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Top of camera controls

Top of the camera is the power and mode dial for switching between the three record modes (Program, A/S/M, Movie), Off and Play. As I stated in the C-3030Z review would like to have seen Play the other side of Off, but the designers must have had their reasons.

In front of this is the shutter release button surrounded by the zoom control lever. In playback mode the zoom controller doubles as the playback zoom and thumbnail selector.

The C-3040Z refocuses (AF focus mode) when you stop zooming, so for example zooming from wide to half tele as soon as you let go of the zoom lever the camera will autofocus just as though you'd half-pressed the shutter release.

Power / Mode Dial

Playback

Enters playback mode, displays last image shot and enables all play functions.

P

Program Auto Exposure

AUTO exposure with full access to all manual controls. Camera calculates exposure (shutter speed, aperture and ISO if in Auto) based on current metered value (which depends on metering mode). Exposure can be compensated +/-2 EV in 0.3 EV steps by pressing the left or right arrows on the 4-way controller (rear).


(+0.7 EV exposure compensation)

A

Aperture Priority Auto Exposure

In this mode you select the aperture and the camera will attempt to select the best shutter speed for a proper exposure. Aperture is displayed on the LCD, press the up or down arrows (4-way controller, rear) to select different apertures. The cameras exposure system is constantly displaying the exposure on the LCD (either main or viewfinder), if it's outside of the cameras exposure range the aperture will be displayed in RED. Available apertures:

  • Wide: F1.8, F2.0, F2.3, F2.6, F2.8, F3.2, F3.5, F4.0, F4.5, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.0, F8.0, F9.0, F10.0
  • Tele: F2.6, F2.8, F3.2, F3.5, F4.0, F4.5, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.0, F8.0, F9.0, F10.0

(selected aperture F2.8 with +0.7 EV exposure compensation)
S

Shutter Priority Auto Exposure

In this mode you select the shutter speed and the camera will attempt to select the best aperture for a proper exposure. Shutter speed is displayed on the LCD, press the up or down arrows (4-way controller, rear) to select different shutter speeds. The cameras exposure system is constantly displaying the exposure on the LCD (either main or viewfinder), if it's outside of the cameras exposure range (for instance trying to take a shot at 1/500s in darkness) the shutter speed will be displayed in RED. The LCD view changes to reflect the look of the final image at this exposure. Available shutter speeds:

  • 4, 3.2, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1, 1/1.3, 1/1.6, 1/2, 1/2.5, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250, 1/320, 1/400, 1/500, 1/650, 1/800 sec

(selected shutter speed 1/3s with +0.7 EV exposure compensation)
M

Full Manual Exposure

In this mode you select the aperture and the shutter speed from any combination of the above (plus additional shutter speeds down to 16 seconds). Left and right arrows select aperture, up and down arrows select shutter speed. Beside the aperture and shutter speed readout there's a metering readout which will tell you if you're within 3 EV of the metered exposure (+/-3EV), over this value the camera will read out either -3 or +3 in RED. Additional shutter speeds:

  • 16, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5 secs


(aperture F2.8, shutter speed 1/3s,
meter reads +1.7 EV over ideal exposure)

Movie Clip

For recording movie clips, press the shutter release to start / stop recording. There are two quality modes available HQ and SQ, both shoot QuickTime Motion JPEG (.MOV) @ 12.5 fps with or without Audio. Maximum recording times:

  • HQ: 320 x 240, max 75 secs (19 MB)
  • SQ: 160 x 120, max 5 mins (20.5 MB)

Again, Olympus ensure that their are plenty of manual exposure options, a huge range of aperture and shutter speeds along with an extended range of shutter speeds in full manual. On annoyance that is still here (from the C-3030Z) is the ease with which you can accidentally dial-in an exposure compensation without noticing (it's easy to knock the left/right arrows on the 4-way controller).

Zoom Control Function

  In Record Mode In Play Mode
W Zoom Wide

Zooms focal length towards full wide (35 mm). The zoom controller operates at only one speed, it takes 2.15 seconds to go from full tele to full wide.
Zoom into displayed image

Magnifies currently displayed image in steps: 1.5x, 2.0x, 2.5x, 3.0 x. Use the 4-way controller (rear) to move around the magnified image.
T

Zoom Tele

Zooms focal length towards full wide (105 mm). The zoom controller operates at only one speed, it takes 2.15 seconds to go from full wide to full tele.

Reset image zoom / thumbnails

Returns image to normal view if magnified, otherwise enters thumbnail view mode (2 x 2, 3 x 3 or 4 x 4 thumbnails; selectable in the play mode menu).


Rear of camera controls

The back of the C-3040Z is relatively straightforward, all the important controls are within reach of your thumb, the profusion of icons surrounding the buttons can be a little confusing at first but become second nature after a little use.

Record Mode

Flash Mode

Toggles through the flash modes: Auto Flash, Auto with Anti Redeye, Flash On (Fill-in).

Macro / metering

Toggles between four macro focus modes / metering modes:

  • Normal focus / Center weighted metering
  • Normal focus / Spot metering
  • Macro focus / Center weighted metering
  • Macro focus / Spot metering

Macro focus mode allows a minimum auto focus distance of 20 cm (7.9 in) instead of 80 cm (normal focus mode).

OK /
AEL
Auto Exposure Lock

The C-3040Z has two AE-L modes, single (for one shot) or multi (for all shots until released), you can select between OFF, single or multi from the record mode menu. Pressing OK with AE-L enabled measures and locks exposure.
LCD Display Switch

Switches the LCD live preview on or off. By default the LCD is off at power up, though you can set it to come on through the Custom setting of the "All Reset" menu.

In record mode tapping this button twice in quick succession reviews the last image taken. Playback magnify is available in this review mode.

Menu

Enters or leaves (without saving settings) the menu for the current mode. Here's my gripe (same as C-3030Z)... If you make changes in the menu and forget to press OK and instead press Menu you lose your changes.

Play Mode

Delete

Selects current image for deletion, requires a press of the OK button to confirm deletion.
Print Mark

Toggles a tag against the current image for printing on compatible DPOF printers.
Protect / Un-protect

Toggles the read-only flag of the current image, protects against accidental deletion.
Menu

Enters / leaves on-screen menu (described later in this review).
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