Record Screens & Menus

Above you can see the SZ-10 in iAuto mode, which is a fully automatic, intelligent exposure program. The user has very few options available, other than flash (due to it being a manual pop-up unit), self-timer, and image size/quality. The camera chooses everything for you, including which scene mode settings best fit the shot being framed; like macro above.

To control how much information is displayed on the LCD screen, you imply press "Up" on the 4-way controller. You can show basic information (shown above), grid lines with histogram display, or not information at all.

When you half pressing the shutter release, the camera starts to choose the autofocus and exposure settings for the shot being framed. The green rectangle shows the focus point the camera has chosen; green if AF is successful, Red if it fails. At the bottom of the screen you can see the exposure information the camera has chosen for the shot (1/8, F3.2). When using iAuto mode, the scene setting it has chosen for the scene will display below the word "iAuto"; like macro shown above.

Program mode is much like iAuto, in that the camera chooses all of the necessary exposure settings to get a good exposure. However, now you have access to a wealth of exposure options, including ISO speed, White balance, Exposure compensation, focus mode, etc. This mode is best for those who like to adjust settings to dial in a specific look, however they are no quite ready to take on full manual operation.

Here we have the shortcut menu that is accessed by pressing the 4-way controller "Down", "Left", "Right", or the OK button in the center. Here you have access to a variety of often used settings; with the amount and available options varying depending on the mode you are currently using. If the setting you are looking for is not in the quick menu, you will have to select the "setup" option at the bottom to enter the main menu system.

The SZ-10 offers 16 scene modes, which allow you to select specific camera settings for the scene they are hoping to capture. To access these modes, you simply select "SCN" from the virtual mode selector. As you scroll through the available options, you get a brief description of intended use. Available Scene modes include: 1. PORTRAIT, 2. BEAUTY, 3. LANDSCAPE, 4. NIGHT SCENE. 5. NIGHT+PORTRAIT, 6. SPORT, 7. INDOOR, 8. CANDLE, 9. SELF PORTRAIT, 10. SUNSET, 11. FIREWORKS, 12. CUISINE, 13. DOCUMENTS, 14. BEACH & SNOW, 15. PET (CAT), 16. PET (DOG).

Magic filters allow you to explore your more creative side, with both stills and video. Just rotate the mode dial to the MAGIC position, and you will have access to 8 different settings: Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fish Eye, Drawing, Soft focus, Punk, Sparkle, and Watercolor.

The SZ-10's 3D mode offers you the ability to capture two images from different eye perspectives (right and left), then combines them into one 3D image. You an choose to line up the photos Manually, or Automatically (recommended at first). The captured image can then be viewed on any 3D compatible display.

Rec. Menu in Program mode:
  • Reset - put all settings back to factory defaults
  • Image Size - 14M, 8M, 5M, 3M, 2M, 1M, VGA (640x480), 16:9 L, 16:9 S
  • Compression - Fine, Normal
  • Shadow Adjust - Auto, Off, On
  • AF Mode - Face/iESP, Spot, AF Tracking
  • Metering - ESP, Spot
  • Fine Zoom - On or Off
  • Digital Zoom - On or Off
  • Image Stabilizer - On or Off
  • AF Illumination - On or Off
  • Rec View - On or Off
  • Pic Orientation - On or Off
  • Icon Guide - On or Off
  • Date Stamp - On or Off

At any time while browsing the menu, if you are unsure of a settings purpose, you can press the "?" or Guide button on the back of the camera. This will bring up a brief description of what the option is.

Here we can see the screen that is displayed when you press the movie mode shutter release on the back of the camera. No matter what exposure mode you are using, you can start recording video at any time by pressing this button. You will get a small REC symbol with a timer. You can record video at three resolutions; 720p, VGA or QVGA. The frame rate is fixed at 30fps. In 720p and VGA modes, you can choose Normal or Fine quality. Unlike the Olympus SZ-30MR, you do NOT have access to the optical zoom while video is recording. You have to preset the desired focal length before you start recording. Like with still images, the SZ-10 does offer IS in movie mode; the default option is Off however.

Video REC Menu:
  • Image Size - 720p, VGA, QVGA
  • Image Quality - Fine, Normal
  • IS Movie Mode - On, Off
  • Audio Recording - On, Off

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