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Camera Menus

The E3 has the same menu system as the E-510, E-410 and pretty much every other E-system SLR ever made. I think it's fair to say that Olympus could do with having a look at giving the interface a refresh; the endless lists of menus and sub-menus have virtually no structure and simply aren't suited to such an extensive feature set. I used the E-3 daily for over two months and still found myself searching through page after page of options to find the option I was looking for.

Record menu 1

Option Values / Actions Notes
Card setup  • All Erase
 • Format
 
Custom Reset Setting  • Reset
 • Reset1
Set
Reset
 • Reset2
Set
Reset
Enables you to reset the camera back to factory defaults or to one of two pre-defined 'Reset' settings.
Picture Mode  • 1 Vivid
Cont. / Sharp. / Sat.
 • 2 Natural
Cont. / Sharp. / Sat.
 • 3 Muted
Cont. / Sharp. / Sat.
• 4 Portrait
Cont. / Sharp. / Sat.
 • Monotone
Cont. / Sharp. / Filter / Tone
• Custom
Cont. / Sharp. / Sat.

Select the color / tone response from five pre-programmed settings. Each can then be further tuned by setting contrast / sharpness / saturation (in 5 steps, Lo - Hi).

Monotone mode also has options to simulate the effect of four colored filters and the ability to add four tints to the final image.

Gradation  • Auto
 • High Key
 • Normal
 • Low Key
Set the type of gradation, H extends bright gradations, L extends dark gradations. Auto splits the image into regions and selects settings for each.
Image size / quality  • RAW + Size/quality 1 JPEG
 • RAW + Size/quality 2 JPEG
 • RAW + Size/quality 3 JPEG
 • RAW + Size/quality 4 JPEG
 • RAW
 • Size/quality 1 JPEG
 • Size/quality 2 JPEG
 • Size/quality 3 JPEG
 • Size/quality 4 JPEG
Selects the types of file written, including control over the image size and quality of JPEGs.
In RAW+JPEG mode the E-3 writes one JPG and one ORF (RAW) file.
White Balance  • Auto
 • 5300 K (Daylight)
 • 7500 K (Shade)
 • 6000 K (Cloudy)
 • 3000 K (Incandescent)
 • 4000 K (Fluorescent 1)
 • 4500 K (Fluorescent 2)
 • 6600 K (Fluorescent 3)
 • 5500 K (Flash)
 • Custom (Create up to 4 presets)
 • Kelvin (2000 - 14000 K)

- Fine tune Amber / Green (15 steps)
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ISO  • Auto
 • ISO 100
 • ISO 200
 • ISO 400
 • ISO 800
 • ISO 1600
 • ISO 3200
 
Noise reduction  • Off
 • On
Enable or disable long exposure noise reduction.
Noise Filter  • Off
 • Low
 • Standard
 • High
Changes the noise processing level. High is recommended for high ISO images.

Record menu 2

Option Values / Actions Notes
Metering mode  • ESP
ESP+AF
ESP
 • Center Weighted Average
 • Spot
 • Highlight based spot
 • Shadow based spot


- Link ESP metering to AF point
- Do not link ESP metering to AF point

Flash RC  • Off
 • On
Activates remote control flash mode
Flash compensation  • -3.0 to +3.0 EV In 1/3 EV steps
AF mode  • S-AF
 • C-AF
 • MF
 • S-AF & MF
 • C-AF & MF
 
AF area  • Automatic selection
 • Single area
 • Dynamic single area
Auto uses all 11 focus points to focus on the closest object, dynamic considers the af points adjacent to the selected point.
Anti-Shock  • Off
 • On; 1 - 30 sec
Known as 'Mirror Lock-up' on other brands.
AE Bracket  • Off
 • 3 frames, 0.3 EV
 • 3 frames, 0.7 EV
 • 3 frames, 1.0 EV
 • 5 frames, 0.3 EV
 • 5 frames, 0.7 EV
 • 5 frames, 1.0 EV
 
WB Bracket  • Off
 • Amber - Blue
3 frames, 2 steps
3 frames, 4 steps
3 frames, 6 steps
 • Green - Magenta
3 frames, 2 steps
3 frames, 4 steps
3 frames, 6 steps
Gives the option to bracket white balance in both axes. Selecting both results in 9 images with all permutations of WB.
FL Bracket  • Off
 • 3 frames, 0.3 EV
 • 3 frames, 0.7 EV
 • 3 frames, 1.0 EV
 
ISO Bracket  • Off
 • 3 frames, 0.3 EV
 • 3 frames, 0.7 EV
 • 3 frames, 1.0 EV
 

Play menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
Slideshow  • Single image
 • 2 x 2 thumbnail index
 • 3 x 3 thumbnail index
 • 4 x 4 thumbnail index
 • 5 x 5 thumbnail index
 
Rotate enable  • Off
 • On
When enabled, camera rotates images when viewed in playback mode.
Edit • RAW files
Creates a JPEG copy of image
      using the current camera settings
• JPEG files
Shadow adjust
Resize
1280 x 960
640 x 480
320 x 240

Produce copies of the displayed image. If the image is a RAW then selecting this option will develop the RAW to a new JPEG using the current camera settings (White Balance, image size/quality etc.).
If the image is a JPEG, it can be resized or have shadow adjust applied.

DPOF Print Order  • Mark image
 • Mark ALL images
 
Copy All  • Yes
 • No
Copies all images from one card to another if two are inserted
Reset Protect  • Yes
 • No
Removes 'protected' status from all images.
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