Olympus C-3040Z Review
Record mode display
Here is an example of camera settings information overlaid over a live preview image, most of the information on the left and right sides disappear after a couple of seconds to leave a slightly tidier view (as below). Information shown:
Exposure mode (P), Aperture, Shutter Speed, Exposure compensation, Flash mode, Drive mode, Focus mode, White Balance setting, Image Quality setting, memory buffer status, remaining frames, Image size setting.
The C-3040Z maintains a live update of metered (or manually set) exposure
values (Aperture / Shutter speed) at all times. The memory buffer status
bar fills from the bottom with green blocks to indicate the amount of
the internal buffer currently in use (very useful feature).
|Half-pressing the shutter release causes the cameras autofocus and metering systems to lock, a steady green light beside the viewfinder indicates a good AF lock.||After fully depressing the shutter release a brief review image is shown while the image is flushed to the SmartMedia card, note the single green bar in the buffer status block.|
|Tapping the display button twice in quick succession provides a review of the last image taken, here we can see image quality, date/time and frame number are displayed.||An example of movie capture mode, here the time indicator shows that their is enough space on the card for a total of 107 seconds of video at the current compression settings.|
|Example of Aperture Priority mode, note that the aperture is highlighted in green with a grey background, this indicates it is now a user setting, if the calculated shutter speed is outside the cameras exposure range the nearest shutter speed will be shown in red.||Example of Shutter Priority mode, note that the shutter speed is highlighted in green with a grey background, this indicates it is now a user setting, if the calculated aperture is outside the cameras exposure range the nearest aperture will be shown in red.|
The manual focus on the C-3040Z is an example of how manual focus SHOULD be implemented on all digital cameras, first of all there is completely smooth range from 20 cm all the way to Infinity, as you change the focus distance the "live view" display is automatically magnified by 200% making it far easier to see exactly what you're focused on, a small ruler automatically scales itself to display the current focus distance. After about a second or so the view returns to normal size.
|Switching to play mode immediately displays the details of the last image taken (image quality, date&time and frame number), about a second later the image itself is displayed behind this information.||This is an example of the additional information available if you enable the "INFO" setting in the play menu.|
|Pressing TELE on zoom magnifies the image in several steps up to 3.0x. Once magnified you can use the 4-way controller to move around the image.||Pressing WIDE on the zoom controller enters thumbnail display mode, here you can still carry out image delete / edit functions. You can choose from 2 x 2, 3 x 3 or 4 x 4 thumbnails through the play mode menu.|