The Playback button on the back of the Olympus VG-160 allows you to see the photos you've shot previously that are stored on the memory card.
Once you have an image on the screen, you can see some information about the image and how it was shot. The basic Playback screen shows the file number in the upper right corner of the screen, with the date and time the photo was shot in the lower right corner.
Press the Info button (top portion of the four-way button), and the view will change to provide detailed information. A smaller representation of the photo will appear on the left side of the screen, and the detailed photo data will be on the right side. From top to bottom and left to right, the data includes the shutter speed, aperture, exposure value, shooting mode, ISO, white balance, compression, resolution, file name, date, and time.
Press the Info button a second time, and the photo will again occupy the entire screen with no information. Press the Info button a third time to return to the basic view.
Olympus makes it pretty easy for you to scroll through a series of images that are stored on the memory card with thumbnail screens. In Playback mode, press the left side (W) of the zoom switch, and the VG-160 will display a 4x3 grid of thumbnail images. Press the W switch again, and the view will change to a 6x5 grid of thumbnails. Use the four-way button to move among the thumbnails. When one is highlighted that you want to see in full screen, press the OK button.
If you want to check the sharpness of the image you just shot, the Playback screen gives you this option. With an image on the screen, press the right side (T) of the zoom switch, and you can magnify an area of the image. Olympus included 10 levels of magnification with this feature. You can use the four-way button to move around inside the enlarged image, and you can see your position in the enlarged image relative to the overall image using the box in the upper right corner. Press the left side of the zoom switch to reduce the magnification.
Keep in mind that although the LCD screen on the VG-160 is a good size, it's not the sharpest screen on the market, so you may have a difficult time determining image sharpness using the LCD screen alone. If you're unsure about the sharpness of a particular image, you may want to view it on a computer screen.
Much like the other menus with the VG-160, the options in the Playback menu are extremely limited. You can access the Playback menu either by pressing the Menu button while you're in Playback mode, or by pressing the Menu button from the main shooting screen and scrolling to the Playback icon along the left side of the Menu screen. The options in the VG-160's Playback menu are:
- Edit - Change Image Size (VGA, QVGA), Crop, Add Audio, Perfect Fix (All, Lighting Fix, Redeye Fix)
- Erase - All Erase, Sel. Image, Erase
- Print Order - Print 1 Frame, Print All
- Protect Images
With a movie clip on the screen in Playback mode, you have some options for controlling the data the VG-160 will display. For example, in the basic movie viewing mode, you can see the file name in the upper right corner and the date and time the movie was shot in the lower right corner. Press the Info button, and you'll change to a detailed data view, where the movie clip shrinks to occupy the left side of the screen. Along the right side of the screen, you see the exposure value, white balance setting, frame rate, resolution, and full file name, along with the date and time the movie was shot. Pressing the Info button a second time returns the movie clip to occupy the full screen, removing all data.
Press the OK button to start playing the movie on the VG-160's LCD screen. You then can control the volume with the up and down arrows. Press the OK button to pause the video clip.