The E-10 has a host of dedicated buttons that let you change settings without using a
menu on the color LCD. On the left side starting at the top is the metering (ESP,
center-weighted, spot) and drive mode (single, sequence, self-timer, remote) buttons. In
the middle are the exposure compensation and macro mode buttons and below that is the
autofocus / manual focus switch.
The menu system is easily navigated using the 4-way jog
switch and pressing the OK button to accept selections. During playback you use the
rear Main Dial to control the thumbnail and zoomed playback modes. Below the LCD
is the INFO button that displays the exposure data and/or histogram, the Protect /
Unprotect button and the Erase button.
The E-10 is supplied with the Olympus RM-1 remote control. Because the E-10's zoom is manual it cannot be operated by the remote. It can be used to trip the shutter in record mode and control playback functions when connected to a TV.
When the color LCD is enabled you cannot select
the camera's remote drive mode. Granted you can't turn the LCD around to face forwards
but many of us use it for framing macro shots and the remote is much handier than
the self-timer because you don't have to physically touch (bump) the camera.
The E-10 is equipped with both a SmartMedia and a compactFlash Type II card slot. Any size 3.3v SmartMedia card up to 64MB may be used. Both card slots can be occupied, user selects desired media with the SM/CF button on the top.
Olympus specifically states that
the use of a Microdrive is "not recommended" but any capacity solid state CompactFlash
Type I or II card works just fine, the bigger, the better -- those TIFF files are
about 12 megabytes each!
Tucked away behind this little door is the Video Out port
for connection to a television and a high speed USB data port for downloading to the
computer. On the bottom is a DC INput port for the optional AC power adapter.
Next to the strap lug is a PC sync connector for external flash units and
a port that is used by the optional Olympus RM-CB1 remote cable release.
Power for the E-10 comes from either 2 of the Olympus CR-V3 lithium batteries,
4 x AA Ni-MH or Ni-Cd batteries or an optional AC power supply...
You can also use the optional Olympus B-HLD10 power battery holder with the heavy duty B-10LPB lithium polymer battery. Besides supplying a lot more power this also serves as a portrait grip with a vertical shutter release.
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