Many, many thanks to MG Grischke, who has spend hours of time putting this chart together, and giving me permission to post it for all to have as fantastic resource for the Olympus OMD E-M5
The EM-5 gives you the great opportunity to assign specific functions to the various buttons. By doing so you can adjust the camera nicely to your shooting style and define up to 4 “Mysets” with different button functions assigned, based on your shooting needs.
When looking into the manual (Page 93) you might expect that all the 21 functions listed there can be assigned to all the available buttons:
– buttons on the body: Fn1, Fn2, Rec, Arrow pad in [Direct Function]
– buttons on the on the HLD-6 Battery Holder: B-Fn1, B-Fn2
– button on the Lens: L-Fn
Unfortunately there are some significant restrictions, referred in the manual only as “The options available vary from button to button”.
For example the right and down arrow buttons of the arrow pad are very limited with respect to the functions which can be assigned, but only to these buttons the “Drive Mode” function can be assigned (very helpful !!). By the way it is very annoying that you can not configure the Arrow Up button, which is just predefined with “Exposure Compensation”. Why Olympus?
It is also quite confusing that the “ISO” function can be assigned to all buttons, but not to Fn1. Contrary you have to use the Fn1 button for the “Myset” function, if you do not own the HLD-6 Battery Holder or not having a lens with a L-Fn button available.
As a help for identifying the right combinations of the specific button functions, here you can find a table with all the available functions and to which of the different buttons they can be assigned (… and which functions can not be assigned to a specific button). So the planning and set up of your most efficient “Mysets” configuration should by much more convenient.
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