Get the “secret” Olympus camera manual

by manylaughs on January 31, 2018

The Olympus OM-D Mark III comes with almost everything you need to get you started. Almost. There’s one glaring oversight. A kinda boneheaded one, that doesn’t make a lot of sense: Olympus doesn’t include the real manual.

In the case, there’s a small manual about 30 pages long. It walks you through the basic features of the Mark III, but it’s only an overview of the camera. It hits the main points, shows you how to use the camera on auto and how to take video, but there’s no depth.

The Mark III is suppose to be a transitional camera, meant for those who want to take more professional looking photos than they could get with their phones. The included manual doesn’t help with that. This camera isn’t overwhelming, but there are enough features that they need a practical guide on how to use them. The Mark III is promoted as a beginner photographer’s camera; Olympus should probably assume beginners are going to buy it.

But guess what. There’s a secret manual.

After contacting Olympus support, I discovered there’s a more detailed manual Olympus is hiding from their customers. Based on my one experience with them, Olympus support is very good. I was asking some questions about features on the camera, the support tech gave me the URL to the secret manual.

Okay, it’s not really secret, but it’s under the support downloads for the camera. I understand Olympus might want to save some money and not include a hard copy of the manual, but at least tell buyers about the other manual and where to go to get it. Maybe it’s buried somewhere in the stuff that came with the camera, but I didn’t see anything that said something like, “For a more detailed manual, please visit the Olympus support site.”

So here’s the URL to the “secret” manuals and brochures. The Mark III Instructions link will take you to a very detailed manual that’s perfect if you really want to get to know your camera:

E-M10 Mark III Instructions
E-M10 Mark III Brochures
E-M10 Mark III FAQs

It would have been nice of Olympus to include a simple card with these URLs with everything else you get with the Mark III.

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