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    I started investigating the protocol between the EM-1 and the Android app to see if there was any chance of writing some software to control the camera from the PC. I didn't get very far - it looked as though there was some deliberate obfuscation by Olympus to make this difficult. I only spent about 15 minutes on it and haven't found the time yet to pursue it further.

    However, Seems someone got further than me... I stumbled over this web page:

    http://www.digitalkamera.de/Fototipp...trol/9024.aspx

    It's in German, which I don't speak, but Google translate gave me enough to find that there's a PC application written by someone to use the Wifi interface to the EM-1 (and other Olympus cameras).

    There's a download link to the software and a discussion thread (also in German). Haven't tried it yet, but it looks promising...


    Steve.
    Steve

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    Re: PC control of EM-1

    Installed and working



    Thanks for pointing this out.

    Come on Olympus - Update the Viewer to do this...
    Graham

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    • #3
      Re: PC control of EM-1

      This works rather well!

      You can choose either RAW or JPG or Both from the photo import tab.

      OR:

      Live import will download each file as you shoot it.

      RAW files are slow to download, about 75 seconds
      JPG (1024x768) takes only 3-4 seconds

      Best to shoot first then download later. Nothing new there

      OR:

      Shoot RAW + Small JPG and download just the JPGs while shooting, so they are available for instant review at Laptop screen resolution.
      Graham

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      • #4
        Re: PC control of EM-1

        Still haven't tried this yet, glad you are finding it useful...
        Steve

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        • #5
          Re: PC control of EM-1

          Originally posted by Graham_of_Rainham View Post
          Installed and working



          Thanks for pointing this out.

          Come on Olympus - Update the Viewer to do this...
          Maybe tomorrow (or maybe prior to Photokina) could be your lucky day. Check your 43 User posting of this.

          EDIT: It is now expected when the Silver E-M1 will be announced.
          Ross
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          • #6
            Re: PC control of EM-1

            Well, Graham. Are you pleased now that tethering on the PC is coming (on the 24th) with Olympus Capture that will work in conjunction with OV3, LR, CaptureOne etc.?

            Ross
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            Lenses: M.ZD7-14mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens, MC-14, MC-20, M.ZD45mm f1.8, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
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            • #7
              Re: PC control of EM-1

              Originally posted by Ross the fiddler View Post
              Well, Graham. Are you pleased now that tethering on the PC is coming (on the 24th) with Olympus Capture that will work in conjunction with OV3, LR, CaptureOne etc.?

              Yes. It's been a long time coming...

              The two main areas that I use "tethering" are in the studio to send small jpg files to a PC or iPad for people to view (I dislike showing images on the back of the camera). Also for macro/close-up/tabletop photography, where firing the shutter remotely is vital to reduce camera shake.

              Hopefully it will be faster than the s/ware mentioned above.

              Graham

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              • #8
                Re: PC control of EM-1

                Judging by the recent information snippets regarding the v2 firmware content, it appears that Olympus tethering requires a USB connection. If this is indeed the case, then Camera Control's program which makes use of a WiFi connection could still be preferable.

                I downloaded Camera Control a week ago and find the degree of remote control it provides is very impressive. The weak point is the slow speed of image file transfer (but this issue is the same with the OI-share app. No doubt a USB link would be faster - so you just have to trade-off the speed & working distance of WiFi vs cable and the risk of tripping over your USB cable!

                PS Camera Control enables the transfer of RAW files as well as JPEGS (OI-share only supports JPEG transfer).
                Last edited by Gwyver; 15th September 2014, 02:21 PM. Reason: typo
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                • #9
                  Re: PC control of EM-1

                  Originally posted by Graham_of_Rainham View Post
                  Yes. It's been a long time coming...

                  The two main areas that I use "tethering" are in the studio to send small jpg files to a PC or iPad for people to view (I dislike showing images on the back of the camera). Also for macro/close-up/tabletop photography, where firing the shutter remotely is vital to reduce camera shake.

                  Hopefully it will be faster than the s/ware mentioned above.


                  Me too Graham, and the Tablet is not always Wifi able and 4G is yet to arrive here
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