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Camera Menus

The E-300's menus are split into five tabbed groups; Record menu (2), Play menu and Setup menu (2). Use the 4-way controller to move down the tabs, press right to enter the menu and change settings. Each menu is described below.

Record menu 1

Option Values / Actions Notes
Exposure compensation  • -5.0 EV to +5.0 EV
 • 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps


Image size / quality  • TIFF
 • RAW
 • RAW+ SQ
 • RAW + HQ
 • RAW + SHQ
 • SQ
 • HQ
 • SHQ
 
Flash mode  • Auto
 • Red-eye reduction
 • Red-eye reduction & Slow-sync
 • Slow-sync
 • Slow-sync (Rear curtain)
 • Flash on (Fill flash)
 • Flash off
 
Focus mode  • S-AF
 • C-AF
 • MF
 • S-AF & MF
 
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
 
ISO  • Auto (ISO 100 - 400)
 • ISO 100
 • ISO 200
 • ISO 400
 • ISO 800 *
 • ISO 1600 *

 * With "ISO boost " set to ON
 
Metering mode  • ESP
 • Center Weighted Average
 • Spot
 
AF area  • Automatic selection
 • Left point
 • Center point
 • Right point
 

Record menu 2

Option Values / Actions Notes
Card setup  • All Erase
 • Format
 
Drive  • Single
 • Continuous
 • Bracket
3 frames, 0.3 EV
3 frames, 0.7 EV
3 frames, 1.0 EV
 • Self-Timer
2 seconds
12 seconds
 • Remote
0 seconds
2 seconds
 
Flash compensation  • -2.0 to +2.0 EV
 • 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
 
Custom WB  • Yes -> measure
 • No
 
Monotone  • Off
 • Black & White
 • Sepia
 
Gradation  • High Key
 • Normal
 • Low Key
 
Saturation  • -2 to +2  
Contrast  • -2 to +2  
Sharpness  • -2 to +2  
WB Bracket  • Off
 • 3 frames, 2 step
 • 3 frames, 4 step
 • 3 frames, 6 step
 
HQ  • 1/4
 • 1/8
 
SQ  • Pixel count
3200 x 2400
2560 x 1920
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
 • Compression
1/2.7
1/4
1/8
 
Noise reduction  • Off
 • On
 

Missing menu options

Between the pre-production and production cameras the Shading Compensation and Anti-Shock (mirror lock-up) options appear to have been removed from the camera menu. These features are not available on the E-300.

Play menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
Slideshow  • Single image
 • 2 x 2 thumbnail index
 • 3 x 3 thumbnail index
 • 4 x 4 thumbnail index
 
Rotate enable  • Off
 • On
When enabled images shot in the portrait orientation are shown rotated on the LCD monitor
Edit  • JPEG / TIFF files
Black & White
Sepia
Resize
1280 x 960
640 x 480
320 x 240
Cancel
 • RAW files
Creates a HQ copy of image
 
DPOF  • Mark image
 • Mark ALL images
 • Index sheet
 
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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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