Olympus E-30 Camera Controls
By Mike Flacy
Camera Controls, Storage, I/O, & Power
In the photo above you can see the controls on the grip side of the E30. In front of the shutter release you will find one of the two control dials, the other is on the back. Between the shutter release and the control panel, you will find the ISO, EV Compensation and white balance controls.
Shown here is the control panel. This screen provides you with most of your shooting information:
The program dial is located by itself of the left side of the camera. The modes you have to choose from are:
The data LCD display shows all of your shooting information, and by pressing the 'OK' button, you can select and change any of the settings shown.
The 2.7-inch color LCD pulls out and rotates, allowing you to shoot over, under and around crowds and objects using the live view function. It is also used to view your images and navigate your menus. To the right of the view finder is the second mode dial which in playback functions as the Index and Zoomed View dial. To the far right is the AF point selection and Fn buttons. Along side the LCD is theAEL/AFL, PLAYBACK, 4-way control and IS buttons, along with the Power switch and USB video out. Under the LCD are the Delete, INFO, MENU and Live View mode buttons, and at the left top of the back are the AF and Metering buttons. With all of these shortcuts, its very easy to change most of the settings of the camera very quickly.
On the front of the hand grip you will see the built in remote sensor, allowing to easily incorporate a wireless remote to the camera.
Images are stored on any size Compact flash or xD memory cards. Shown here is a 4GB Sandisk Extreme Ducati Edition, 16GB Kingston Elite 133x and a 2GB M+ Olympus xD card. You can choose between the two and jump back and forth in the camera settings menu.
Input /output port resides on the back of the E30 at the bottom right. Inside you will find a single outlet for a USB cable. With this you can either hook the camera up to a computer or TV via video out. On the left side of the camera you will also find a connection for a DC 9.0V power supply.
The E30 is powered by a 7.2 1500mAh Li-Ion battery. On a single charge, Olympus claims that the batter is capable of capturing 750 images using the viewfinder. The external charger makes it easy to charge batteries and keep a spare charged all the time.
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