How to Change OM System OM-5 Viewfinder Grid Overlays

Grid overlays can be extremely useful for composing a shot. They can help with level and alignment, and they can help with composition with the placement of subjects in the frame. Here’s a rundown of the available options on the OM System OM-5.

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Grid overlays can be extremely useful for composing a shot. The grid lines can help with levelling and alignment, and they can help with composition with the placement of subjects in the frame. They’re one of the first features I enable when picking up a new camera.

Olympus is now OM System

In 2020-21, the photography business of iconic camera brand Olympus was spun off and sold. The core remaining Olympus brand is focusing on medical and scientific products. The camera and photography side was then rebranded as OM System, with the first cameras and lenses under that brand coming out at the end of 2021.

Back in film days, we had to get similar effects by switching out the focusing screen—physically removing and replacing a matte screen with the markings etched on it. But it’s infinitely easier and less tedious with new digital cameras, and it has become a pretty standard feature of mirrorless cameras through the live view back screen and the electronic viewfinder. [1]

Here’s the range of viewfinder grid options available on the OM System OM-5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera, a camera I’ve been testing out recently.

Viewfinder Grids on the OM System OM-5

These are the styles of viewfinder grids that are available on the OM-5.

OM System OM-5 Viewfinder Grid 4x5 squares
This is a simple small bock grid of 4×5 squares. It’s useful for the alignment of verticals and horizontals. It’s also useful for spacing symmetry shots.
OM System OM-5 Viewfinder Grid golden ratio
This is derived from the so-called golden ratio (which is often depicted as a spiral) and is sometimes known as the golden ratio grid or golden grid. The ratio is 1:0.618:1.
OM System OM-5 Viewfinder Grid 3x3 rectangles
Another simple block grid, this one with 3×3 rectangles. In addition to alignment, it’s useful for conventional Rule of Thirds layouts.
OM System OM-5 Viewfinder Grid crosshair grid
The fine measurements on this style of crosshair grid are particularly useful for macro photography.
OM System OM-5 Viewfinder Grid diagonals
Diagonals intersecting at the center of the frame.
OM System OM-5 Viewfinder Grid 16:9 aspect ratio
This doesn’t look like much of a grid, but those horizontal lines at the top and bottom mark 16:9 aspect ratio frame. The OM-5’s native aspect ratio is 4:3 (i.e., it’s a Micro Four Thirds camera).

How To Enable & Select Viewfider Grids on the OM System OM-5

Here’s where to find the menu option to enable viewfinder grids and select which you want to use.

You can find the option under:

Custom Menu (gear/cog icon) > tab D3 > Grid Settings > Displayed Grid
Screenshot of OM System OM-5 Viewfinder Grid settings in menu
Screenshot of OM System OM-5 Viewfinder Grid settings in menu
Screenshot of OM System OM-5 Viewfinder Grid settings in menu
Screenshot of OM System OM-5 Viewfinder Grid settings in menu

OM System OM-5 Price & Availability

The OM-5 body has an MSRP of $1200. It’s also sold with a 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO kit lens for $1600.

Check the current price and available at:

OM System OM-5 with 12-45 ƒ/4 PRO
  • New 20M 4/3 Live MOS sensor
  • Computational photography functions, including Handheld High Res Shot, Live ND, Focus Stacking & HDR…

OM System OM-5 Camera Accessories

These are the model numbers for the official accessories for the OM System OM-5.

  • Battery: BLS-50 lithium-ion rechargeable battery
  • External Charger: BCS-5
  • USB-AC Adapter: F-5AC AC wall adapter
  • Grip: ECG-5
  • Remote: RM-WR1 wireless remote control
  • Eyecup: EP-16 / EP-15
  • Flash:
    • FL-LM3 electronic flash (the smallest of the flash units)
    • FL-900R electronic flash unit
    • FL-700WR electronic flash unit
    • STF-8 macro flash
    • FC-WR wireless commander
    • FR-WR wireless receiver

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  1. Some DSLRs also have this feature available through their optical viewfinder.[]

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