Olympus Micro Four Thirds Stabilisation Rules

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The rules for non-Olympus OIS lenses (usually Panasonic) that are not explained clearly anywhere by Olympus or others.
See the Timeline page for some more details of features and age of bodies.

First 2 charts for modern bodies, except the E-M10 Mk3.

E-M1/E-M1 Mk2/E-M10/E-M10 Mk2/E-M5 Mk1 at V2.2 and up/E-M5 Mk2
E-P5  Pen-F
E-PL7/8
All the above have the better 3 or 5 axis IBIS.
E-PL5/6 and E-PM2  have the earlier less effective 2 axis IBIS.

With a Panasonic switched OIS lens:

Note that Lens IS Priority is ignored for Panasonic switched OIS lenses.

Lens IS PriorityIBISLens OIS SwitchStabilisation Result
OnOnOnOIS
OnOn OffIBIS
 OffOnOnOIS
 OffOn OffIBIS
On OffOnOIS
On Off Off-
 Off OffOnOIS
 Off Off Off-

E-M1/E-M1 Mk2/E-M10/E-M10 Mk2/E-M5 Mk2
E-P5  Pen-F
E-PL7/8
All the above have the better 3 or 5 axis IBIS.
E-PL5/6 and E-PM2  have the earlier less effective 2 axis IBIS.

With a Panasonic unswitched OIS lens:
IBIS on is the master switch for stabilisation here
Lens IS PriorityIBISStabilisation Result
OnOnOIS
 OffOnIBIS
On Off-
 Off Off-

For the E-M10 Mk3......


E-M10 Mk3 has 5 axis IBIS.
With a Panasonic switched OIS lens:
IBISLens OIS SwitchStabilisation Result
OnOnOIS
On OffIBIS
 OffOnOIS
 Off Off-


E-M10 Mk3 has 5 axis IBIS.
With a Panasonic unswitched OIS lens:
Note that the E-M10 Mk3 does not have the Lens IS Priority menu item.
IBISStabilisation Result
OnIBIS
 Off-


For older bodies .....

E-P1/E-P2/E-P3
E-PL1/E-PL2/E-PL3
E-PM1
All the above have the early less effective 2 axis IBIS.
E-M5 Mk1 before V2.2 (has 5 axis IBIS).

With a Panasonic switched OIS lens:
IBISLens OIS SwitchStabilisation Result
OnOnIBIS + OIS clash
On OffIBIS
 OffOnOIS
 Off Off-

E-P1/E-P2/E-P3
E-PL1/E-PL2/E-PL3
E-PM1
All the above have the early less effective 2 axis IBIS.
E-M5 Mk1 before V2.2 (has 5 axis IBIS).
With a Panasonic unswitched OIS lens:
IBISStabilisation Result
OnIBIS
 Off-

Last change 14th October 2017


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