Record Mode & Screens

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The FE-5020 has three display options that are changed by pressing the DISP. button on the back of the camera.


 
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the camera has a "quick-select" feature that is shown here. When taking pictures, if you press the camera button, you can quickly go from shooting in one mode to another. These modes can also be accessed using the menu button.


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This is an example of what one of the record screens looks like this happens to be the Program Mode.


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When you half-press the shutter release it starts the autofocus process and if it locks you'll see the AF target (or targets depending on the mode the camera is in) turn green. If focus fails, the target will turn red and flash on the screen (not shown.) The 'red lightning bolt' icon indicates the flash is charged and ready to fire.


olympus_fe5020_rec_movie.jpgMovie mode lets you capture VGA (640x480) or QVGA (320x240) resolution motion video at 15fps or 30fps with sound. Sound for movies is via the  FE-5020' built-in microphone. The optical zoom may not be used during recording any zooming is done with the digital zoom which could cause a drop in image quality. You can preset the desired focal length before starting to record a movie.


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

 

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You can access a variety of Scene modes by selecting the SCN shooting mode. Here you are provided with a choice of 14 different shooting modes, each designed for a specific shooting situation. Scene Modes include: 1. Portrait, 2. Landscape, 3. Night Scene, 4. Night+Portrait, 5. Sport, 6. Indoor, 7. Candle, 8. Self Portrait, 9. Sunset, 10. Fireworks,      11. Cuisine, 12. Documents, 13. Beach & Snow, 14. Pet.



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Pressing the OK/FUNC. button will bring up a "quick menu" of options. For picture taking the options are; White Balance, ISO, Picture Size and Picture Quality (resolution). In Movie Mode the choices are slightly different. Image Size is replaced with VGA which is technical lingo for...you guessed it, Image Size. And Image Quality is replaced with selecting how many frames per second you would like to shoot at. The fewer frames per second you use, the smaller the file size will be. However, the more frames per second used, the smoother the movie will be.


olympus_fe5020_rec_menu_home.JPGPressing the menu button in record mode brings up the above image. From here you can select a variety of functions. Shown here are (from Left to Right):
Magic Filter, Image Quality, Reset, Camera Menu (shown below) Setup, Switch Shooting Modes and Silent Mode.



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Selecting the Camera Menu in menu mode brings up the above list of options to configure to your personal taste.


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This is the menu when the camera is in movie mode.


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SETUP Menu Options:

  • Format - Format the xD memory card
  • Backup - Save a copy of images on to your PC
  • Menu Language - Choose from one of the 38 languages
  • Pixel Mapping - Map out bad pixels
  • Camera/Play - Allows Camera/Play button to turn on camera 
  • Save Settings - Yes or No
  • Power on Setup - Screen and Volume
  • Menu Color - Normal, Color 1, Color 2, Color 3, My Favorite
  • Sound Settings - Controls the different sounds made by the camera
  • LCD Brightness - Adjust the LCD Brightness
  • Clock - Set the time and date
  • Video Out - NTSC, PAL
  • Power Save - On or Off

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