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In-body 5-axis Image Stabilisation System

OM-D E-M1 IS Comparison


1. Pitch 2. Yaw 3. Horizontal shift 4. Vertical shift 5. Rotary shift

The in-body 5-axis image stabilisation system compensates for the shutter speed by up to 4 EV[1] for correcting camera shake that occurs in all shooting situations. As the stabilisation system is built into the body it allows for the stabilisation of all Four Thirds, micro Four Thirds and legacy lenses[2]. Additionally, the world’s most powerful camera shake compensation performance equivalent to 6 shutter speed steps[3] is provided by 5-axis Sync IS when the E-M1 is combined with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO, which is the first Olympus interchangeable lens to be equipped with in-lens image stabilisation.

  • * 1: Based on CIPA standards (M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ is used with the focal length of 50mm (35mm equivalent focal length: 100mm)). 5 steps of compensation were possible under our measurement conditions.
    * 2: Horizontal and vertical shift cannot be compensated for when legacy lenses are attached.
    * 3: Based on CIPA standards , when used with M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO.
▶ See details on the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO

The IS-AUTO feature uses the optimal compensation directions based on the camera movement

1. Image stabilisation / 2. Image stabilisation off

This model is equipped with IS-AUTO, which provides image stabilisation for general shooting and panning. The camera automatically detects the direction it is moving in and optimises the image stabilisation control direction for panning shots including tilting.


View the stabilised image through the viewfinder

The image stabilisation system automatically engages when the shutter button is half depressed or if the Live View display is magnified. Once the stabiliser is engaged you can see the effects live which allows for more accurate framing and focusing for macro and telephoto shooting.

When half-way shutter release Image Stabilisation is set to ON.

5-axis Image Stabilisation amazingly effective for movie shooting

5-axis image stabilisation system is not just for still images, but is extremely effective for shooting movies as well. In particular, rotary shift compensation, not possible with in-lens image stabilisation, is necessary for stable movie shooting. It enables you to smoothly shoot a movie with minimal blur while walking or moving actively. The power of this feature shows its true worth in underwater movie shooting where it is difficult to keep still.

(Added features in firmware Ver. 4.0)
With firmware version 4.0, M-IS1 mode for combined 5-axis image stabilisation and electronic stabilisation, and M-IS2 mode for 5-axis image stabilisation only, are available.
*In M-IS1, the image is recorded at a slightly magnified size.

Video 1 - Compares image stabilisation effects (Walking outside)
Video 2 - Compares underwater movie shooting with competitor models

The advantages of in-body image stabilisation


  In-body image stabilisation In-lens image stabilisation
Stable viewfinder image Available Available
Can be used for any lens YES NO*1
Also effective for legacy lenses YES NO*1
Smaller and lighter lenses are possible YES NO
The image quality of lenses is not affected Not affected Affected
Rotary shift compensation Available NO*1
Shift blur compensation YES YES with limitation*2
1: Impossible with this mechanism
2: Limited to lenses with shift blur compensation

Pictures are for illustrative purposes only.
Screen captures in the monitor are composite images.

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