Pentax Optio SV Review
By Movable Type Admin
Record Modes & Menu Options
Shown here is the Program (auto) exposure mode with the full info display
enabled. You can see the live histogram in the lower right corner. Onscreen
icons indicate space for another 341 still images, image size was set at
2560x1920 pixels, *** (Best) quality, manual white balance, AE metering, and
ISO Auto. The battery level is Full. The white brackets in the center denote
the auto focus area which is set to Wide.
When the shutter is half-pressed and the auto focus is locked, the AF brackets
turn green and the selected shutter speed and aperture value
is also displayed.
When you press the Fn (Function) button in Record mode this screen is
shown. This is a shortcut menu that is very handy when wanting to quickly
change settings. You can also customize this menu for different camera
settings (sensitivity, metering, sharpness, saturation, etc.) via the Setup
The Tv (Shutter-speed priority) mode allows you to set a desired shutter
speed and the camera will select the appropriate aperture value. If the
shutter speed is too low or high then the aperture value is displayed in
red which indicates that you need to select a different shutter speed.
Shutter speed range is from 1/1000 to 4 seconds.
The Av (Aperture priority) mode is like the Tv mode, here you select the
desired aperture value and the camera selects the appropriate shutter
The Manual exposure mode gives you complete control over both the shutter
speed and the aperture value. Adjust one or the other until the +/-
indicator disappears when exposure is correct.
Press the MENU button to access these options:
Recorded Pixels - 2560x1920, 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1024x768 or 640x480
The PICTure (Scene) modes are: Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Self-Portrait,
Sports, Surf & Snow, Autumn Colors, Sunset, Museum, Food, 3D and Panorama
To focus manually -- Press the Focus mode button until "MF"
is displayed and then adjust the focus distance by using the Up and Down positions of
the 4-way controller. When you are actively changing the focus, the center portion of
the LCD display is magnified and a distance scale is shown on the left.
The focus can also be locked at infinity.
One other focusing feature is the ability to freely move the active AF Area to any
one of the 5 positions within the frame.
Macro focus mode covers from 4.7 in. (0.12m) to 2.3 ft. (0.7m), while Super
Macro mode get you as close as 1.2 inches (wide angle only.) only.
You can also capture motion video (.AVI) files at 320x240 resolution (30fps)
with sound, with the length being limited only by the amount of available
memory. There's also a Time-lapse mode that captures frames at a delayed
rate, when played back it makes movement seem sped up. As with most
cameras that capture video plus sound - you can't use the zoom during
recording, but you can preset it beforehand.
The Optio SV can be used as a voice-only recorder too. Our camera has a 512MB SD card in it and as you can see, we could record 34 hours, 1 minute and 27 seconds of audio.
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