Olympus SP-565 UZ Review
By Mike Flacy
Record Screens & Menus
Rotating the Mode dial to the GUIDE position will bring up the built-in Shooting Guide on the LCD screen. There are 16 selections to choose from. The Shooting Guide not only provides detailed descriptions for various shooting environments, but also automatically sets the camera up for that specific situation by pressing 'Right' on the 4-way controller.
The Auto record mode is a fully automatic mode that allows the camera to choose all settings (shutter speed, aperture, ISO sensitivity, white balance, etc.), and lets novice users simply select the desired image quality and 'point-n-shoot.'
Here you can see the Program exposure mode. Icons indicate that the flash is not raised or off, we are using ISO 64, 10M/Fine quality, and there's room on our xD card for 148 images. The 'shaky hand symbol' indicates that Image Stabilization is On, and you can also see the shutter speed and aperture values.
Half-pressing the shutter release starts the autofocus process, and if it locks the AF target marks will turn green over the intended area of focus. If autofocus fails, the the marks will flash red. The red lighting bolt indicates that the flash is charged and ready to fire.
In Aperture priority mode you select the desired aperture and the camera automatically sets the correct shutter speed. A small aperture (larger f/number) increases the depth of field (range of focus), where a large aperture (smaller f/number) decreases depth of field. Aperture (f/2.8 here) is adjusted by first pressing 'Up', then using the 'Up and Down' buttons of the 4-way controller. The live viewfinder image displays the effect of the selected exposure compensation value.
Shutter-speed priority mode you select the shutter speed and the camera selects the correct aperture. Select a fast shutter speed to freeze fast-moving subjects or use a slower shutter speed to capture flowing water or low-light subjects. Settings are changed just like Aperture priority mode.
In Manual mode you select both shutter speed (up/down) and aperture value (left/right), the exposure value is displayed constantly (if not 0.0) so you can adjust the values to achieve the proper exposure.
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. Pressing the DISP. button will show a brief text explanation of the mode (like portrait shown above.) You can choose from 25 different exposure modes: 1. PORTRAIT, 2. LANDSCAPE, 3. LANDSCAPE+PORTRAIT, 4. SPORT, 5. NIGHT SCENE, 6. NIGHT+PORTRAIT, 7. INDOOR, 8. CANDLE, 9. SELF PORTRAIT, 10. AVAILABLE LIGHT PORTRAIT, 11. SUNSET, 12. FIREWORKS, 13. MULTI-FIREWORK, 14. CUISINE, 15. BEHIND GLASS, 16. DOCUMENTS, 17. AUCTION, 18. SHOOT & SELECT1, 19. SHOOT & SELECT2, 20. SMILE SHOT, 21. BEACH, 22. SNOW, 23. BIRD WATCHING, 24. PRE-CAPTURE MOVIE, 25 QUICK SHUTTER.
Pressing the OK/FUNC. button will bring up the menu of options shown above.
FUNC. Menu Options:
White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Tungsten (Incandescent), or Fluorescent 1, 2, 3, and Manual set
ISO - Auto, High, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (3200/6400 5MP mode only)
Metering - ESP, Spot, Evaluative
Image Quality - 10MP, 5MP, 3MP, 2MP, 1MP, VGA, 16:9
Compression - Fine or Normal
Press the MENU button to bring up the Record mode Menu. You can use the shortcut menus to quickly change image resolution, reset all settings to factor defaults, change the scene mode, enter silent mode, capture a panorama as well as enter the Camera or Setup menus.
The Image Quality Menu offers JPEG and RAW with or without a duplicate JPEG formats. You can specify the JPEG image quality to any of the camera's available resolution settings when shooting RAW+JPEG.
ISO - Auto, High ISO Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (6400 5M)
Drive Mode - Single, Continuous, High-Speed Continuous 1 (Hi1), Hi2, Hi2 with pre-capture, AF Continuous (refocus for each shot), Bracketing
Fine Zoom - On or Off
Digital Zoom - Enable or disable digital zoom option
Metering - ESP, Spot, Evaluative
AF Mode - iESP, Face Detect, Spot, Area focus modes
Focus Mode AF or MF
Full Time AF - On or off
AF Predict - On or off
AF Illumination - Off or On
Image Stabilizer - Off or On
Flash Output - �2EV in 1/3 EV steps
Sound - Off or On
WB Compensation - Adjust the white balance preset being used.
Picture Mode - Vivid or Natural
Sharpness - �5 degrees
Contrast - �5 degrees
Saturation - �5 degrees
Noise Reduction - Off or On
Time-Lapse - Off or On
Conversion Lens - Off or On
SETUP Menu Options
Backup - Copy images stored in internal memory to the installed xD memory card.
Menu Language - English, French, Espanol, Portuguese
PW ON Setup - Select power up screen animation and sound level
Menu Color - Normal, Color 1,2,3
Sound Settings - Beep, Shutter Sound, Camera Sound, Volume
Rec View - View image immediately after capture on LCD, Off or ON
Menu Display - LCD only or Current
File Name - Select between Reset and Auto
Pixel Mapping - Map out bad pixels
Monitor Brightness - Adjust LCD backlight
Set Clock - Set time and or date
Dual Time Setup - On/Off
Alarm Clock - Daily or One-Time
Video Out - Video out signal - NTSC or PAL format
Frame Assist - Toggles frames assist display settings
Histogram - On/Off
My Mode Setup - Set preferences of My mode (exposure mode, Exposure Comp, Flash mode, etc.)
m/ft - Select unit of measurement (Meters or Feet)
Custom Button - Choose the function of the custom button
Sleep - 1, 3, 5, 10 minutes
Movie mode lets you capture VGA (640x480) or QVGA (320x240) resolution motion video at 15fps or 30fps with sound. The length of a movie is limited only by the available memory (2GB max. clip length). If the movie is recorded with sound (enabled via the Rec. Menu), and saved as a Motion JPEG .AVI file. The optical zoom may not be used during recording, however you can preset the desired focal length before starting to record.
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