Olympus Stylus 500 Digital manual

User manual for the Olympus Stylus 500 Digital in English. This PDF manual has 170 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 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
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2 Navigation How to use the camera Using a card... Pictures taken with this camera are stored on a xD-Picture Card. By storing the relevant print reservation data with the images on the card, you can print pictures at a photo 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.
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3 Using the arrow pad and e button... The arrow pad and e button are for selecting and setting menu options as well as viewing pictures frame by frame. PRINT MODE SELECT PRINT ALL PRINT MULTI PRINT ALL INDEX SELECT GO OK EXIT DRIVE ESP㧛5 ISO AF MODE CARD SET CAMERA AUTO SPOT OFF ESP DIGITAL ZOOM 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. Using the direct buttons... f lets you select the optimum settings for the shooting conditions. Direct buttons also let you perform functions such as setting the flash mode or taking the close-up pictures or self-timer, making camera operation easy.
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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.93) 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.15)
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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 basic 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.29 P.43 P.51 P.63 P.91 P.101 P.117 P.133 P.151 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
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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 Menus ............................................................................................... 15 About the menus......................................................................... 15 How to use the menus ................................................................ 19 2 Tips before you start taking pictures - - - - - -21 Holding the camera........................................................................... 22 If correct focus cannot be obtained................................................... 23 How to focus (focus lock)............................................................ 23 Subjects that are difficult to focus on .......................................... 24 Record mode ............................................................................. 25 Still picture record modes............................................................ 25 Movie record modes.................................................................... 26 Card capacity in number of pictures/remaining recording time... 26 To change the record mode........................................................ 28 3 Basic shooting functions- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -29 Selecting a shooting mode according to the situation....................... 30 Selecting a shooting mode .............................................. 35 SHOOT & SELECT shooting ...................................................... 36 Zooming in on a distant subject ........................................................ 37 Using the optical zoom................................................................ 37 Using the digital zoom................................................................. 38 Taking close-up pictures (macro/super macro mode) .......... 39 Flash shooting .............................................................................. 41 4 Advanced shooting functions - - - - - - - - - - -43 AF mode............................................................................................ 44 Metering ............................................................................................ 45 ESP/Spot metering ...................................................... 45 ISO sensitivity ................................................................................... 46 Exposure compensation ............................................................. 47 White balance .......................................................................... 48 Histogram ................................................................................... 49
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Table of Contents 7 5 More useful functions - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -51 Recording movies ....................................................................... 52 Sequential shooting .................................................................. 54 Self-timer shooting ..................................................................... 55 Panorama shooting ........................................................................... 56 Taking two-in-one pictures .................................................... 58 Remote control shooting (optional) ............................................... 60 Recording sound with still pictures ............................................... 62 6 Playback - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -63 Single-frame playback ................................................................ 64 Album entry ....................................................................................... 64 Album playback................................................................................. 67 Undo entry......................................................................................... 67 Erase album picture .......................................................................... 69 Changing the title image ................................................................... 71 Close-up playback ....................................................................... 72 Index display .............................................................................. 73 Selecting the number of pictures .......................................... 73 Calendar display ......................................................................... 74 Slideshow .................................................................................. 75 Picture rotation ............................................................................ 76 Playing back movies ......................................................................... 76 Editing still pictures ........................................................................... 78 Soft focus .................................................................................... 78 Fish-eye ...................................................................................... 79 Black and White .......................................................................... 79 Sepia-tone................................................................................... 80 Resizing ................................................................................ 80 Trimming ............................................................................. 81 Recording sound .......................................................................... 82 Creating an index .............................................................................. 83 Playback on a TV .............................................................................. 84 Video output selection................................................................. 85 Information display ................................................................ 86 Histogram ................................................................................... 87 Protecting pictures ...................................................................... 88 2 IN 1
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Table of Contents 8 Erasing pictures .................................................................... 88 Single-frame erase ................................................................ 89 All-frame erase .................................................................... 89 Formatting ................................................................................... 90 7 Settings- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -91 All reset ............................................................................................. 92 Selecting a language ............................................................. 93 Rec view............................................................................................ 93 Power on setup ................................................................................. 94 Screen setup..................................................................................... 95 Setting screen color .......................................................................... 96 Playback volume............................................................................... 96 Beep .......................................................................................... 96 Shutter sound.................................................................................... 97 Monitor brightness adjustment .................................................. 97 File name .......................................................................................... 98 Pixel mapping.................................................................................... 99 Setting the date and time ........................................................ 100 8 Printing pictures - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 101 Direct printing (PictBridge) .............................................................. 102 Using the direct printing function............................................... 102 Connecting the camera to a printer........................................... 103 Flowchart for printing................................................................. 104 Selecting the print mode ........................................................... 106 Setting the print paper items ..................................................... 107 Selecting pictures you want to print .......................................... 107 Setting printing data .................................................................. 108 Trimming ........................................................................... 108 Printing...................................................................................... 108 Exiting direct printing................................................................. 109 If an error code is displayed...................................................... 110 Print settings (DPOF) ................................................................ 111 How to make print reservations................................................. 111 Flowchart for setting up the print reservations .......................... 112 Selecting print reservation mode............................................... 113 Selecting the picture to print...................................................... 114 Setting the printing data ............................................................ 114 Completing the print reservation ............................................... 114 Resetting print reservation data ................................................ 115
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Table of Contents 9 9 Connecting the camera to a computer - - - -117 Flow................................................................................................. 118 Using OLYMPUS Master ................................................................ 119 What is OLYMPUS Master?...................................................... 119 Installing OLYMPUS Master ..................................................... 120 Connecting the camera to a computer ............................................ 123 Starting up OLYMPUS Master ........................................................ 125 Displaying camera images on a computer ...................................... 127 Downloading and saving images .............................................. 127 Viewing still pictures and movies .................................................... 129 Printing pictures .............................................................................. 130 To download and save images to a computer without using OLYMPUS Master............................................... 132 10 Appendix - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -133 Troubleshooting .............................................................................. 134 Error codes................................................................................ 134 Troubleshooting ........................................................................ 135 Camera care ................................................................................... 141 AC adapter (optional) ...................................................................... 142 Safety Precautions .......................................................................... 143 Handling the Camera ................................................................ 143 Battery handling precautions..................................................... 145 Card handling precautions ........................................................ 147 LCD Monitor.............................................................................. 148 Glossary of terms ............................................................................ 149
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Table of Contents 10 11 Miscellaneous - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 151 Menu list.......................................................................................... 152 List of factory default settings.......................................................... 157 Scene and shooting functions......................................................... 159 Names of parts................................................................................ 161 Camera ..................................................................................... 161 Monitor indications .................................................................... 163 Index ............................................................................................... 167
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11 Basic operation 1 Basic operation Basic operation Did you ever 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 using 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 altering 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 WB F MODE MENU 64 100 200 400 AUTO DRIVE ESP/5 ISO DIGITAL ZOOM AF MODE CARD SET CAMERA
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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. Select the mode you want, then press the POWER switch to turn the camera on. (About the mode dial Shooting modes K This function allows you to take still pictures. n This function allows you to record movies with sound. gP.52 Playback modes q This function allows you to view still pictures and movies, as well as playback sound. gP.64, 76 X This function allows you to view still pictures or movies entered in the albums. gP.67 TIPS • You can change the mode before and after turning the camera on. Shooting modes Set the mode dial to take pictures or movies. Playback mode Set the mode dial to these positions to view individual pictures and movies or to view albums.
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13 Basic operation 1 Direct buttons By using the direct buttons, operating the camera is even easier. c a (f) button In K mode (shooting still pictures), the a (f) button lets you select the optimum settings for the shooting conditions for the camera. g“Selecting a shooting mode according to the situation” (P.30) d d (&) button In shooting modes, press the d (&) button repeatedly to change the setting. The setting alternates between [&] and [%]. g“Taking close-up pictures (macro/super macro mode)” (P.39) f e d c g h 1 PROGRAM AUTO SELECT GO OK &ġ 2560 1920 2560 1920 HQ HQ 30 30 30 %ġ 2560 1920 2560 1920 HQ HQ 30 30 30
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Direct buttons 14 1 Basic operation e c (Y) button In shooting modes, press the c (Y) button repeatedly to change the setting. The setting alternates between the self-timer function and the remote control function. g“Self-timer shooting” (P.55), “Remote control shooting (optional)” (P.60) f e button Pressing e displays the top menu. g“Menus” (P.15) g b (#) button In K mode (shooting still pictures), press the b (#) button repeatedly to change the setting. The setting changes in the following order with each press of the button. g“Flash shooting” (P.41) h QUICK VIEW button In shooting modes, 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.63) To return to shooting mode for taking the next picture, press the QUICK VIEW button or press the shutter button halfway. a Y 30 30 30 HQ HQ 2560 2560 1920 1920 30 30 30 HQ HQ 2560 2560 1920 19200030 30 30 30 < WB MODE MENU K F 0030 2560 1920 2560 1920 HQ HQ 30 30 30 AUTO AUTO (Auto-flash) ! (red-eye reduction flash) $ (Flash off) # (fill-in flash)
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15 Basic operation 1 Menus Press e to display the menu on the monitor. The menu items that can be used differ depending on the mode. About the menus WB MODE MENU K F Top menu Menus are divided into shortcut menus and mode menus. Mode menus You can go to each setting's screen directly. The settings are categorized into tabs by function. Shortcut menus
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Menus 16 1 Basic operation Shortcut menus (Shooting modes (K / n) (Playback mode (q) WB MODE MENU K F gP.47 gP.48 gP.25 Shooting still pictures/movies ERASE MODE MENU ALBUM ENTRY m gP.89 gP.64 gP.75 Playback still pictures ERASE MODE MENU ALBUM ENTRY MOVIE PLAYBACK gP.76 gP.89 Playback movies gP.64
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Menus 17 Basic operation 1 Basic operation (Playback album mode (X) Mode menus (K/n/q) (Shooting modes (K/n) CAMERA tab For setting shooting-related functions. CARD tab For formatting the memory card. SETUP tab For setting basic camera functions and ease of use features. ERASE ALBUM MENU UNDO ENTRY m gP.69 gP.67 gP.75 Playback still pictures ERASE ALBUM MENU UNDO ENTRY MOVIE PLAYBACK gP.69 gP.67 gP.76 Playback movies DRIVE ESP/5 ISO DIGITAL ZOOM AF MODE CARD SET CAMERA AUTO OFF SPOT ESP CAMERA tab CARD tab SETUP tab
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Menus 18 1 Basic operation (Playback mode (q) Album menu (X) PLAY tab For setting playing-related functions. EDIT tab For editing saved pictures. CARD tab For formatting cards and erasing all image data. SETUP tab For setting basic camera functions and ease of use features. TIPS • In n mode, the mode menu differs in shooting mode and in playback mode. For details, see “Menu list” (P.152). TIPS • For details on mode menu items in shooting mode/playback mode and the album menu in album playback mode, see “Menu list” (P.152). y < R OFF OFF 0 INFO EDIT CARD SET PLAY PLAY tab EDIT tab CARD tab SETUP tab ALBUM MENU SEL. ALBUM 0 OFF y SELECTTITLEIMAGE <
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Menus 19 Basic operation 1 Basic operation Use the arrow pad and e 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 Shutter sound 1 Press e in K mode (shooting still pictures). • The top menu is displayed. 2 Press d to select [MODE MENU]. 3 Press ac to select the [SETUP] tab, then press d. • Refer to the arrows on the screen to select a setting with the arrow pad. How to use the menus acb d buttons e button WB MODE MENU K F Top menu This refers to the arrow pad (acb d). W ALL RESET PW ON SETUP COLOR 8 CAM CARD ON ENGLISH NORMAL LOW SETUP This refers to the arrow pad (a d).
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Menus 20 1 Basic operation 4 Press ac to select [SHUTTER SOUND], then press d. • Refer to the arrows on the screen to select a setting with the arrow pad. • Unavailable settings cannot be selected. 5 Press ac to select [OFF], [1], [2] or [3] then press d. • Follow the operation guide at the bottom of the screen and use the arrow pad to select and set a setting. 6 Press ac and select [LOW] or [HIGH], then press e. • Follow the operation guide at the bottom of the screen and use the arrow pad to select and set a setting. • Press e unfill the menu closes. TIPS • In this manual, Steps 1 to 5 of how to use the menus are expressed as follows: Top menu [MODE MENU] [SETUP] [SHUTTER SOUND] [OFF] / [1] / [2] / [3] SHUTTER SOUND REC VIEW FILE NAME PIXEL MAPPING s CAM CARD SETUP ON RESET The selected item appears indented. SELECT GO CANCEL SHUTTER SOUND OK OFF LOW LOW LOW 1 2 3 Operation guide Press b to cancel. Press e to make your selection. Press ac to select a setting. Press d to move settings. SHUTTER SOUND OFF 1 LOW HIGH 2 3 SELECT GO OK
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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 your camera to the P shooting scene mode and pressing the shutter button. Occasionally however you may need to focus on a difficult subject or adjust the brightness in order to get the picture to come out how you wanted... Just knowing which button to press or which setting to change can help you solve these problems. Did you know that by selecting an image size according to how you are planning on using 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
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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 outline of the subject is 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.
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23 Tips before you start taking pictures 2 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. • When the green lamp blinks: c You are too close to the subject take the picture at least 50 cm/20". away from the subject. When the distance from the camera to the subject is less than 50 cm/20", select the macro mode. g“Taking close-up pictures (macro/super macro mode)” (P.39) d 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. How to focus (focus lock) Mode dial 2560 1920 2560 1920 HQ HQ 30 30 30 P o AF target mark Shutter button
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If correct focus cannot be obtained 24 2 Tips before you start taking pictures 3 Keeping the shutter button pressed halfway, recompose your shot. 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. TIPS Focus on the subject in the center of the frame. g“AF mode” (P.44) Subjects that are difficult to focus on 2560 1920 2560 1920 HQ HQ 30 30 30 P o Green lamp 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.
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25 Tips before you start taking pictures 2 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.26. 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 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. Still picture record modes Record mode Picture quality Image size Usage examples SHQ Detailed 2560 × 1920 (Low compression) For making large prints or editing on a computer. HQ Normal 2560 × 1920 (Hereafter standard compression) For printing in postcard size. SQ1 2048 × 1536 For printing 3" × 5" prints. SQ2 1600 × 1200 For small prints, posting on the Internet or attach- ing to e-mail. 1280 × 9600 1024 × 7680 0640 × 4800 Picture with high number of pixel Picture with low number of pixel Large Small
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Record mode 26 2 Tips before you start taking pictures (HQ, SQ Movies are recorded in Motion-JPEG format. Still pictures Movies Movie record modes 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 32 MB card With sound Without sound SHQ 2560 × 1920 Low com- pression JPEG 8 8 HQ 2560 × 1920 Normal com- pression 25 26 SQ1 2048 × 1536 39 40 SQ2 1600 × 1200 46 48 1280 × 9600 71 76 1024 × 7680 104 117 1640 × 4800 153 180 Record mode Image size File format Remaining recording time Using a 32 MB card With sound HQ 320 × 240 (15 frames/sec.) Motion-JPEG 1 min. 23 sec. SQ 160 × 120 (15 frames/sec.) 3 min. 31 sec.
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Record mode 27 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 erase stored images. • If movies are shot with [VIDEO OUT] set to [PAL] and the AV cable connected, the movie recording time will differ from the time listed in the “Card capacity in number of pictures/recording time” table. 2560 1920 2560 1920 HQ HQ 30 30 30 P o Number of storable still pictures HQ HQ 00: 0:36 36 00:36 Remaining recording time
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Record mode 28 2 Tips before you start taking pictures Top menu [K] g “Menus” (P.15) 1 Select a record mode from [SHQ], [HQ], [SQ1] and [SQ2]. For movies, select a record mode from [HQ] and [SQ]. 2 If you selected [SQ2], choose an image size. 3 Press e. To change the record mode Mode dial For still pictures SHQ SQ1 SQ2 2560 1920 HQ 2560 1920 2048 1536 640 480 SELECT GO OK For movies HQ SQ 320 240 160 120 SELECT GO OK 1600ȁ1200 1280ȁ9600 1024ȁ768 0640ȁ480 SQ2 SELECT GO OK CANCEL
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29 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, 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 LANDSCAPE+PORTRAIT SELECT GO OK 6 SPORT SELECT GO OK 3 LANDSCAPE+PORTRAIT SELECT GO OK 4 PORTRAIT SELECT GO OK 12 NIGHT SCENE SELECT GO OK 2 LANDSCAPE SELECT GO OK
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30 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. (Shooting scene modes P PROGRAM AUTO All you need to do is press the shutter button. The camera automatically adjusts to the optimal settings. 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. 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. 1 PROGRAM AUTO SELECT GO OK 2 LANDSCAPE SELECT GO OK 3 LANDSCAPE+PORTRAIT SELECT GO OK 4 PORTRAIT SELECT GO OK
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Selecting a shooting mode according to the situation 31 Basic shooting functions 3 Basic shooting functions h INDOOR Suitable for taking pictures of the subject indoors together with background scene. j SPORT Suitable for capturing fast-moving action (such as sports) without blurring. Even fast-moving subjects appear to be stationary. i BEACH & SNOW Suitable for taking pictures at a beach or in snow. Lets you take beautiful pictures of scenery with sand or snow. j BEHIND GLASS Suitable for taking pictures of items displayed in a shop’s window or through glass. TIPS • Record mode can only be set to SQ2 "1280 x 960", "1024 x 768" and "640 x 480." TIPS • The flash cannot be used. OK 5 INDOOR SELECT GO OK 6 SPORT SELECT GO OK 7 BEACH & SNOW SELECT GO OK 8 BEHIND GLASS SELECT GO OK
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Selecting a shooting mode according to the situation 32 3 Basic shooting functions k SELF PORTRAIT + SELF TIMER Suitable for taking pictures while traveling. Lets you take pictures of yourself and the landscape. l SELF PORTRAIT Enables you to take a picture of yourself while holding the camera. m SUNSET Preserves the deep hues seen in sunsets and sunrises. 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. TIPS • The zoom function is locked at the W position and cannot be changed while in self portrait mode. • Spot metering is not available in this mode. TIPS • The flash cannot be used. TIPS • Slower shutter speeds are used in NIGHT SCENE. The use of a tripod is recommended to prevent your pictures from being blurred by camera movement when the shutter speed is slow. 9 SELF PORTRAIT+SELF TIMER SELECT GO OK 10 SELF PORTRAIT SELECT GO OK 11 SUNSET SELECT GO OK 12 NIGHT SCENE SELECT GO OK
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Selecting a shooting mode according to the situation 33 Basic shooting functions 3 Basic shooting functions n NIGHT+PORTRAIT Suitable for shooting both the main subject and background at night. o CUISINE Lets you take beautiful pictures of food. The saturation, sharpness and contrast settings are increased to take sharp, vivid pictures of the subject. p DOCUMENTS Suitable for shooting documents, etc. Increases contrast between letters and background. q CANDLE The optimum mode to take a picture of candles preserving the warm light from fire. TIPS • NIGHT+PORTRAIT shooting makes shutter speed slow. Be sure to stabilize the camera by using a tripod. • The flash fires in the red-eye reduction mode. g “Flash shooting” (P.41) TIPS • The flash cannot be used. TIPS • The flash cannot be used. • Record mode can only be set to SQ2 "1280 x 960", "1024 x 768" and "640 x 480." 13 NIGHT+PORTRAIT SELECT GO OK 14 CUISINE SELECT GO OK 15 DOCUMENTS SELECT GO OK 16 CANDLE SELECT GO OK
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Selecting a shooting mode according to the situation 34 3 Basic shooting functions r UNDER WATER WIDE Suitable for shooting a wide area such as a school of fish. Lets you take pictures with a rich, more vivid blue background. s UNDER WATER MACRO Suitable for shooting close-ups of fish. The natural color of the water will appear. If you use the flash, you can enhance the red tones. w SHOOT & SELECT 1 / u SHOOT & SELECT 2 Lets you select an image out of a sequence of still pictures you have taken by depressing the shutter button and store it. g“SHOOT & SELECT shooting” (P.36) TIPS • To take pictures in the water, you need to use an underwater protective case (sold separately) on the camera. • While shooting with UNDER WATER WIDE scene mode, pressing c (Y) locks the focus easily (AF lock). If the focus is locked, AF lock mark (V) will appear. TIPS • To take pictures in the water, you need to use an underwater protective case (sold separately) on the camera. • While shooting with UNDER WATER WIDE scene mode, pressing c (Y) locks the focus easily (AF lock). If the focus is locked, AF lock mark (V) will appear. TIPS • While shooting with SHOOT & SELECT 1 scene mode, record mode cannot be set to SHQ. 17 UNDER WATER WIDE SELECT GO OK 18 UNDER WATER MACRO SELECT GO OK 19 SHOOT & SELECT 1 SELECT GO OK 20 SHOOT & SELECT 2 SELECT GO OK
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Selecting a shooting mode according to the situation 35 Basic shooting functions 3 Basic shooting functions 1 Press the a (f) button. 2 Select shooting scene mode and press e. • After the sample image was displayed, for what kind of shooting situation is suitable will be displayed. Selecting a shooting mode Note • Even if you change the record mode or flash mode with a shooting mode other than [PROGRAM AUTO], they will return to the factory default setting when you change to the other shooting mode. Mode dial f button 1 PROGRAM AUTO SELECT GO OK 4 PORTRAIT SELECT GO OK 4 PORTRAIT SELECT GO OK For taking a portrait-style shot.
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Selecting a shooting mode according to the situation 36 3 Basic shooting functions Lets you select an image out of a sequence of still pictures you have taken by depressing the shutter button and store it. This is best for shooting moving objects. SHOOT & SELECT 1 Shoots a rapid succession of 4 still pictures by keeping the shutter button pressed. SHOOT & SELECT 2 Shoots a succession of still pictures by keeping the shutter button pressed. 1 Press the a (f) button. 2 Select [SHOOT & SELECT 1] or [SHOOT & SELECT 2] and press e. 3 Take the picture. • After shooting, the screen to select which picture(s) to erase will appear. 4 Select the picture to erase and press a. • If you want to erase other pictures, repeat Step 4. 5 After you decided the picture to erase, press e. 6 Select [YES] and press e. SHOOT & SELECT shooting Note • If you selected [SHOOT & SELECT 2], you can take up to approximately 200 still pictures as long as the shutter button is depressed. • If you did not select the picture to erase, all taken pictures will be stored in the card. Mode dial f button OK OK OK SELECT GO S ( ) will be displayed on the selected pictures. The picture with cursor will be displayed enlarged.
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37 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 using 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 3× (equivalent to 35 mm to 105 mm on a 35 mm film camera) Digital zoom 4× Optical zoom + digital zoom Max. 12× Note that camera movement is likely to occur at higher magnifications. 1 Press the zoom button. Using the optical zoom Mode dial Zoom button Zoom out: Press the W side of the zoom button Zoom in: Press the T side of the zoom button
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Zooming in on a distant subject 38 3 Basic shooting functions Top menu [MODE MENU] [CAMERA] [DIGITAL ZOOM] [OFF] / [ON] g“Menus” (P.15) 1 Press the T side of the zoom button. • 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. Using the digital zoom Note • In n mode, the maximum magnification possible for digital zoom is up to 3.0 times. Mode dial Zoom button 2560 1920 2560 1920 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.
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39 Basic shooting functions 3 Taking close-up pictures (macro/super macro mode) Focusing is usually slow when you get close to a subject (20 cm/8" to 50 cm/20"). 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 20 cm/8" to your subject, you can fill the entire frame with a 7.0 × 5.3 cm (2.8" × 2.1") subject. % This mode lets you shoot from as close as 7 cm/2.8" to your subject. Subjects measuring approximately 2.7 × 2.0 cm (1.0" × 0.8") 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 Select [&] or [%] by repeatedly pressing the d (&) button. • If no operation is performed for about 3 seconds, the macro or super macro mode is set and the mode selection screen is automatically exited. 2 Press the shutter button fully to take the picture. & % Mode dial & button &ġ 2560 1920 2560 1920 HQ HQ 30 30 30
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Taking close-up pictures (macro/super macro mode) 40 3 Basic shooting functions TIPS The subject appears in shadow when the super macro mode is used. → 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 correctly. g“ESP/Spot metering” (P.45) Note • If you take pictures of your subject at a distance of more than 50 cm (20") in the macro mode, the camera will take longer than usual to focus. • If you take pictures of your subject at a distance of more than 20 cm (7.9") in the super macro mode, the camera will take longer than usual to focus. • If you use the flash in macro shootings, shadows may be noticeable and the appropriate exposure may not be obtained. • During super macro shooting, the zoom and flash are not available.
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41 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. 20 cm to 4.2 m (0.7 ft. to 13.8 ft.) T (max.): Approx. 20 cm to 2.6 m (0.7 ft. to 8.5 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. 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.
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Flash shooting 42 3 Basic shooting functions 1 Change the flash mode by repeatedly pressing the b (#) button. • The flash settings change in the order of the arrow • If no operation is performed for about 3 seconds, the flash mode is set and the mode selection screen is automatically exited. 2 Press the shutter button halfway. • In conditions where the flash will fire, # lights (flash stand-by). 3 Press the shutter button fully to take the picture. TIPS The # (flash charge) indication blinks. → The flash is charging. Wait until # turns off. Note • The flash does not fire in the following situations: During 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. Mode dial #(flash mode) button AUTO # $ ! 0030 2560 1920 2560 1920 HQ HQ 30 30 30 AUTO 2560 1920 2560 1920 HQ HQ 30 30 30 # mark
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43 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, 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 amazing results. Try various settings and discover all sorts of new possibilities. 4                               Advanced shooting functions ESP 5 DRIVE ESP/5 ISO DIGITAL ZOOM AF MODE CARD SET CAMERA SELECT SELECT GO GO OK OK SELECT GO OK WB AUTO
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44 4 Advanced shooting functions AF mode This function allows you to select the focus range of your subject. 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. Top menu [MODE MENU] [CAMERA] [AF MODE] g“Menus” (P.15) 1 Select [iESP] or [SPOT] and press e. Subject suitable for [iESP] focus mode Subject suitable for [SPOT] focus mode Mode dial iESP SPOT DRIVE ESP/5 ISO DIGITAL ZOOM AF MODE CARD SET CAMERA
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45 Advanced shooting functions 4 Metering There are two ways of measuring the brightness of a subject. ESP Meters the center of the subject and the surrounding area separately. n Exposure is determined by metering within the AF target area. In this mode, a subject can be shot with optimal exposure regardless of the background light. Top menu [MODE MENU] [CAMERA] [ESP/5] g“Menus” (P.15) 1 Select [ESP] or [n] and press e. ESP/Spot metering Mode dial ESP 5 DRIVE ESP/5 ISO DIGITAL ZOOM AF MODE CARD SET CAMERA
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46 4 Advanced shooting functions ISO sensitivity The higher the ISO value, the greater the camera’s light sensitivity and the better its ability to shoot in low light conditions. However, higher values also introduce electrical noise into the resulting image, which may give it a grainy appearance. AUTO Sensitivity is automatically adjusted according to the light conditions and the subject brightness. 64/100/200/400 With a lower ISO setting, you can shoot clear, sharp images in daylight. With a higher ISO setting, you can use faster shutter speeds with the same amount of light. Top menu [MODE MENU] [CAMERA] [ISO] g“Menus” (P.15) 1 Select [AUTO], [64], [100], [200] or [400] and press e. Note • ISO settings are based on the sensitivity of normal camera film. The scale is approximate. • When [ISO] is set to [AUTO] and you are shooting in dark conditions without a flash, the shutter speed is reduced. In this case, the sensitivity is automatically increased to avoid the risk of camera movement. • If the subject is too far away for the flash illumination to reach when [ISO] is set to [AUTO], the sensitivity is automatically increased. Mode dial 64 100 200 400 AUTO DRIVE ESP/5 ISO DIGITAL ZOOM AF MODE CARD SET CAMERA
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47 Advanced shooting functions 4 Exposure compensation This function allows you to make fine changes to the exposure setting. You can adjust the exposure in the range of ±2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps. When the setting is changed, you can check the result on the monitor. Top menu [F] g“Menus” (P.15) 1 Press ac to adjust the exposure and press e. • Adjust toward +: Press a to adjust up to +2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps. • Adjust toward –: Press c to adjust up to -2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps. TIPS • Often bright subjects (such as snow) will turn out darker than their natural colors. Adjusting toward + makes these subjects closer to their real shades. For the same reason, adjust toward – when shooting dark subjects. • In some situations, you may get better results when the exposure that the camera sets is compensated (adjusted) manually. Note • If the flash is used, the image brightness (exposure) may differ from the intended brightness. • Exposure compensation cannot correct the image if the surroundings of the subject are extremely bright or dark. Mode dial 0.0 + F SELECT SELECT GO GO OK OK SELECT GO OK
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48 4 Advanced shooting functions White balance Color reproduction differs depending on the light 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. AUTO Automatically adjusts the white balance for any light source. 5: Suitable for shooting on a sunny day. 3: Suitable for shooting on a cloudy day. 1: Suitable for shooting under a tungsten light. w: Suitable for shooting under a daylight fluorescent lamp. This type of lamp is used mainly in homes. x: Suitable for shooting under a neutral white fluorescent lamp.This type of lamp is generally used in desk lamps, etc. y: Suitable for shooting under a cool white fluorescent lamp. This type of lamp is generally used in offices, etc. Top menu [WB] g“Menus” (P.15) 1 Select a white balance setting and press e. TIPS • You can also preview different color tones by trying the different [WB] settings under the actual light source and checking the result on the monitor. • Set the white balance to [5] or [3] to capture a sunrise or sunset with beautiful reddish tones. Note • The white balance feature may not be effective under some special light sources, such situations where multiple lights are used. • White balance may not be effective under some special light sources. • After setting a white balance 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. Mode dial SELECT SELECT GO GO OK OK SELECT GO OK WB AUTO
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49 Advanced shooting functions 4 Histogram When shooting still pictures, you can display a histogram showing the brightness and contrast of your subject in the monitor. You can also display the black and white areas directly on the picture. Displaying the brightness and contrast of your subject enables fine adjustment of the exposure. OFF Hides the histogram. ON Displays the histogram for every picture. When [ON] is selected in P mode 30 30 30 HQ HQ P o 30 30 30 HQ HQ P o The part indicated in green in the histogram shows the luminance distribution within the AF target mark. If the peak fills too much of the frame, the image will appear mostly white. If the peak fills too much of the frame, the image will appear mostly black. Dark picture Bright picture AF target mark AF target mark
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Histogram 50 4 Advanced shooting functions Top menu [MODE MENU] [CAMERA] [u] [OFF] / [ON] g“Menus” (P.15) Note • The histogram is not displayed in the following situations even if [ON] is selected. During panorama shooting or composite two pictures shooting. • The histogram displayed during shooting may differ from the histogram displayed during playback. Mode dial

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