Olympus Stylus Mini Digital S manual

User manual for the Olympus Stylus Mini Digital S in English. This PDF manual has 158 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 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.9) 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.83) 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.12) Procedures differ for album playback mode.
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3 Composition of the manual The title page of each chapter gives a short description of the contents. Be sure to check it out. Additional shooting functions P.44 You’ll find important points for getting the most out of your camera here. Read this part before taking pictures. Basic operation Tips before you start taking pictures Basic shooting functions Advanced shooting 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. 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.8 P.17 P.25 P.36 P.53 P.81 P.92 P.108 P.124 P.140 Table of Contents P.4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
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4 Table of Contents How to use this manual....................................................................... 2 Composition of the manual ................................................................. 3 1 Basic operation - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -8 Mode dial............................................................................................. 9 Direct buttons.................................................................................... 10 Menus ............................................................................................... 12 About the menus......................................................................... 12 How to use the menus ................................................................ 15 2 Tips before you start taking pictures - - - - - -17 Holding the camera........................................................................... 18 If correct focus cannot be obtained................................................... 19 How to focus (focus lock)............................................................ 19 Subjects that are difficult to focus on .......................................... 20 Record mode ............................................................................. 21 Still picture record modes............................................................ 21 Movie record modes.................................................................... 22 Number of storable still pictures/remaining recording time ......... 22 To change the record mode........................................................ 24 3 Basic shooting functions- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -25 Selecting a shooting mode according to the situation....................... 26 Selecting a scene mode .................................................... 29 Zooming in on a distant subject ........................................................ 30 Using the optical zoom................................................................ 30 Using the digital zoom................................................................. 31 Taking close-up pictures (macro/super macro mode) .......... 32 Flash shooting .............................................................................. 34 4 Advanced shooting functions - - - - - - - - - - -36 AF mode............................................................................................ 37 Metering ............................................................................................ 38 ESP/Spot metering ...................................................... 38 ISO sensitivity ................................................................................... 39 Exposure compensation ............................................................. 40 White balance .......................................................................... 41 Histogram ................................................................................... 42
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Table of Contents 5 5 Additional shooting functions - - - - - - - - - - -44 Recording movies ....................................................................... 45 Sequential shooting .................................................................. 47 Self-timer shooting ..................................................................... 48 Panorama shooting ........................................................................... 49 Taking two-in-one pictures ................................................................ 51 Recording sound with still pictures ............................................... 52 6 Playback - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -53 Playing back still pictures ........................................................... 54 Selecting the number of pictures .......................................... 55 Calendar display ......................................................................... 55 Slideshow ............................................................................ 56 Picture rotation ...................................................................... 57 Playing back movies ................................................................... 58 Playing back albums ................................................................... 59 Album entry ................................................................................. 60 Album playback........................................................................... 62 Undo entry................................................................................... 63 Erase album picture .................................................................... 65 Changing the title image ............................................................. 66 Editing still pictures ........................................................................... 67 Soft focus .................................................................................... 68 Fish-eye ...................................................................................... 68 Black and White .......................................................................... 69 Sepia-tone................................................................................... 69 Resizing ................................................................................ 70 Trimming ............................................................................. 70 Recording sound .......................................................................... 72 Creating an index.............................................................................. 73 Playback on a TV.............................................................................. 74 Video output selection................................................................. 75 Information display ................................................................ 76 Histogram ................................................................................... 77 Protecting pictures ...................................................................... 78 Erasing pictures .................................................................... 78 Single-frame erase ................................................................ 79 All-frame erase .................................................................... 79 Formatting ................................................................................... 80
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Table of Contents 6 7 Settings- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -81 All reset ............................................................................................. 82 Selecting a language .............................................................. 83 Power on setup ................................................................................. 84 Screen setup..................................................................................... 85 Screen color...................................................................................... 86 Playback volume............................................................................... 86 Beep .......................................................................................... 86 Shutter sound.................................................................................... 87 Rec view............................................................................................ 87 File name .......................................................................................... 88 Pixel mapping.................................................................................... 89 Monitor brightness adjustment .................................................. 90 Setting the date and time .......................................................... 91 8 Printing pictures - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -92 Direct printing (PictBridge) ................................................................ 93 Using the direct printing function................................................. 93 Connecting the camera to a printer............................................. 94 Flowchart for printing................................................................... 95 Selecting the print mode ............................................................. 97 Setting the print paper items ....................................................... 98 Selecting pictures you want to print ............................................ 98 Setting printing data .................................................................... 99 Trimming ............................................................................. 99 Printing........................................................................................ 99 Exiting direct printing................................................................. 100 If an error code is displayed...................................................... 101 Print settings (DPOF) ................................................................ 102 How to make print reservations................................................. 102 Flowchart for setting up the print reservations .......................... 103 Selecting print reservation mode............................................... 104 Selecting the picture to print...................................................... 105 Setting the printing data ............................................................ 105 Completing the print reservation ............................................... 105 Resetting print reservation data ................................................ 106
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Table of Contents 7 9 Connecting the camera to a computer - - - -108 Flow................................................................................................. 109 Using OLYMPUS Master ................................................................ 110 What is OLYMPUS Master?...................................................... 110 Installing OLYMPUS Master ..................................................... 111 Connecting the camera to a computer ............................................ 114 Starting up OLYMPUS Master ........................................................ 116 Displaying camera images on a computer ...................................... 118 Downloading and saving images .............................................. 118 Viewing still pictures and movies .................................................... 120 Printing pictures .............................................................................. 121 To download and save images to a computer without using OLYMPUS Master............................................................... 123 10 Appendix - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -124 Troubleshooting .............................................................................. 125 Error codes................................................................................ 125 Troubleshooting ........................................................................ 126 Camera care ................................................................................... 132 AC adapter (optional) ...................................................................... 133 Safety Precautions .......................................................................... 134 Glossary of terms ............................................................................ 138 11 Miscellaneous - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -140 Menu list.......................................................................................... 141 List of factory default settings.......................................................... 146 Scene and shooting functions ......................................................... 148 Names of parts................................................................................ 150 Camera ..................................................................................... 150 Monitor indications .................................................................... 152 Index ............................................................................................... 155
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8 1 Basic operation Sequential shooting Movies WB MODE MENU 64 100 200 400 AUTO DRIVE ISO DIGITAL ZOOM AF MODE CARD SET CAMERA ESP/ 00: 0:36 36 00:36 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 the 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 Basic operation                          
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Basic operation 1 9 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. A This function allows you to record movies with sound. gP.45 Playback mode q This function allows you to view still pictures and movies. You can also playback pictures from your albums and sound. gP.54, 58 TIPS • You can change the mode before and after turning the camera on. Playback mode Set the mode dial to this position to view individual pictures and movies. Shooting modes Set the mode dial to take pictures or movies. In this manual, the following icons indicate the mode dial position for using shooting mode functions. This indicates that the function is used with the mode dial set to A. This indicates that the function is used with mode dial set to K or A. Mode dial notation
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1 Basic operation 10 Direct buttons By using the direct buttons, operating the camera is even easier. c Of button In K mode, Of lets you select the optimum settings for the shooting conditions for the camera. g“Selecting a shooting mode according to the situation” (P.26) d Y# (Flash mode) button In K mode, press Y# repeatedly to change the setting. The setting changes in the following order with each press of the button. g“Flash shooting” (P.34) f e d c g h OK 1 PROGRAM AUTO SELECT GO 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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Direct buttons Basic operation 1 Basic operation 11 e e button Pressing e displays the top menu. g“Menus” (P.12) f NY (Self-timer) button In shooting modes, press NY repeatedly to change the setting. The setting alternates between [Y ON] and [Y OFF]. g“Self-timer shooting” (P.48) g X& (Macro) button In shooting modes, press X& repeatedly to change the setting. The setting switches between [&], [%], and [& OFF]. g“Taking close-up pictures (macro/super macro mode)” (P.32) WB MODE MENU 30 30 30 HQ HQ 2560 2560 1920 1920 30 30 30 ON HQ HQ 2560 1920 2560 19200030 30 30 30 OFF 2560 1920 2560 1920 HQ HQ 30 30 30 2560 1920 2560 1920 HQ HQ 30 30 30
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Menus 1 Basic operation 12 Press e to display the menu on the monitor. The menu items that can be used differ depending on the mode. h QUICK VIEW button/- (Album playback) 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“Playback” (P.53) To return to shooting mode for taking the next picture, press the QUICK VIEW button or press the shutter button halfway. In playback mode, press the - button to enable album playback mode. The album selection screen is displayed on the monitor. g“Playing back albums” (P.59) To return to normal playback mode, press the - button again. About the menus Menus 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 WB MODE MENU
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Menus Basic operation 1 Basic operation 13 Shortcut menus gP.21 WB MODE MENU Shooting still pictures/movies gP.40 gP.41 Playback movies Playback still pictures ERASE MODE MENU ALBUM ENTRY gP.79 gP.60 gP.56 ERASE MODE MENU ALBUM ENTRY MOVIE PLAYBACK gP.60 gP.58 gP.79
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Menus 1 Basic operation 14 Mode menus CAMERA tab For setting shooting- related functions. PLAY tab For setting playback- related functions. CARD tab For formatting the memory card. EDIT tab For editing saved pictures. SETUP tab For setting basic camera functions and ease of use features. CARD tab For formatting cards and erasing all image data. SETUP tab For setting basic camera functions and ease of use features. TIPS • In A mode, the mode menu differs in shooting mode and in playback mode. For details, see “Menu list” (P.141). • For details on mode menu items in shooting mode/playback mode, see “Menu list” (P.141). SETUP tab CAMERA tab CARD tab DRIVE ISO DIGITAL ZOOM AF MODE CARD SET CAMERA AUTO OFF SPOT ESP ESP/ OFF OFF INFO EDIT CARD SET PLAY PLAY tab EDIT tab CARD tab SETUP tab
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Menus Basic operation 1 Basic operation 15 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. • The top menu is displayed. 2 Press Y to select [MODE MENU]. 3 Press ON to select the [SETUP] tab, then press Y. • Refer to the arrows on the screen to select a setting with the arrow pad. How to use the menus ONXY buttons e button WB MODE MENU Top menu This refers to the arrow pad (ONXY). ALL RESET PW ON SETUP COLOR CAM CARD ON ENGLISH NORMAL LOW SETUP This refers to the arrow pad (OY).
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Menus 1 Basic operation 16 4 Press ON to select [SHUTTER SOUND], then press Y. • Refer to the arrows on the screen to select a setting with the arrow pad. • Unavailable settings cannot be selected. 5 Press ON to select [OFF], [1], [2] or [3] then press Y. • Follow the operation guide at the bottom of the screen and use the arrow pad to select and set a setting. 6 Press ON 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 until 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 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 X to cancel. Press e to make your selection. Press ON to select a setting. Press Y to move settings. SHUTTER SOUND OFF 1 LOW HIGH 2 3 SELECT GO OK
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17 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 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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2 Tips before you start taking pictures 18 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 Incorrect grip Keep your fingers and the strap away from the lens, flash and microphone.
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Tips before you start taking pictures 2 19 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.32) 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) 2560 1920 2560 1920 HQ HQ 30 30 30 P AF target mark Shutter button
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If correct focus cannot be obtained 2 Tips before you start taking pictures 20 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.37) Subjects that are difficult to focus on 2560 1920 2560 1920 HQ HQ 30 30 30 P 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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Tips before you start taking pictures 2 21 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.22. 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. Image size The number of pixels (horizontal × vertical) used when saving an image. Save your pictures in a large image size to get clearer prints. Compression Image data is compressed and recorded. The higher the compression, the less clear the image will be. 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 attaching to e-mail. 1280 × 960 1024 × 768 640 × 480 Picture with high number of pixel Picture with low number of pixel Larger Smaller
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Record mode 2 Tips before you start taking pictures 22 Movies are recorded in Motion-JPEG format. Still pictures Movies Movie record modes Number of storable still pictures/remaining recording time Record mode Com- pression File format Number of storable still pictures Image size Using a 16 MB card With sound Without sound SHQ 2560 × 1920 Low com- pression JPEG 4 4 HQ 2560 × 1920 Normal com- pression 12 13 SQ1 2048 × 1536 19 20 SQ2 1600 × 1200 23 24 1280 × 9600 35 38 1024 × 7680 52 58 1640 × 4800 76 90 Record mode Image size File format Remaining recording time Using a 16 MB card With sound HQ 320 × 240 (15 frames/sec.) Motion-JPEG 41 sec. SQ 160 × 120 (15 frames/sec.) 1 min. 45 sec. HQ HQ 30 30 30 2560 2560 1920 1920 Number of storable still pictures HQ HQ 00: 0:36 36 00:36 Remaining recording time
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Record mode Tips before you start taking pictures 2 Tips before you start taking pictures 23 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. 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.
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Record mode 2 Tips before you start taking pictures 24 Top menu [K] g “Menus” (P.12) 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 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 1600 1200 1280 9600 1024 768 0640 480 SQ2 SELECT GO OK CANCEL
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25 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 4 LANDSCAPE+PORTRAIT SELECT GO OK 5 NIGHT SCENE SELECT GO OK 3 LANDSCAPE SELECT GO OK 2 PORTRAIT SELECT GO OK OK 1 PROGRAM AUTO SELECT GO
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3 Basic shooting functions 26 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 P PROGRAM AUTO All you need to do is press the shutter button. The camera automatically selects the optimal settings. B PORTRAIT Suitable for taking a portrait-style shot of a person. This mode features an in-focus subject against a blurred background. F 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. D 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. G 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. U NIGHT+PORTRAIT Suitable for shooting both the main subject and background at night. TIPS • The camera uses slower shutter speeds when set to G. The use of a tripod is recommended to prevent your pictures from being blurred by camera movement. TIPS • The camera uses slower shutter speeds when set to U. Be sure to stabilize the camera by using a tripod. • The flash fires in the red-eye reduction mode. g“Flash shooting” (P.34)
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Selecting a shooting mode according to the situation Basic shooting functions 3 Basic shooting functions 27 V CUISINE Lets you take beautiful pictures of food. The saturation, sharpness and contrast settings are increased to take sharp, vivid pictures of the subject. O BEACH & SNOW Suitable for taking pictures at a beach or in snow. Lets you take beautiful pictures of scenery with sand or snow. Q SELF PORTRAIT + SELF TIMER Suitable for taking pictures while traveling. Lets you take pictures of yourself and the landscape. P BEHIND GLASS Suitable for taking pictures of items displayed in a shop’s window or through glass. R SELF PORTRAIT Enables you to take a picture of yourself while holding the camera. N INDOOR Suitable for taking pictures of the subject indoors together with the background scene. The background is reproduced clearly. TIPS • The flash cannot be used. 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 • Record mode can only be set to SQ2: [1280 × 960], [1024 × 768] and [640 × 480].
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Selecting a shooting mode according to the situation 3 Basic shooting functions 28 W CANDLE The optimum mode to take a picture of candles preserving the warm light from fire. S SUNSET Preserves the deep hues seen in sunsets and sunrises. X FIREWORKS Lets you capture the expanding burst of light from fireworks. TIPS • The flash cannot be used. • Record mode can only be set to SQ2: [1280 × 960], [1024 × 768] and [640 × 480]. TIPS • The flash cannot be used. TIPS • The camera uses slower shutter speeds when set to X. The use of a tripod is recommended to prevent your pictures from being blurred by camera movement.
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Selecting a shooting mode according to the situation Basic shooting functions 3 Basic shooting functions 29 1 Press Of. • The screen for selecting a scene mode is displayed. 2 Press NO to select a scene mode and press e. • After the sample image was displayed, for what kind of shooting situation is suitable will be displayed. Selecting a scene mode Note • Even if you change the record mode or flash mode with a scene mode other than [PROGRAM AUTO], they will return to the factory default settings when you change to another scene mode. OK 1 PROGRAM AUTO SELECT GO 2 PORTRAIT SELECT GO OK 2 SELECT GO OK PORTRAIT For taking a portrait-style shot.
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3 Basic shooting functions 30 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 2× (equivalent to 35 mm to 70 mm on a 35 mm film camera) Optical zoom + digital zoom Max. 8× Note that camera movement is likely to occur at higher magnifications. 1 Press the zoom button. Using the optical zoom 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 Basic shooting functions 3 Basic shooting functions 31 To use the digital zoom, set [DIGITAL ZOOM] to [ON]. Top menu [MODE MENU] [CAMERA] [DIGITAL ZOOM] g“Menus” (P.12) 1 Select [ON] and press e. 2 Press the T side of the zoom button. Using the digital zoom Note • In A mode, the maximum magnification possible for digital zoom is up to 3 times. OFF ON DRIVE ISO DIGITAL ZOOM AF MODE CARD SET CAMERA ESP/ 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. 2560 1920 2560 1920 HQ HQ P 30 30 30 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. 2560 1920 2560 1920 HQ HQ P 30 30 30
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3 Basic shooting functions 32 Taking close-up pictures (macro/super macro mode) Set the camera to macro mode when taking subjects up close (20 cm/8" to 50 cm/20"). & 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 20.9 × 15.4 cm (8.2" × 6.0") subject. % This mode lets you shoot from as close as 8 cm/3.1" to your subject. Subjects measuring approximately 4.4 × 3.3 cm (1.7" × 1.3") 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 adjusted. 1 Select [&] or [%] by repeatedly pressing X&. • If no operation is performed for about 2 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. & % 2560 1920 2560 1920 HQ HQ 30 30 30
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Taking close-up pictures (macro/super macro mode) Basic shooting functions 3 Basic shooting functions 33 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.38) 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 shooting, 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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3 Basic shooting functions 34 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. 0.2 m to 3.0 m (0.7 ft. to 9.8 ft.) T (max.): Approx. 0.2 m to 2.2 m (0.7 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. 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 Basic shooting functions 3 Basic shooting functions 35 for link 1 Change the flash mode by repeatedly pressing Y#. • The flash settings change in the order of the arrows. • If no operation is performed for about 2 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. AUTO 0030 2560 1920 2560 1920 HQ HQ 30 30 30 AUTO HQ HQ 30 30 30 2560 2560 1920 1920 2560 2560 1920 1920 # mark
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36 4 Advanced shooting functions SELECT SELECT GO GO OK OK SELECT GO OK WB AUTO ESP DRIVE ISO DIGITAL ZOOM AF MODE CARD SET CAMERA ESP/ 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                          
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Advanced shooting functions 4 37 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.12) 1 Select [iESP] or [SPOT] and press e. Subject suitable for [iESP] focus mode Subject suitable for [SPOT] focus mode iESP SPOT DRIVE ISO DIGITAL ZOOM AF MODE CARD SET CAMERA ESP/
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4 Advanced shooting functions 38 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.12) 1 Select [ESP] or [n] and press e. ESP/Spot metering ESP DRIVE ISO DIGITAL ZOOM AF MODE CARD SET CAMERA ESP/
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Advanced shooting functions 4 39 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.12) 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. 64 100 200 400 AUTO DRIVE ISO DIGITAL ZOOM AF MODE CARD SET CAMERA ESP/
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4 Advanced shooting functions 40 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.12) 1 Press ON to adjust the exposure and press e. • Adjust toward +: Press O to adjust up to +2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps. • Adjust toward –: Press N 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. 0.0 SELECT SELECT GO GO OK OK SELECT GO OK
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Advanced shooting functions 4 41 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.12) 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. • 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. SELECT SELECT GO GO OK OK SELECT GO OK WB AUTO
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4 Advanced shooting functions 42 Histogram When shooting still pictures, you can display a histogram showing the brightness and contrast of your subject in the monitor. 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 30 30 30 HQ HQ P 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 Advanced shooting functions 4 43 Top menu [MODE MENU] [CAMERA] [u] [OFF] / [ON] g“Menus” (P.12) Note • The histogram is not displayed in the following situations even if [ON] is selected. During panorama shooting or two-in-one picture shooting. • The histogram displayed during shooting may differ from the histogram displayed during playback.
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44 5 Additional shooting functions At a sporting event… Use movie mode to capture the atmosphere by recording the cheers and applause along with the action. Or use sequential shooting mode to take a succession of shots of a goal and pick out the best ones later. In the country or at a tourist spot… Use panorama mode to capture a beautiful mountain range or impressive building. At a party or family gathering… Use the self-timer to take group photos at school reunions or birthday parties. Additional shooting functions 5                          
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5 Additional shooting functions 45 Recording movies This function allows you to record movies. The sound is automatically recorded with the movie. Although the camera maintains the correct exposure during movie recording even if your subject moves, the focus and zoom will be locked so it will be out of focus if the distance to the subject is changed. 1 Decide the composition of the picture. • The available recording time on the card that you are using is displayed on the monitor. • You can use the zoom button to enlarge your subject. 2 Press the shutter button fully to start recording. • During movie recording, A lights red. 3 Press the shutter button again to stop recording. • When the remaining recording time has been used up, recording stops automatically. • When there is space available in the card memory, the remaining recording time is displayed, and the camera is ready to shoot. TIPS To use the zoom during movie recording → During movie recording, optical zoom is not available. To use the zoom, set [DIGITAL ZOOM] to [ON]. g“Using the digital zoom” (P.31) HQ HQ 00: 0:36 36 00:36 Remaining recording time 00: 0:36 36 00:36
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Recording movies 5 Additional shooting functions 46 Note • Depending on the card, the remaining recording time may drop rapidly during recording. Try using the card again after formatting it with your camera. g“Formatting” (P.80) • In A mode, the flash cannot be used. • The sound quality deteriorates temporarily if water gets on the microphone or speaker. It returns to normal when the water has evaporated. • Recording will continue until the card is full unless stopped by pressing the shutter button. • If a single movie recording uses up all of the card’s memory, create space on the card by erasing the movie or downloading it to a computer. Notes for recording long movies
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5 Additional shooting functions 47 Sequential shooting This function allows you to take a succession of still pictures (4 pictures in [HQ] mode) by keeping the shutter button pressed. As you can choose the best picture from a series of sequential shots, you are recommended to use this mode when photographing a moving subject. o Shoots 1 frame at a time when the shutter button is pressed. (Normal, single-frame shooting mode) j Shoots a succession of still pictures by keeping the shutter button pressed. The focus, exposure and white balance are locked at the first frame. Top menu [MODE MENU] [CAMERA] [DRIVE] g“Menus” (P.12) 1 Select [j] and press e. 2 Take the picture. • Press the shutter button fully and keep it pressed. The camera will take pictures in sequence until you release the button. Note • Sequential shooting ([j]) is not available in the following situations. During panorama shooting or two-in-one picture shooting. When G, U, W, S, or X is selected for the scene mode. • If the battery power is low and the battery check blinks during sequential shooting, shooting stops and the camera starts saving the pictures you have taken. Whether or not all of the shots are saved depends on how much battery power remains. • [!] is not available when [j] is set. If you select [j] when [!] is set, the flash setting automatically switches to [AUTO]. DRIVE ISO DIGITAL ZOOM AF MODE CARD SET CAMERA ESP/
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5 Additional shooting functions 48 Self-timer shooting This function lets you take pictures using the self-timer. Fix the camera securely on a tripod for self-timer shooting. This function is useful for taking pictures when you want to be included in the photograph. 1 Select [Y ON] by repeatedly pressing NY. • If no operation is performed for about 2 seconds, the self-timer mode is set and the mode selection screen is automatically exited. 2 Press the shutter button fully to take the picture. • Pressing the shutter button halfway locks the focus and exposure. • The self-timer lamp lights for approximately 10 seconds, then starts blinking. After blinking for approximately 2 seconds, the picture is taken. • To stop shooting while in A mode, press the shutter button fully again. • To cancel the self-timer, press NY. • The self-timer mode is automatically canceled after one shot. Note • Do not operate the self-timer while standing directly in front of the camera lens. The focus and exposure will not be able to lock. 30 30 30 HQ HQ 2560 2560 1920 1920 30 30 30 ON Self-timer lamp
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5 Additional shooting functions 49 Panorama shooting You can take advantage of panorama shooting with Olympus cards (xD- Picture Card). Panorama shooting lets you connect pictures with overlapping edges into a single panoramic picture, using the OLYMPUS Master software. Top menu [MODE MENU] [CAMERA] [PANORAMA] g“Menus” (P.12) 1 Use the arrow pad to choose at which edge you want to connect the pictures. Y : The next picture is connected at the right edge. X : The next picture is connected at the left edge. O : The next picture is connected at the top. N : The next picture is connected at the bottom. Connects pictures from left to right Connects pictures from bottom to top
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Panorama shooting 5 Additional shooting functions 50 2 Make sure that the edges of the pictures overlap, then take the pictures. • The focus, exposure and white balance are set by the first picture. Do not select an extremely bright subject (such as the sun) for the first picture. • You cannot adjust the zoom after the first picture. • Panorama shooting is possible for up to 10 pictures. • When you have taken 10 pictures, a warning mark (g) appears. 3 Press e to exit panorama shooting. The part of the previous picture where it will be joined to the next picture does not remain in the frame on the edge of the screen. You have to remember what the part in the frame looked like and take the next picture so it overlaps. Compose your shots so that the right edge of the previous picture overlaps with the left edge of the next picture if you are connecting pictures from left to right (or vice versa if you are connecting pictures from right to left). Note • The panorama mode is only available with Olympus cards. • During panorama shooting, the flash and sequential shooting modes are not available. • The camera itself cannot connect panorama pictures. The OLYMPUS Master software is necessary to connect the pictures.

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