Olympus C-60 Zoom Review

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Record Screens & Menus

The screen display when shooting in AUTO. This is the "point-n-shoot" automatic exposure mode. Most settings are locked into the highest quality needed for taking pictures under normal conditions.

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Record mode screen showing onscreen info. Exposure mode is in the upper left corner, "A" indicates Aperture Priority, "P" for Program AE mode, "S" for Shutter Priority or "M" for Manual record mode.

The aperture is F2.8 and the shutter speed is 1/6 sec. The upper right corner is the EV exposure compensation factor (0.0). The white brackets in the center indicate the focus area. The images quality is SHQ (2816x2112). The green "108" indicates the number of pictures remaining at the current size and quality setting. The black rectangle next to the pictures remaining number shows the status of the buffer, it fills and empties as you shoot pictures.

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In Manual exposure mode, you can set both the shutter speed and aperture to the desired values. The exposure index is displayed (+0.9) continuously so you can adjust the aperture and shutter speed controls to achieve as close to 0.0 as possible.

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This is the screen display when in My Mode. This allows you to build your own pre-programmed mode with all your favorite settings and memorizes them for easy recall via the Mode Dial.

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The recording screen in Movie mode. The green "20:05" indicates there is enough memory on the card to record a total of 20 minutes and 5 seconds.

The C-60 can record QuickTime motion video with sound at two resolutions: HQ (320x240) and SQ (160x120) at 15fps. The length of the movie is limited only by the capacity of the memory card. The optical zoom can not be used in Movie mode.

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Pressing the MENU button while in any of the still image record modes will bring up the Shortcut Menu on the screen. From here you can quickly jump to Self-timer/Remote modes, image size/quality or toggle the LCD monitor (ON or OFF). Choosing the MODE MENU option brings up the entire menu of record options as shown in the next series of animated screens.

The three menu options other than MODE MENU are user-assignable via the "Short Cut" option in the Setup menu.

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CAMERA menu options.

    - Select self-timer or remote control

    DRIVE - Single, Sequential, AF Sequential, AE Bracketing

    ISO - Sensitivity: 64, 100, 200, 400

    - Flash output intensity


    DIGITAL ZOOM - Enable/disable digital zoom

    FULLTIME AF - On, Off

    ACCESSORY - Off, Setting for use with underwater case

    - Enables you to record audio with a still picture

    - Allows the camera to focus as close as 1.6" (4cm)

    PANORAMA - Panorama mode (only with Olympus brand xD cards)

    2 IN 1 - Takes two "side by side" shots and merges into one image

    INFO - Displays image info (shutter speed, white balance, ISO, etc)

    - Displays a histogram

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PICTURE menu options.

    - Image Quality: TIFF (2816x2112, 2560x1920, 2272x1704, 2048x1536), SHQ (2816x2112), HQ (2816x2112), SQ1 (2560x1920, 2272x1704, 2048x1536, 1600x1200; High, Normal), SQ2 (1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480; High, Normal)

    WB - White balance: Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent

    SHARPNESS - ± 2 levels

    CONTRAST - ± 2 levels

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CARD menu options.

    CARD SETUP - Format the xD-Picture card

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SETUP menu options.

    ALL RESET - Off, On: On resets all settings to default when power is turned off, the Off setting retains all current settings.

    - Allows you to select the language for on-screen display

    PW ON/OFF SETUP - Controls the display of the startup/shutdown screen and adjusts the sound volume when the power is turned On/Off

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

    - Beep sound: Off, Low, High

    SHUTTER SOUND - Sets the sound generated when the shutter button is pressed and adjusts volume

    SLEEP - Auto power off in 30s, 1m, 3m, 5m, 10m

    MY MODE SETUP - Setup parameters for up to four custom My Modes

    FILE NAME - Auto (sequentially numbers files) or Reset

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

    - Adjust LCD back-light intensity

    - Set the time and date

    VIDEO OUT - Selectable between NTSC or PAL

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

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