Olympus E-100RS Review
By Movable Type Admin
Record Modes & Screens
Record mode screen display (on the color LCD or the eyelevel color viewfinder). Across
the top (left to right) is the recording mode "P"rogram AE, the aperture (F2.8), shutter
speed (1/10) and the exposure compensation value (0.0). The drive mode is
sequential-AF. The flash is diabled. The center square shows where the focusing will take
precedence. Metering is set to Spot. The "hand" icon tells you that the image
stabilization is enabled. The "[SM]" indicates the SmartMedia card slot is selected or
"[CF]" if the CompactFlash slot is selected. The "173" indicates space remaining
in current HQ resolution is sufficient for approximately 173 more
This is an animated view of all the possible record mode screen displays.
Shooting in high-speed sequential mode the E-100 RS can capture full resolution 1360 X 1024 still images at up to 15 frames per second - that's the same as the capture rate of most other digicams shooting in 320 x 240 movie mode!
The screen above shows the camera in the middle of a 7.5fps sequential capture of ten
images. The horizontal bar on the right shows the maximum amount of buffer RAM available
and is indicating half-full with 5 images already captured. The green vertical bar on
the left shows the status of the images as they are being processed.
The E-100 RS can capture images BEFORE you even press the shutter button all the way down. The Pre-Capture option can be enabled for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 images, these images will be captured when the shutter is half-pressed. The camera continually captures and processes images while the shutter is held halfway down. Pre-Capture can be used in conjunction with the sequential mode if desired.
Before you ask what the use of the Pre-Capture mode is ... let's say you're ready to
capture that "once in a lifetime" event of a building being demolished and you aim the
camera, half-press the shutter button and then wait for the explosion. The explosion
goes off and you hesitate a half a second too long before pressing the shutter all the
way down to start the sequence. Without Pre-Capture you missed the first couple of
important shots -- with Pre-Capture enabled, you got them!
The E-100RS has the same type of manual focus as the C-2100 UltraZoom. You get an
onscreen display of the camera to subject distance and adjust the focus using the Up
and Down buttons. When you are actively focusing in
manual mode the display is magnified which makes easier to
actually "see" the proper focus point.
You can add a 4-second voice annotation to a still picture if space permits on the
memory card. You can re-record over a previous recording if desired.
Animated view of all of the Record mode menu screens.
SM/CF - Select the SmartMedia or CompactFlash card slot
- Sequential mode framerate 3, 5, 7.5 or 15 fps
PRE-CAPTURE - Off or On, if On then X1, X2, X3, X4 or X5
WB - White balance: Auto, Daylight, Overcast, Incandescent, Flourescent or One-Push manual
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- Flash output power +/- 2 in 0.3 increments
- Flash slow-sync: Off, Slow1 (leading), Slow2 (trailing)
BKT - Autoexposure bracketing: AE comp +/-0.3, +/-0.6, +/-1.0 and WB +/-1, +/-2, +/-3
MULTIMETERING - On or Off
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- Image stabilizer On or Off
AF MODE - Autofocus mode: Normal or Spot
FULL-TIME AF - Fulltime autofocus: On or Off
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SUPER TELE - Off, On (Digital zoom up to 2.7x)
FUNCTION - Off, B&W
CARD SETUP - Format the selected memory card
- Record sound clip after picture, On or Off
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MODE SETUP - (3 pages of submenus):
ALL RESET - Reset all settings to default or Customize individually
- Sharpness: Hard, Normal, Soft
TIFF - Resolution for TIFF mode: 1360x1024, 1280x960, 1024x786, 640x480
SQ - Resolution for SQ mode: 1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480 - High or Normal
- Shutter sound: Off, Low or High, Type 1 or 2
- Beep sound: Off, Low or High
AF ILLUMINATOR - Autofocus assist lamp: On, Off
REC VIEW - Preview after capture: On, Off
SLEEP - Auto-Off timer: Off, 30s, 1m, 2m, 5m
FILE NAME - Auto (sequentially numbers files) or Reset
SHOT CANCEL - Off, On
- Adjust LCD backlight intensity
- Set the time and date
m/ft - Manual focus indicator in feet or meters
ISO - Sensitivity: Auto, 100, 200, 400
S-Prg - Special Program: Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Night Scene
- Image Quality: TIFF, SHQ, HQ, SQ
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