Pentax Optio M50 Review

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Pentax Optio M50



Playback Modes & Menu Options



Pentax Optio M50

The Review button brings up the last image captured in full screen mode with some information overlayed. Press "right" or "left" to scroll through the captured images. A musical note indicates an audio memo has been added to an image, press "up" on the 4-way controller to hear the recorded message (not shown).



Pentax Optio M50

Pressing the OK button in the center of the 4-way controller toggles the amount of exposure information displayed with an image. Here you can see extended information for image size/quality, white balance, metering, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and the histogram display.



Pentax Optio M50

In playback the Wide Zoom control button brings up the thumbnail index of all photos taken. You can now quickly search through the stored images and select one for full screen playback. Press it again and the calendar mode is displayed.



Pentax Optio M50

Once you have a photo selected for full screen playback you can magnify an image up to 8 times in various steps by pressing the telephoto zoom control. Now you can check the photo for critical focus, etc. Using the 4-way controller allows you to move around inside the enlarged image.



Pentax Optio M50

Playback menu options:

    Digital SR - Digitally correct images that show camera shake
    Slide show - Set image play intervals, Screen and Sound effects
    Resize - Create an image with Lower Resolution and or Quality Level
    Cropping (Trimming) - Crop image to different size
    Copy Image & Sound - From internal memory to SD or MMC card
    Image rotation - rotates image for proper orientation
    Digital Filter - Digitally alter you images
    Movie Edit - Capture a single frame or divide a movie clip
    Frame Composite - Add decorative frames around your images
    Red-eye Compensation - Remove red-eye from your portraits
    Voice Memo - Add a voice memo to an image
    Protect - Protect image from deletion; On or Off
    DPOF - Set DPOF printing information
    Image Recovery - Recover image and sound files that were accidentally deleted
    Start-up Screen - Manage the start-up image and sound





Pentax Optio A30

Adding an audio memo up to 30 seconds and attaching it to an image couldn't be easier, super for real estate professionals.



Pentax Optio M50

In camera resizing is achieved through this menu option. This is an easy way to downsize your images, without trying to learn a photo editing software; great for beginners.



Pentax Optio M50

Here you can see the in-camera crop feature. Again, no need for a software program and a computer. Files are saved as a new image.



Pentax Optio M50

Movies are played back in full screen mode with sound provided though the built-in speaker. You get VCR like controls to pause, stop, fast forward, or rewind the video clip using the 4-Way Selector.



Pentax Optio M50

Here's an example of the Frame Composite function.





Pentax Optio M50

Setup options:


    Format - Format the SD card
    Sound - Choose settings for operation volume, Playback volume, start-up sound, etc.
    Date Adjust - Set Date/Time
    World Time - Set World Time
    Language - Set user Language
    Folder Name - Standard or Date
    USB Connection - PictBridge, PC
    Video Out - NTSC or PAL
    Brightness Level - Adjust LCD back light
    Power Saving - Off, 5sec, 15sec, 30sec, 1min, 2min
    Auto Power Off - Off, 3min. or 5min.
    Quick Zoom - On/Off
    Green Button - Choose the operation of the Green mode button (Green mode, Resolution, Quality, White balance, ISO, etc.)
    Guide Display - Enable the brief popup labels when browsing different menu option and modes
    Reset - Restore settings to factory Default




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