Olympus C-3040 Zoom Review
Olympus C-3040 Zoom
Record Modes and Menus
Record mode screen showing onscreen data overlay. Starting in the upper left corner the "P" indicates Program AE mode, it can also be "A" for Aperture Priority, "S" for Shutter Priority or "M" for Manual record mode.
The aperture is F2.0 and the shutter speed is 1/50 sec. The upper right corner is the
EV exposure compensation factor (0.0). The green "17" indicates the number of pictures
remaining at the current size and quality setting. The black rectangle in the lower
left shows the status of the 32MB DRAM buffer.
Record screen in the Aperture priority mode. You change the
aperture value by pressing the Up or Down buttons on the 4-way selector switch. It
works exactly the same way when you're in Shutter speed priority mode except you
alter the shutter speed values. And in Manual mode you can change both the aperture
and shutter speed values.
This is the recording screen when you are in the Movie mode - note the little icon of the movie camera in the upper left. The flash is disabled, the sound is enabled and the default setting is for HQ quality. The green 121" indicates that there is enough memory on the card to record 121 seconds of video.
The C-3040 Zoom can record up to 75 seconds of HQ (320x240 pixel) resolution QuickTime
motion JPEG with audio at 15 frames per second. You can record up to 300 seconds of SQ
(160x120 pixel) resolution motion JPEG with audio at 15fps. Note that a 32MB size SM
card is required for this.
When manually focusing you get an onscreen display of the camera to subject distance
(feet or meters is selected in the menu). When you alter the focus in manual mode it
displays a magnified view onscreen which makes it a lot simpler to actually "see" the
proper focus point.
Record mode menu screens.
AF/MF - Select auto or manual focus mode
DRIVE - Single, Multi, Multi-AF, Self-timer/Remote or AE Bracketing
WB - White balance: Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flourescent or One-Touch custom
ISO - Sensitivity: Auto, 100, 200, 400
- Flash output power +/- 2 in 0.3 increments
- Flash slow-sync: Off, Slow1 (leading), Slow2 (trailing)
DIGITAL ZOOM - Enable or disable digital zoom
FUNCTION - Off, B&W, Sepia, White Board, Black Board
- Record 4-sec sound clip after picture, On or Off
Panorama mode (only available with Olympus brand SmartMedia cards)
CARD SETUP - Format the SmartMedia card
MODE SETUP - (4 pages of submenus, see next frame)
- Image Quality: TIFF, SHQ, HQ, SQ1, SQ2
A/S/M MODE - Select the desired mode for the A/S/M position on the mode dial
AE LOCK - Set the status of the AEL function - Off, Single or Multiple exposures
Mode setup menus:
Page 1 of 4:
ALL RESET - Off, On or Custom: On resets all settings to default when power is turned off, the Off setting retains all current settings. Custom is a sub-menu of five pages where you can individually select the options to be reset or retained.
- White balance fine tune between Red and Blue.
SHARPNESS - Hard, Normal, Soft
CONTRAST - High, Normal, Low
Page 2 of 4:
TIFF - Set image size of TIFF mode (2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 1024x768, or 640x480)
SQ1 - Set size/quality of SQ1 mode (1600x1200 or 1280x960)
SQ2 - Set size/quality of SQ1 mode (1024x768 or 640x480)
FLASH - Select internal or external flash.
Page 3 of 4:
- Beep sound: Off, Low, High
AF MODE - Autofocus mode: iESP or Spot
FULL-TIME AF - Fulltime (continuous) autofocus: On or Off
REC VIEW - Preview after capture: On, Off or Check (prompts before saving)
Page 4 of 4:
FILE NAME - Auto (sequentially numbers files) or Reset
- Adjust LCD backlight intensity
- Set the time and date
m/ft - Manual focus indicator in feet or meters
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