Olympus C-720 UltraZoom Review
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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.
The Mode Dial on top selects the recording mode:
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
P/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.
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.
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).
MyMode - User-configurable exposure mode, you "build" your own custom profile of settings which are memorized for easy recall with the Mode Dial.
Movie - Capture motion video clips without 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.
P/A/S/M - Set the function of the P/A/S/M position on the Mode Dial for "P"rogram AE, "A"perture priority, "S"hutter speed priority or "M"anual.
Flash Exposure Compensation - Adjust the flash output
BKT - Set the AE Bracketing options, 3 or 5 frames and 0.3, 0.7 or 1.0EV
Digital Zoom - Enable or disable digital zoom option
SQ2 - Set SQ2 size at 1280x960, 1024x768 or 640x480
WB - White balance options; Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent
Sharpness - Image sharpness; Hard, Normal or Soft
Contrast - Image contrast; High, Normal or Low
The third section is for formatting the SmartMedia card
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
MyMode - Set the parameters used in MyMode
P/A/S/M - Set the exposure mode
F no. - Start at this aperture value
Shutter - Start at this shutter speed
+/- - Start with this exposure compensation
ZOOM - Start at this focal length
Flash Mode - Start with this flash mode
Focus Mode - Start with this focus mode
DRIVE - Start with this drive mode
ISO - Start with this ISO speed
Flash +/- - Start with this flash compensation
Digital Zoom - Start with digital zoom on or off
Resolution - Start with this image size/quality
WB - Start with this white balance setting
Sharpness - Start with this sharpness setting
Contrast - Start with this contrast setting
LCD - Start with LCD on or off
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