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How to find the Shutter Actuation Count on the Olympus OM-D

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 CountsOlympus 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.

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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

  1. Start with the Camera Off
  2. Hold down the menu button and turn the camera on.
  3. Release the Menu button and press the Menu button again to bring up the menus
  4. Select LCD Brightness (third selection from the top) in the “Wrench” menu.
  5. Press the Right Arrow to show the screen adjusters
  6. Press INFO and then OK.  Something like this will appear on your screen OLYMPUS E-M5 02 01 01 01.
  7. 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.
  8. 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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