Olympus E-20 SLR Review
By Movable Type Admin
Camera Features & Controls (cont.)
The 1.8-inch wider angle color TFT LCD has a resolution of 118,000 pixels, the brightness is adjustable. It can be operated in a fixed (locked) position flat up against the body or it can be tilted downward 20 degrees or upwards to 90 degrees.
It can be used as a live viewfinder, to access the menu system or to preview
captured images. The one "gotcha" is that you can't have the LCD (or video out)
enabled when in remote control drive mode.
The E-20 has a host of dedicated buttons that let you change settings without using a
menu on the color LCD. On the left side starting at the top is the metering (ESP,
center-weighted, spot) and drive mode (single, sequence, self-timer, remote) buttons. In
the middle are the exposure compensation and macro mode buttons and below that is the
autofocus / manual focus switch.
The menu system is easily navigated using the 4-way jog
switch and pressing the OK button to accept selections. During playback you use the
rear Main Dial to control the thumbnail and zoomed playback modes. Below the LCD
is the INFO button that displays the exposure data and/or histogram, the Protect /
Unprotect button and the Erase button.
The E-20 is supplied with the Olympus RM-1 remote control. Because the E-20's zoom is
manual it cannot be operated by the remote. It can be used to trip the shutter in
record mode (from in front of the camera) and control playback functions when connected
to a TV.
When the color LCD is enabled you cannot select the remote drive mode. Granted you can't
turn the LCD around to face forwards but a wireless remote is great for macro shots as
you don't have to physically touch (bump) the camera. You can trip the shutter with the
LCD on if using the optional Olympus RM-CB1 wired cable release (shown above), especially if doing time
exposures with the Bulb mode.
The E-20 is equipped with both a SmartMedia and a compactFlash Type II card slot. Any size 3.3v SmartMedia card up to 128MB may be used. Both card slots can be occupied, user selects desired media with the SM/CF button on the top.
Any capacity solid state CompactFlash
Type I or II card or IBM Microdrive may be used, the bigger, the better.
The raw files are 9.5MB, TIFF are 15.2MB and JPEG SHQ are ~3.5MB each.
Tucked away behind this little door is the Video Out port
for connection to a television and a high speed USB data port for downloading to the
computer. On the bottom is a DC INput port for the optional AC power adapter.
Not shown is a PC sync connector for external flash units and
a port that is used by the optional Olympus RM-CB1 remote cable release.
Power for the E-20 comes from either 2 of the Olympus CR-V3 lithium batteries,
4 x AA Ni-MH or Ni-Cd batteries or an optional AC power supply...
You can also use the optional Olympus B-HLD10 power battery holder with the heavy duty B-10LPB lithium polymer battery. Besides supplying a lot more power this also serves as a portrait grip with a vertical shutter release.
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