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Olympus Camedia E-10

Camera Features & Controls

Olympus Camedia E-10 Olympus Camedia E-10

That BIG lens is a fast F2.0  9-36mm (35-140mm 35mm equivalent) all glass zoom with one ED and two aspherical lens elements (14 elements in 11 groups). The lens has both a manual focusing ring and a manual zoom ring on the barrel. It is threaded for 62mm filters and comes with a lens shade.

The E-10 features dual AF-Active (IR and passive TTL) system autofocus (contrast detection system) with a step-less focusing range of 0.2m to infinity. Manual focus range is also step-less from 0.2m to infinity. Standard focus mode covers 0.6m to infinity, Macro mode coverage is 0.2 to 0.6m.

Olympus has a 0.8X wideangle, a 1.45X and 3X telephoto converter and a macro extension lens option especially for the E-10.

Olympus Camedia E-10

Want to see the TCON-300 telephoto adapter lens in action?  Check out the firsthand experience of David Weikel at his web site.

Olympus Camedia E-10 Olympus Camedia E-10

The eyelevel viewfinder shows approximately 95% of the captured image and includes diopter correction. Inside the large and bright viewfinder you'll find a clearly defined focus area (with a real focusing screen) and spot metering area. Below is a status line with flash, focus and exposure information. For self-timer, remote or long exposures there is a shutter that can be closed over the eyepiece.

Olympus Camedia E-10

The built-in flash features five modes (Automatic, Fill, Redeye Reduction, Slow Synchro, Slow Synchro w/Redeye.) The flash intensity level can be adjusted from -2 to +2 in 1/3 EV increments. The effective range is 0.6 to 18.3 feet (0.2 to 5.6m) at ISO 100.

Olympus Camedia FL-40 Olympus Camedia FL-40

The flash hot shoe accepts the more powerful Olympus FL-40 external flash and operates it in full TTL control mode. The FL-40 gives you bounce flash capability and greatly enhances the infrared focus-assist system with its own IR sensor. The internal flash and FL-40 can be used simultaneously. Third-party external flashes and studio lights can be connected to the PC sync terminal on the side of the camera.

Olympus Camedia E-10

Thanks to David Weikel we now know that you can run the FL-40 flash off-camera using the Canon Off-Camera Shoe Cord 2 (part C50-1851). For some reason Olympus does not have a cord like this of their own.

You can see it in action mounted on a Stroboframe bracket at Dave's web site by clicking here.

Olympus Camedia E-10

On top is where you'll find most of the controls. Most buttons are held down while turning the Main Dial or the Sub Dial on the back. Selections are indicated by icons on the monochrome data display. Across the top is the flash mode and recording mode buttons. The unmarked dial is the Main Dial, next to that is the white balance button. Below the LCD is the SM/CF button for selecting the SmartMedia or CompactFlash card slot. The Light button illuminates the data LCD (as shown here).

Olympus Camedia E-10

The Mode Dial is also the Power switch and has positions for:

    Manual - You control both the shutter speed (bulb up to 30 sec., 8 sec. - 1/640 sec.) and aperture (Wide: F2.0 - 11.0, tele: F2.4 - 11.0, 1/3EV steps).

    Shutter priority - You select desired shutter speed (2 - 1/640 sec.) and camera picks the aperture

    Aperture priority - You select desired aperture (Wide: F2.0 - 11.0, tele: F2.4 - 11.0 1/3EV steps) and camera picks the shutter speed

    Program AE - Camera picks best combination of shutter speed and aperture

    - Playback of stored images on LCD or television

    - Embed DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) information on the card

    - Connect to PC to download via USB port.
                   Enter the Setup menu by pressing the Menu button.

Olympus Camedia E-10

Setup menu options:

  • Macro button assignment - by default it selects macro mode for the builtin lens, when using one of the conversion lenses it can be selected here.
  • Time and Date - Set the camera's clock
  • Filename - If Auto it will continuously increment, Reset will reset the numbers
  • RAW - Selects raw image format as the ONLY size/quality that can be shot
  • Histogram - Enable/disable histogram function in playback mode.

Olympus Camedia E-10

Here's another look at the adjustable-angle color LCD in action.

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