Olympus C-4040 Zoom Review
By Movable Type Admin
Olympus C-4040 Zoom
Record Modes and Menus
Record mode screen showing onscreen data overlay. Starting in the upper left corner the "A" indicates Aperture Priority, it can also be "P" for Program AE mode, "S" for Shutter Priority or "M" for Manual record mode.
The aperture is F2.6 and the shutter speed is 1/30 sec. The upper right corner is the
EV exposure compensation factor (0.0). The green "27" 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 DRAM buffer. The white rectangle tells you it is in
single frame drive mode and the "eye" icon means the flash is in red-eye reduction
mode. The ISO is locked to 100, image size is 2272 x 1704 and the quality is SHQ.
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 "223" indicates that there is enough memory on the card to record 223 seconds of video.
The C-4040 Zoom can record up to 32 seconds of HQ (320x240 pixel) resolution QuickTime
motion JPEG with audio at 15 frames per second. You can record up to 148 seconds of SQ
(160x120 pixel) resolution motion JPEG with audio at 15fps. Note that a 32MB or
bigger 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.
Pressing the MENU button while in any of the still image record modes will bring this shortcut menu overlay on the screen. From here you can quickly jump to the DRIVE modes, image size/quality or white balance settings. Choosing the MODE MENU option brings up the entire menu of record options as shown in the next series of animated screens.
The three menu options other than MODE MENU are user-assignable. The screen above
shows all possible shortcut assignments for the A, B and C positions.
CAMERA sub menu options.
DRIVE - Single, Multi, Multi-AF, Self-timer/Remote or AE Bracketing
ISO - Sensitivity: Auto, 100, 200, 400
A/S/M MODE - Select the mode for the A/S/M position on the mode dial
- Flash output power +/- 2 in 0.3 increments
FLASH - Select internal+external or external flash only
- Flash slow-sync: Off, Slow1 (leading), Slow2 (trailing)
NOISE REDUCTION - Enable noise reduction for long exposures
MULTI METERING - Enable the use of to 8 individual metering points
DIGITAL ZOOM - Enable/disable digital zoom
FULLTIME AF - Enable/disable continuous autofocus
AF MODE - Autofocus mode: iESP or Spot
- Record 4-sec sound clip after picture, On or Off
PANORAMA - Panorama mode (only available with Olympus brand SmartMedia cards)
FUNCTION - Off, B&W, Sepia, White Board, Black Board
PICTURE sub menu options.
- Image Quality: TIFF, SHQ, HQ, SQ1, SQ2
WB - White balance: Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flourescent or One-Touch custom
- White balance fine tune between Red and Blue.
SHARPNESS - Hard, Normal, Soft
CONTRAST - High, Normal, Low
CARD sub menu options.
CARD SETUP - Format the SmartMedia card
SETUP sub menu options.
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 (see next frame).
- Beep sound: Off, Low, High
REC VIEW - Preview after capture: On, Off or Check (prompts before saving)
FILE NAME - Auto (sequentially numbers files) or Reset
PIXEL MAPPING - Detect and map out bad pixels on the CCD imager
- Adjust LCD backlight intensity
- Set the time and date
m/ft - Manual focus indicator in feet or meters
SHORT CUT - Assign the desired items to the Record short-cut menu
CUSTOM BUTTON - Assign the desired function to the Custom Button
Custom is a sub-menu of five pages where you can individually select the options to be reset or retained when the camera is powered off and then on again.
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