Olympus Camedia C-5500 Zoom manual

User manual for the Olympus Camedia C-5500 Zoom in English. This PDF manual has 199 pages.

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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. In the interest of continually improving products, Olympus reserves the right to update or modify information contained in this manual. DIGITAL CAMERA Advanced Manual C-5500 ZOOM C-55 ZOOM Detailed explanations of all the functions for getting the most out of your camera. Online Pictures Basic Operation Basic Shooting Advanced Shooting Playing Back Printing Camera Settings d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 1 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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2 Navigation How to use the camera Using a card... Pictures taken with this camera are stored on an xD-Picture Card. By storing the relevant print reservation data with the images on the card, you can print pictures at a print shop or on a PictBridge-compatible printer. Using a computer... Using the OLYMPUS Master software on your computer lets you enjoy editing, viewing, and printing the pictures downloaded from your camera. Using a printer... With a PictBridge-compatible printer, you can print pictures directly from your camera. Using a TV... You can use a TV to view pictures or playback movies from your camera. d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 2 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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3 Using the direct buttons... Direct buttons let you perform functions such as erasing or protecting pictures or setting the flash mode, making camera operation easy. Using the arrow pad and N button... The arrow pad and N button are for selecting and setting menu options as well as viewing pictures frame by frame. 02 01 GO OK SET SELECT PICTURES INTERVAL TIMELAPSE : : ± 0 WB SHARPNESS SATURATION PICTURE CARD SET CAM AE/AF AF:SPOT ESP AE:ESP MULTI METERING iESP SPOT AREA SELECT GO OK Using the menus... Shooting and playback-related functions are set from the menus displayed on the monitor. Using the mode dial... Use the mode dial to select a shooting or playback mode. f lets you select the optimum settings for the shooting conditions from 10 different situations. d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 3 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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4 How to use this manual (Indications used in this manual A sample page is shown below to explain how to read the instructions in this manual. Look at it carefully before taking or viewing pictures. See the reference pages for further details on how to use the buttons or menus. (Basic and Advanced Manuals The instruction manual accompanying this camera is divided into two parts: the Basic Manual and the Advanced Manual (this document). Basic Manual This manual helps you get used to the camera. It gives you easy-to- follow explanations on how to take pictures and view them. Advanced Manual This manual introduces you to the camera’s many functions after you have mastered the basics. It will help you to use the camera’s capabilities to take much more creative pictures, with more fun! Set the mode dial to one of these symbols. g “Mode dial” (P.12) Note Important information on factors which may lead to a malfunction or operational problems. Also warns of operations that should be absolutely avoided. TIPS Useful information and hints that will help you get the most out of your camera. g Reference pages describing details or associated information. Available languages vary depending on the area where you purchased this camera. g“Selecting a language” (P.108) This sample page is only for your reference. It may differ from the actual page in this manual. Select the menus in the order indicated by. g“Menus” (P.16) d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 4 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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5 Composition of the manual The title page of each chapter gives a short description of the contents. Be sure to check it out. Basic operation Tips before you start taking pictures Basic shooting functions Advanced shooting functions More useful functions Playback Settings Printing pictures Connecting the camera to a computer Appendix Miscellaneous Troubleshooting For when you want to know the names of parts, see a list of menus, or find what you are looking for. Read this part before using the camera. Explanation of techniques from basics to advanced, giving you an understanding of all the functions related to taking pictures. To view, edit and sort the pictures you have taken. Settings to make your camera easier to use. To print the pictures you have taken. To enjoy the pictures you have taken on a computer. To use OLYMPUS Master. P.11 P.21 P.31 P.45 P.71 P.83 P.105 P.123 P.141 P.157 P.179 A quick guide to the camera’s capabilities. Table of Contents P.6 How to use the camera P.2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 5 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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6 Table of Contents How to use this manual....................................................................... 4 Composition of the manual ................................................................. 5 1 Basic operation - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -11 Mode dial........................................................................................... 12 Direct buttons.................................................................................... 13 Using the direct buttons in shooting mode.................................. 13 Using the direct buttons in playback mode ................................. 15 Menus ............................................................................................... 16 About the menus......................................................................... 16 How to use the menus ................................................................ 19 2 Tips before you start taking pictures - - - - - -21 Holding the camera........................................................................... 22 Turning the monitor on/off................................................................. 23 If correct focus cannot be obtained................................................... 24 How to focus (focus lock)............................................................ 24 Subjects that are difficult to focus on .......................................... 25 Record mode K ............................................................................. 26 Still picture record modes............................................................ 26 Movie record modes.................................................................... 27 Card capacity in number of pictures/remaining recording time... 28 To change the record mode........................................................ 30 3 Basic shooting functions- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -31 Selecting a shooting mode according to the situation....................... 32 Zooming in on a distant subject ........................................................ 35 Using the optical zoom................................................................ 35 Using the digital zoom................................................................. 36 Taking close-up pictures (macro/super macro mode) &% ............ 37 Flash shooting # ............................................................................. 39 Flash intensity control w .......................................................... 43 Slow synchronization L ................................................... 44 4 Advanced shooting functions - - - - - - - - - - -45 Aperture priority shooting A ............................................................ 46 Shutter priority shooting S ............................................................... 47 Manual shooting M .......................................................................... 48 My Mode r .................................................................................... 49 d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 6 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Table of Contents 7 Focusing applications........................................................................ 49 AF mode...................................................................................... 49 Fulltime AF.................................................................................. 50 AF area ....................................................................................... 50 AF illuminator .............................................................................. 51 Manual focus M ....................................................................... 52 Metering ............................................................................................ 54 ESP/Spot metering Kn ...................................................... 54 Multi-metering ............................................................................. 54 AE lock B ..................................................................................... 56 ISO sensitivity ................................................................................... 58 Exposure compensation F .............................................................. 59 White balance WB ........................................................................... 60 Auto white balance...................................................................... 60 Preset white balance................................................................... 61 One-touch white balance V ..................................................... 62 White balance compensation > ............................................ 63 Sharpness N ................................................................................... 64 Contrast J ....................................................................................... 65 Saturation 6 ................................................................................... 65 Noise reduction O ......................................................................... 66 Histogram u ................................................................................... 67 Displaying shooting information INFO .............................................. 69 Frame assist...................................................................................... 70 5 More useful functions - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -71 Recording movies n ....................................................................... 72 Camera movement compensation h ...................................... 73 Sequential shooting j 7 .......................................................... 74 Sequential shooting j ............................................................. 74 Auto bracketing 7 ................................................................. 75 Time lapse shooting L .................................................................... 76 Self-timer shooting Y ...................................................................... 77 Function shooting (black & white/sepia)............................................ 78 Panorama shooting........................................................................... 79 Recording sound with still pictures R ............................................... 81 Recording sound with movies R ...................................................... 82 6 Playback - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -83 Single-frame playback q ................................................................ 84 d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 7 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Table of Contents 8 Close-up playback U ...................................................................... 84 Index display G .............................................................................. 85 Selecting the number of pictures G ......................................... 86 Calendar display G ........................................................................ 86 Slideshow m .................................................................................. 88 Slideshow setup m .................................................................. 88 Picture rotation y ............................................................................ 89 Playing back movies q .................................................................. 90 Editing still pictures ........................................................................... 91 Resizing Q .............................................................................. 91 Trimming P .............................................................................. 92 Red-eye correction...................................................................... 93 Recording sound R .......................................................................... 94 Editing movies................................................................................... 95 Creating an index........................................................................ 95 Editing a movie............................................................................ 96 Playback on a TV.............................................................................. 98 Video output selection................................................................. 99 Information display INFO ............................................................... 100 Histogram u ................................................................................. 101 Protecting pictures 0 .................................................................. 102 Erasing pictures SR ................................................................... 102 Single-frame erase S .............................................................. 103 All-frame erase R .................................................................. 103 Formatting I ................................................................................. 104 7 Settings- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 105 All reset ........................................................................................... 106 Selecting a language W ........................................................... 108 Power on/Power off setup............................................................... 108 Rec view.......................................................................................... 109 Screen setup................................................................................... 110 Playback volume............................................................................. 111 Beep 8 ......................................................................................... 111 Button operation beep..................................................................... 112 Shutter sound.................................................................................. 112 My Mode setup r ........................................................................ 113 File name ........................................................................................ 116 Pixel mapping.................................................................................. 117 Monitor brightness adjustment s ................................................ 117 d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 8 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Table of Contents 9 Setting the date and time X ........................................................ 118 Measurement units (m/ft) m/ft ........................................................ 119 Shortcut........................................................................................... 120 Setting the shortcut menus ....................................................... 121 Using the shortcut menus ......................................................... 121 8 Printing pictures - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -123 Direct printing (PictBridge) .............................................................. 124 Using the direct printing function............................................... 124 Connecting the camera to a printer........................................... 125 Printing pictures ........................................................................ 126 Easy printing ............................................................................. 126 Printing by selecting a print mode ............................................. 128 Trimming P ............................................................................ 131 Exiting direct printing................................................................. 132 If an error code is displayed...................................................... 133 Print settings (DPOF) < ................................................................ 134 How to make print reservations................................................. 134 All-frame reservation/Single-frame reservation U < ............. 135 Trimming P ............................................................................ 138 Resetting print reservation data < .......................................... 139 9 Connecting the camera to a computer - - - -141 Flow................................................................................................. 142 Using OLYMPUS Master ................................................................ 143 What is OLYMPUS Master?...................................................... 143 Installing OLYMPUS Master ..................................................... 144 Connecting the camera to a computer............................................ 147 Starting up OLYMPUS Master ........................................................ 149 Displaying camera images on a computer...................................... 151 Downloading and saving images .............................................. 151 Viewing still pictures and movies .................................................... 153 Printing pictures .............................................................................. 154 To download and save images to a computer without using OLYMPUS Master..................................................................... 156 10 Appendix - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -157 Troubleshooting .............................................................................. 158 Error codes................................................................................ 158 Troubleshooting ........................................................................ 159 d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 9 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Table of Contents 10 Camera care ................................................................................... 166 AC adapter (optional)...................................................................... 167 Safety Precautions.......................................................................... 168 Handling the Camera ................................................................ 168 Battery handling precautions..................................................... 171 Card handling precautions ........................................................ 174 LCD Monitor.............................................................................. 175 Glossary of terms............................................................................ 176 11 Miscellaneous - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 179 Menu list.......................................................................................... 180 List of factory default settings.......................................................... 186 Modes and shooting functions ........................................................ 189 Names of parts................................................................................ 191 Camera ..................................................................................... 191 Monitor indications .................................................................... 193 Index ............................................................................................... 196 d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 10 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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11 1 Basic operation Basic operation Don’t you sometimes feel that advanced shooting and editing functions are only for professional photographers? With their experience and skill, they can make all kinds of fine adjustments to achieve a variety of effects. Now you too can achieve such effects simply by pressing the buttons on your digital camera. You can use the advanced functions available on your camera by setting the menu items to adjust the amount of light passing through aperture or alter the focusing range. Just display a menu on the monitor and use the buttons to choose a setting. Familiarize yourself with the buttons and menus before reading the explanations of the various functions. 1                               0 00: 0:36 36 00:36 Sequential shooting Movies BLUE RED BLUE RED SELECT SELECT GO GO OK OK CANCEL CANCEL GO OK CANCEL SELECT MONITOR OFF MODE MENU HQ HQ d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 11 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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12 1 Basic operation Mode dial This camera features a mode dial for selecting the camera’s mode. The modes are divided into shooting and playback modes, with shooting mode divided into 8 modes. Select the mode you want, then press the POWER switch to turn the camera on. (About the mode dial Shooting modes h There is no need to use special functions or change any settings. The camera automatically adjusts all settings including focus and exposure for you. P The camera automatically sets the aperture value and shutter speed. A This function allows you to set the aperture manually. The camera sets the shutter speed automatically. gP.46 S This function allows you to set the shutter speed manually. The camera sets the aperture automatically. gP.47 M This function allows you to set the aperture and shutter speed manually. gP.48 r This function allows you to set your own shooting parameters and register them as your original mode. gP.49 f This function allows you to select from 10 situation-related modes set to the shooting conditions. gP.32 n This function allows you to record movies with sound. gP.72 Playback mode q This function allows you to view still pictures and movies, as well as playback sound. gP.84, 90 TIPS • The direct button functions and menu contents vary depending on the position of the mode dial. g “Direct buttons” (P.13), “Menus” (P.16), “Menu list” (P.180) • You can change the mode before and after turning the camera on. Shooting modes Set the mode dial to one of these positions to take pictures or movies. Playback mode Set the mode dial to this position to view pictures or movies. d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 12 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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13 Basic operation 1 Direct buttons The direct buttons have different functions in shooting mode and in playback mode. Using the direct buttons in shooting mode c QUICK VIEW button Pressing the QUICK VIEW button displays the last picture taken on the monitor. All the functions in normal playback mode are available. g“6 Playback” (P.83) To return to shooting mode for taking the next picture, press the QUICK VIEW button or press the shutter button halfway. d [ (AE lock) button The exposure (AE) lock function is alternately activated and canceled each time you press the button. g“AE lock” (P.56) g e d c f F2.8 F2.8 1/1000 1/1000 0.0 0.0 2592 1944 2592 1944 HQ HQ P 30 30 30 AE lock screen d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 13 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Direct buttons 14 1 Basic operation e # (flash mode) button Press the # (flash mode) button repeatedly to change the setting. The setting changes in the following order with each press of the button. g“Flash shooting” (P.39) f & (Macro) button Press the & (macro) button repeatedly to change the macro settings. The setting changes in the following order with each press of the button. g“Taking close-up pictures (macro/super macro mode)” (P.37) g N button The focus mode is alternately selected. Holding down N for more than 1 second displays the following screen. Press bd to alternately select AF (Auto focus) and MF (Manual focus). g“Manual focus” (P.52) 1/1000 1/1000 F2.8 F2.8 AUTO 0.0 0.0 2592 1944 2592 1944 HQ HQ 30 30 30 AUTO (Auto-flash) $ (Flash off) ! (red-eye reduction flash) #SLOW (Slow synchronization) # (fill-in flash) 1/1000 1/1000 F2.8 F2.8 0.0 0.0 2592 1944 2592 1944 HQ HQ 30 30 30 OFF % (Super macro) & (Macro) F2.8 F2.8 1/1000 1/1000 P 0.0 0.0 30 30 30 2.5m 2.5m 1.2m 1.2m 0.6m 0.6m Currently, AF (Auto focus) is set. Press b to switch to MF (Manual focus). d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 14 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Direct buttons 15 Basic operation 1 Basic operation Using the direct buttons in playback mode c y (Rotation) button Pressing the y (Rotation) button after selecting a still picture rotates it. Each pressing rotates the image in the following sequence: 90° clockwise, 90° counterclockwise, and back to the original. g“Picture rotation” (P.89) d 0 (Protect) button Pressing the 0 (Protect) button after selecting a picture sets the protect function. g“Protecting pictures” (P.102) e S (Erase) button Pressing the S (Erase) button after selecting a picture displays the screen below. Follow the operation guide at the bottom of the screen to erase the picture. g“Erasing pictures” (P.102) e d c ’05 05.02 02.16 15 16 15:30 30 30 30 100 100-0030 0030 HQ HQ ’05 05.02 02.16 15 16 15:30 30 30 30 100 100-0030 0030 HQ HQ ’05 05.02 02.16 15 16 15:30 30 30 30 100 100-0030 0030 HQ HQ YES NO SELECT SELECT GO GO OK OK SELECT GO OK ERASE Operation guide d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 15 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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16 1 Basic operation Menus Menus are used to set functions. Press N to display the menu on the monitor. The menu items that can be used differ depending on the mode. Top menus (Shooting modes About the menus Mode menus MONITOR OFF MODE MENU You can select menu items that are normally accessed from the mode menu. There are shortcut menus that allow you to select on/off. The settings are categorized into tabs by function. The mode menu is not displayed in h mode. Top menu Shortcut menus Menus are divided into shortcut menus and mode menus. r1/2/3/4 MONITOR OFF MODE MENU MONITOR OFF MODE MENU r mode P A S M mode (Factory default setting) MONITOR OFF MODE MENU ∗ gP.23 gP.26 f mode MONITOR OFF SETUP h mode gP.77 gP.23 gP.26 gP.23 gP.26 gP.23 gP.26 gP.49 gP.32 d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 16 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Menus 17 Basic operation 1 Basic operation (Playback mode (q mode) Setup (Shooting modes (h) In h mode, the SETUP screen allows you to format the memory card and perform basic settings for ease of use. ∗ You can change the shortcut menus in P/A/S/M modes. The functions assigned to the shortcut menus can also be set from the mode menu. g“Shortcut” (P.120) MONITOR OFF MODE MENU gP.73 gP.23 gP.26 n mode MODE MENU INFO MOVIE PLAY Movie Still picture u m MODE MENU INFO gP.88 gP.101 gP.100 gP.100 gP.90 SETUP FORMAT ALL RESET W s ON ENGLISH SETUP GO OK SELECT d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 17 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Menus 18 1 Basic operation Mode menus (Shooting modes (P A S M r f) (Playback mode (q mode) CAMERA tab For setting shooting-related functions. PICTURE tab For setting picture-related functions, such as white balance. CARD tab For formatting the memory card. SETUP tab For setting basic camera functions and functions for easy use of the camera. PLAY tab For recording sound and reserving for printing. EDIT tab For editing saved pictures. CARD tab For formatting cards and erasing all image data. SETUP tab For setting basic camera functions and functions for easy use of the camera. TIPS • In n mode, the mode menu differs in shooting mode and in playback mode. For details, see “Menu list” (P.180). • For details of mode menu items in setup and mode menu, see “Menu list” (P.180). DRIVE AE/AF ISO PIC CARD SET CAMERA AUTO OFF 0.0 CAMERA tab PICTURE tab CARD tab SETUP tab EDIT CARD SET PLAY PLAY tab EDIT tab CARD tab SETUP tab d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 18 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Menus 19 Basic operation 1 Basic operation Use the arrow pad and N to select and set the menu items. Follow the operation guide on the screen and use the arrow pad to set the items. How to use the menus is shown below. Ex: Setting [7] (Auto bracketing) 1 Set the mode dial to either P, A, S, M, r or f. 2 Press N. • The top menu is displayed. 3 Press d to select [MODE MENU]. 4 Press ac to select the [CAMERA] tab, then press d. • Refer to the arrows on the screen to select a setting with the arrow pad. How to use the menus acbd buttons N button Mode dial MONITOR OFF MODE MENU Top menu This refers to the arrow pad (acbd). DRIVE AE/AF ISO PIC CARD SET CAMERA AUTO OFF 0.0 This refers to the arrow pad (cd). d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 19 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Menus 20 1 Basic operation 5 Press ac to select [DRIVE], then press d. • Refer to the arrows on the screen to select a setting with the arrow pad. • Unavailable settings cannot be selected. 6 Press ac to select [BKT], then press d. • Refer to the arrows on the screen to select a setting with the arrow pad. 7 Press ac and select the exposure differential from [±0.3], [±0.7] and [±1.0], then press d. Press ac and select the number of shots from [×3] and [×5], then press N. • Follow the operation guide at the bottom of the screen and use the arrow pad to select and set a setting. TIPS In this manual, Steps 2 to 6 of how to use the menus are expressed as follows: Top menu [MODE MENU] [CAMERA] [DRIVE] [BKT] DRIVE ISO AE/AF PIC CARD SET CAMERA AUTO OFF 0.0 The selected item appears indented. BKT DRIVE ISO AE/AF PIC CARD SET CAMERA SELECT GO CANCEL BKT OK ± 0.3 ± 0.7 ± 1.0 3 5 Operation guide Press b to cancel. Press ac to select a setting. Press d to move settings. Press N to make your selection. d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 20 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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21 2 Tips before you start taking pictures Tips before you start taking pictures Your pictures are almost guaranteed to come out well just by setting the mode dial to h and pressing the shutter button. But occasionally, you can’t focus on your subject, or the subject is too dark, or the picture doesn’t come out the way you want… Just knowing which button to press or which setting to change can help you solve these problems. And did you know that by selecting an image size according to how you plan to use the pictures afterwards, you can store more pictures on the memory card? These are just some of the hints provided in this chapter. 2                               Ideas Online applications SHQ SHQ SQ2 SQ2 SHQ SQ2 Ideas Printing applications d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 21 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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22 2 Tips before you start taking pictures Holding the camera Sometimes when you look at a picture you have taken, the contours of the subject are blurred. This is often caused by movement of the camera at the precise moment that the shutter button is pressed. Picture where subject is not clearly defined To prevent the camera from moving, hold the camera firmly with both hands while keeping your elbows at your sides. When taking pictures with the camera in the vertical position, hold the camera so that the flash is positioned higher than the lens. Keep your fingers and the strap away from the lens and flash. Horizontal grip Vertical grip Top view Do not hold this part of the lens. d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 22 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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23 Tips before you start taking pictures 2 Turning the monitor on/off You can take pictures with or without using the monitor. MONITOR ON For taking pictures using the monitor (factory default setting) MONITOR OFF For taking pictures using the viewfinder Top menu [MONITOR OFF] / [MONITOR ON] g“Menus” (P.16) (Features of the monitor and viewfinder Monitor Viewfinder Advantages You can check the picture area that the camera actually records. Camera movement does not occur easily and subjects can be seen clearly even in bright places. Little battery power is used. Disadvantages Camera movement occurs easily and subjects may be difficult to see in bright/dark places. The monitor uses more battery power than the viewfinder. When close to a subject, the image in the viewfinder differs slightly from the picture that the camera actually records. Tips Use the monitor when you need to know the exact area the camera records, or to take a close-up of a person or flower (macro shooting). Use the viewfinder for general snapshots, landscape pictures and other casual shots. Viewfinder • The camera records a wider area than the image in the viewfinder. • As you get closer to the subject, the actual image recorded (the shaded area in the illustration on the left) differs slightly from the image in the viewfinder. TIPS The monitor turns off automatically. → If the camera is not used for over 3 minutes, the monitor turns off automatically. Press the shutter button or zoom lever to turn the monitor on. To adjust the brightness of the monitor. → Adjust the brightness with the [s] settings. g“Monitor brightness adjustment” (P.117) The monitor is hard to see. → Bright light, such as direct sunlight, may cause vertical lines (smears) to appear on the image in the monitor. This does not affect recorded pictures. Mode dial d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 23 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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24 2 Tips before you start taking pictures If correct focus cannot be obtained The camera automatically detects the focus target in the frame. The level of contrast is one of the criteria it uses to detect the subject. The camera may fail to determine subjects with lower contrast than the surroundings or with an area of extremely strong contrast in the frame. If this happens, the simplest solution is to use the focus lock. 1 Position the AF target mark on the subject you want to focus on. • When shooting a hard-to-focus subject or a fast-moving subject, point the camera at an object about the same distance away as the subject. 2 Press the shutter button halfway until the green lamp lights. • When the focus and exposure are locked, the green lamp lights. • The AF target mark moves to the focus position. • When the green lamp blinks, the focus and exposure are not locked. Release your finger from the shutter button, re-position the AF target mark on the subject and press the shutter button halfway again. 3 Keeping the shutter button pressed halfway, recompose your shot. How to focus (focus lock) Mode dial F2.8 F2.8 1/1000 1/1000 0.0 0.0 2592 1944 2592 1944 HQ HQ 30 30 30 P AF target mark Shutter button F2.8 F2.8 1/1000 1/1000 0.0 0.0 2592 1944 2592 1944 HQ HQ P 30 30 30 Green lamp d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 24 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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If correct focus cannot be obtained 25 Tips before you start taking pictures 2 Tips before you start taking pictures 4 Press the shutter button fully. Under certain types of conditions, the auto focus may not work properly. If this happens, focus on an object with high contrast at the same distance as the intended subject (focus lock), recompose your shot and then take the picture. If the subject has no vertical lines, hold the camera vertically and focus the camera using the focus lock function by pressing the shutter button halfway, then return the camera to the horizontal position while keeping the button pressed halfway and take the picture. If the subject still cannot be focused on, use the manual focus. g“Manual focus” (P.52) TIPS The frame in which you focus on a subject is different from the frame in which you lock the exposure. g“AE lock” (P.56) Focus on the subject in the center of the frame. g“AF mode” (P.49) Subjects that are difficult to focus on Shutter button The green lamp blinks. The subject cannot be brought into focus. Subject with low contrast Subject with an extremelybrightareain the center of the frame Subject without vertical lines Subjects at different distances Fast-moving subject The subject to be focused on is not in the center of the frame The green lamp lights, but the subject cannot be brought into focus. d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 25 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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26 2 Tips before you start taking pictures Record mode You can select a record mode in which to take pictures or shoot movies. Select the best record mode for your purpose (printing, editing on a computer, website editing, etc.). For information on the image sizes for each record mode and the memory capacity of the card, see the table on P.28. Record mode depicts the image size and compression rate of pictures you wish to record. Pictures are made from thousands of dots (pixels). If a picture with relatively few pixels is enlarged, it looks like a mosaic. A picture with many pixels is denser and clearer, but requires a larger file size (data size), decreasing the number of pictures that can be saved on a card. Increasing the compression rate reduces the file size, but makes the pictures appear grainy. (Normal image modes Still picture record modes Image becomes clearer Image size becomes larger Application Compression Image size Low com- pression High com- pression Select according to print size 2592 × 1944 SHQ HQ 2288 × 1712 SQ1 HIGH SQ1 NORMAL 2048 × 1536 1600 × 1200 1280 × 960 1024 × 768 SQ2 HIGH SQ2 NORMAL For small-sized prints and websites 640 × 480 Picture with high number of pixel Picture with low number of pixel d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 26 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Record mode 27 Tips before you start taking pictures 2 Tips before you start taking pictures Image size 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. Compression In record modes other than TIFF, image data are compressed. The higher the compression, the less clear the image will be. (Special record modes 3:2 The image aspect ratio is normally 4:3. If the aspect ratio is changed to 3:2, the image can be printed at a photo lab without losing the image borders. (HQ, SQ Movies are recorded in Motion-JPEG format. Record mode Features Image size 3:2 (SHQ, HQ) This is useful for ordering prints from a photo lab. 2592 × 1728 Movie record modes F2.8 F2.8 1/1000 1/1000 0.0 0.0 2592 1728 2592 1728 HQ HQ P 30 30 30 Monitor display when 3:2 is set d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 27 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Record mode 28 2 Tips before you start taking pictures Still pictures *HIGH = low compression / NORMAL = high compression Movies Card capacity in number of pictures/remaining recording time Record mode Com- pression File format Card capacity in number of pictures Image size Using a 16 MB card With sound Without sound SHQ 2592 × 1944 Low com- pression JPEG 4 4 2592 × 1728 4 4 HQ 2592 × 1944 High com- pression 12 12 2592 × 1728 13 14 SQ1 2288 × 1712 HIGH * 6 6 NORMAL 15 16 2048 × 1536 HIGH 6 6 NORMAL 19 20 1600 × 1200 HIGH 11 11 NORMAL 30 32 SQ2 1280 × 960 HIGH 16 17 NORMAL 45 49 1024 × 768 HIGH 25 26 NORMAL 66 76 640 × 480 HIGH 58 66 NORMAL 124 165 Record mode Image size File format Remaining recording time (sec.) Using a 16 MB card With sound Without sound HQ 320 × 240 (30 frames/sec.) Motion-JPEG 23 sec. 24 sec. SQ2 320 × 240 (15 frames/sec.) 46 sec. 48 sec. 3:2 3:2 d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 28 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Record mode 29 Tips before you start taking pictures 2 Tips before you start taking pictures TIPS • 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 with an image size of 1,024 × 768 fills as the screen if you set the picture to 1× when the monitor setting is 1,024 × 768. However, if the monitor setting is over 1,024 × 768 (such as 1,280 × 1,024), the picture only takes up part of the screen. • The number of storable still pictures/recording time is displayed on the monitor when a card is inserted in the camera. Note • The number of storable still pictures and movie recording times listed in the table are approximate. • The number of storable still pictures may change according to the subject or factors like whether print reservations have been made or not. In certain instances, the number of remaining pictures does not change even when you take pictures or stored images are erased. F2.8 F2.8 1/1000 1/1000 0.0 0.0 2592 1944 2592 1944 HQ HQ P 30 30 30 Number of storable still pictures HQ HQ 00: 0:36 36 00:36 0.0 0.0 Remaining recording time d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 29 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Record mode 30 2 Tips before you start taking pictures Top menu [K] g “Menus” (P.16) 1 Select a record mode from [SHQ], [HQ], [SQ1] and [SQ2]. For movies, select a record mode from [HQ], [SQ]. g Go to Step 3 2 If you selected [SHQ], [HQ], [SQ1] or [SQ2], choose an image size. If you selected [SQ1] or [SQ2], press d after choosing the image size, then select [HIGH] or [NORMAL]. 3 Press N. To change the record mode Mode dial For still pictures SHQ GO OK HQ SQ1 SQ2 SET SELECT For movies SELECT GO OK SQ1 320 240 30fps SQ2 320 24015fps SHQ 2592 1944 2592 1728 3:2 SELECT GO OK CANCEL d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 30 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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31 3 Basic shooting functions A professional photographer adjusts the exposure to the optimal setting, chooses the best focusing method and even selects the type of film according to the subject. With a digital camera, you don’t need to learn how to make them. Your camera will adjust the settings for you! All you have to do is choose a scene mode according to whether you are taking a landscape, a night scene, a portrait-style image or whatever, and the camera will set the best exposure and white balance. There’s nothing to it – just press the shutter button! 3                               Basic shooting functions OK SELECT GO PORTRAIT OK NIGHT SCENE SELECT GO LANDSCAPE+PORTRAIT OK SELECT GO OK SELECT GO LANDSCAPE OK SPORT SELECT GO d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 31 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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32 3 Basic shooting functions Selecting a shooting mode according to the situation When you select a scene mode according to the situation or shooting conditions, the camera automatically selects the optimal settings. (f mode k LANDSCAPE+PORTRAIT Suitable for taking pictures of both your subject and the landscape. The picture is taken with the background as well as the subject in the foreground in focus. You can take pictures of your subject against a beautiful sky or landscape. i PORTRAIT Suitable for taking a portrait-style shot of a person. This mode features an in-focus subject against a blurred background. Q LANDSCAPE Suitable for taking pictures of landscapes and other outdoor scenes. Both the foreground and the background are in focus. Since blues and greens are vividly reproduced in this mode, it is excellent for shooting natural scenery. LANDSCAPE+PORTRAIT OK SELECT GO OK SELECT GO PORTRAIT OK SELECT GO LANDSCAPE d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 32 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Selecting a shooting mode according to the situation 33 Basic shooting functions 3 Basic shooting functions R NIGHT SCENE Suitable for shooting pictures in the evening or at night. The camera sets a slower shutter speed than is used in normal shooting. For example, if you take a picture of a street at night in P mode, the lack of brightness will result in a dark picture with only dots of light. In the Night Scene shooting mode, the true appearance of the street is captured. Since the shutter speed is slow, make sure that you stabilize the camera by using a tripod. j SPORT Suitable for capturing fast-moving action (such as sports) without blur. Even fast-moving subjects appear to be stationary. BEACH & SNOW Suitable for taking pictures on a sunny day at the beach or in the snow. Sky, greenery and people are recorded bright and sharp. FIREWORKS Suitable for taking pictures of fireworks in a night sky. The camera sets a slower shutter speed than is used in normal shooting, and priority is placed on image quality, allowing you to capture the beauty of fireworks. Because of the slow shutter speed, we recommend that you stabilize your camera by using a tripod. OK NIGHT SCENE SELECT GO OK SPORT SELECT GO OK BEACH & SNOW SELECT GO OK FIREWORKS SELECT GO d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 33 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Selecting a shooting mode according to the situation 34 3 Basic shooting functions SUNSET Suitable for taking pictures of sunsets. The pictures will be taken a little darker than usual, with stronger emphasis on reds and yellows, allowing you to record beautiful sunsets. CANDLE Suitable for taking pictures of people lit by candlelight. The picture will be taken a little brighter than usual with emphasis on the warm glow from the candlelight. AVAILABLE LIGHT PORTRAIT Suitable for taking photos when there is little light, but you do not want to use a flash. The picture is recorded with as little blurring as possible, and a peaceful atmosphere can be captured. Top menu [SCENE] [k (LANDSCAPE+ PORTRAIT)] / [i (PORTRAIT)] / [Q (LANDSCAPE)] / [R (NIGHT SCENE)] / [j (SPORT)] / [ (BEACH & SNOW)] / [ (FIREWORKS)] / [ (SUNSET)] / [ (CANDLE)] / [ (AVAILABLE LIGHT PORTRAIT)] g“Menus” (P.16) • When you choose a scene type, a sample scene appears on the right of the screen. OK OK SUNSET SELECT GO OK OK CANDLE CANDLE SELECT GO OK OK AVAILABLELIGHTPORTRAIT SELECT GO Mode dial d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 34 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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35 Basic shooting functions 3 Zooming in on a distant subject You can zoom in on your subject using the optical zoom and digital zoom. With the optical zoom, the image is enlarged by the CCD when the lens magnification is changed, and the image is formed by all the CCD pixels. With the digital zoom, the area at the center of the image captured by the CCD is cropped and enlarged back to size. When you zoom in on a subject, you are essentially taking a small area of the picture and making it bigger. Therefore, the greater the magnification with the digital zoom, the grainier the resulting picture will be. The following zoom magnifications are available on this camera. Optical zoom 5× (equivalent to 38 mm to 190 mm on a 35mm film camera) Digital zoom 4× Optical zoom + digital zoom Max. 20× Note that camera movement is likely to occur at higher magnifications. 1 Push or pull the zoom lever. Using the optical zoom Mode dial Zoom lever Zoom out: Push the zoom lever toward W. Zoom in: Pull the zoom lever toward T. d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 35 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Zooming in on a distant subject 36 3 Basic shooting functions Top menu [MODE MENU] [CAMERA] [DIGITAL ZOOM] [ON] / [OFF] g“Menus” (P.16) 1 Pull the zoom lever toward T. • The white area of the zoom indicator indicates the optical zoom. If the [DIGITAL ZOOM] is set to [ON], a red area appears on the zoom indicator. When you reach the limit of the optical zoom, the digital zoom is enabled. • The [DIGITAL ZOOM] does not function when the monitor is turned off. Note • You can use the optical zoom in n mode by setting [R] to [OFF]. g“Recording sound with movies” (P.82) • In n mode, the maximum magnification possible for digital zoom is 3×. Using the digital zoom Mode dial Zoom lever F2.8 F2.8 1/1000 1/1000 0.0 0.0 2592 1944 2592 1944 HQ HQ P 30 30 30 The cursor moves up and down on the zoom indicator according to the zoom magnification. The cursor turns orange when inside the digital zoom area. d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 36 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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37 Basic shooting functions 3 Taking close-up pictures (macro/super macro mode) Focusing is usually slow when you get close to a subject (W: 8 cm/3.2" to 60 cm/23.6", T: 60 cm/23.6" to 120 cm/47.2"). However, in macro mode focusing is performed quickly. & When the optical zoom lever is at the maximum wide position and you are as close as 8 cm/3.2" to your subject, you can fill the entire frame with a 9.0 × 6.6 cm (3.5" × 2.6") subject. % This mode lets you shoot from as close as 2 cm/0.8" to your subject. Subjects measuring approximately 3.4 × 2.5 cm (1.3" × 1.0") can be captured on the monitor. In the % mode, normal shooting is also possible, but the position of the zoom is fixed automatically and cannot be changed. 1 Press the & button repeatedly to change the macro setting to [&] or [%]. g“Direct buttons” (P.13) • If no operation is performed for about 3 seconds, the macro mode is set and the mode selection screen is automatically exited. & (Macro) % (Super macro) Mode dial & button 0030 1/1000 1/1000 F2.8 F2.8 0.0 0.0 & 2592 1944 2592 1944 HQ HQ 30 30 30 d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 37 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Taking close-up pictures (macro/super macro mode) 38 3 Basic shooting functions 2 Press the shutter button halfway. • When the focus and exposure are locked, the green lamp lights. 3 Press the shutter button fully to take the picture. TIPS The subject appears in shadow when the super macro mode is used. → The auto focus may not be able to maintain the correct focus. If this happens, use the manual focus. g“Manual focus” (P.52) → If the center of the frame (within the AF target mark) is metered when you are close to the subject and you shoot with the optimal exposure, the picture will come out well. g“ESP/Spot metering” (P.54) Note • In some cases, using the flash during macro shooting may result in dark shadows or underexposure. • During super macro shooting, the zoom and flash are not available. F2.8 F2.8 1/1000 1/1000 0.0 0.0 2592 1944 2592 1944 HQ HQ P 30 30 30 Green lamp d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 38 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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39 Basic shooting functions 3 Flash shooting Select the flash mode best suited to the light conditions and the effect you want to achieve. You can also adjust the amount of light emitted using the flash intensity control. Flash working range W (max.): Approx. 15 cm to 3.8 m (0.5 ft. to 12.5 ft.) T (max.): Approx. 60 cm to 2.2 m (2.0 ft. to 7.2 ft.) Auto-flash (No indication) The flash fires automatically in low light or backlight conditions. Red-eye reduction flash (!) The light from the flash may make the subject’s eyes appear red in the picture. The red-eye reduction flash mode reduces this phenomenon by emitting pre-flashes before firing the regular flash. Fill-in flash (#) The flash fires regardless of the available light. This mode is useful for eliminating shadows on the subject’s face (such as shadows from tree leaves), in a backlight situation, or for correcting the color shift produced by artificial lighting (especially fluorescent light). 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. You can also use this mode when you want to shoot a natural-looking twilight or night scene. The flash does not fire when the flash is closed as well as when the flash mode is set to off. Note • After the pre-flashes, it takes about 1 second before the shutter is released. Hold the camera firmly to avoid camera movement. • 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. Note • The fill-in flash may not have the desired effect under excessively bright light. Note • Since a slow shutter speed is automatically selected in low light situations when in the flash off mode, the use of a tripod is recommended to prevent your pictures from being blurred by camera movement. The subject’s eyes appear red. d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 39 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Flash shooting 40 3 Basic shooting functions Slow synchronization (#SLOW1/#SLOW2/HSLOW) The slow synchronization flash is designed for slow shutter speeds. Normally, when shooting with a flash, shutter speeds cannot go below a certain level to prevent camera movement. But when shooting a night scene background, fast shutter speeds can make the background too dark. Slow synchronization flash allows both a slow shutter speed for the background and a flash for the subject. Since the shutter speed is slow, make sure you stabilize the camera by using a tripod, otherwise, camera movement may cause the picture to be blurred. The factory default setting is [#SLOW1]. You can change the setting. g“Slow synchronization” (P.44) 1st curtain (front curtain) #SLOW1 Usually, regardless of the shutter speed, the flash fires right after the shutter fully opens. This is called 1st curtain. Unless you change it, this is how the flash always fires. 2nd curtain (rear curtain) #SLOW2 With 2nd curtain, the flash fires just before the shutter closes. Changing the flash timing can create interesting effects in your picture, such as expressing the movement of a car by showing the tail-lights streaming backwards. The slower the shutter speed, the better the effects turn out. The slowest possible shutter speed depends on the shooting mode, ISO and noise reduction setting. rear curtain 2nd curtain flash fires Shutter closes 1st curtain flash fires front curtain Shutter button fully pressed When the shutter speed is set to 4 sec. 4 sec. 4 sec. 0 d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 40 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Flash shooting 41 Basic shooting functions 3 Basic shooting functions 1st curtain with red-eye reduction HSLOW This mode is for when you want to use slow synchronization, yet also reduce the red- eye phenomenon, for instance, when shooting a person against a brightly lit night background. A normal flash might make the person’s eyes red, but 1st curtain with red-eye reduction lets you capture the background correctly and reduce the red-eye phenomenon at the same time. 2nd curtain with red-eye reduction is not available. 1 Press the flash button. • The flash pops up. 2 Select a flash mode by repeatedly pressing the # button. g“Direct buttons” (P.13) • If no operation is performed for about 3 seconds, the flash mode is set and the mode selection screen is automatically exited. 3 Press the shutter button halfway. • In conditions where the flash will fire, # lights (flash stand-by). 4 Press the shutter button fully to take the picture. Mode dial #(flash mode) button Flash button 0030 1/1000 1/1000 F2.8 F2.8 0.0 0.0 SLOW 2592 1944 2592 1944 HQ HQ 30 30 30 1/1000 1/1000 F2.8 F2.8 0.0 0.0 2592 1944 2592 1944 HQ HQ 30 30 30 # mark d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 41 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Flash shooting 42 3 Basic shooting functions TIPS The # (flash charge) indication blinks. → The flash is charging. Wait until # and the orange lamp beside the viewfinder turn off. Shutter speed when using the flash (auto-flash, red-eye reduction, fill-in flash). • When # (camera movement warning) lights, the shutter speed locks at its current level. This helps prevent camera shake problems (shutter speeds that are too slow can cause blur). However, if the zoom magnification is increased, the camera will increase the locked shutter speed accordingly. Function restrictions according to mode • Fill-in flash and slow synchronization is not available in h mode. • [AUTO], [!], [#], and [HSLOW] are not available in S and M modes. • The factory default setting for S and M modes is [#SLOW1]. For all other modes the default setting is [AUTO]. Note • The flash does not fire in the following situations: During [ (SUNSET)], [ (CANDLE)], [ (AVAILABLE LIGHT PORTRAIT)] in scene mode, and during sequential shooting ([j], [7]), super macro shooting and panorama shooting. • The flash may not give you the optimum result in macro mode with the zoom set to wide-angle (W). Check the resulting picture on the monitor. Zoom position Shutter speed W (max.) 1/30 sec. T (max.) 1/160 sec. d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 42 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Flash shooting 43 Basic shooting functions 3 Basic shooting functions You can adjust the amount of light emitted by the flash. In some situations, you may get better results by adjusting the light emission. Examples include small subjects, distant backgrounds, or situations when increased contrast is desired. You can adjust the exposure in the range of ±2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps. Top menu [MODE MENU] [CAMERA] [w] g“Menus” (P.16) 1 Adjust the light emission and press N. a : Light emission is increased by 1/3 EV each time you press the button. (EV : Exposure Value) c : Light emission is decreased by 1/3 EV each time you press the button. Flash intensity control Note • The flash adjustment effect may not be sufficient if the shutter speed is too fast. Mode dial 0.0 DRIVE AE/AF ISO PIC CARD SET CAMERA d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 43 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Flash shooting 44 3 Basic shooting functions There are 3 settings to choose from when you select [#SLOW] with the # (flash mode) button. Top menu [MODE MENU] [CAMERA] [#SLOW] g“Menus” (P.16) 1 Select [#SLOW1], [HSLOW] or [#SLOW2] and press N Slow synchronization Mode dial NOISE REDUCTION DIZITAL ZOOM FULLTIME AF PANORAMA !L L2 L1 L PIC CARD SET CAMERA d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 44 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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45 4 Advanced shooting functions Letting the camera select the optimal settings is simple and easy, but if you want, you can be a lot more creative. Now that you have mastered basic operation, you can start enjoying your camera’s more advanced functions. You can adjust the shooting conditions manually and try out different effects. For example, when taking pictures of flowers, by reducing the aperture value and focusing on the branch of the tree nearest to you, you can make the flowers stand out against a blurred background. If it is evening, you can add a touch of color to the night sky. By setting the white balance to 1 (tungsten light), you can give the dark sky a blue tone. Adjusting a single function can produce unexpected effects. Try various settings and discover all sorts of new possibilities. 4                               Advanced shooting functions PRESET WB SELECT SELECT GO GO OK OK CANCEL CANCEL SELECT GO OK CANCEL AE/AF AF:iESP ESP AE: iESP OK MULTI METERING SPOT AREA SELECT GO d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 45 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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46 4 Advanced shooting functions Aperture priority shooting This function allows you to set the aperture manually. The camera sets the shutter speed automatically. By decreasing the aperture value (F- number), the camera will focus within a smaller range, producing a picture with a blurred background. Increasing the value forces the camera to focus over a wider range, resulting in increased “depth of field”, in which both the subject and the background are in focus. 1 Select the aperture value. a : Increases the aperture value. c : Decreases the aperture value. Aperture range: W: f2.8 to f8.0 T: f4.8 to f8.0 If the aperture value is displayed in red, the setting is unsuitable for the conditions. Take the following steps. (When the aperture value is displayed in green, the setting will provide optimum exposure.) Note • When the flash is set to the auto-flash mode, the slowest shutter speed is fixed at the level at which # lights. (gP.42) Aperture (F-number) is increased. Aperture (F-number) is decreased. Mode dial F No. S appears: The image is overexposed. Press a to increase the aperture value. T appears: The image is underexposed. Press c to decrease the aperture value. 1/ 1/1600 1600 2592 1944 2592 1944 HQ HQ A F2.8 F2.8 0.0 0.0 30 30 30 4" 4" 0.0 0.0 2592 1944 2592 1944 HQ HQ A F8.0 F8.0 30 30 30 d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 46 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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47 Advanced shooting functions 4 Shutter priority shooting This function allows you to set the shutter speed manually. The camera sets the aperture automatically. Set the shutter speed according to the subject and the type of effect you want. 1 Select the shutter speed. a : Sets a faster shutter speed. c : Sets a slower shutter speed. Setting range: 4" to 1/2000 If the shutter speed is displayed in red, the setting is unsuitable for the conditions. Take the following steps. (When the shutter speed is displayed in green, the setting will provide optimum exposure.) Note • The shutter speeds that can be set vary depending on the flash setting and aperture value. Setting the shutter speed higher lets you capture fast-moving action without blur. The subject will be clear and sharp, as if it is not moving. Setting the shutter speed lower blurs a moving subject, giving the impression of movement. Mode dial Shutter speed S appears: The image is overexposed. Press a to set a faster shutter speed. T appears: The image is underexposed. Press c to set a slower shutter speed. F8.0 F8.0 2592 1944 2592 1944 HQ HQ S 1/50 1/50 0.0 0.0 30 30 30 F2.8 F2.8 2592 1944 2592 1944 HQ HQ S 1/800 1/800 0.0 0.0 30 30 30 d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 47 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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48 4 Advanced shooting functions Manual shooting This mode gives you more creative control, allowing you to set the aperture and shutter speed manually. To check the exposure, refer to the exposure differential. 1 Set the aperture and shutter speed. b : The aperture value increases. d : The aperture value decreases. a : The shutter speed increases. c : The shutter speed decreases. Aperture range: Aperture value: f2.8 to f8.0 (W) f4.8 to f8.0 (T) Shutter speed : 15" to 1/2000 • When the shutter button is halfway pressed, the difference (ranging from -3.0 to +3.0 EV) between the exposure determined by the currently selected aperture and shutter speed compared to the exposure level considered optimal by the camera is displayed. • If the exposure differential appears in red, it indicates that the exposure differential is less than -3.0 EV or more than +3.0 EV. TIPS • Pressing the [ button will show the exposure compensation bar, as seen in the diagram on the right. Note • To avoid camera movement, It is recommended that you use a tripod when taking pictures requiring a slow shutter speed. • The shutter speeds that can be set vary depending on the aperture value. Mode dial bdac buttons [ button 1/ 1/1000 1000 2592 1944 2592 1944 HQ HQ M F8.0 F8.0 +3.0 +3.0 30 30 30 Exposure differential M F2.8 F2.8 1/1000 1/1000 d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 48 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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49 Advanced shooting functions 4 My Mode This function lets you shoot with the settings in [s MY MODE 1] to [d MY MODE 4]. Only the settings in [s MY MODE 1] have already been saved. You cannot select [E MY MODE 2] to [d MY MODE 4] if no settings have been saved in them. g“My Mode setup” (P.113) Top menu [r 1/2/3/4] [s MY MODE 1] / [E MY MODE 2] / [c MY MODE 3] / [d MY MODE 4] g“Menus” (P.16) This function allows you to choose a method of focusing on your subjects. iESP Focus selection is based on the entire picture on the screen. Even when the subject is not in the center of the screen, focusing is possible. SPOT Focus selection is based on the subject within the AF target mark. Note • The settings you are currently using can also be saved for retrieving by this mode, but the saved zoom position may deviate slightly from that currently used. g“My Mode setup” (P.113) AF mode Mode dial Focusing applications Subject suitable for [iESP] focus mode Subject suitable for [SPOT] focus mode d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 49 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Focusing applications 50 4 Advanced shooting functions Top menu [MODE MENU] [CAMERA] [AE/AF] [AF] [iESP] / [SPOT] g“Menus” (P.16) ON Fulltime AF keeps the subject in front of the lens in focus at all times, without having to press the shutter button halfway. The focusing time is reduced, letting you take successive snapshots. The subject is also automatically kept in focus during movie recording. OFF Press the shutter button halfway to focus. Top menu [MODE MENU] [CAMERA] [FULLTIME AF] [ON] / [OFF] g“Menus” (P.16) You can select the area you want to focus on by changing the position of the AF target mark. Top menu [MODE MENU] [CAMERA] [AE/AF] [AREA] g“Menus” (P.16) Fulltime AF Note • Battery consumption increases when Fulltime AF is used. • Fulltime AF cannot be used when [R] is set to [ON] in n mode. AF area Mode dial Mode dial Mode dial d4250_e_00_0_bookfile.book Page 50 Friday, December 24, 2004 11:45 AM

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