Olympus C-700 UltraZoom Review

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Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom

Record Screens & Menus

(Note that all of the screens shown here can be displayed on either the EVF or the color LCD. The color LCD has more resolution but it also uses more battery power and may be difficult to see in bright outdoor lighting.)

Record screen in "P" mode after the shutter is half-pressed, green dot indicates the autofocus is locked, the red lightning bolt means the flash is charged and will go off. "P"rogram AE exposure mode, aperture is F2.8, shutter speed is 1/30 second and the 0.0 indicates exposure compensation. The "[ ]" in the center is where the autofocus performs its calculations. SHQ is the image quality and there's sufficient memory for another 56 pictures.

Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom

The Mode Dial on top selects the recording mode:

    AUTO - Fully automatic "point-n-shoot" mode. The camera sets optimal focusing and exposure, no special functions or manual adjustments can be made.

    Landscape - Camera automatically sets for optimal scenic background type shots with maximum depth of field (range of focus.)

    Sports - Camera uses faster shutter speeds to stop fast-moving subjects without blurring.

    Portrait - Camera uses large aperture to make centered subject sharp but intentionally blurs the background

    Program AE - Camera selects optimum shutter speed and aperture for the shot but the user can manually adjust exposure compensation, flash compensation and use special functions.

    A/S/M - The real "creative" exposure mode. Allows you to use "A"perture priority, "S"hutter speed priority or full "M"anual mode depending on which you have selected in the menu.

      Aperture priority is used to control depth of field, you set the desired aperture and the camera sets the appropriate shutter speed.

      Shutter speed priority lets you use fast shutter speeds to stop movement or use a slow shutter speed to intentionally blur a fast moving subject to give it that "look" of speed.

      Manual mode lets you adjust both the shutter speed and aperture values, the camera will not insure proper exposure. The exposure value is shown and will be indicated as over or under (i.e. -0.6).

    Movie - Capture motion video clips with sound. The HQ mode is 320 x 240 and up to 16 seconds may be recorded. The SQ mode is 160 x 120 and up to 70 seconds may be recorded. In Movie mode the camera adjusts the shutter and aperture automatically and continually autofocuses. The optical zoom can not be used during recording but it can be preset to a given focal length beforehand. The digital zoom can be used but as with all digital zooms, image degradation occurs so it is not recommended.

Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom

Screen display in Movie record mode. Flash is always disabled. Microphone indicates we will also be recording audio. ISO is fixed at 100 and we're using the HQ quality mode. There is sufficient memory for a total of 212 seconds of recording at this quality level (HQ is 16 secs maximum, SQ is 70 secs.)

Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom

Pressing the DRIVE button when in still recording modes other than AUTO will cycle you through: Single, Sequential (focus and exposure are locked on the first frame), AF Sequential (focus and exposure is calculated for each frame captured), Selftimer and AE Bracketing modes.

Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom

Pressing the Spot/Macro button cycles through: Spot metering, Macro focus, Macro focus with Spot metering or normal focus mode.

Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom

Pressing the FLASH button cycles through: Auto, Red-Eye reduction, Fill (always on), Slow sync (three modes - front or rear curtain or front curtain with red-eye reduction, depends on how you select it in the menu)

Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom

Pressing the MENU button while in any still recording mode brings up the Top Menu screen. Using the Up, Down or Left buttons accesses the Shortcut menus to quickly change those settings. These are user-selectable and can be changed to suit your needs. You can access the full menu by pressing the Right button to go to the Mode Menu.

Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom

The Mode Menu consists of four sections, the first is the CAMERA menu:
    ISO - Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800

    A/S/M - Set the function of the A/S/M position on the Mode Dial for "A"perture priority, "S"hutter speed priority or "M"anual.

    Flash Exposure Compensation - Adjust the flash output

    Slow Sync - Set the slow flash sync for redeye, front or rear curtain

    BKT - Set the AE Bracketing options, 3 or 5 frames and 0.3, 0.6 or 1.0EV

    Digital Zoom - Enable or disable digital zoom option

    Fulltime AF - Enable or disable fulltime autofocus

    Sound - Enable or disable sound recording

    Panorama - Use panorama feature (only if Olympus brand SmartMedia card is used)

    Function - B&W, Sepia, White Board or Black Board modes

Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom

The second section is the PICTURE menu:
    Quality - Set the image quality and resolution; SQ, HQ, SHQ or TIFF

    WB - White balance options; Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent or Manual "OneTouch" Preset

    WB Adjust - Adjust the white balance presets to increase/decrease the red or blue content

    Sharpness - Image sharpness; Hard, Normal or Soft

    Contrast - Image contrast; High, Normal or Low

Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom

The third section is for formatting the SmartMedia card

Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom

The fourth section is the SETUP menu:
    All Reset - On resets all camera settings to default when camera is turned off. Off will retain all settings.

    Info - If ON then the exposure data is displayed on the images during Play

    Sound - If ON then make a beep sound when buttons are pressed

    Rec View - If ON then show last image captured on LCD for several seconds

    Sleep - Set the sleep time value; 30s, 1m, 3m, 5m, 10m

    File Name - Sequentially number images or reset the numbers

    LCD Adjust - Adjust the backlight intensity of the LCD

    Time/Date - Set the time and date

    m/ft - Manual focus distance displayed in feet or meters

    Battery Save - Enable or disable the battery saving feature

    Short Cut - Assign the desired options for the 3 Shortcut menus

    Custom - Assign a mode to the Custom button

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