Pentax Optio M50 Review
Record Modes & Menu Options
Here you can see the fully automatic "Green" picture mode. The camera selects all of the
exposure settings, you just simply point-n-shoot, perfect for beginners.
Auto Picture mode is also fully automatic, however now the user has limited access to camera
settings, like resolution, quality, ISO, etc.
Program AE mode is geared more toward the novice user, and offers several camera settings, like ISO,
White Balance, Sharpness, Saturation, Contrast, Exposure Compensation, etc.
When the shutter is half-pressed and the autofocus locks, the active AF point bracket will shrink and turn green, and the selected
shutter speed and aperture values will be displayed in the bottom left of the frame.
Pressing the OK button toggles the amount of overlay information displayed on the LCD. Here you can see
extended exposure information with the live histogram.
Press the 4-way controller's "Down" or MODE button to change the exposure mode. Choices are: Auto Picture, Program, Night Scene, Movie,
Voice Recording, Landscape, Flower, Natural Skin Tone, Surf & Snow, Sport, Digital SR, Kids, Pet, Food, and Frame Composite. When you
sit on an item for a second or more, a brief description of the mode's intended use is displayed.
Pressing the Face Recognition button on the back of the camera cycles thorough these options, including Smile Capture mode. When
enabled, the camera will fire automatically whenever it senses a smiling face within the frame.
Record Menu options:
Recorded Pixels - 8M, 5M, 4M, 3M, 2M, 1024, 640
The Optio M50 lets you get up close and personal with its Macro focus mode. Macro covers from 0.33 - 1.64 feet at wide angle or 1.97 -
3.3 feet at telephoto.
To focus manually -- Press the Focus mode button and select "MF". Then press the OK button and adjust the
focus distance by using the Up and Down positions of the 4-way controller. While you are actively changing
the focus, the center portion of the LCD display is magnified and a distance scale is shown on the left.
You can record 640x480 or 320x320 motion video at 15 or 30 fps with audio. Movie clips are stored as .AVI (Motion JPEG) format video
files. While the optical zoom may Not be used during recording, you can preset the desired focal length before recording starts. The M50
also features Shake Reduction in movie mode, which helps you record more steady handheld video clips. The length of these movies is
limited only by available memory (2GB Max. clip size).
Movie options found under the Rec. Menu.
Record Pixels - 640x480 or 320x320
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