Olympus E-30 SLR Review
By Mike Flacy
Controls, Function, Record and Custom Menus
Pressing the INFO button in capture mode displays the Super control panel, a screen full of settings and parameters currently in use, or the electronic level.
On the bottom, all of these settings can be accessed and changed via the OK button and 4-way controller: ISO sensitivity, Flash mode, Flash intensity control, Memory Card, White Balance, Sequential shooting/Remote Control/Self-Timer, AF mode/AF target, Record mode, Picture mode, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Gradation, B&W Filter, Picture Tone, Face Detection, Metering mode, Aspect Ratio and Number of storable pictures.
You can hand select any or all of the 11 AF points within the AF area for your focus point.
There are 5 different AF modes available on the E30: Single AF, Continuous AF, Manual Focus. Single and Continuous can also be combined with Manual Focus for the last two. Manual focus can also be set to the Fn button, allowing you press the Fn to quickly switch to manual focus.
When the IS system is turned on, it has 3 settings. I.S. 1 is on, I.S. 2 only works vertically allowing you blur your image side to side, and I.S. 3 only works horizontally allowing you to blur your images vertically.
White Balance Settings:
EV compensation is adjusted on the top of this screen. It adjusts in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV, with a total range of �5 EV.
When using the screen for shooting in Live View mode, you will have the option the display any of the above sets of info. Face detection mode and 10x zoom are also available for fine focus adjustments.
This is your AF selection screen in Live View mode.
Record Menu Options
Camera 1 menu options:
Card Setup - All Erase or Format
Custom Reset - When powered up the camera will be reset to one of two custom settings
Picture Mode - Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom
Gradation - Auto, High Key, Normal, Low Key
Resolution - RAW, L SuperFine, L Fine, M Normal, S Normal, RAW+LSF/LF/MN/MS
White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent 1/2/3, WB Flash,
Noise Reduction - Auto, On or Off
Noise Filter -Off, Low, Standard or High
Camera 2 menu options:
Metering - Digital ESP or ESP+AF, Center-weighted average, Spot, Hi Spot (highlight control),
Exposure Intensity Control �3EV with 1/3 EV steps
Auto Focus Mode - Single AF, Continuous AF, Manual Focus, Single AF + MF, Continuous AF + MF
Auto Focus Area - Auto Multi (all 11), Single, Dynamic Single
Anti-Shock - Off, 1 sec to 30 sec
Auto Exposure Bracketing - Off, 3 or 5 frames 0.3EV, 0.7EV, 1.0EV
White Balance Bracketing - A-B: 3F 2,4,6 step; G-M: 3F 2,4,6 step
Flash Bracketing - 3F 0.3, 0.7, 1.0EV
ISO Bracketing - 3F 0.3, 0.7, 1.0EV
Multiple Exposure - Off, 2,3,4 Frames; Auto Gain on or off, Overlay on or off
Custom menu options:
(D) DISP/Sounds/PC - Sound, Sleep, Backlit LCD, 4 h Timer, USB Mode, Live View Boost,
(F) Flash Custom - X-Sync., Slow Limit, Flash/EV Compensation, Auto Pop Up
(G) Resolution/Aspect/Color/WB - All WB, Color Space, Shading Comp., Set Resolution and
(I) Camera Utility - Cleaning Mode, EXT. WB Detect, AF Focus ADJ., Exposure Shift, Battery Type,
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