Olympus Stylus Digital 300 Review
Record Modes & Screens
Typical record mode screen. The "P" indicates Program AE exposure mode. Center auto
focus target marks, the zoom lens sliding bar is displayed momentarily whenever the lens
is changed. Across the bottom is image quality, SHQ = Super High Quality, image size
is 2048x1536 (3 megapixels) and there's 51 pictures remaining.
When you half-press the shutter release it starts the auto focus (default) and if it
locks you'll get the "focus OK" green dot icon. The red "lightning bolt" icon shows
that the flash is charged and will fire.
To change the exposure mode you press the 4-way selector "Up" while in record mode.
Use the "Right" and "Left" buttons to select the desired mode from the virtual mode
dial displayed on the LCD screen. The available modes are: Program Auto,
Portrait, Landscape + Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Self Portrait and
Press the OK/MENU button to bring up the Record mode Menu.
You can use the three shortcut menus to quickly change exposure compensation, resolution or
white balance options. To access all menu options press the 4-way selector to the
"Right" - see the next frame.
Shortcut Menu Options
EXPOSURE COMPENSATION - Override metering by +/- 2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps
WHITE BALANCE - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent or Fluorescent
Mode Menu Options
Drive - Single frame or Continuous
Digital Zoom - Enable or disable digital zoom option
Panorama - Enable Panorama mode (only if using Olympus xD card)
2 IN 1 - Enable the 2IN1 exposure mode (takes two seperate pictures and then merges them into one side-by-side image)
CARD - Format the xD-Picture Card
Menu Language - Japanese, English, French, German
Camera Sounds - Enable or disable camera beeps
Rec View - View image immediately after capture on LCD
Pixel Mapping - Map out bad pixels
Monitor Brightness - Adjust LCD backlight
Set Clock - Set time and or date
Video Out - Video out signal - NTSC or PAL format
Press the 4-way selector to the Left and enable Macro focus mode and take closeup
shots at a range of 8" to 20" from the lens.
The 2-IN-1 exposure mode lets you capture two different images and then merges
them together inside of the camera to produce one completed image.
The Panorama mode has an onscreen guide to help you make the best possible panorama
pictures by getting the necessary overlap between successive images. Up to 10 frames
can be captured and then stitched together with the Camedia Master software. You must
use an Olympus brand xD-Picture Card to use the Panorama mode.
The Movie mode captures motion JPEG at 320 x 240 pixels at 15 frames per second without audio for up to 16 seconds or 160 x 120 size clips up to 40 seconds.
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Playback Modes & Screens
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