Olympus OM-D EM-5’s Art Filter Works Nicely as a Focus Peaking Feature

For those of you who are desperate for Olympus to release a focus peaking feature for the OM-D EM-5, did you know that there’s a trick you can use for “ghetto focus peaking”?

A French photographer named Nicolas recently found that the camera’s “Key Line” Art Filter actually works quite well as a focus peaking feature. Simply turn on the filter, set your camera to shoot RAW+JPEG, and focus/shoot away. You can throw away the artsy-filtered JPEG files afterward, but the RAW photographs will be precisely focused thanks to the clever “hack”!

Here’s his quick demonstration of the ghetto focus peaking in action:

In the video’s description, Nicolas bemoans,

Olympus, you did the work at 99%… why didn’t you finish it ? :) Could you do a firmware update? It would be a nice christmas gift!

Earlier this month, we reported that an anonymous hacker claims to have accessed the EM-5’s debugger mode and found a hidden focus peaking feature within. For one reason or another, the (possibly half-baked) feature never made its way onto the final firmware of the camera.

If the feature is fact lying dormant within the camera’s firmware, Olympus could make a lot of photographers very happy by flipping the switch and making it useable.

(via 43 Rumors)

P.S. Does anyone know of any other camera(s) with an art filter similar to this one?

  • Albert

    I agree. It’s just a simple implementation. Sure a user name lucio (m43 commenter) suggest to assign f1 to myset which is set to art-11. So, you can turn on the art filter only when you try to MF and turn it off just prior to clicking the shutter. But, it’s too cumbersome. Come on Olympus, it’s just one minor additional feature.

  • Chris Newhall

    I have pretty big hands and I don’t find it very hard to do. Also, I am still able to hold down the shutter button halfway, while I’m pressing f1, to stabilize everything if I need to, it may be a bit awkward but it’s not uncomfortable. I would definitely rather have it as an actual feature, red highlights on the actual image would be much nicer, but it still works great and is pretty darn easy to do.

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  • tyehill

    All of Olympus’ current Micro Four Thirds cameras have this feature including the E-PM2 and the E-PL5. I am currently using this method to focus peak on the E-PL5.

  • Kodachrome64

    Me too.