Is there any way for Olympus OM-D class cameras to store their own live view as an image?

For newcomers: the live view is what is displayed on the back of camera on the LCD screen when the camera is in view mode. Typically, it includes a subsampled version of the current scene the camera is registering with a configurable overlay of various settings, highlights/cues and camera state information:

OM-D live view

The image above is taken by a second camera (which is why there is a reflection on the image). I want to get a high-quality image of this display without having to use a second camera.

  • \$\begingroup\$ What are you trying to accomplish with this? \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Aug 19, 2017 at 2:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ @mattdm To get a picture of the live view without using a second camera. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 19, 2017 at 4:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ Why do you want a picture of the live view? \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Aug 19, 2017 at 4:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ @mattdm, there are dozens of possible reasons. To what extent would this affect the answer? \$\endgroup\$
    – Gerhardh
    Aug 20, 2017 at 13:42
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    \$\begingroup\$ It's not a matter of "newcomers". There are questions like "Do you want all the overlay stuff?" which would be clear if you'd simply state your end goal. \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Aug 20, 2017 at 15:58

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Hmm... There is the solution but it looks strange.

All OM-D cameras have HDMI output. So you have to connect your camera to TV or another device with HDMI input.
1. My TV does not allow to to take screenshots, but my friend's TV does.
2. Another way - not TV but any other device with HDMI input and video recording capabilities. Then you export any frame from video you like.


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