Rotating the Mode dial to the GUIDE position will bring up the built-in Shooting Guide on the
LCD screen. There are 14 selections to choose from, each that include multiple shooting options.
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 (8-megapixels, 3264x2448) and there's enough
space on our xD card for 108 pictures.
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 focus fail you will get a red "can't focus" icon
(not shown.) The "red lightning bolt" icon indicates the flash is charged and ready to fire.
Also listed above are the aperture and shutter speed for the shot.
The "shaky hand symbol" indicates that Digital Image Stabilization is On. It uses Olympus' Bright Capture technology, which boosts the ISO sensitivity. This keeps shutter speeds higher in order to reduce the blurring effects of camera shake or subject movement during the exposure. This feature has its own special dial setting, allowing it to be turned on or off very easily. While image size is not reduced when using this feature, you can not make changes to ISO or Drive settings while it is enabled.
Pressing the OK/FUNC. button will bring up the menu of options shown above.
FUNC. Menu Options
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 factory defaults, turn camera noises on and off,
as well as enter the Camera or Setup menus.
ISO - Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Drive Mode - Single, High-Speed Continuous
Fine Zoom - Enable or disable fine zoom option
Digital Zoom - Enable or disable digital zoom option
Metering - ESP or Spot
AF Mode - iESP or Spot focus modes
Voice Memo - Off or On
SETUP Menu Options
Backup - Save a copy of images on to your PC
Menu Language - English, French, Espanol, Portuguese
PW ON Setup - Select power up screen animation and sound level
Menu Theme - Choose menu background: Normal, Blue, Black, Pink
Beep - Choose Low, High or Off
Camera sounds - Low, High or Off
Shutter Sound - Choose Shutter theme
Volume - Volume of movie and voice memo playback
Rec View - View image immediately after capture on LCD
File Name - Select between Reset and Auto
Pixel Mapping - Map out bad pixels
Monitor Brightness - Adjust LCD back light
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
Power Save - On, Off
The help button, located on the bottom right of the back of the camera, is very convenient for learning about the different functions of the camera. You can hold that down while in a shooting mode menu, and it will tell you about that option.
Press the 4-way selector "left" to enable the Macro focus mode and take close up shots at a range
of from 11.8" (0.3m) to infinity at Wide angle, 19.7" (0.5m) to infinity at Telephoto or enable
Super Macro mode and get as close as 3.9 inches (10cm.)
Pressing the 4-way selector to the "right" enables the flash selection. Here you can choose from auto, red eye, forced flash and no flash.
Pressing the 4-way selector to the "up" enables the exposure selection. The screen will display 4 selections at a time, stepping up or down in 1/3 increments, allowing you to choose the setting you like best.
Pressing the 4-way selector to the "down" enables the self timer. !0 seconds is the default setting here.
Movie mode lets you capture SHQ (640x480, 30fps), HQ (320x240, 30fps) or SQ (160x120, 15fps) resolution motion video with sound. In SHQ mode, the video length is limited to 10 seconds, where as the length of a movie in HQ or SQ is limited only by the available memory. Because the Stylus 820 features a built-in microphone, 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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