps. Kind of a weird one perhaps, but I prefer whole 1EV ISO steps. So when I change ISO it will be 200, 400, 800, etc. No in between ones. Basically it makes it easy for my slow brain to do mental calculation of what shutter or aperture will be if my ISO changes are in whole stops. Auto ISO mode still uses 1/3EV steps so the setting only affects when I specifically pick an ISO.

    On a related note, in Auto ISO mode, my E-M1 has a default setting of allow up to 1600. I change that to 3200 to allow the camera a bit more latitude.

    File name from "Reset" to "Auto". Have always done this on my Oly's from way back. I don't want the camera resetting to the beginning the file name when I change cards. And all the rest of my setting really don't have anything to do with the photo output like assigning buttons, MySets, etc.
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  5. ekimneems

    ekimneems Mu-43 Rookie

    Jan 5, 2018
    This is great stuff, thanks all.

    I definitely have set my FN buttons (usually one to Peaking and the other to MF) but now I'm thinking I'll use S-AF+MF (haven't used that much), and then I can change the other to 2x magnification or something else like WB/ISO
  6. comment23

    comment23 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 26, 2016
    Hampshire, UK
    +1 weird one here!
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  7. Pixel map, enable RAW, turn auto-warm WB off.
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  8. tkbslc

    tkbslc Super Moderator

    I wouldn't change anything. Use the camera. If something gets in your way or isn't to your own personal liking, then change it. But don't go off of other's individual preference as they may not apply to you.
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  9. relic

    relic Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 21, 2010
    North Carolina, USA
    First two things I'd do: set File Name to Auto and activate SCP.
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  10. dd1

    dd1 Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 9, 2011
    As @relic@relic says, SCP is the very first thing activated, it makes everything seem so much easier.
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  11. Growltiger

    Growltiger Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 26, 2014
    It isn't called auto-warm WB. It is called "WB Auto Keep Warm Color".
    If the scene is very warm, it keeps it somewhat warm.
    It has no effect at all on normal outdoor photos, or flash photos.
    On indoor shots with house lighting, which is warm, the photos will look warm and natural. But if you turn it off they will look unnatural.
    The default setting, on, is good for many people, don't change it unless you understand why.
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  12. barry13

    barry13 Mu-43.com Editor Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Hi, I use the spreadsheet from biofos.com for tracking settings; many of the settings seem to carry across most Oly bodies.
  13. Matt Drown

    Matt Drown Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 9, 2015
    BBF on afl/ael button
    disable EVF sensor (I tap the button to switch)
    disable auto-playback of images
    change exposure comp to thumb dial
    turn off the "keep warm wb" (new to me with the em1.2 and the penf)
    raw+jpg as default
    3:2 ratio, and evf style2 I think
    default focus set to "small" center point

    forgot this - Disable autopreview
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  14. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jan 5, 2013
    I turn off the keep warm or whatever it’s called. To me it makes indoor photos unnaturally red. But white balance is something I honestly struggle with. It’s the one thing I can change many times trying to get it how I like it and then when I think I have it, I come back later and change it again.
  15. Saledolce

    Saledolce Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2017
    White balance:keep warm color off. Then, activate SCP and disable autopreview.
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  16. Minniesmum

    Minniesmum Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 2, 2012
    Activate SCP and focus peaking ( black ).
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  17. djtaylor7

    djtaylor7 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2013
    Nelson, NZ
    Enable SCP, and turn on and set up the copyright settings.

    Of course it does not have to be for a new camera. There are a few times I have found a factory reset is good to do.
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  18. dissembled

    dissembled Mu-43 Veteran

    May 2, 2013
    A. Alabanza
    I have the E-M10 III as well!

    The very first thing I did when I received it was enable the SCP via the OK button in PASM modes. Second thing was change the JPEG compression to super fine. Third and fourth? Set the file name to Auto and alter the functionalites of the two function buttons so they would enable magnification and focus peaking instead.

    Overall, and I know I'm diverging a bit, but I think the silver Mark III is a beautiful looking camera. One of the OM-D lines best in terms of aesthetics, alongside the E-M5 II.
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  19. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I like to have my 4 way buttons set to Direct Function so that the AF target is only selected with the left button since the right button might be inadvertently pressed.
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  20. Atom Ant

    Atom Ant Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Melbourne, OZ
    Activate SCP. Disable autopreview. Enable superfine JPEGs. Auto filenames. Copyright info. 4-way to direct function.

    Buttons and dials vary according to which body and over time. I've not used any of the E-M10s so I don't know how many customisable controls they have.
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