Olympus Stylus Digital 300 Review

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Olympus Stylus Digital 300



Record Modes & Screens




Olympus Stylus Digital 300

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.



Olympus Stylus Digital 300

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.



Olympus Stylus Digital 300

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 Movie.



Olympus Stylus Digital 300

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.



Olympus Stylus Digital 300

Shortcut Menu Options

    RESOLUTION - SHQ or HQ (2048x1536), SQ1 (1600x1200), SQ2 (640x480 default or settable for 1280x960 or 1024x768)

    EXPOSURE COMPENSATION - Override metering by +/- 2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps

    WHITE BALANCE - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent or Fluorescent



Mode Menu Options

    CAMERA -

      ESP/Spot - Select ESP or Spot metering

      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

    SETUP -

      All Reset - If OFF then current settings are remembered from power off to power on. If ON then all settings are reset to default.

      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





    Olympus Stylus Digital 300

    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.



    Olympus Stylus Digital 300

    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.



    Olympus Stylus Digital 300

    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.



    Olympus Stylus Digital 300

    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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