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Viewfinder Switching

Is it possible to run the M5 so that the main screen does not come on ...just use the EVF ?
Looked in the menu but did not spot an on/off for the main screen.

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Re: Viewfinder Switching

I don't think so, and I'm pretty sure there is no simple off-switch for the screen. The E-M1 gets close, although it has a slightly irritating constant subdued blue glow. With the E-M1 Mk II you can turn the rear screen to face the body and do everything through the EVF.

What are you trying to do?

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Re: Viewfinder Switching

I'll have a look.

I know you can turn the brightness down.
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Re: Viewfinder Switching

The answer is that you can nearlyy do it.

In the menu "cogs" D Disp/PC (manual page 88) there are two settings "Info Off" and "Backlit LCD".

If you set Info Off to its minimum of 10 seconds after 10 seconds of inactivity the display will switch off completely untill you use any of the buttons/dials.

If you set Backlit LCD to its minimum of 8 seconds after 8 seconds of inactivity the back light ( which gives the annoying glow) will similaly switch off.

You can have both set to their minima.

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Re: Viewfinder Switching

Thanks for that ..I don look at the rear screen on my nikons so I was looking to save on battery life ..will try what you say ..many thanks

PS ,,I just checket it and it was set as you suggest,,so not an improvement ..I usually turn it on ..put it to the eye and take the pic but when my eye is not to it //

I think the answer is to cover the eye sensor hole with some tape and that makes it think you eye is there all the time ...thanks
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Re: Viewfinder Switching

If you turn off the auto eye sensor (cogs J menu) you can then turn the rear screen on/off using the little button on the RHS of the viewfinder.

Only downside to this is you cannot change the style of the information displayed in the EVF.
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Re: Viewfinder Switching

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Thanks for that ..I don look at the rear screen on my nikons so I was looking to save on battery life ..will try what you say ..many thanks

PS ,,I just checket it and it was set as you suggest,,so not an improvement ..I usually turn it on ..put it to the eye and take the pic but when my eye is not to it //

I think the answer is to cover the eye sensor hole with some tape and that makes it think you eye is there all the time ...thanks
A dirty EVF sensor will do that so black tape should be quite effective & then if you need to 'chimp' you could then use the EVF/Screen switch to change to manual selection & back to Auto when done.
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Re: Viewfinder Switching

Tried the tape and it works well ...EVF on for about 10 seconds and touch the release and it comes on again..menu button works as normal ..Will give it a try ..maybe it will save some battery power.
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