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Top of camera controls

On the top of the camera are various control buttons (again, used to change settings in conjunction with the main or sub-dial), top right of this image you can see the sub-dial, directly below that is main camera mode dial and power switch. The LIGHT button turns on a backlight behind the top LCD.

Note that turning the power switch to the OFF position while there are images still in the cameras internal buffer (and is writing to a storage card) will only power the camera off after all images have been written to the card, however opening the storage compartment door WILL cancel the write and lose any images still in the internal buffer.

Camera Mode Dial

Setup / Computer Connect mode

In this mode the camera enables the USB port for connection to a computer (PC / Mac). This mode also "hides" an additional setup menu (which if you don't read the manual you'll probably never find).
Print Reserve mode

In this mode you can mark images for printing on a DPOF compatible print device (this actually writes a DPOF text file onto the storage card).
Playback mode

Used to review images on the storage card, by default displays the last image on the card.
P Program Auto Exposure

Camera calculates exposure and sets shutter speed and aperture for best exposure (equiv. of Auto on other cameras). Just like the E-10 the E-20 still doesn't have flexible program AE. This (would be) the ability to choose from a selection of equivalent exposures by rolling the command dial (as found on many SLR's and prosumer digital cameras).
A

Aperture Priority 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 top LCD, viewfinder status bar and rear LCD (if enabled), roll either the main or sub-dial to select different apertures. A half-press of the shutter release causes the cameras exposure system to calculate the shutter speed, if it's outside of the cameras exposure range the shutter speed will blink. Available apertures:

 • Wide: F2.0, F2.2, F2.4, F2.8, F3.2, F3.6, F4.0, F4.8, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0, F9, F10, F11
 • Tele: F2.4, F2.8, F3.2, F3.6, F4.0, F4.8, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0, F9, F10, F11

Note: the E-20 doesn't have a "DOF preview" (depth of field preview) button like other SLR's.

S

Shutter Priority 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 top LCD, viewfinder status bar and rear LCD (if enabled), roll either the main or sub-dial to select different shutter speeds. A half-press of the shutter release causes the cameras exposure system to calculate the aperture, if it's outside of the cameras exposure range (for instance trying to take a shot at 1/500s in darkness) the aperture will blink. Available shutter speeds:

 • IS (2560 x 1920) mode: 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, 1/640 sec
 • PS (1792 x 1344) mode additionally: 1/800, 1/1000, 1/1250, 1/1600, 1/2000, 1/2800, 1/4000, 1/18000 sec

M

Manual Exposure

In this mode you select the aperture and the shutter speed from any combination of the above. Roll the main dial (rear) to select aperture and the sub-dial (top) to select shutter speed. The exposure compensation display on the top LCD, viewfinder status bar and rear LCD now reflect how close the selected exposure is to the cameras metered exposure within the range -3 EV to +3 EV, outside of this range the display will blink. In addition to the shutter speeds shown above there are 15 additional slower shutter speeds plus Bulb (max 120 second exposure) are available:

 • Bulb, 60, 47, 38, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.5 sec

At full resolution the E-20 still has the same high shutter speed limit of 1/640 sec, in the new lower resolution 'progressive scan' (1792 x 1344) mode you can select / use shutter speeds up to 1/4000 sec and additionally a single selection of 1/18000 sec.

Buttons used in combination with main or sub-dial

Hold And turn main or sub-dial:
Flash Mode (with flash popped up)

Select flash mode:
 • Auto
 • Auto + Anti redeye
 • Auto + Anti redeye + Slow Sync
 • Forced On + Slow Sync
 • Forced On + Slow Sync (2nd curtain)
 • Forced On (fill-in)

Image Quality

Select image quality:
 • RAW (TIFF icon flashes)
 • TIFF
 • SHQ
 • HQ
 • SQ

WB

White Balance

Select white balance:
 • Auto WB
 • 3000 K (Tungsten)
 • 3700 K (Tungsten - Warmer)
 • 4000 K (Fluorescent)
 • 4500 K (Fluorescent - Warmer)
 • 5500 K (Daylight)
 • 6500 K (Cloudy)
 • 7500 K (Shade)
 • Manual Preset

When changing white balance with the LCD enabled the current white balance will be displayed in the status bar:


 

SM
CF
Card slot

Selects card slot:
 • SM (SmartMedia)
 • CF (Compact Flash)


Rear of camera controls

On the rear of the camera is the main command dial (top), 4-way control pad and various buttons associated with the control of the rear LCD, menu system, playback and camera setup. The exception being the AEL (AE Lock) button which is located under your thumb when normally holding the camera. Some of these buttons only have function in play mode, those are indicated with the prefix PLAY below.

Buttons used in combination with main or sub-dial

AEL Automatic Exposure Lock

Locks the current exposure reading at its current value, the exposure is maintained for as long as you hold the AEL button (even across multiple shots).
PLAY: Display thumbnails (roll main dial left)

Displays a thumbnail view of images on the storage card:
 • 2 x 2 (4 images)
 • 3 x 3 (9 images)
PLAY: Magnify displayed image (roll main dial right)

Either returns to a normal "full display" view from thumbnail mode (above) or magnifies the image progressively (scrolling is achieved using the 4-way control pad):
 • x2.0
 • x3.0
 • x4.0

Toggle real image preview (live view) on rear LCD /
Enter shooting priority play mode

Pressed once in record mode the rear LCD will display the live view through the lens, pressed quickly twice in record mode and the camera will switch into Play mode (all functions are available), a half-press of the shutter release always returns to shooting mode.

Enter / Leave Menu

In either play, record or setup mode enters or leaves menu system.
OK

Confirm / Select ISO sensitivity

Used to confirm "prompts" and select options in menus. If held in record mode (without a menu displayed) you can the main or sub dial to select ISO sensitivity: Auto, ISO 80, ISO 160, ISO 320.

When changing sensitivity with the LCD enabled the current setting will be displayed in the status bar:


 

INFO

Toggle Information overlay

In record mode toggles between no information overlay, detailed settings and exposure information overlay and a focus distance gauge:

In play mode pressing this button will display an overlaid histogram (if enabled through the setup menu) or can be held and used in combination with the main or sub dial to select an amount of information overlaid.

PLAY: Protect / Unprotect image

Pressing this button in play mode protects or removes the protection on an image (sets it to "read only"). This does not protect it from formatting. [No action in record mode]
PLAY: Erase current image

Pressing this button in play mode erases the currently displayed / selected image. [No action in record mode]
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