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Record Modes & Menu Options



Pentax Optio S55

The "point-n-shoot" GREEN mode is for beginners or anyone that just wants to take a picture without setting anything. The only menu option is for image quality.



Pentax Optio S55

Auto mode has an informative Help function that is invoked by depressing the ?/Fn button. All functions of the Mode dial, 4-way controller and buttons on the camera's back cover are described.



Pentax Optio S55

Program AE mode is also an automatic mode but the user has many menu and function options available. When the shutter is half-pressed and the auto focus is locked, the AF bracket will shrink and turn green, the selected shutter speed and aperture value is also displayed.

Pressing the DISPLAY button turns the color LCD on/off and also controls how much information is shown on top of the live image. Here we have all the exposure information enabled including the real time histogram.



Pentax Optio S55

Pressing the ?/Fn button in other than Auto mode brings up this shortcut menu to quickly change image size, image quality or exposure compensation. The functions assigned to the 4-way controller are registered via the Setup menu.



Pentax Optio S55

Record MENU options:

    Recorded Pixels - 2560x1920, 2304x1728, 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1024x768 or 640x480
    Quality Level - Best, Better or Good
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Manual
    Focusing Area - Multi. or Spot
    AE Metering - Multi segment, Center-weighted or Spot
    Sensitivity - Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
    Frame Rate - Movie frame rate of 30 or 15fps
    Digital Zoom - On/Off
    Instant Review - 0.5, 1, 2, 3, or 5 secs. and Off
    Memory - Saving shooting function settings when camera is turned off
    Sharpness - Hard, Normal or Soft
    Saturation - Hard, Normal or Soft
    Contrast - Hard, Normal or Soft
    EV Compensation - +/-2.0 in 1/3EV steps

If you find the menu options difficult to read, touching the telephoto zoom control enlarges the font.



Pentax Optio S55

The PICTure Modes available are: Flower, Self-portrait, Surf, Snow, Sunset, Museum, Text, Food, Landscape Portrait.



Pentax Optio S55

In Super Macro Mode you can close focus from 2.4 to 8 inches with excellent results, regular Macro mode covers a range from 7 to 18 inches.



Pentax Optio S5z

To focus manually -- Press the 4-way selector "right" until "MF" is displayed and then adjust the focus distance by using the Up and Down positions of the 4-way controller. When you are actively changing the focus, the center portion of the LCD display is magnified and a distance scale is shown on the left. The focus can also be locked at infinity.



Pentax Optio S55

Movie mode lets you record motion JPEG at 320 x 240 resolution at 30 or 15fps; monaural audio is also recorded. The length of movies is limited only by available memory space.



Pentax Optio S55

The S55 can be used as a voice-only recorder too.







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