Record Screens & Menus

Here you can see a screen while using the iAuto (intelligent) exposure mode. It looks much like a consumer digicam with icons that indicate Auto flash mode, Auto ISO, ESP metering, Single-AF, Face Detection on, Picture mode 1(iEnhance), Auto white balance, single drive, Image Stabilizer is set to off, Large Fine image quality, shutter speed (60) and aperture (F3.0), and there's enough room on our SDHC card for 136 frames at the current configuration.


Here you can see the screen display in Program AE mode. While this mode is also automatic, you now have access to various exposure settings, like ISO (Auto), AF mode (S-AF), etc. The E-P2 also offers more advanced exposure options for experienced users, such as Aperture/Shutter priority and full Manual modes (not shown).


When AF locks, it will briefly show the intended area of focus (not shown), and a Green AF ready dot will appear in the upper right hand corner of the screen.


The above animation shows the different screen/info options available by pressing the INFO button. These options include Information Display On, Histogram Display, Zoom Display, Scale Display, Image Only, and Multi View Display.


Here we can see the E-P2's MF focus assist option. When enabled, the AF frame currently being used will be magnified to either 7x or 10x (rotate the back control dial to toggle between the two settings). This allows you to critically check focus, helping ensure you capture a sharp image.


Above you can see the shortcut function menu. This option is activated by pressing the OK button, and gives you quick and easy access to several exposure options, depending on the exposure mode being used.


When you turn the Mode Dial to the ART position you will be shown a menu of the available Art filter/modes (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale and Light Color, Grainy Film, Light Tone, Pin Hole Camera filter, Diorama and Cross Process). These filter options allow you to explore your creativity, with various presets for exposure, color, sharpness and white balance settings.


There are also 19 Scene modes available: Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key,
Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Document, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow. First you see a large sample image which then shrinks down to make room for the text explanation of the mode.


Camera 1 menu options:

  • Card Setup - All Erase or Format
  • Custom Reset - When powered up the camera will be reset to one of two custom settings
  • Picture Mode - iEnhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, or Custom
  • Gradation - Auto, High Key, Normal (default), Low Key
  • Resolution - Still: RAW, L SuperFine, L Fine, M Normal, S Normal, RAW+LSF+LF/MN/SN
      Movie: HD (1280x720) or SD (640x480)
  • Image Aspect - 4:3 (default), 6:6, 16:9, or 3:2


Camera 2 menu options:

  • Movie AE Mode - Program, Aperture Priority, Manual, Art 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8
  • Movie+Still - On or Off
  • Drive Mode - Single, Burst, Self-timer 12 or 2 seconds
  • Image Stabilizer Mode - IS 1, IS 2, IS 3
  • Multiple Exposure - Frame (Off or 2F), Auto Gain (Off or On), Overlay (Off or On)


Custom menu options:

    (A) AF/MF - AF Mode, AF Area, [...] Set Up, Reset Lens, Bulb Focusing, Focus ring, MF Assist

    (B) Button/Dial - Dial Function, Dial Direction, AEL/AFL, AEL/AFL Memo, Fn Button, Play Button Function, My Mode Setup, Button Timer, AEL/AFL=Fn, 4-way control function

    (C) Release/Drive - RLS Priority S, RLS Priority C

    (D) DISP/Sound/PC - HDMI, Video Out, Sound, Sleep, USB Mode, Live View Boost, Face Detection, INFO Setting, Volume, SlideShow Setup, Level Gauge, Movie Sound, EVF Adjust

    (E) EXP/Metering/ISO - EV Step, Metering mode, AEL Metering, ISO mode, ISO Step,
    ISO-Auto Set, ISO-Auto, Bulb Timer, Anti-Shock, Bracketing

    (F) Flash Custom - Flash Mode, Flash Intensity control, X-Sync., Slow Limit, Flash/EV Compensation

    (G) Resolution/Color/WB - Noise Reduction, Noise Filter, WB mode, All WB, Color Space,
    Shading Comp., Set Resolution and Compression, Pixel Count

    (H) Record/Erase - Quick Erase, RAW+JPEG Erase, File Name, Edit File Name, Priority Setting, dpi Setting

    (I) Camera Utility - Pixel Mapping, Exposure Shift, Battery Warning Level, Level Adjust

Here you can see the new EVF Adjust option that allows you to toggle the brightness and hue of the VF-2's live viewfinder image.


The E-P2 continues to offer video recording at either HD (1280x720) or SD (640x480) resolutions. The frame rates are fixed at 30fps, and videos are saved in Motion JPEG (.AVI) format. Olympus added full manual exposure control, as indicated by the M in the upper right hand corner of the screen. This means you can now control both the aperture and shutter speed during movie mode. An exposure value is displayed to the right to indicate whether of not you will achieve an optimum exposure; our example in underexposed, indicated by the - 1.3 value.

The maximum recoding time is limited to a max. clip size of 2GB. Because the E-P2 is an interchangeable lens system, you can manually zoom the lens while recording. Not only does the E-P2 offers a continuous AF option, but Olympus has added a new AF tracking feature that is available in movie mode. This means the camera will adjust focus while you are zooming as well as follow your moving targets; a feature shared by few dSLR models.


Setup menu options:

  • Time and Date - Set the camera's clock
  • Language - Choose the Menu language
  • Monitor Brightness - Adjust LCD brightness and color temperature
  • Rec View - View on LCD after capture: Auto, Off, 1 - 20 seconds
  • Custom Menu Display - Show or hide the Custom settings menu
  • Firmware - Display firmware revision number

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