Olympus Stylus Digital 600 Review
Record Modes & Screens
Typical record mode screen. The "P" indicates Program (Auto) exposure mode, in the center are
the auto focus target marks, and across the bottom is image quality, SHQ = Super High Quality
(6-megapixels) and there's enough space on our xD card for 134 pictures.
When you half-press the shutter release it starts the autofocus process and if it locks you'll
get the "focus OK" green icon (top left). If focus fail you will get a red "can't focus" icon
(not shown.) If the flash is enabled it will show if it is ready with the "red lightning bolt"
The Stylus 600 offers a wise variety of Scene modes, by pressing the Camera/Scene button the back of the camera. As you go through the Scene selections an image depicting the mode is shown and then a brief text explanation of the mode is presented (shown above.) You can choose from 24 different exposure mode: Portrait, Landscape, Landscape+Portriat, Night Scene, Night+Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self Portrait, Available Light Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Museum, Cuisine, Behind Glass, Documents, Auction, Shoot&Select 1, Shoot&Select 2, Beach&Snow, Under Water Wide 1, Under Water Wide 2, Under Water Macro, and Reducing Blur.
Even though the Stylus 600 is weather resistant, it can not be submerged. To use its underwater scene modes, the
optional underwater housing is required.
Blur Reduction mode uses the Bright Capture technology and boosts the ISO sensitivity up to
1000. This keeps shutter speeds higher in order to reduce the blurring effects of camera shake
or subject movement during the exposure. When using its Bright Capture modes, the image size is
reduced to SQ1 (1600x1200.)
Press the OK/MENU button to bring up the Record mode Menu. You can use the shortcut menus to quickly change image resolution, ISO, or adjust white balance. To access all menu options press the 4-way selector to the "Right" for the Mode Menu - see the next frame. When you want to reset all settings to the factory default, simply press and hold the OK/Menu button.
Shortcut Menu Options
Resolution - SHQ, HQ, SQ1, SQ2
White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Tungsten (Incandescent), or Fluorescent 1, 2, and 3
Drive - Single, Continuous, High Speed Continuous
Digital Zoom - Enable or disable digital zoom option
AF Mode - iESP or Spot focus modes
Panorama - Enable Panorama mode (only if using Olympus xD card)
Format - Format the xD-picture card
Backup - Copies images stored on the internal memory to an xD card
Menu Language - Japanese, English, French, German
PW ON Setup - Select power up screen animation and sound level
Rec View - View image immediately after capture on LCD
File Name - Select between Reset and Auto
Pixel Mapping - Map out bad pixels
Monitor Brightness - Adjust LCD backlight
Set Clock - Set time and or date
Dual Time Setup - On/Off
Video Out - Video out signal - NTSC or PAL format
Histogram - On/Off
Frame Assist - Toggles frames assist display settings
Press the 4-way selector "left" to enable Macro focus mode and take
closeup shots at a range of 8 to infinity, or enable Super
Macro mode and get as close as 2.8-inches.
The Panorama mode has an onscreen guide to help you make the best possible panorama
pictures by getting the necessary overlap between successive images. Up to 10 frames
can be captured and then stitched together with the Camedia Master software. You must
use an Olympus brand xD-Picture Card to use the Panorama mode.
Movie mode lets you capture SHQ (640x480), HQ (320x240) or SQ (160x120) resolution motion video at 15fps (without
sound.) The length of a movie is limited only by the available memory. Because the Stylus 600 does not feature a
built-in microphone or speaker, the optical zoom may be used during recording.
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