Olympus Stylus Digital 1020 Review

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Olympus Stylus Digital 1020



Record Modes & Screens




Olympus Stylus Digital 1020

Rotating the Mode dial to the GUIDE position will bring up the built-in Shooting Guide on the LCD screen. There are 14 selections to choose from.



Olympus Stylus Digital 1020

By pressing the DISP. button you can choose between 4 different amounts of information on the screen. These include a live Histogram and grid to help you frame your images. 3 of the 4 screens include the shooting mode, number of pictures remaining, image size and quality. The other takes all the information off of the screen.


Olympus Stylus Digital 1020

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 fails you will get a red "can't focus" icon (not shown.) The "red lightning bolt" icon indicates the flash is charged and ready to fire.



Olympus Stylus Digital 1020

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.



Olympus Stylus Digital 1020

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 modes like: Auto, Program Auto, Scene Preset (Portrait, Landscape, Landscape & Portrait, Night Scene, Night & Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self- Portrait, Available Light Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Behind Glass, Documents, Auction, Shoot & Select1, Shoot & Select2, Beach & Snow, Pre-Capture Movie, Underwater Wide 1, Underwater Wide 2 and Underwater Macro (all underwater require the optional housing)) and Movie mode.


Olympus Stylus Digital 1020

Pressing the OK/FUNC. button will bring up the menu of options shown above.

FUNC. Menu Options:


    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, or Fluorescent 1, 2, and 3
    ISO - Auto, H.Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
    Drive Mode - Single, Continuous, High-Speed Continuous
    Metering - ESP or Spot
    Image Size - 10M, 5M, 3M, 2M, 1M, VGA, 16:9
    Image Quality - Fine or Normal




Olympus Stylus Digital 1020

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 (when mode dial is set to the SCN position), use Panorama mode, enable Silent mode as well as enter the Camera or Setup menus.



Olympus Stylus Digital 1020



Camera Menu Options:

      White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Tungsten (Incandescent),
        or Fluorescent 1, 2, and 3
      ISO - Auto, H.Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
      Drive Mode - Single, Continuous, High-Speed Continuous
      Fine Zoom - Off or On
      Digital Zoom - Enable or disable digital zoom option
      Metering - ESP or Spot
      AF Mode - Face Detect, iESP or Spot focus modes
      Voice Memo - Off or On
      Image Stabilizer - On or Off




    Olympus Stylus Digital 1020

    Movie mode lets you capture VGA (640x480, 30fps) or QVGA (320x240, 30fps) resolution motion video with sound. The length of a movie is limited only by the available memory (Max. 2GB clip size). The "wavy hand" symbol indicates that digital stabilization is enabled. Because the Stylus 1020 features a built-in microphone, the optical zoom may not be used during recording. However, you can preset the desired focal length before starting to record a movie.



    Olympus Stylus Digital 1020

    Movie Function Menu:

      White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent 1,2,3
      Metering - ESP or Spot
      Image Size - 640x480, 320x240
      Frame Rate - 30fps, 15fps



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