Rotating the Mode dial to the GUIDE position will bring up the built-in Shooting Guide on the
LCD screen. There are 15 selections to choose from. The Shooting Guide not only provides
detailed descriptions for various shooting environments, but also automatically sets the camera
up for that specific situation by pressing "Right" on the 4-way controller.
Here you can see the Program exposure mode, in the center are the auto focus target marks, and
across the bottom is image quality, SHQ = Super High Quality (7-megapixels) and there's enough
space on our xD card for 193 pictures. The "shaky hand symbol" indicates that Image
Stabilization is On. ISO is set to 50, AF Predict is ON, the camera is operating in Silent Mode.
When you half-press the shutter release it starts the autofocus process and if it locks you'll
get the "focus OK" green icon (top left). If autofocus fails, the green focus indicator will
You can access a variety of Scene modes by rotating the Mode dial to the SCN position. As you go through the Scene selections an image depicting the mode is shown and then a brief text explanation of the mode is presented (shown above.) You can choose from 21 different exposure modes: Portrait, Landscape, Landscape & Portrait, Night Scene, Night & Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self-Portrait, Available Light Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Behind Glass, Documents, Auction, Shoot & Select1, Shoot & Select2, Beach, Snow Under Water Wide 1, Under Water Wide 2, Under Water Macro.
Pressing the OK/FUNC. button will bring up the menu of options shown above.
FUNC. Menu Options
ISO - Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2500, 4000 (3200 and 5000 SQ1 size)
Drive Mode - Single, Continuous, High-Speed Continuous 1 (Hi1), Hi2, Hi2 with pre-capture, AF Continuous (refocus for each shot), Bracketing
Metering - ESP, Spot, Evaluative
Press the MENU button to bring up the Record mode Menu. You can use the shortcut menus to
quickly change image resolution, reset all settings to factor defaults, change the scene mode
as well as enter the Camera or Setup menus.
The Image Quality Menu offers RAW with or without a duplicate JPEG whose quality you specify,
SHQ including a 3:2 aspect ratio, full size HQ with greater compression, SQ1 at several resolutions
and Normal or High quality, SQ2 at several resolutions and Normal or High quality and
16:9 aspect ratio at Normal quality.
ISO - Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 5000 (3200 and 5000 SQ1 size)
Drive Mode - Single, Continuous, High-Speed Continuous, AF Continuous, Bracketing
Metering - ESP, Spot, Evaluative
Fine Zoom - On or Off
Digital Zoom - Enable or disable digital zoom option
AF Mode - iESP, Spot, Area focus modes
Focus Mode - Auto or Manual focus
Fulltime AF - Off or On
AF Predict - Off or On
AF Illumination - Off or On
Image Stabilizer - Off or On
Flash Output - ±2EV in 1/3 EV steps
Flash Syncro - 1 or 2
Flash unit - Internal or Slave
Sound - Off or On
Panorama - Enable Panorama mode (only if using Olympus xD card)
WB Compensation - Adjust the white balance preset being used.
Sharpness - ±5 degrees
Contrast - ±5 degrees
Saturation - ±5 degrees
Noise Reduction - Off or On
Conversion Lens - Off or On
In movie mode, one more menu item is available:
SETUP Menu Options
Backup - Copy images stored in internal memory to the installed xD memory card.
Menu Language - English, French, Espanol, Portuguese
PW ON Setup - Select power up screen animation and sound level
PW OFF Setup - Select power down screen animation and sound level
Screen Setup - Register a still image for PW ON or PW OFF Setup.
Beep - Choose sound(1 or 2) and volume (Low, High or Off)
Camera sounds - Choose Volume (Low, High or Off)
Shutter Sound - Choose sound(1 or 2) and volume (Low, High or Off)
Volume - Set volume of audio playback
Rec View - View image immediately after capture on LCD, Off or ON
File Name - Select between Reset and Auto
Pixel Mapping - Map out bad pixels
Monitor Brightness - Adjust LCD backlight
Set Clock - Set time and or date
Dual Time Setup - On/Off
Alarm Clock - Daily or One-Time
Video Out - Video out signal - NTSC or PAL format
Frame Assist - Toggles frames assist display settings
Histogram - On/Off
My Mode Setup - Set preferences of My mode (exposure mode, Exposure Comp, Flash mode, etc.), 4 sets of settings available
m/ft - Select unit of measurement (Meters or Feet)
Custom Button - Choose the function of the custom button (IS mode, AF lock, AE, lock, Image quality, etc.)
Press the 4-way selector "left" to enable the Macro focus mode and take closeup shots at a
range of from 3.94” – infinity (10cm – infinity) at wide angle, 47.24” – infinity (1.2m –
infinity) at telephoto, or enable Super Macro mode and get as close as .39 inch (1cm)
The Panorama mode has an onscreen guide to help you make the best possible panorama
pictures by getting the necessary overlap between successive images. Up to 10 frames
can be captured and then stitched together with the Camedia Master software. You must
use an Olympus brand xD-Picture Card to use the Panorama mode.
Movie mode lets you capture SHQ (640x480, 30fps), HQ (640x480, 15fps), SQ1 (320x240, 30fps) or SQ2 (320x240, 15fps) resolution motion video with sound. The length of a movie is limited only by the available memory. If the movie is recorded with sound, the optical zoom may not be used during recording. However, you can preset the desired focal length before starting to record a movie.
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