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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start

Lesson 31 of 32

Setup Menu


Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start

Lesson 31 of 32

Setup Menu


Lesson Info

Setup Menu

We're through the custom menu. That was the bulk of it. We're working our way out of this pit now. This one's gonna be pretty easy. The set-up menu, first up, if you want to format your memory cards, you can choose to format card one or card two. If there's images on it, you'll have the option of erasing those images or formatting. I recommend formatting on a regular basis. If there are no images on the card, it'll just give you the option of formatting yes or no. I recommend formatting new cards when you get a new camera like this or whenever you get new cards to put in the camera. It will clear the communication lines. You can record the date and time. Good to have that set properly so it gets recorded to the metadata properly. Language, of course, choose whatever is easiest for you to work with. Monitor brightness, another one that I hope you don't have to work with, however, this is one that you might go into, like if you were going to try to show photos to somebody out in the brig...

ht sun that you shot on your camera, you may need to boost the brightness so you can see it in the bright sun. Recording view, when you play an image, do you want to see that image on the back of the camera? Now, mirror-less camera users, this is what's different about SLRs. On SLRs, you look through the viewfinder, you don't know what the digital version of that image looks like, so you want to have it viewed on the back. With a mirror-less camera, you get to see a preview right in the viewfinder. What a lot of mirror-less users have set is to turn this off, because they already know what their images look like. They can work on composing and getting ready for their next shot. So if you want to shoot a little bit faster, turn this off. If you need to see the images, well then you can turn a review time on if you need to. We have another access into our wi-fi settings, where we can get in and control some of the specifics. We're not gonna spend a lot of time in here, but you can go in and set this up so it's private, one-time, or select. You can set up a password, a private password, because you should normally want to have a password so people don't just have access to getting pictures off of your camera. You can change the share order, if you want, the way that it's gonna be downloading images to your phone. If you want to, you can just simply reset the wi-fi settings completely. And then the firmware. Last item in the menu, folks. Firmware. Recently they upgraded the firmware to 1.2. If you're watching this in the future, which most of you are... By the way, how is the future? Do things get better? I'm hoping so. (audience laughter) For those of you in the future, firmware may be a higher number than this, so this is the minimum of what it might be. This is what it is at the recording of this class. It's 1.2. The lens, that'll depend on which lens you have. So the way the firmware works is that runs all the software, all the menu systems, the exposure system in the camera. You first need to make sure, the mistake I made was I had the old Olympus Digital Camera Updater, which did not work with this camera. That took me about an hour or two to figure out, so make sure that you have the most current version of the Olympus Digital Camera Updater, which is a software program that resides on your computer. Once it is there, you plug your camera into the computer, and it should recognize your camera, and it will ask you, do you want to update your firmware, and you say, yes, I do. Then it goes to Olympus' website, it downloads the firmware, and loads it straight onto the camera. Some tips I have for you, is number one, get the latest version of the Camera Updater. Remove your memory cards from the camera. It's possible that under USB connection you will need to have "Storage" selected as OK. If you're like me and you have a USB hub, because you have all these things plugged into your computer, it won't necessarily work, so there's a lot of things that can catch you in this process. So hopefully that will make that process a little bit easier for you. That firmware is free. You just need to go to Olympus' website and get their Digital Camera Updater. It's pretty easy once you have all that in place. So we were talking about the halfway level, when you... Right So does that work on back button focusing as well? I don't think so, because the back button doesn't have a halfway position, so you would have to press halfway. Yeah, that would not work real well with back button focusing. Yeah, because you would be pressing halfway, but then you would have to be pressing the back button. It could work, it just depends on how dexterous you are with your different fingers. Interesting thought. There's so many implications of using, well, what if I use this feature here, and that feature there? Yeah, there's a lot of combinations. There's about a million, there's gotta be a billion, ways to set this camera up. Steve just asked, does firmware update reset all the presets that you have, if you update the firmware? Reset all the presets? No, it doesn't. This is really cool. OK Because what happens is because they have the Updater software on your computer, what it does is it, before it updates the firmware, it simply takes a snapshot Syncs? of everything you have your camera set to. It kinda siphons that off, loads on the new firmware, then it says it's loading your presets back. [Online Moderator] Wow. Then it puts all those back on.

Class Description


  • Adjust your camera's exposure
  • Take sharp photos with a solid understanding of the autofocus system
  • Use the camera's advanced modes, like High Res and focus stacking
  • Customize your camera's controls
  • Easily find different options in the complex menu system
  • Uncover the camera's hidden features


The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is one of the best lightweight Micro Four Thirds cameras on the market -- but the menu system is one of the most confusing and the camera's advanced tools can be hard to decipher solo. Ditch the instruction manual and maximize the potential of the E-M1 Mark II by learning from expert photographer John Greengo.

The Fast Start class covers the camera's controls, features, menu system and more. From basics like taking your first picture to advanced topics, by the end of this class, you'll be able to expertly use the E-M1 Mark II's many features. Learn how to use the advanced features like the High Res mode and in-camera focus stacking and find shortcuts for the most frequently used settings.

Customize your camera to your shooting style by setting custom controls and settings. Walk through the different options and learn John's recommendations for each setting. Finally, set up a pre-shot checklist and learn how to adapt the camera to different types of images.


  • Photographers just picking up the E-M1 Mark II for the first time
  • Self-taught photographers that want to see what they're missing
  • Photographers considering purchasing the E-M1 Mark II



John Greengo is a travel and landscape photographer with more than 30 years of experience. When he's not traveling and shooting, his straightforward teaching style helps new photographers learn the basics and become better acquainted with their gear. He's taught dozens of Fast Start classes on different interchangeable lens camera systems, including the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, the E-M10 Mark II, and Olympus PEN F along with cameras from Nikon, Canon, Sony, and Panasonic.


  1. Class Introduction

    The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a top Olympus camera -- but it also has one of the more confusing menu systems. In this short lesson, learn what to expect from the class.

  2. Camera Overview

    Get a jump start on learning your Olympus camera with a brief overview of the company and the Micro Four Thirds system. Learn what lenses are compatible with the camera, the difference between Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds, and just how weather-sealed the camera is.

  3. Photo Basics

    Pick up some essential photography basics in this lesson, starting with how a mirrorless camera works. Brush up on a few basics like shutter speed and a proper camera grip.

  4. Top Deck: Mode Dial

    Begin deciphering the camera's physical controls, starting with the top of the mirrorless camera. Learn how to use the mode dial and the mode dial lock, as well as what each mode means.

  5. Mode Dial: Exposure Control in P Mode

    Dive into adjusting the camera's exposure beginning with the Program Mode. Learn how to adjust the settings inside this mode, as well as how to use exposure compensation.

  6. Mode Dial: Manual Exposure

    Full manual control allows you to carry out for creative vision consistently with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Dive into manual exposure settings, including bulb and live time, in this lesson.

  7. Top Deck: Shooting Modes

    Continue exploring the top deck of the camera by looking at the Function 2 button with the Multi-Function tool, the record button, the high-speed sequential shooting options, and the HDR button. Then, learn the pros and cons of the different shooting modes, like the Pro Capture mode.

  8. Top Deck: HDR & AF Mode

    This Olympus camera makes HDR easy using bracketing. Learn how to easily bracket to shoot HDR. Then, jump into the camera's different autofocus modes and when to use each setting.

  9. Top Deck: Metering and Flashes

    That same AF shortcut will also control metering with the front dial. Learn how metering modes can help get the best exposure. Then, learn how to pair the camera with a flash, from the included FL-LM3 to more powerful flashes, which are sold separately.

  10. Backside: Viewfinder Display

    Navigate through the LCD monitor as well as the electronic viewfinder on the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and learn how to customize what you see on those screens. The digital camera offers three different styles for the electronic viewfinder.

  11. Backside: ISO Controls & White Balance

    Moving to the back of the camera, learn how to quickly switch the control wheels to adjust ISO using the lever. John shares the best ISO settings to stay away from. Find the camera's white balance shortcuts to ensure accurate colors.

  12. Backside: Focus Area and Controls

    The Function 1 button adjusts the focus area. Learn how to adjust the focus area, move the focal point, and change the target size, as well as how to switch facial detection on and off. Control what you see on the screen using the Info button.

  13. Backside: Super Menu

    The Super Control Panel contains several different settings at a glance. Learn how to adjust the settings here, like the 5-axis image stabilization system, 4K video, flash, and various other settings.

  14. Backside: Playback Menu

    Review the images on the camera using the playback controls. Learn how the controls switch to a different shortcut specifically for the playback mode, and quick tips to help review your images.

  15. Left & Right Side of OM-D EM 1 Mark II

    Explore the camera's sides and dig into the camera's port options, as well as the controls that sit on some M.Zuiko lenses. On the right, you'll find the SD card slots and access for a remote trigger. John shares why the fastest card should always go in slot one and some tips on choosing a good SD card.

  16. Bottom & Front of OM-D EM 1 Mark II

    At the bottom of the camera, you'll find the serial number, tripod socket, and battery door. In this lesson, John also shares how to add the vertical battery grip accessory, an AC power adapter, and how to safely swap lenses.

  17. Olympus Lenses

    Pair the camera with a lens that's just as good. In this lesson, gain lens recommendations for the E-M1 Mark II, including M.Zuiko lenses from Olympus. Learn the different controls available on the lens.

  18. Camera Menu Settings Map

    Start deciphering the complex menu system by gaining an overview with John's menu settings map.

  19. Shooting Menu 1

    In the first tab of the menu, gain access to different shooting settings, from creating custom modes to adjusting image quality. Besides creating an overview of the complex menu system, John shares his recommended settings for the different menu options.

  20. Shooting Menu 2

    As the shooting menu continues, find features like bracketing, HDR, multiple exposures, keystone compensation and more. Watch a live demonstration of the camera's focus stacking feature.

  21. Video Menu

    Decipher the different options available in the video menu, including the default movie mode, quality settings, autofocus, and 5-axis image stabilization settings. In this lesson, John also explains the different video options available on the E-M1 Mark II, including frame rates, noise filters, and picture modes.

  22. Playback Menu

    Inside the playback menu, find the different options for reviewing images, including editing images in camera.

  23. Custom Menu A & B

    The Olympus Custom menu can feel very overwhelming at first. Here, John explains how the custom menu is organized, then dives into the first two sections of that menu.

  24. Custom Menu C1 & C2

    Walk through the different available controls inside the release, drive mode and stabilization custom menu, including suggested settings.

  25. Custom Menu D1-D4

    Inside the display menu, choose the different view options and settings for both the viewfinder and the LCD screen.

  26. Custom Menu E1-E3 & F

    The E menu adjusts different exposure parameters -- learn how to correct your metering if necessary, how to adjust the number of settings available for ISO and exposure compensation, and how to adjust the parameters of the auto ISO option. Then, dive into the F or flash custom menu.

  27. Custom Menu G

    The custom G menu on this Olympus camera covers image quality, white balance, and color. Learn the different options and find suggestions for where to set the different controls.

  28. Custom Menu H1-H2

    In this menu, choose the different record and erase settings for the SD card, like what card you are saving to, and advanced options like saving images to a folder on the card.

  29. Custom Menu I

    In the I menu, adjust the settings for the electronic viewfinder. Here, find controls for the eye sensor, brightness, layout and more.

  30. Custom Menu J1-J2

    Inside the utility menu, adjust a handful of settings, like setting time limits for the shortcuts made by pressing and holding a button. Here, you'll also find other options like touchscreen settings and other options.

  31. Setup Menu

    In the final section of the menu, find the setup options like formatting the card, adjusting the date and time, accessing Wi-Fi settings, adjusting monitor brightness and more.

  32. Camera Operation

    In this final lesson, prepare for any shoot with camera operation suggestions. Here, John shares a pre-shot checklist, key settings, and suggestions for multiple shooting scenarios.


a Creativelive Student

This is exactly what I was looking for - I really feel like I'm not able to control my camera, rather than the camera controlling me! :) I really learned a great deal - some of it was a great review, some of it was crucial information that will (hopefully) make me a better photographer. Thanks for a great class, John!!

Spyro Zarifopoulos

Great and very informative class.... John has done a fabulous job explaining all the simple and intricate details of the very sophisticated EM1 II. Thank you !!!

John Epperson

This is a great course on learning about the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. I have watched it many times to get to were I know it by memory the best I can. I like to go over it as much as possible because there is a lot to learn. I do wish that John would do an updated version since now it is up to Firmware 3.1. It is like a whole new camera with the new settings.