Panoramas with the E-M5

Many times, when we see a large building, or a landscape that just screams ultra-wide view, because there is so much to take in. We want to take multiple photos to show the breath taking view, or the large size.

Well, the Olympus OMD E-M5 has a scene mode that has the needed panoramic guides so you stitch them together later. Any Panorama Software will work. I use Microsoft ICE, a free Panoramic Software. The Software that is supplied with the Olympus OMD E-M5 can also stitch them together. You will have Fish-Eye effect if your panning is pretty wide.  Using a wide-angle lens like the 14mm or 12mm will allow you to take less photos for your final panorama.

Here is a finished 4 image panorama.

4 Image Panorama

You can take up to 10 images, in vertical or horizontal panning

Here are the simple instructions from the E-M5 PDF Manual page 60

17 thoughts on “Panoramas with the E-M5”

  1. Hi I tried pano on my OMD, and once i click ok, it doesnt stitch the fotos together, in view mode theyre all seperate. Am i missing a step? Thank you

    1. The camera won’t stitch them together.. It just gives you a way to take a sequence of images that will stitch together later.
      I use Microsoft “ICE”. a free panorama program you can Google to get the link. Viewer should be able to stitch them for you also.

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  3. You cant change aperture in Panorama scn mode you should be able to use A mode in panorama mode.
    Best you can is tilt up or down and use focus lock to get a good exposure. The rest of the shots will be the same exposure.

    1. True, this post is for using the “in camera” panorama mode.
      If you are familiar with panning and overlapping each image, by all means, you can use any mode you want. I prefer the latter, as you said, it gives you leaway over exposure of each frame.

  4. One neat feature on the OM-D is that your can take panoramas with the camera in a vertical orientation. When stitched together horizontally, this gives a more proportional image than photos taken in a landscape orientation.

  5. Here is a tip:

    Lock your exposure at the start of a panaroma! If you do not do this then different shots could end up with different exposures and your picture will be ruined.

    1. Yes, but, it is not needed in most cases. The camera will lock the focus and metering with the 1st exposure. (See #4 above from the manual). If the light is tricky as you pan, then locking the exposure for an average frame, will be needed as you say.

  6. I got my camera few months ago and have been tinkering with the panoramic and so far have been mystified by it. I swear that somewhere I ran across instructions about how to link panoramic mode to one of the other modes. For example making it track the settings I’ve set up on full manual mode. Has anybody ever seen this or am I just out to lunch?

    What I have seen is that the settings the panoramic mode don’t seem to follow anything else. I can put the camera on a tripod on a fixed scene with fixed lighting and walk through the modes. If Iauto uses f16 and a half second exposure, panoramic used something different entirely. Ditto for Program, A, or S modes, so it isn’t tracking anything as far as I can tell. Does anybody have any idea just what it is doing? I figured if they weren’t going to give you any control that it would at least act like one of the auto modes. About the only thing I see is that it will follow a manually selected ISO setting.

    1. The camera goes into “Program” mode and “Auto ISO”… defaults at ISO 200 indoors AFAIK. That would explain the different meter readouts.
      This Panorama mode “Freezes” your exposure to the 1st images meter reading. That may problematic with many scenes.

      Personally, Just use the regular modes (M/P/A/S) and take a blank before and after your images you want to stitch later with FREE Microsoft ICE..And overlap by 1/3 for each image… use the multi-grid, grid pattern to help with keeping things in line as you move left to right.

  7. good day. my panoramic shot doesnt display pevious shots onthe left lcd screen as a guide on the next. am i missing something? thanks

    1. There is no preview of the last image….. See “Caution” under #6 above of the copied page from the manual. These are just guides to help you overlap better.

  8. Are there any programmes/softwares available to use to stitch the images together on an apple mac (can’t use microsoft ICE) ?

  9. thank you for sharing this post.
    was wondering why it doesn’t display the panaroma picture in the gallery view. and your post just explained that.
    thanks for the info.

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