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Rear of Camera Controls

The rear of the E-300 features no less than thirteen more buttons, although it sounds daunting the use of these buttons to change camera settings becomes second nature, especially as they integrate nicely with the information display on the LCD monitor. For instance, press the ISO button and ISO is highlighted on the information display (or if off a dedicated selection screen is shown), now just turn the main dial to select ISO. In addition every adjustment (apart from flash mode) is repeated on the viewfinder LCD, so once you get used to the position of controls it's easy to adjust settings without removing your eye from the viewfinder.

Buttons (Shooting mode)

Button
 
Function
 

Flash up / Flash mode

The first flash button (to the right of the viewfinder) is a mechanical release for the pop-up flash, the flash must be manually released before you can use it. The second flash button (right side of LCD monitor) selects flash mode:

 • Auto
 • Red-eye reduction
 • Red-eye reduction & Slow-sync
 • Slow-sync
 • Slow-sync (Rear curtain)
 • Flash on (Fill flash)
 • Flash off

WB White Balance

 • Auto
 • 3000 K (Incandescent 1)
 • 3600 K (Incandescent 2)
 • 4000 K (Fluorescent 1)
 • 4500 K (Fluorescent 2)
 • 6600 K (Fluorescent 3)
 • 5300 K (Sunny)
 • 6000 K (Cloudy)
 • 7500 K (Shade)
 • Custom WB 1
 • Custom WB 2
 • Custom WB 3
 • Custom WB 4
 • Manual Preset

Image Size & Quality

 • SHQ (3264 x 2448 .JPG)
 • HQ (3264 x 2448 .JPG)
 • SQ (1280 x 960 .JPG)
 • RAW+ SHQ (3264 x 2448 .ORF + 3264 x 2448 .JPG)
 • RAW+ HQ (3264 x 2448 .ORF + 3264 x 2448 .JPG)
 • RAW + SQ (3264 x 2448 .ORF + 1280 x 960 .JPG)
 • RAW (3264 x 2448 .ORF)
 • TIFF (3264 x 2448 .TIF)


 * Note: HQ compression can be changed, SQ size and compression can be changed

INFO Information Display

Enables or disables LCD monitor 'Information display', this effectively replaces the typical 'Top LCD panel' found on other digital SLR's.
Play mode

Enters a shooting priority play mode, you can return to shooting mode at any time by pressing the shutter release half-way or by pressing this button again.
MENU Menu

Enters the camera menu (described later in this preview).
Exposure Compensation

 • -5.0 EV to +5.0 EV
 • 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Metering mode

 • ESP
 • Center Weighted Average
 • Spot
AF Focus mode

 • Single-AF
 • Continuous-AF
 • Manual focus
 • Single-AF & Manual focus
ISO ISO Sensitivity

 • Auto (ISO 100 - 400)
 • ISO 100
 • ISO 200
 • ISO 400
 • ISO 800 *
 • ISO 1600 *

 * With "ISO boost " set to ON
OK Custom OK

Via the camera menu you can customize the function of the OK button to perform any of the following functions:

 • Menu shortcut:
    • Drive
    • Custom WB
    • Monotone
    • Gradation
    • Saturation
    • Contrast
    • Sharpness
    • White Balance Bracket
 • Depth Of Field Preview
 • Manual focus while held

Buttons (Play mode)

In play mode the four way controller is used to browse through images (Up/Right = Next, Down/Left = Previous) or to pan around a magnified image.

Button
 
Function
 

Erase

Displays a 'Yes / No' confirmation dialog to delete the current image.

INFO Information Display

Rotates through the six different levels of information display:

 • No overlaid information
 • Basic overlay (quality, filename, file number)
 • More overlay (quality & size, date & time, filename, file number)
 • Histogram (and quality)
 • Blinking highlights (and quality)
 • Exposure detail (image thumbnail, AF area, camera settings and exposure information)
Exit play mode

Returns to shooting mode, you can achieve the same by half-pressing the shutter release button.
MENU Menu

Enters the camera menu (described later in this preview).
Protect / Unprotect

Protects (or unprotect's) the current image, this sets the filesystem 'Read Only' flag which means you can't accidentally delete the image using the erase button, however this does not protect against formatting of the storage card (an extra 'This card contains protected images, really format?' dialog would be good).
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reanim888

Amazing!
The Olympus E-300 functions far more like a DSLR in terms of shot to shot recording rate, but still a bit slow when contrasted with Canon and Nikon’s sub-$1,000 offerings. The E-300 will capture subsequent images with just .59 seconds between. This remains slightly behind the XT’s .33 seconds and the D70’s .35 seconds recording rate, but still far beyond most compact models.

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