Olympus C-3040 Zoom Review

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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.

Olympus Camedia C-3040 Zoom

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.

Olympus Camedia C-3040 Zoom

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.

Olympus Camedia C-3040 Zoom

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.

Olympus Camedia C-3040 Zoom

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

Olympus Camedia C-3030 Zoom

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

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    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.

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    - 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)

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    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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