Olympus C-5000 Zoom Review

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Olympus C-5000 Zoom


Record Screens & Menus


(All these screens can be displayed on either the EVF or the color LCD. The color LCD has more resolution but the EVF is easier to see when outdoors.)


Olympus C-5000 Zoom

The AUTO screen display. This is the "point-n-shoot" mode where the camera sets everything for the user automatically. See the next frame for the simplified menu options.



Olympus C-5000 Zoom

Pressing the MENU button in AUTO mode brings up this shortcut menu screen. DRIVE options (Single, Continuous, Hi-speed Continuous, AF Continuous), RESOLUTION (SHQ, HQ, SG1, SQ2), CARD SETUP (Format), CLOCK SET (set time/date).



Olympus C-5000 Zoom

Record screen in "P"rogram AE mode with the histogram feature enabled. The aperture is F3.2, shutter speed is 1/40 second and the 0.0 indicates no exposure compensation. The "[   ]" in the center is where the autofocus performs its calculations. The zoom lens position gauge is shown for a few moments anytime you change the focal length. SHQ is the image quality and there's sufficient memory for another 140 pictures.



Olympus C-5000 Zoom

Screen in aperture priority mode. You selet desired aperture and the camera automatically selects the right shutter speed. A small aperture increases the depth of field (range of focus) or use a large aperture to intentionally blur the background for portrait shots.



Olympus C-5000 Zoom

In shutter speed priority you select shutter speed and camera selects the aperture. Select a fast shutter speed to freeze fast-moving subjects or use a slower shutter speed to capture flowing water or low-light subjects.



Olympus C-5000 Zoom

In Manual you select both shutter speed and aperture, the exposure value is displayed constantly (-2.1 in the upper right) so you can adjust one value or the other to achieve the proper exposure.



Olympus C-5000 Zoom

Movie record mode screen. The C5000 does not record audio and the optical zoom cannot be used during movie recording. Movie resolution can be HQ (320x240) or SQ (160x120). The total amount of recording time available is shown by large, green digits (there is a 512MB xD card in our camera.) HQ movies can be up to 30 seconds in length, SQ movies can be up to 140 seconds.



Olympus C-5000 Zoom

When using the Spot/Macro or Flash control buttons on the back their function is displayed for a few seconds on the color LCD. Pressing the Spot/Macro button cycles through: Spot metering, Macro focus, Macro focus with Spot metering or normal focus mode. Pressing the FLASH button cycles through: Auto, Fill flash, Red-Eye reduction, Slow sync with red-eye reduction or Slow-sync.



Olympus C-5000 Zoom

Pressing the MENU button while in any still recording mode (except AUTO) brings up this menu screen. Using the Up, Down or Left buttons accesses the Shortcut menus (Drive, White Balance, Resolution) to quickly change those settings. You can access the full menu by pressing the Right button to go to the full Mode Menu.



Olympus C-5000 Zoom

The CAMERA menu:
    SELFTIMER/REMOTE - Enable selftimer or remote functions
    DRIVE - Single frame, sequential, high-speed sequential, AF sequential or AE Bracketing
    ISO - Auto, 50, 80, 160, 320
    A/S/M - Set A/S/M position on the Mode Dial for "A"perture priority, "S"hutter speed priority or "M"anual.
    Flash - Internal+external, External
    Flash Intensity - Adjust the flash output -2.0 to +2.0
    Slow Sync - Slow shutter speed flash sync for front or rear curtain or red-eye reduction
    Noise Reduction - Enables/disable noise reduction on long shutter speeds
    Digital Zoom - Enable or disable digital zoom option
    Fulltime AF - Enable or disable continuous auto focus
    SMacro - Enable or disable super-Macro focus
    Panorama - In-camera panorama mode, only available when using Olympus brand xD-Picture cards.
    2 in 1 - Combines two pictures taken in succession into one "side by side" image
    Function - Off, B&W, Sepia, White Board or Black Board color effects
    AF Area - Change position of the AF target mark using 4-way selector
    Info - Changes amount of shooting information displayed on LCD monitor




Olympus C-5000 Zoom

The PICTURE menu:
    Quality - Image size and quality; SQ2, SQ1, HQ, SHQ or TIFF
    WB - White balance options; Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent or Manual Set
    WB Adjust - Fine tune the white balance manually
    Sharpness - Image sharpness; Hard, Normal or Soft
    Contrast - Image contrast; High, Normal or Low
    Saturation - Adjust the level of the color depth
The Card menu lets you format the xD Card.



Olympus C-5000 Zoom

The SETUP menu:
    All Reset - On resets all camera settings to default when camera is turned off. Off will retain all settings.
    Language - Select the menu language (English, French, German, Spanish)
    PW On/Off Setup - Sets the picture/sound displayed at startup
    Rec View - If ON then show last image captured on LCD for several seconds
    Sound - If ON then make a beep sound when buttons are pressed
    Sleep - Sets the sleep timer (30s, 1,3,5,10m)
    MyMode - Set the parameters used in MyMode
    File Name - Continuous file numbering or reset
    Pixel Mapping - Checks the CCD imager for errors
    LCD - Adjust brightness of LCD monitor
    Clock - Set the time and date
    m/ft - Set the distance scale at meters or feet
    Video Output - Select NTSC or PAL video format
    Short Cut - Change the assignment of the shortcut menus
    Custom Button - Assign frequently used function to camera's custom button (AE Lock, Drive, ISO, A/S/M, Slow Sync, Noise Reduction, Digital Zoom, Fulltime AF, AF Mode, Sound, Info, Histogram, Resolution or White Balance)






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