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Olympus OM-D E-M1 The first Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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Correcting the evf tint

Having used my Panasonic GX9 almost exclusively lately it made me realise how strangely unnatural (to my eyes) the evf colours are on the E-M1.
Not sure how to describe it, but its not right, my daughters E-M5 ii looks very similar too.
Bit green maybe or just cold, but despite having a little dabble it still looks less than great.
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Re: Correcting the evf tint

Answered my own thread, how sad is that
Much happier now I've located and had a good mess with the EVF colour and brightness settings.
Still think the Panasonic is better and the Fuji version is also quite an improvement.
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Re: Correcting the evf tint

Responding to your first post ....

I don't generally notice it, but under some specific circumstances it is certainly strange. I sometimes shoot live music, these days nearly everywhere has a set of LED spotlights and lighting techs seem excessively fond of magenta, which leads to some very odd sights in the viewfinder. I suspect that the emission spectra of the LED spotlights are a bit different from the absorption spectra of the Bayer filters. Combine that with the viewfinder doing its own slightly odd thing and you can end up in some very weird places!

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Re: Correcting the evf tint

It's definitely more noticeable indoors, could well be something to do with the LED lighting.

Suppose another aspect to consider is the age of the camera, things have moved on a bit since 2013
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Re: Correcting the evf tint

I think that amongst the big six brands (Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, Fuji, Nikon, Canon) that Olympus are trailing the field by quite a margin so far as EVFs are concerned. I'm talking top of the range models like the E-M1ii, G9, A7riii, XT3, Z6/7 and EOS-R. All have better EVFs, in most cases much better. Remember that the current top Olymous EVF debuted in the EM1 in 2013. Six years is a l o n g time in consumer electronics. I'll be very surprised if the EM5iii doesn't have a new unit.
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Re: Correcting the evf tint

I should stop reading threads like this as I was perfectly happy with my evf before I've never tried fiddling with it's colours so before I have a go does it make any real difference or are we in a waiting game for a new camera?
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Re: Correcting the evf tint

The EVF in the EM1 (all models) and EM5ii is perfectly usable. It's just that compared to EVFs in other cameras it's now looking long in the tooth and outclassed. Colour casts aside, you'll only feel bad if you use something better!

Regarding colour casts - yes there is definitely a cold greenish tint. But it's better than it was - there was a firmware update on the EM1 some years back that was a notable improvement in colour accuracy.

Personally, I'm happy to live with the EM1ii's display, but I'll be really disappointed if it doesn't get upgraded in the EM5iii. Of course, we were all surprised when the uber expensive EM1x stuck with the old unit - a bad decision on Oly's part IMHO.
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Re: Correcting the evf tint

Thanks all, its fine for framing and pretty good considering its six years old.

The Green tint reminds me of the rear screen on my original Canon 5D
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