Olympus C-50 Zoom Review
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Record Screens & Menus
The very uncluttered screen display when AUTO is selected. This is the "anybody can use
it" automatic exposure mode. Most settings are locked into the best ones needed
for taking pictures under normal conditions.
Record mode screen showing onscreen data. Exposure mode is in the upper left corner, "A" indicates Aperture Priority, "P" for Program AE mode, "S" for Shutter Priority or "M" for Manual record mode.
The aperture is F3.4 and the shutter speed is 1/50 sec. The upper right corner is the EV
exposure compensation factor (0.0). The flash is set to red-eye reduction mode and spot
metering is selected. The white brackets in the center indicate the focus area. The ISO
is manually locked at ISO 80 and the image size is SHQ (2560 x 1920.) The green "45"
indicates the number of pictures remaining at the current size and quality setting. The
black rectangle next to the pictures remaining number shows the status of the buffer, it
fills and empties as you shoot pictures.
Manual exposure mode where you set both the shutter speed and aperture to the desired
values. The exposure index is displayed (-1.0) continuously so you adjust the controls
to achieve as close to 0.0 as possible.
This is the screen display when in the My Mode exposure mode. This allows you to build
your own pre-programmed mode with all your favorite settings and memorizes them for easy
recall via the Mode Dial.
The recording screen in the Movie mode. The green 387" indicates that there is enough memory on the card to record a total of 387 seconds of video.
The C-50 Zoom can record up to 16 seconds of HQ (320x240 pixel) resolution QuickTime
motion JPEG without audio at 15 frames per second. You can record up to 70 seconds of SQ
(160x120 pixel) resolution motion JPEG without audio at 15fps. The optical zoom is
not useable in movie mode.
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 via the "Short Cut"
option in the Setup menu.
CAMERA menu options.
- Select selftimer or remote control
DRIVE - Single, Sequential, AF Sequential, AE Bracketing
ISO - Sensitivity: Auto, 80, 160, 320
P/A/S/M - Select Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter speed priority or Manual exposure mode for the P/A/S/M Mode Dial position
- Flash output intensity
DIGITAL ZOOM - Enable/disable digital zoom
PANORAMA - Panorama mode (only with Olympus brand xD cards)
2 IN 1 - Takes two "side by side" shots and merges into one image
PICTURE menu options.
- Image Quality: TIFF (2560x1920), SHQ (2560x1920), HQ (2560x1920), SQ1 (2560x1920), SQ2 (1600x1200, 1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480)
WB - White balance: Auto, Shade, Cloudy, Sunny, Incandescent, Flourescent
SHARPNESS - 5 levels
CONTRAST - 5 levels
CARD menu options.
CARD SETUP - Format the xD-Picture card
SETUP menu options.
ALL RESET - Off, On: On resets all settings to default when power is turned off, the Off setting retains all current settings.
- Beep sound: Off, Low, High
REC VIEW - Preview after capture: On, Off or Check (prompts before saving)
MY MODE SETUP - Setup parameters for up to four custom My Modes
SLEEP - Auto power off in 30s, 1m, 3m, 5m, 10m
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
SHORT CUT - Assign the desired items to the Record short-cut menu
VIDEO OUT - NTSC or PAL video standard
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