Olympus C-4040 Zoom Review

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Olympus C-4040 Zoom

Record Modes and Menus

Record mode screen showing onscreen data overlay. Starting in the upper left corner the "A" indicates Aperture Priority, it can also be "P" for Program AE mode, "S" for Shutter Priority or "M" for Manual record mode.

The aperture is F2.6 and the shutter speed is 1/30 sec. The upper right corner is the EV exposure compensation factor (0.0). The green "27" indicates the number of pictures remaining at the current size and quality setting. The black rectangle in the lower left shows the status of the DRAM buffer. The white rectangle tells you it is in single frame drive mode and the "eye" icon means the flash is in red-eye reduction mode. The ISO is locked to 100, image size is 2272 x 1704 and the quality is SHQ.

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This is the recording screen when you are in the Movie mode - note the little icon of the movie camera in the upper left. The flash is disabled, the sound is enabled and the default setting is for HQ quality. The green "223" indicates that there is enough memory on the card to record 223 seconds of video.

The C-4040 Zoom can record up to 32 seconds of HQ (320x240 pixel) resolution QuickTime motion JPEG with audio at 15 frames per second. You can record up to 148 seconds of SQ (160x120 pixel) resolution motion JPEG with audio at 15fps. Note that a 32MB or bigger SM card is required for this.

Olympus Camedia C-4040 Zoom

When manually focusing you get an onscreen display of the camera to subject distance (feet or meters is selected in the menu). When you alter the focus in manual mode it displays a magnified view onscreen which makes it a lot simpler to actually "see" the proper focus point.

Olympus Camedia C-4040 Zoom

Pressing the MENU button while in any of the still image record modes will bring this shortcut menu overlay on the screen. From here you can quickly jump to the DRIVE modes, image size/quality or white balance settings. Choosing the MODE MENU option brings up the entire menu of record options as shown in the next series of animated screens.

Olympus Camedia C-4040 Zoom

The three menu options other than MODE MENU are user-assignable. The screen above shows all possible shortcut assignments for the A, B and C positions.

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CAMERA sub menu options.

    DRIVE - Single, Multi, Multi-AF, Self-timer/Remote or AE Bracketing

    ISO - Sensitivity: Auto, 100, 200, 400

    A/S/M MODE - Select the mode for the A/S/M position on the mode dial

    - Flash output power +/- 2 in 0.3 increments

    FLASH - Select internal+external or external flash only

    - Flash slow-sync: Off, Slow1 (leading), Slow2 (trailing)

    NOISE REDUCTION - Enable noise reduction for long exposures

    MULTI METERING - Enable the use of to 8 individual metering points

    DIGITAL ZOOM - Enable/disable digital zoom

    FULLTIME AF - Enable/disable continuous autofocus

    AF MODE - Autofocus mode: iESP or Spot

    - Record 4-sec sound clip after picture, On or Off

    PANORAMA - Panorama mode (only available with Olympus brand SmartMedia cards)

    FUNCTION - Off, B&W, Sepia, White Board, Black Board

Olympus Camedia C-4040 Zoom

PICTURE sub menu options.

    - Image Quality: TIFF, SHQ, HQ, SQ1, SQ2

    WB - White balance: Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flourescent or One-Touch custom

    - White balance fine tune between Red and Blue.

    SHARPNESS - Hard, Normal, Soft

    CONTRAST - High, Normal, Low

Olympus Camedia C-4040 Zoom

CARD sub menu options.

    CARD SETUP - Format the SmartMedia card

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SETUP sub menu options.

    ALL RESET - Off, On or Custom: On resets all settings to default when power is turned off, the Off setting retains all current settings. Custom is a sub-menu of five pages where you can individually select the options to be reset or retained (see next frame).

    - Beep sound: Off, Low, High

    REC VIEW - Preview after capture: On, Off or Check (prompts before saving)

    FILE NAME - Auto (sequentially numbers files) or Reset

    PIXEL MAPPING - Detect and map out bad pixels on the CCD imager

    - Adjust LCD backlight intensity

    - Set the time and date

    m/ft - Manual focus indicator in feet or meters

    SHORT CUT - Assign the desired items to the Record short-cut menu

    CUSTOM BUTTON - Assign the desired function to the Custom Button

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Custom is a sub-menu of five pages where you can individually select the options to be reset or retained when the camera is powered off and then on again.

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