Timelapses can turn a mundane event into a dynamic, visually intriguing video. But getting all your settings right and combining photos to create a timelapse on a computer can be complicated and technically intimidating. Fortunately with Olympus' Diorama art filter you now have a simple easy to use technique for shooting timelapse videos just in time for the holidays.


I use this feature a lot because of the ease of use, and because it just looks cool. The Diorama art filter comes natively installed in almost all Olympus cameras. This filter is designed to simulate an effect that is called “Tilt Shift” photography or “Tiltshift Timelapse." This is an effect that blurs out part of the screen and leaves some of the image in focus creating a dynamic that makes things appear to be miniature in scale. This diorama effect will record video images every few seconds and then put those together into a sped-up timelapse video with Instagram-like blur effect - all without you having to program any settings.


  1. Switch camera to Art filter mode or rotate camera dial to art modes.
  2. Select “Diorama1” or “Diorama2” mode from the list of art filters. Diorama 1” and Diorama 2 mode are the same with the only difference being that the blur matte is either set to Horizontal in “Diorama1” or vertical in “Diorama2” choose whichever makes sense based on your photo composition.
  3. Set the exposure compensation to a proper exposure.
  4. Once you are in the mode and ready to shoot you can notice the blur matte on the screen previewing the effect if you want the position of this blur to change location just tap on the touch screen where you would like the focus to be and it will blur out the other sections highlighting that area.
  5. Mount on a stable tripod with all intended action of the scene in view, lock off tripod. and hit the red video record button. (If you don't have a tripod, you can perch your camera on a stable shelf or table as long as people will not bumping into or moving it while recording.)
  6. Hit the red record button again to stop the recording. The video will start to record and you should see recording prompt on the screen with the timecode recording as the video progresses. If you see the red record timer, but it does not appear to be clocking time, that is okay. Give it a few seconds and you will. This is because it is recording less frames than normal to create the time lapse effect with time speeding up. That means you can record for 1 minute and the recorded video clip will only end up being 10 seconds long. It takes everything you recorded and compresses 1 minute of activity into 10 seconds of video, so that when you play back the video everything will appear to be in fast motion.
  7. Play back your time lapse video and enjoy!


Scenes that work well for timelapse videos include clouds, moving crowds of people, cars and traffic, boats, and airports.

During the holiday season, you'll also be presented with some fun, family themed opportunities for timelapses. You could do a timelapse of the family eating dinner, unwrapping presents, decorating the Christmas tree, and baking. Sledding and holiday parades also make good timelapse videos.


Don't forget to share your timelapse videos with friends and family. Use the OI Share App to easily transfer your final timelapse to your phone or tablet — then upload it to Facebook or send it via email.

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