Olympus D-550 Zoom Review

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Record Mode Screens & Menus

Olympus Camedia D-550 Zoom

A typical record mode screen showing icons for record mode, momentary tele/wide icon to show the zoom's position, ISO 100, SHQ quality, image size of 1984 x 1488 and there's space on the SM card for another 47 pictures.

Olympus Camedia D-550 Zoom

When the Macro mode is enabled the color LCD automatically turns on so you can use it as a viewfinder. The optical viewfinder suffers from parallax at extreme close range so it is best to use the LCD for framing. Note that the icons also show the flash is in red-eye reduction and self timer as well as macro.

Olympus Camedia D-550 Zoom

Record screen in movie mode, HQ quality (320 x 240) at 15 frames per second, flash is disabled and there is enough memory left for a total recording time of 300 minutes but the maximum length of each clip in HQ mode is 48 seconds (148 seconds for 160 x 120 SQ mode). No sound is recorded as the camera has no microphone which allows the use of the zoom during movie recording.

Olympus Camedia D-550 Zoom

The 4- Way Navigation control's left button accesses the SCENE PROGRAMS:

    Program Auto - Normal mode
    MOVIE - Motion video capture at 15fps
    Self Portrait - Sets optimum functions for a picture of yourself while holding the camera
    Night Scene - Shooting pictures in the evening or at night
    Landscape - focuses to infinity and adjusts white balance for scenery photography
    Landscape + Portrait - sets optimal depth of field and white balance for subject and background
    Portrait - sets optimal depth of field and white balance for close subject and blurs background

Olympus Camedia D-550 Zoom

Pressing the MENU button while in Record mode brings up this onscreen menu with four options: ESP / Spot metering, MODE MENU, Exposure Compensation and Resolution.

Olympus Camedia D-550 Zoom

MODE leads to four sub-menus for CAMera, PICture, CARD and SETUP:
    CAMera options:
      Drive - Single, Sequence, AF sequence
      ISO - Auto, 100, 200, 400
      Digital Zoom - Enable/disable digital zoom
      Panorama - with OM brand SM card: allows pan. photography
      2 in 1 - combines two sequential images into one new image,

    PICture options:
      White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent
      Sharpness - Image processing adjustment for: Hard, Normal, Soft sharpness
      Contrast - Image processing adjustment for: High, Normal, Low contrast


      Format - Format the SM card: Yes or No

    SETUP options:

      All Reset - If ON it resets all settings to default at power down
      Sounds - Enable or disable camera beeps
      Rec View - If ON then immediately view image after capture
      File Name - Changes how the file numbers are assigned: Reset or Auto(sequential)
      Pixel Mapping - Checks the CCD and image processing functions.
      LCD brightness - a sliding scale for adjustment
      Time/Date - Set the internal clock

    Olympus Camedia D-550 Zoom

    The Down selection in the Record Menu screen is Exposure Compensation which allows over or under exposure by 2 stops in 1/2 stops increments.

    Olympus Camedia D-550 Zoom

    The left arrow on the nav. control brings up the RESOLUTION options:

      3:2 - 1894 x 1312 with options for Normal, High compression or Tiff
      SHQ - 1984 x 1488 Normal compression
      HQ - 1984 x 1488 high compression
      SQ - 640 x 480 high or normal compression

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