Record Screens & Menus
When taking pictures, most users are likely to default to the Tough TG-810's iAuto setting. This exposure mode is fully automatic and chooses the scene mode for you, in addition to exposure settings.
As shown on the LCD, the TG-810 displays on the right side only those settings you can adjust. In iAuto mode, the only settings you can change are the flash and the timer.
In all shooting modes, pressing upward on the four-way mini joystick alternates the display to one of three configurations: only the shooting mode icon, all menu icons and data; or, all menu icons and data, plus grid lines, a histogram, and an anti-shake setting icon.
When pressing the shutter button half-way, a focus box will appear in the middle of the screen. It will turn green if the camera has successfully locked onto your subject. If unsuccessful, the box will turn red.
There are three selections for AF mode: Face/iESP, Spot, and AF Tracking. This translates into four actual focus modes, depending on what the camera detects: Face Detection AF, iESP Auto, Spot AF, and AF Tracking.
Program Auto automatically sets the exposure, and offers the most user-definable options: flash setting, macro, timer, exposure compensation, white balance, ISO, and drive mode.
The Magic Filters apply one of eight effects to your photos: Pop Art, Pinhole, Fisheye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, or Watercolor. Pop Art brightens colors, while Pinhole and Fisheye simulate their namesake camera and lens type, respectively. Punk creates a duotone of hot pink and black.
The Panorama mode offers three options: auto, manual and PC. Using the auto setting, you use an on-screen guide to line up consecutive shots, and can move left to right or right to left. Both auto and manual settings limit you to three shots, and do not capture full-resolution images. To create a full-resolution panorama, you'll need to use PC mode, and stitch the images later on a computer. PC mode doesn't limit you to three shots for stitching.
There are three flash modes: Auto (for low light and backlit conditions), Red-Eye Reduction, and Fill-in.
The flash working range is as follows:
Wide: 0.66ft (0.2m) - 11.5ft (3.5m) at ISO 800
Tele: 4.64 ft (0.5m) - 8.2ft (2.5m) at ISO 800
The focus range for these modes is as follows:
Normal mode: W/T: 23.6" - infinity (0.6m - infinity)
Macro mode: Wide: 7.9" - infinity (0.2m - infinity); Tele: 19.7" - infinity (0.5m - infinity)
Super Macro mode: 1.2" - 23.6" (0.03m - 0.6m) (no flash)
Exposure compensation setting allows you to increase or decrease the exposure by up to two EV steps in one-third EV step increments.
The white balance menu offers an Auto mode and five presets: Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, Fluorescent, and Underwater.
The ISO menu offers Auto and High Auto modes, plus six fixed settings: 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1600.
Selecting the Menu icon at the bottom of the Record screen takes you to the main menu, which is organized into seven pages of adjustable settings.
Record menu options:
- Image Size: 14M, 8M, 5M, 3M, 2M, 1M, VGA, 16:9 Large, 16:9 Small
- Compression: Fine or Normal
- Shadow Adjust: Auto, On or Off
- AF Mode: Face/iESP (if face is detected, it is shown by a white frame); Spot; AF Tracking
- ESP: ESP (balances brightness over entire screen) or Spot (measures center of screen only)
- Digital Zoom: On or Off
- Image Stabilizer: On or Off
- Rec View: On or Off
- Picture Orientation: On or Off
- Icon Guide: On or Off
- Remote Flash: Off, RC (for the Olympus RC Flash System), or Slave
- Date Stamp: On or Off
When recording movies, the screen assumes one of two configurations: with or without grid lines. If you have the grid displayed when taking still images, it will show up when shooting movies. At bottom left the camera displays recording time left on your memory card and the recording time elapsed.
Movie menu options:
- Image Size: 720p, VGA, QVGA
- Image Quality: Fine or Normal
- IS Movie Mode: On or Off
- Record Sound: On or Off
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