Please excuse the poor quality of these screen captures. The Olympus SP-100 kit does not include an AV output cable, therefore we had to photograph the display screen.
To control what is displayed on the LCD screen (and in the EVF) while shooting photos, press the Info button on the back of the SP-100 camera body.
Depending on which display mode you've chosen, the current shooting mode is listed in the upper left corner, while the number of photos and a histogram may be shown in the lower left corner. The right side of the screen contains the icons for the popup menu. You also can choose to have a 3x3 grid displayed on the screen.
When shooting in iAuto mode instead of one of the more advanced shooting modes, you'll see fewer icons along the right side of the screen, because you have less control over the camera's settings in iAuto mode than the advanced modes.
As you turn the mode dial, you'll see each available shooting mode displayed on the screen along with a brief description.
The popup menu icons with the SP-100 give you access to commonly used commands on the camera.
To access the popup menu icons along the right side of the screen, just press the OK button on the back of the camera. Use the four-way button to scroll down through the icons until you reach the option you want to change. Then use the left and right buttons on the four-way button to select the setting you want and press OK. In Program mode the popup menu options are:
- Effects - Vivid, Natural, Muted, Fisheye, Sparkle, Reflection, Fragmented, Pop Art (Art 1), Soft Focus (Art 2), Pale & Light Color (Art 3), Grainy Film (Art 4), Pin Hole (Art 5), Diorama (Art 6), Dramatic Tone (Art 7)
- Flash - Auto, Red-eye, Fill-in, Flash Off
- Exposure Comp. - +2 to -2 in 1/3 increments
- White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, One Touch 1, One Touch 2
- ISO - Auto, High, 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
- Drive - Single, Sequential 1, Sequential 2, High-Speed 1, High-Speed 2, Self-Timer 12 sec, Self-Timer 2 sec, Custom Self-Timer
- Resolution - 16M, 8M, 3M, VGA
- Aspect Ratio - 4:3, 16:9, 3:2, 1:1
- Movie Resolution - 1920x1080 60p, 1920x1080, 1280x720, VGA 640x480, HS 120 (640x480), HS 240 (432x324)
The available flash commands in the popup menu won't be visible unless you have the popup flash open.
Turn the mode dial to SCN to access the Olympus SP-100's scene modes, which are
- Interval Shooting
- Hand-Held Starlight
- Night Scene
- Night + Portrait
- Self Portrait
- Beach & Snow
- Super Macro
- Backlight HDR
Turn the mode dial to ART to see the seven Art Filters Olympus has included with the Olympus SP-100, which are:
- Pop Art
- Soft Focus
- Pale & Light Color
- Grainy Film
- Pin Hole
- Dramatic Tone
You also will see each of the Art Filters at the top of the popup menu.
When you press the Menu button on the back of camera, you'll gain access to the SP-100's menu options. The menu commands that control shooting are marked as Camera Menu 1 and 2, and they are indicated by the camera icon along the left side of the screen. Depending on the shooting mode you've selected, some menu options may be grayed out.
Use the four-way button to navigate through the menu options, and use the right four-way button to see the settings within each menu option. As you highlight a menu option or setting, an explanation will appear along the bottom of the screen. The Camera Menu options in Program mode are:
ResetCompression - Fine, NormalShadow Adjust - Auto, Off, OnAF Mode - Face/iESP, Spot, AF TrackingESP - ESP, Center of ScreenDigital Zoom - On, OffImage Stabilizer - On, Off, While ExposingAF Illuminat. - On, OffRec View - Off, 1 sec, 2 sec, 3 secPic Orientation - On, OffDate Stamp - On, OffSuper-Res Zoom - On, Off
Don't expect to gain much in the way of manual controls using the Camera Menu. Although there are advanced shooting modes available with the Olympus SP-100, this ultra-zoom model is really designed primarily as a point and shoot camera.
Most of the changes you can make to the SP-100's shooting settings will be done through the popup menu, rather than the Camera Menu.
To make changes to the SP-100's operational settings, you'll access Settings Menu 1, 2, or 3. The Settings Menu screens are marked with a wrench icon along the left side of the menu window. The options under the Settings Menu are:
- USB Connection - Auto, Storage, MTP, Print
- Power On (Playback Button) - Yes, No
- Sound Settings - Sound Type (1, 2, 3), Volume (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), Playback Volume (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Pixel Mapping
- Monitor Brightness - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
- EVF Adjust - +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
- TV Out - NTSC/PAL (NTSC, PAL), HDMI Out (480p/576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p), HDMI Control (On, Off)
- World Time - Home, Alternate
- Dot Sight Setting - Brightness (Auto, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), Dot Sight + Flash (Yes, No), Adjustment Screen
- Interval Settings - Frame (between 1 and 99), Start Waiting Time (between 0 min and 60 min), Interval Time (between 10 sec and 60 min)
- Fn Function - Picture Mode, WB, ISO, Still Picture Size, Aspect, AF Mode
- Dial Function - P (Picture Mode, EV, WB, ISO), A (Picture Mode, WB, EV, F No.), S (Picture Mode, WB, EV, Shutter), M (Picture Mode, WB, ISO, Shutter, F No.)
- m/ft - m, ft
Recording a movie with the Olympus SP-100 is a pretty easy process. Just press the red movie record button on the back of the camera to start and stop recording. A red REC icon will appear in the lower center of the display screen or EVF to indicate a recording in process, along with the amount of time that has expired in the recording.
Press the Menu button on the back of the camera to gain access to the Movie Menu, which is marked by a movie camera icon on the left side of the screen. The Movie Menu options are very limited and include:
- IS Movie Mode - Off, On, On Hybrid
- Microphone - Off, On
- Wind Noise Setting - Off, On