Olympus FE-170 Zoom Review

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Olympus FE-170 Zoom

Record Mode Screens & Menus

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Rotating the Mode dial to the GUIDE position will bring up the built-in Shooting Guide on the LCD screen. It provides a detailed descriptions of various photographic scenarios, and will also set the camera with the touch of a button.

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Here you can see the typical record mode screen. The "AUTO" indicates Auto exposure mode, in the center are the auto focus target marks, and across the bottom is image quality, SHQ = Super High Quality and there's enough space our xD card for 4 pictures.

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When you half-press the shutter release it starts the autofocus process and if it locks you'll get the "focus OK" green icon (top left). If focus fail you will get a red "can't focus" icon (not shown.) The "red lightning bolt" icon indicates the flash is charged and ready.

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Digital Image Stabilization mode is also located on the Mode dial (shaky hand symbol) and uses Olympus' Bright Capture technology, which boosts the ISO sensitivity. This keeps shutter speeds higher in order to reduce the blurring effects of camera shake or subject movement during the exposure. Image size is not reduced when using this feature.

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Rotating the mode dial gives you access to these shooting modes.

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Pressing the 4-way controller Left, Down or Right allows you to quickly change settings for Macro focus mode, Self-timer, and Flash mode.

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You can access a variety of Scene modes by rotating the Mode dial to the SCN position. As you go through the Scene selections an image depicting the mode is shown and then a brief text explanation of the mode is presented (shown above.) You can choose from 10 different scene modes: Indoor, Candle, Self-Portrait, Sunset, Sport, Fireworks, Cuisine, Documents, Behind Glass, Auction.

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Press the MENU button to bring up the Record mode Menu. You can use this shortcut menus to quickly change image resolution, reset all settings to factor defaults, adjust Exposure compensation, enable Silent mode as well as enter the Setup menu.

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The Image Quality menu provides settings of SHQ (2816x2112), HQ (2816x2112 with greater compression), SQ1 (2048x1536) and SQ2 (640x480).

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The Exposure Compensation menu provides seittings in the range of +2.0EV to -2.0EV in 1/3EV steps. The effect of the chosen setting is visible on the live image.

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SETUP Menu Options

    Memory Format - Format the xD memory card

    Backup - Copy images from internal memory to the xD card

    Menu Language - English, French, Espanol, Portuguese

    Pixel Mapping - Map out bad pixels

    Turn On with Camera or Playback button - Yes or No

    Monitor Brightness - Adjust LCD backlight

    Beep - Choose On or Off

    Set Clock - Set time and or date

    Video Out - Video out signal - NTSC or PAL format

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Press the 4-way selector "left" to enable Macro focus mode and take closeup shots at a range of 3.9 inches (0.1m) to infinity, or enable Super Macro mode and get as close as 2 inches (5cm.)

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Movie mode lets you capture HQ (320x240) or SQ (160x120) resolution motion video at 15fps without sound. The length of a movie is limited only by the available memory. Although the FE-170 has no built-in microphone, it prevents using the optical zoom during recording. You can preset the desired focal length before starting to record a movie.

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