Olympus C-120 manual

User manual for the Olympus C-120 in English. This PDF manual has 133 pages.

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DIGITAL CAMERA C-120 D-380 REFERENCE MANUAL <Click Here> CONNECTING THE CAMERA TO A PC CAMERA OPERATION
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DIGITAL CAMERA C-120/D-380 REFERENCE MANUAL Thank you for purchasing an Olympus digital camera. Before you start to use your new camera, please read these instructions carefully to enjoy optimum performance and a longer service life. Keep this manual in a safe place for future reference. We recommend that you take test shots to get accustomed to your camera before taking important photographs.
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2 For customers in Europe For customers in North and South America For customers in USA Declaration of Conformity Model Number : C-120/D-380 Trade Name : OLYMPUS Responsible Party : Olympus America Inc. Address : 2 Corporate Center Drive, Melville, New York 11747-3157 U.S.A. Telephone Number : 631-844-5000 Tested To Comply With FCC Standards FOR HOME OR OFFICE USE This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference. (2) This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. For customers in Canada This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations. Trademarks • IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. • Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. • Macintosh is a trademark of Apple Computer Inc. • All other company and product names are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of their respective owners. • The standards for camera file systems referred to in this manual are the “Design Rule for Camera File System/DCF” standards stipulated by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA). “CE” mark indicates that this product complies with the European requirements for safety, health, environment and customer protection. “CE” mark cameras are intended for sales in Europe.
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3 INDEX Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Getting started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Shooting basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Advanced shooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Camera settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Print settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Troubleshooting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
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4 Contents INDEX 3 Contents 4 Getting started 7 Names of parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Monitor indications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Memory gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Battery check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Attaching the strap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Loading the batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Selecting batteries or the optional AC adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Inserting the card (SmartMedia). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Turning the power on/off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 What to do if the CARD SETUP screen is displayed . . . . . . . . . .18 Setting the date and time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Using the menus and tabs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 How to use the menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Shortcut menus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Mode menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Shooting basics 28 Holding the camera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Taking still pictures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Taking still pictures using the viewfinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Taking still pictures using the monitor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Comparison of the viewfinder and monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Recording movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Using the flash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Zooming in on a subject (Digital zoom) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Taking close-up pictures (Macro mode). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Advanced shooting 38 Using the self-timer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
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Contents 5 Shooting pictures sequentially (Sequential shooting) . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Varying the image brightness (Exposure compensation). . . . . . . . . . .40 Selecting the metering area (Spot metering) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Adjusting the color tone (White balance) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Selecting the image quality and size (Record mode). . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Panorama shooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Taking two-in-one pictures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Taking a picture of yourself (Self-portrait shooting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Playback 54 Playing back still pictures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Quick View (Double-click playback) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Close-up playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Index display. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Slide-show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Playing back movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Erasing pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Single-frame erase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 All-frame erase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Protecting pictures (Protect). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Editing still pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Creating black and white pictures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Creating sepia-toned pictures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Resizing pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Rotating pictures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Editing movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Creating an index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Camera settings 73 Turning the beep sound off (Beep sound) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Formatting (Card setup/Memory setup) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Copying pictures to the card (Memory backup) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Viewing a picture immediately after shooting (Rec View) . . . . . . . . . .77 Saving the settings (All Reset). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Displaying shooting information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Adjusting the monitor brightness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Pixel Mapping. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82
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Contents 6 Print settings 83 How to print pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Making a print reservation on the card. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Troubleshooting 89 Error codes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 If an operation does not work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 If the image quality is poor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Specifications 96 Index 98 Indications used in this manual Important information on factors which may lead to a malfunction or operational problems. Also warns of operations that should be absolutely avoided. Useful information and hints that will help you get the most out of your camera. Reference pages describing details or associated information.
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7 Getting started Getting started Names of parts Lens barrier Turns the camera on and off in the shooting mode. Shutter button Flash Lens Self-timer lamp Connector cover DC-IN jack USB connector Macro lever (Monitor) button Turns the camera on and off in the playback mode. Card cover Strap eyelet Monitor Arrow pad Battery compartment cover Tripod socket Green lamp Target mark Viewfinder (OK/Menu) button
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8 Getting started Monitor indications Item Indication Ref.Page 1 Battery check , p.9 2 Flash , , , , p.33 3 Spot metering p.42 4 Memory gauge p.9 5 Internal memory — 6 Exposure compensation -2.0, -1.5, -1.0, -0.5, +0.5, +1.0, +1.5, +2.0 p.40 7 Self-timer/Drive , , p.32,p.38,p.39 8 White balance WB AUTO, , , , p.44 9 Record mode SHQ, HQ, SQ1, SQ2 p.46 10 Number of storable still pictures/Seconds remaining 16/16" p.32 11 Number of pixels 1600 × 1208, 1600 × 1200, 1024 × 768, 640 × 480 p.46 12 Date and time '02.01.12 12:30 p.19 13 File number, Frame number/Playing time 100-0016, 16/16" — 14 Print reservation, Number of prints × 2 p.85 15 Protect p.64 • The indicator is displayed when you are storing pictures in the camera’s internal memory. It does not appear when you insert a card. • You can view shooting information details of the recorded picture in the playback mode. “Displaying shooting information” ( p.80) Shooting mode Playback mode 6 7 8 9 10 14 12 13 1 9 11 6 15 8 1 2 3 4 5
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Monitor indications 9 Getting started Memory gauge The memory gauge lights up when you take a picture. While the gauge is lit, the camera is storing the picture on the card. The memory gauge indication changes as shown below depending on the shooting status. When the memory gauge is full, wait a few moments before taking the next shot. When taking still pictures When recording movies Battery check If the remaining battery power is low, the battery check indication on the monitor changes as follows while the camera is turned on. Before shooting (Gauge is off) No more pictures can be taken (Fully Lit) One picture taken (Lit) More than two taken (Lit) Shoot Shoot Shoot Wait Before shooting (Gauge is off) During shooting (Lit) • Shooting is not possible until the lit area goes off completely. • Movie recording ends automatically when the memory gauge is full. Shoot Wait If you continue shooting Lights up (Green) Blinks (Red) Remaining power level: high Remaining power level: low Replace with a new battery. Remaining power level: exhausted Replace with a new battery. No indication Green lamp on the right of the viewfinder blinks
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10 Getting started Attaching the strap 1 Thread the short end of the strap through the strap eyelet. 2 Thread the long end of the strap through the loop that has already gone through the eyelet. 3 Pull the strap tight, making sure that it is securely fastened and will not come loose. • Be careful with the strap when you carry the camera, as it can easily catch on stray objects, causing serious damage. • Attach the strap correctly as shown above so that the camera does not fall off. If the strap is attached incorrectly and the camera falls off, Olympus is not responsible for any damages. Strap eyelet
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11 Getting started Loading the batteries This camera uses two CR-V3 lithium battery packs or four AA (R6) NiMH batteries, NiCd batteries, alkaline batteries or lithium batteries. 1 Make sure that: 2 Slide the battery compartment cover in the direction of (the direction indicated by the mark on the cover), and lift it up in the direction of . 3 Insert the batteries, making sure that they are correctly oriented as shown in the illustration. 4 Close the battery compartment cover in the direction of . While pressing the mark, slide the cover in the direction of . If the battery compartment cover will not close easily, do not force it. Try pressing [OPEN] and the mark with both hands. If the camera is left for about 1 hour with the batteries removed, all the internal settings will revert to the factory default settings. The lens barrier is closed. The green lamp is off. The monitor is off. Battery insertion direction mark When using AA (R6) batteries When using lithium battery packs
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Loading the batteries 12 Getting started Selecting batteries or the optional AC adapter In addition to the batteries provided, this camera can use the following types of battery or AC adapter. You are recommended to choose the power source best suited to the situation. CR-V3 lithium battery pack (Not rechargeable) Since the CR-V3 lithium battery pack has a long service life, it is convenient when traveling. Do not peel off the label on a CR-V3 lithium battery pack. If an insulating sheet covers the terminals, peel it off only from the terminals. NiMH batteries (Rechargeable) Olympus NiMH batteries are rechargeable and economical. Their low-temperature resistance makes them a good choice for cold areas. AA (R6) alkaline batteries When you need batteries in a hurry, you can use AA (R6) alkaline batteries, which are easy to get anywhere. However, the number of pictures that you can store in the camera may vary considerably with AA batteries, depending on the battery manufacturer, camera shooting conditions, etc. Use this type of battery only when you have no other choices available. Turn off the monitor whenever possible to save power. AC adapter The optional Olympus AC adapter allows you to power your camera from a household electrical outlet. Use an AC adapter designed to operate on the AC voltage in the area the camera is being used. Consult your nearest Olympus dealer or service center for details. Electrical outlet AC adapter Camera
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Loading the batteries 13 Getting started • Manganese (zinc-carbon) batteries cannot be used. • If the batteries become exhausted, when the camera is connected to a PC for a long time while powered by the batteries and you are downloading images from the camera, the image data may be lost or damaged. You are therefore recommended to use the optional AC adapter. However, do not connect or disconnect the AC adapter while the camera is connected to the PC. • Do not remove or load the batteries or connect or disconnect the AC adapter while the camera is turned on. This may affect the camera's internal settings or functions. • The life of battery packs may vary according to the type of battery, manufacturer, camera shooting conditions, etc. • Power is consumed continuously during the conditions below. This could reduce the number of pictures that can be taken. • When the monitor is turned on. • When the monitor is in the playback mode for an extended period of time. • When the camera is connected to a PC.
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14 Getting started Inserting the card (SmartMedia) This reference manual uses the term “card” when referring to SmartMedia. The card is convenient, for example, when you are traveling and you want to take a lot of pictures. When the card is inserted, the pictures you have taken are stored on the card. When no card is inserted, the pictures are stored in the camera’s internal memory. Card basics Images recorded and stored on the card can easily be erased, overwritten, and/or edited on a PC. The following cards can be used: • Provided 8 MB standard card • Optional Olympus CAMEDIA-brand cards (4 MB - 128 MB) • Commercially available 3 V (3.3 V) cards (4 MB - 128 MB) c Contact area Comes into contact with the camera’s signal read contacts. d Write-protect area Attach the provided write-protect seal when you want to protect your data from accidental erasure or overwriting. e Index area Use the provided index label to indicate the card’s contents. • 2 MB cards cannot be used. • Commercially available 5 V cards cannot be used. • This camera may not recognize a non-Olympus card (such as a 3 V (3.3 V)), or a card that was formatted on another device (such as a PC, etc.). Before use, be sure to format the card on this camera. “Formatting (Card setup/Memory setup)” ( p.74) Handling precautions • Operating temperature: 0°C to 55°C (32°F to 131°F); Storing temperature: -20°C to 65°C (-4°F to 149°F); Humidity: up to 95% • Put the card into its anti-electrostatic case for storage or transportation. • Do not bend, drop, or apply any physical shock to the card. • Do not touch the contact area of the card. • Do not reuse the write-protect seal. • Read the provided SmartMedia instruction manual carefully. c d e
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Inserting the card (SmartMedia) 15 Getting started 1 Make sure that: 2 Open the card cover. 3 Insert the card as far as it will go in the direction shown in the illustration. There is an arrow inside the card cover, indicating the direction in which the card should be inserted. 4 Close the card cover securely until it clicks. The lens barrier is closed. The green lamp is off. The monitor is off. Card insertion direction mark
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Inserting the card (SmartMedia) 16 Getting started Removing the card Hold the card with your fingertips and pull it out in the direction of the arrow. Never open the card cover, or remove the card or the batteries while the camera is turned on. Doing so could destroy all data on the card. Destroyed data cannot be restored.
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17 Getting started Turning the power on/off When shooting pictures Power on: Open the lens barrier. The camera turns on in the shooting mode. Power off: Close the lens barrier. The camera turns off. When playing back pictures on the camera Power on: Press the (monitor) button with the lens barrier closed. The camera turns on in the playback mode (the monitor turns on). Power off: Press the (monitor) button. The camera turns off (the monitor turns off). • If you open the lens barrier without the card inside the camera, NO CARD appears on the monitor. In this case, you can record pictures in the camera's internal memory. • To save battery power, the camera automatically enters the sleep mode after about 3 minutes of non-operation. If the monitor is on, it will automatically turn off. The camera activates again as soon as you lightly press the shutter button or the button. Whenever possible, turn the camera off when you do not intend to take any pictures for a while. Power on Power off Power on Power off With the lens barrier closed
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Turning the power on/off 18 Getting started What to do if the CARD SETUP screen is displayed When the power is turned on, the camera checks the card automatically. If the card in the camera has to be formatted, the following screen appears. Note that all existing data stored on the card is erased when the card is formatted. To turn the camera off To format the card Press on the arrow pad to select POWER OFF, then press the (OK/Menu) button. The camera turns off. Press on the arrow pad to select FORMAT and press the (OK/Menu) button. Then select YES and press again to start formatting. Formatting starts. If the card was successfully formatted, the camera is ready to take pictures. POWER OFF FORMAt CARD SEtUP SELECt GO POWER OFF FORMAt CARD SEtUP SELECt GO YES NO CAUtION ERASING ALL SELECt GO FORMAt
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19 Getting started Setting the date and time 1 Open the lens barrier. 2 Press . The shooting mode top menu is displayed. 3 Press on the arrow pad to select MODE MENU. 4 Press to select the SETUP tab, then press . 5 Press to select , then press . MODE MENU DRIVE FUNCtION CAM PI C CARD SEtUP ALL RESEt REC VIEW CAM PI C CARD SEtUP ALL RESEt REC VIEW
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Setting the date and time 20 Getting started 6 Press to select one of the following date formats: Y-M-D (Year/Month/Day) M-D-Y (Month/Day/Year) D-M-Y (Day/Month/Year) Then press . The cursor moves to the next setting field. The following steps show the procedure when the Y-M-D format is selected. 7 Press to set the first field, then press to move to the next field. Press to move back to the previous setting field. 8 Repeat the above steps until the date and time are completely set. 9 Press . For a more accurate setting, press when the clock hits 00 seconds. The clock starts when you press . 10 Close the lens barrier. The camera turns off. If the camera is left for about 1 hour with the batteries removed, or if the battery power is exhausted, the date and time settings may be canceled or become incorrect. Before taking important pictures, check that the date and time settings are correct. The date and time can also be set by the same procedure in the playback mode. Y M D SELECt GO SEt SELECt GO SEt
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21 Getting started Using the menus and tabs When you turn on the camera and press the (OK/Menu) button, the top menu is displayed on the monitor. The functions of this camera are set from the menus. This chapter explains how the menus work, using the shooting mode screens. MODE MENU DRIVE FUNCtION CARD SEt PI C CAMERA MEtERING Shortcut Menus • Let you quickly access the most frequently used menu settings. • Display operational buttons at the bottom of the screen, and let you select items by pressing . Select each menu using the arrow pad. Press . SHQ 1600*1208 HQ 1600*1200 SQ1 1024*768 SQ2 640*480 CANCEL GO SELECt The top menu is displayed. Mode Menu • Lets you access the menu selections to set the metering, white balance, etc. • Categorizes the settings into 4 tabs. • Displays the CAMERA, PICTURE, CARD and SETUP tabs. Select the desired tab on the left of the screen by pressing . Tabs
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Using the menus and tabs 22 Getting started How to use the menus MODE MENU DRIVE FUNCtION CARD SEt PI C CAMERA MEtERING CARD SEt CAM PICtURE WB SEt CAM PI C CARD CARDSEtUP ALL RESEt REC VIEW 1Press to display the top menu, then press . 2Press to select a tab, then press to display the menu. Top menu CAMERA tab PICTURE tab CARD tab SETUP tab To return to select a tab, press .
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Using the menus and tabs 23 Getting started • Not all items can be selected depending on the status of the camera and the settings performed. For example, when the movie mode is selected, you cannot select SEPIA, BLACK&WHITE or in the EDIT tab category. • By pressing the shutter button to take a picture while the menu is displayed, you can take pictures with the currently selected settings. • If you want to save the settings after the camera is turned off, set All Reset to OFF. “Saving the settings (All Reset)” ( p.78) CARD SEt PI C CAMERA MEtERING CARD SEt PI C CAMERA MEtERING CARD SEt PI C CAMERA MEtERING ESP CARD SEt PI C CAMERA MEtERING ESP 3Press to select the desired item, then press to display the available setting selections. 4Press to select the setting. Setting is completed when the setting has been changed. The green frame moves to the selected item. To close the menu, press twice. or To return to select an item, press or .
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Using the menus and tabs 24 Getting started Shortcut menus Shooting mode DRIVE FUNCTION Lets you shoot one frame at a time (normal shooting). p.29 Lets you shoot pictures in succession. p.39 Lets you shoot movies. p.32 Lets you select the resolution and the quality of the image. Still picture : SHQ, HQ, SQ1, SQ2 Movie : HQ,SQ p.46 2 IN 1 Lets you combine two still pictures taken in succession into one picture. p.51 Self-Portrait mode: Lets you take a picture of yourself while holding the camera. p.53 PANORAMA Allows panorama pictures to be taken with Olympus CAMEDIA-brand SmartMedia cards. p.49 MODE MENU DRIVE FUNCtION MODE MENU DRIVE When the still picture shooting mode is selected When the movie recording mode is selected
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Using the menus and tabs 25 Getting started Playback mode MOVIE PLAYBACK INFO ERASE Displays all recorded pictures in slide-show fashion. p.58 Plays back a movie. p.59 Displays all the shooting information on the monitor. p.80 Erases a selected picture. p.61 MODE MENU INFO ERASE MODE MENU MOVIEPLAYBACK INFO ERASE When a still picture is played back When a movie is played back
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Using the menus and tabs 26 Getting started Mode menus Mode menu functions are categorized into 4 tabs. Use to select a tab and display the respective functions. Shooting mode If you display the mode menu without the card inside the camera, a MEMORY tab will be displayed instead of the CARD tab. CAMERA tab Adjusts the brightness of the image (Exposure compensation). p.40 METERING Selects the area of the image that will be used to determine exposure or image brightness from the two available settings: ESP or (spot metering). p.42 PICTURE tab WB Sets the appropriate white balance according to the light source. p.44 CARD tab CARD SETUP Formats a card. p.74 SETUP tab ALL RESET Selects whether to save the current camera settings when you turn off the power. p.78 Turns the beep sound (used for warnings, etc.) on and off. p.73 REC VIEW Selects whether to display pictures on the monitor while saving them. p.77 Adjusts the brightness of the monitor. p.81 Sets the date and time. p.19 CARD SEt PI C CAMERA MEtERING CAMERA tab PICTURE tab CARD tab SETUP tab
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Using the menus and tabs 27 Getting started Playback mode PLAY tab Protects pictures from accidental erasure. p.64 Rotates pictures 90 degrees clockwise or counter- clockwise. p.69 Stores printing information on the card required for DPOF printers. p.85 EDIT tab BLACK & WHITE Creates black and white pictures. p.66 SEPIA Creates sepia-toned pictures. p.67 Makes the file size smaller. p.68 INDEX Creates an index picture of a movie in 9 frames. p.71 CARD tab CARD SETUP Formats a card. Erases all image data stored on the card. p.74 p.62 BACKUP Copies images stored in the internal memory to the card. p.76 SETUP tab ALL RESET Selects whether to save the current camera settings when you turn off the power. p.78 Turns the beep sound (used for warnings, etc.) on and off. p.73 Selects the number of frames in the index display. p.57 Adjusts the brightness of the monitor. p.81 Sets the date and time. p.19 CARD SEt EDI t PLAY PLAY tab EDIT tab CARD tab SETUP tab
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28 Shooting basics Shooting basics Holding the camera Hold the camera firmly with both hands while keeping your elbows at your sides to prevent the camera from moving. When taking pictures in the vertical position, hold the camera so that the flash is at the top. Incorrect grip: Keep your fingers and the strap away from the lens and flash. Clear images cannot be obtained if the camera shakes as the shutter button is pressed. Hold the camera securely, and press the shutter button gently. 9 9 Horizontal grip Vertical grip
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29 Shooting basics Taking still pictures You can take still pictures using either the viewfinder or the monitor. Both methods are easy as all you have to do is to press the shutter button. The recorded picture will be stored on the card if you have inserted one, or in the internal memory if you have not inserted a card. Taking still pictures using the viewfinder 1 Open the lens barrier. Slide the lens barrier open until it clicks. 2 Position the target mark over the subject in the viewfinder. When the distance from the camera to the subject is less than 60 cm/2 ft, select the macro mode. “Taking close-up pictures (Macro mode)” ( p.37) 3 Press the shutter button gently (halfway). The green lamp on the right of the viewfinder lights up. The exposure is locked as long as the shutter button is kept pressed halfway. 4 Press the shutter button all the way (fully). The camera takes the picture. Green lamp Target mark
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Taking still pictures 30 Shooting basics Taking still pictures using the monitor 1 Open the lens barrier. 2 Press . The monitor turns on. “Monitor indications” ( p.8) 3 Determine the image composition while observing your subject on the monitor. 4 Take the picture by following the same procedure as for shooting using the viewfinder. Press the shutter button all the way (fully) to take the picture. “Taking still pictures using the viewfinder” ( p.29) When you want to take pictures with the monitor off, press again. • While the green lamp is blinking after the shutter button is pressed halfway, the flash is charging. While the green lamp is blinking after shooting, the picture you just took is being stored. Wait until the lamp goes off to take another picture (approx. 2 to 40 seconds). • If the memory gauge is fully lit, you cannot take any pictures. Wait a few seconds until the memory gauge goes off to take another picture. “Memory gauge” ( p.9) • The monitor is used for checking the image composition. Camera shake, the correct focus and exposure condition of the recorded picture should be checked by the close-up playback. “Close-up playback” ( p.55)
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Taking still pictures 31 Shooting basics Comparison of the viewfinder and monitor • Press the shutter button gently using the ball of your finger. If it is pressed hard, the camera may move and pictures may come out blurred. • Never open the card cover, remove the batteries or disconnect the AC adapter while the green lamp is blinking. Doing so could destroy stored pictures and prevent storage of pictures you have just taken. Viewfinder Monitor Advantages Camera shake does not occur easily and subjects can be seen clearly even in bright places. Little battery power is used. You can check the picture area that the camera actually records more accurately. Disadvantages When close to a subject, the image in the viewfinder is a little different from the picture that the camera actually records. Camera shake can occur easily and subjects may be difficult to see in bright/dark places. The monitor uses more battery power than the viewfinder. Tips Use the viewfinder for general snapshots (landscape pictures, casual shots, etc.) or when taking several pictures in a row (approx. 60 cm/2 ft - ). Use the monitor when you need to know the exact area the camera records, or when you want to shoot a close subject such as a close-up portrait or flower (approx. 25 - 60 cm/0.8 ft - 2 ft). • The camera records a wider area than the image in the viewfinder. • As you get closer to the subject, the actual image recorded becomes lower than the one in the viewfinder (see left). ∞
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32 Shooting basics Recording movies You can record movies with this camera. Recorded movies can be played back or stored separately as still pictures using the index function. “Creating an index” ( p.71) 1 Display the top menu in the shooting mode. 2 Press to select DRIVE. 3 Press to select , then press . Movie recording is set and the menu is closed. The total recordable time and the mark are displayed on the monitor. 4 Record the movie while observing your subject on the monitor. Press the shutter button fully to start recording and the number of seconds remaining for one record is displayed. Press the shutter button fully again to stop recording. z To cancel movie mode Press . The monitor turns off and the movie mode is canceled. • The movie mode is canceled when the lens barrier is closed. “Saving the settings (All Reset)” ( p.78) • During movie recording, the flash is disabled. • It takes longer to store movies than still pictures. • The seconds remaining varies depending on the record mode, whether the movie is stored on the card or in the internal memory, and the amount of space available on the card or in the internal memory. “Selecting the image quality and size (Record mode)” ( p.46) • You cannot record movies with sound. Open the lens barrier. Press . DRIVE CANCEL GO SELECt Seconds remaining
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33 Shooting basics Using the flash In the auto-flash mode (factory default setting), the flash is designed to fire automatically when shooting under low light or against strong backlight, but you can change the flash mode to suit different shooting situations. Select the flash mode best suited to the light conditions and the effect you want to achieve. 1 Open the lens barrier. The camera turns on in the shooting mode. 2 Press . The current flash setting is displayed. 3 Press while the current flash setting is displayed. Each time you press , the flash mode is switched in the following sequence: AUTO - - - - - . 4 Take the picture. • The flash working range is approximately 2.5 m/8.2 ft. • The camera returns to the auto-flash mode (factory default setting) when the lens barrier is closed. “Saving the settings (All Reset)” ( p.78) • While the green lamp is blinking, the flash is charging and shooting is not possible. Wait until the lamp goes off, then retry shooting. • If you use the flash when shooting at a close distance, shadows may be conspicuous and the correct exposure may not be achieved. • In sequential shooting, panorama or movie mode, the flash is disabled. AUtO
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Using the flash 34 Shooting basics Auto-flash (No indication) The flash fires automatically in low light or backlight conditions. To shoot a subject with backlight, position the target mark over the subject in the viewfinder. Red-eye reduction flash ( ) The light from the flash may make the subject’s eyes appear red in pictures. The red-eye reduction flash mode reduces this phenomenon by emitting pre- flashes before firing the regular flash. This helps accustom the subject’s eyes to the bright light and minimizes the red-eye phenomenon. Fill-in flash ( ) The flash always fires every time the shutter button is released. This mode is suitable when you need minimize shadows around the subject (such as the shade of tree leaves on the subject’s face), in backlight conditions, or under artificial light such as a fluorescent lamp. • After the pre-flashes, it takes about 1 second before the shutter is released, so do not move the camera and hold it firmly. • Effectiveness may be limited if the subject is not looking directly at the pre-flashes, or if the shooting range is too far. Individual physical characteristics may also limit effectiveness. The fill-in flash may not have the desired effect under excessively bright light. The subject’s eyes appear red.
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Using the flash 35 Shooting basics Flash off ( ) The flash does not fire even in low light conditions. Use this mode in situations where flash photography is not desired or is prohibited, or when you want to shoot a natural-looking twilight or night scene. Night scene ( ) Use this mode when shooting a subject against a night background. In this mode, the flash is designed for slow shutter speeds, enabling the flash to brighten the subject and the slow shutter speed to shoot the background, ensuring both are exposed. Night scene with red-eye reduction ( ) Use this mode when shooting a portrait against a night background to reduce the red-eye phenomenon. In this mode, pre-flashes are emitted to counter the red-eye phenomenon. Since a slow shutter speed is automatically selected in low light situations when the flash off, night scene or night scene with red-eye reduction flash mode is set, the use of a tripod is recommended to prevent your pictures from being blurred by camera shake. The green lamp blinks in low light conditions to warn of camera shake, but you can take pictures. Note that a moving subject will be blurred.
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36 Shooting basics Zooming in on a subject (Digital zoom) The maximum possible magnification is 5x. 1 Open the lens barrier. The camera turns on in the shooting mode. 2 Press . The monitor turns on automatically. 3 Press while observing your subject on the monitor. 4 Take the picture while observing your subject on the monitor. Record mode and zoom magnification When the record mode is set to SHQ, HQ or SQ1: 1x - 2.5x When the record mode is set to SQ2: 1x - 5x • Pressing turns off the monitor and cancels the digital zoom. • Pictures taken with the digital zoom may appear grainy. The bar moves on the zoom indicator according to the zoom magnification.
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37 Shooting basics Taking close-up pictures (Macro mode) The macro mode allows you to shoot a subject at a distance of 25 - 60 cm/0.8 - 2 ft. You can also use the macro mode to shoot a subject at a distance of more than 60 cm/2 ft. This camera uses a smaller lens aperture in this mode, making it useful for taking pictures in bright surroundings, such as snow- covered mountains in bright sunshine. 1 Open the lens barrier. The camera turns on in the shooting mode. 2 Slide the macro lever on the front of the camera in the direction of the arrow. To cancel the macro mode, slide the lever back to its original position. 3 Press . The monitor turns on. 4 Take the picture while observing your subject on the monitor. The macro mode is canceled when the lens barrier is closed. • Be sure to slide the macro lever all the way. • In the macro mode, keep a minimum distance of 25 cm/0.8 ft. between the camera and the subject. When the camera is too close to the subject, the shutter will release but the subject will not be in focus. • If you use the flash in macro shooting, shadows may be conspicuous and the correct exposure may not be achieved.
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38 Advanced shooting Advanced shooting Using the self-timer This function is useful for taking pictures with yourself included in the photograph. Fix the camera securely on a tripod for self-timer shooting. 1 Open the lens barrier. The camera turns on in the shooting mode. 2 Press . The monitor turns on and the current self- timer setting is displayed. 3 Press while the current self-timer setting is displayed. The setting changes between ON and OFF each time is pressed. 4 Press the shutter button fully. The self-timer lamp lights up for approximately 10 seconds, then starts blinking. After blinking for 2 seconds with beep sound, the picture is taken. • The self-timer mode is canceled automatically after taking one picture or when the lens barrier is closed even if All Reset is set to OFF. • To cancel the self-timer shooting after the shutter button has been pressed, press . • During the self-timer shooting, the sequential shooting and the movie mode are disabled. ON Self-timer lamp
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39 Advanced shooting Shooting pictures sequentially (Sequential shooting) This function allows you to take a rapid succession of still pictures by pressing and holding the shutter button (over 8 pictures at 1.5 frames per second in HQ mode). As you can choose the best picture from a series of sequential shots, you are recommended to use this mode when taking a moving subject. You can also erase the unwanted shots afterwards. “Single-frame erase” ( p.61) 1 Display the top menu in the shooting mode. • Open the lens barrier. • Press . 2 Press to select DRIVE. 3 Press to select , then press . Sequential shooting is set and the menu is closed. 4 Take the pictures. Press the shutter button fully and keep it pressed. The camera will take pictures in sequence until you release the button. • The sequential shooting mode is canceled when the lens barrier is closed. “Saving the settings (All Reset)” ( p.78) • During sequential shooting, the flash is disabled. • Since the shutter speed is set to 1/30 sec. max., exposure is decreased when shooting a dark subject to prevent camera shake. • The number of pictures that can be shot in succession and the sequential shooting speed vary depending on the subject, the record mode, whether the pictures are stored on the card or in the internal memory, and the amount of space available on the card or in the internal memory. It takes longer than usual to store pictures after sequential shooting. DRIVE CANCEL GO SELECt
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40 Advanced shooting Varying the image brightness (Exposure compensation) This function allows you to make fine changes to the automatic exposure setting. In some situations, you may get better results when the exposure that the camera sets is compensated (adjusted) manually. You can adjust the brightness in the range of ±2.0 in 0.5 steps. Often white subjects (such as snow) will turn out darker than their natural colors. Adjusting towards [+] makes these subjects closer to their real shades. For the same reason, adjust towards [-] when shooting black subjects. 1 Display the top menu in the shooting mode. • Open the lens barrier. • Press . 2 Press to select MODE MENU. 3 Press to select the CAMERA tab, then press . 4 Press to select , then press . −2.0 ±0 +2.0 CARD SEt PI C CAMERA MEtERING CARD SEt PI C CAMERA MEtERING
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Varying the image brightness (Exposure compensation) 41 Advanced shooting 5 Press to select the exposure compensation value. Select a [+] value to brighten the image or a [-] value to darken the image. The exposure compensation value is set. To close the menu, press twice. 6 Take the picture. • The exposure compensation value returns to ±0 (factory default setting) when the lens barrier is closed. “Saving the settings (All Reset)” ( p.78) • When you adjust the exposure while observing the subject on the monitor, the brightness of the image displayed also changes. However, the variation may be less noticeable when the subject is dark. In this case, play back the recorded picture to confirm that the exposure is satisfactory. • If the flash is used, the image brightness (exposure) may differ from the intended brightness (exposure). • Exposure compensation cannot correct the image if the surroundings of the subject are extremely bright or dark. CARD SEt PI C CAMERA MEtERING +1.5
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42 Advanced shooting Selecting the metering area (Spot metering) In a backlight situation, your subject may appear dark if the picture is taken with the normal metering value (Digital ESP metering). In this case, by changing the metering area to the center of the viewfinder (Spot metering), a subject can be shot with optimal exposure regardless of the background light. 1 Display the top menu in the shooting mode. • Open the lens barrier. • Press . 2 Press to select MODE MENU. 3 Press to select the CAMERA tab and press . 4 Press to select METERING, then press . Metering settings ESP (Digital ESP) : Meters the center of the viewfinder and the area around it separately to obtain the optimum exposure. (No indication is displayed on the monitor.) (Spot metering) : Meters only the center of the viewfinder to obtain the appropriate exposure for the subject. CARD SEt PI C CAMERA MEtERING CARD SEt PI C CAMERA MEtERING
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Selecting the metering area (Spot metering) 43 Advanced shooting 5 Press to select . Spot metering is set. To close the menu, press twice. 6 Take the picture while positioning the target mark on your subject in the viewfinder. The camera returns to ESP (factory default setting) when the lens barrier is closed. “Saving the settings (All Reset)” ( p.78) CARD SEt PI C CAMERA MEtERING ESP
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44 Advanced shooting Adjusting the color tone (White balance) Color reproduction differs depending on the lighting conditions. For instance, when daylight, the setting sun or tungsten lighting are reflected on white paper, the shade of white produced will be slightly different for each. By setting the WB (white balance), you can achieve more natural-looking colors. 1 Display the top menu in the shooting mode. • Open the lens barrier. • Press . 2 Press to select MODE MENU. 3 Press to select the PICTURE tab, then press . 4 Press . White balance settings AUTO : The white balance is adjusted automatically so that colors look natural (No indication is displayed on the monitor.) (Sunlight) : For natural colors under a clear sky. (Overcast) : For natural colors under a cloudy sky. (Tungsten) : For natural colors under tungsten lighting. (Fluorescent) : For natural colors under fluorescent lighting. CARD SEt CAM PICtURE WB CARD SEt CAM PICtURE WB
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Adjusting the color tone (White balance) 45 Advanced shooting 5 Press to select one of the white balance modes: AUTO, , , or . The white balance is set. To close the menu, press twice. 6 Take the picture. • The white balance setting returns to AUTO (factory default setting) when the lens barrier is closed. “Saving the settings (All Reset)” ( p.78) • If you want a color tone that resembles what you see under tungsten lighting, set the white balance mode to . • White balance may not be effective under some special light sources. • After setting a white balance mode other than AUTO, play back the picture and check the colors on the monitor. • When the flash is fired with a white balance setting other than AUTO, colors may appear different in the resulting picture from the colors you see on the monitor. CARD SEt CAM PICtURE WB AUtO
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46 Advanced shooting Selecting the image quality and size (Record mode) Choose the best record mode for your purposes (printing, editing on a computer, website editing, etc.). Still picture record modes Record mode Description Resolution (No. of pixels) Quality File size SHQ (Super High Quality) •Use this mode when you want to print out an image with high quality or on large paper such as A4 (8.3" × 11.7"/21 cm × 29.7 cm), or you want to process images on a PC. •The image quality is higher, but the number of storable images is fewer. It takes longer to store the images. 1600 × 1208 pixels* Clearer Larger HQ (High Quality) •Use this mode when you want to edit images on a PC or print them out on postcard size paper. •This mode is the factory default setting. 1600 × 1200 pixels* SQ (Standard Quality) •Use this mode when you want to attach images to e-mail or simply view them on a PC. •This is the standard quality mode, and the number of storable images is increased. 1024× 768 pixels* in SQ1 mode 640 × 480 pixels* in SQ2 mode Normal Smaller
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Selecting the image quality and size (Record mode) 47 Advanced shooting 1 Display the top menu in the shooting mode. • Open the lens barrier. • Press . 2 Press to select . 3 Press to select one of the record modes, then press . The record modes for still pictures are SHQ, HQ, SQ1 and SQ2; and for movies are HQ and SQ. The record mode is set and the menu is closed. 4 Take the picture. Movie record modes Record mode Description Resolution (No. of pixels) Quality File size HQ (High Quality) You can record continuously for 15 seconds at a time. 320 × 240 pixels* Clearer Larger SQ (Standard Quality) You can record continuously for 60 seconds at a time. 160 × 120 pixels* Normal Smaller * Pixels are the unit used to express the resolution. “Relation between the record mode and the resolution” ( p.48) • The record mode setting returns to HQ (factory default setting) when the lens barrier is closed. “Saving the settings (All Reset)” ( p.78) • Even if you change the movie record mode, the still picture record mode remains the same. SHQ 1600*1208 HQ 1600*1200 SQ1 1024*768 SQ2 640*480 CANCEL GO SELECt Still picture record modes
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Selecting the image quality and size (Record mode) 48 Advanced shooting Relation between the record mode and the resolution Resolution The number of pixels (horizontal × vertical) used when saving an image. If the image will be printed, higher resolutions (larger numbers) are recommended so that the image will be clearer. However, higher resolutions make the file size (amount of data) larger, so the number of pictures that can be saved will be fewer. Resolution and picture size on a computer screen When a picture is transferred to a computer, the size of the picture on the computer screen varies depending on the computer’s monitor setting. For instance, a picture taken in 1024 × 768 resolution is the same size as the screen if you set the picture to 1× when the monitor setting is 1024 × 768. However, if the monitor setting is over 1024 × 768 (such as 1280 × 1024), the picture only takes up part of the screen. Numbers of pictures you can shoot The table below shows the approximate number of storable pictures. No. of still pictures SHQ HQ SQ1 SQ2 Internal memory 0 2 3 5 8 MB 5 16 29 47 16 MB 11 32 58 90 32 MB 23 64 117 180 64 MB 46 128 234 362 128 MB 92 257 469 725
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49 Advanced shooting Panorama shooting You can take advantage of panorama shooting with the provided Olympus CAMEDIA-brand SmartMedia card. (Non-Olympus cards do not support this feature.) Panorama shooting lets you connect pictures with overlapping edges into a single panoramic picture, using the provided CAMEDIA Master software. Make sure to insert the card before shooting in panorama mode. 1 Display the top menu in the shooting mode. • Open the lens barrier. • Press . 2 Press to select FUNCTION. 3 Press to select PANORAMA, then press . The panorama mode is set and the monitor turns on automatically. 4 Press the arrow pad to select the direction that you want to connect pictures. : Connects the pictures from left to right. : Connects the pictures from right to left. : Connects the pictures from bottom to top. : Connects the pictures from top to bottom. PANORAMA FUNCtION 2 IN 1 GO SELECt CANCEL Connects a series of pictures from left to right.

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