The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a computerized focal-plane shutter unlike DSLRs that use a mirror that flips up prior to taking an exposure.
The number of shutter count actuations is still important on these mirrorless cameras. Olympus rates the OM-D E-M5at 100,000 shutter actuations. This means that after (or possibly before) 100,000 actuations the shutter may fail and need to be replaced. The Olympus OM-D E-M1is rated at 150,000 shutter actuations.
Olympus Hidden Menu with Shutter Actuations
Unlike Canon, Olympus has a built in way to tell the number of shutter actuations. Although, it is not necessary easy to get at. Olympus has a hidden menu that is displayed only after a series of button presses and menu selections.
This method to see the number of shutter actuations also works with the PEN series of Cameras and the Olympus OM-D E-M1.
Steps to Tell the Number of Shutter Actuations on Olympus Cameras
- Start with the Camera Off
- Hold down the menu button and turn the camera on.
- Release the Menu button and press the Menu button again to bring up the menus
- Select LCD Brightness (third selection from the top) in the “Wrench” menu.
- Press the Right Arrow to show the screen adjusters
- Press INFO and then OK. Something like this will appear on your screen OLYMPUS E-M5 02 01 01 01.
- Press the Up Arrow, Down Arrow, Left Arrow, Right Arrow, Shutter Button, and Up Arrow in this order and page 1 of the hidden menu will appear.
- The shutter actuation count is located on page 2. Press the Right Arrow for page 2.
Navigation to Access Other Pages of the Hidden Menu
- Press the Up Arrow for Page 1
- Press the Right Arrow for page 2
- Press the Down Arrow for page 3
- Press the Left Arrow for Page 4
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