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    Default Set three EM1 bodies to exactly same time/date?

    Is there a way to set the date/time (to the second) on three bodies? Maybe to set this on three bodies sequentially to the computer date/time? Two shooters are using three bodies, and I want to easily show all images in exact time order. TIA.
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    Default Re: Set three EM1 bodies to exactly same time/date?

    I would just go by one computer clock and set one, then one or two minutes later the next, and so forth. Don't see why that wouldn't work.

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    Default Re: Set three EM1 bodies to exactly same time/date?

    The E-M10 (first Olympus micro 4/3rds with wi-fi) had an option to sync your camera's clock to your cellphone. Unfortunately, the later wi-fi cameras (including the E-M1) no longer have this feature.

    I don't know if Olympus Capture supports setting the time from the computer's clock.

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    Default Re: Set three EM1 bodies to exactly same time/date?

    How exact does it have to be? You can certainly push the OK button within a couple of tenths of a second to set the cameras manually, but if the need to be absolutely exact then I have no idea...

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    Default Re: Set three EM1 bodies to exactly same time/date?

    You will never be able to syncronise the cameras using the EXACT seconds.

    Its best to actually shoot the cameras separately with different times set on each, at the start take a control shot with all three at the same time. Then use a utility such as Namexif
    http://www.digicamsoft.com/softnamexif.html
    to rename all the files, using a separate time offset for each camera (which you can check by looking at the control shot)

    Another bonus of this is that all the files will appear in the correct order when you merge them into a single folder, even if taken with different camera models.
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    Default Re: Set three EM1 bodies to exactly same time/date?

    If it is just naming that you are concerned about, just go into Menu -> Record/Erase -> Edit File Name, and change the first letter of each camera to be something different. Then when you dump all of the files together, there won't be a collision.

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    Default Re: Set three EM1 bodies to exactly same time/date?

    Thanks to all.

    Michael, I already have the file names set in each body to EM1A...., EM1B...., and EM1C...., and was successful for importing all of the files each day into one folder in LR. That works well.

    Edmunds, for the shots already done, I like your suggestion of putting a time offset onto each camera's metadata. I can make that offset close enough that most shots will appear in order. I did not think to make a set of simultaneous shots, but I can fudge two of them to be a close match to the remaining one.

    Daniel, that's what I should have done, but more carefully than I did. I was mainly concerned about having the same date and hour/minute, but did not think about seconds. You are right, I should be able to push the OK button pretty closely, especially if I watch the computer clock as it turns to the next minute. A few seconds should be close enough for this task, but the engineer in me just wants to be much closer than that, Just because....

    This was for the Antarctica Peninsula whale survey in March, and we needed to sync our camera times to the time zone of Ushuaia, Argentina, so that the photo ID people could match location of any photo to the vessel GPS track. I was shooting with the A and B bodies, and my wife was shooting the C body. She is new at whale photography, and she made a lot of very good photos, and I could sort for only C body photos, and she learned a lot from the bad photos as well from her best ones.

    I'll be posting some soon, as I finish selecting and doing minor adjustments on them.
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    Default Re: Set three EM1 bodies to exactly same time/date?

    I often shoot with two or three bodies - I solve the problem by copying the files into seperate folders for each camera. I copy the files manually as LR does not allow me to import the files into my structure (The import utility is just not advanced enough). As already mentioned; if you take one frame with all cameras at the exact same time, LR can adjust the cameras time difference for you.
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    Default Re: Set three EM1 bodies to exactly same time/date?

    I try to synch my E-M1s as I use them for sports and more than a few seconds off means the shot collection won't order correctly.I hit the "set" button at the top of the minute but this doesn't seem to force the cameras to roll to the next minute simultaneously. What I'd like is for Oly to add seconds to the clock.

    Cheers,

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