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Camera Menus

The E-P3's menus have been given a much-needed cosmetic makeover, and now look much prettier on the OLED screen. In structure they're almost identical to the E-PL2's, but in true Olympus fashion they've been made even more complicated than ever before.

Luckily, pressing the 'Info' button now displays a little snippet of explanatory text that gives you a fighting chance of working out what each function does...
The redesign of the menus also helps you to keep track of exactly whereabouts you are a little more easily.

When you enter a top-level menu and select an item, it's highlighted and the background image goes slightly bokeh.
Some menu items have a separate option selection screen, which now looks like this... ...and others get drop-down sub-menus, when the available options can easily be displayed on the same screen.

Shooting Menu 1

Option Values / Actions Notes
Card setup  • All Erase
 • Format
 
Reset/Myset*  • Reset
Basic
Full
 • Myset1
Set
Reset
 • Myset2
Set
Reset
 • Myset3
Set
Reset
 • Myset4
Set
Reset
Enables you to reset the camera back to factory defaults, or to set up four user-defined 'Myset' settings.
Picture Mode*  • 1 i-Enhance
Contrast (-2 to +2)
Sharpness (-2 to +2)
Saturation (-2 to +2)
Gradation
Auto
Normal
High Key
Low Key
Effect (High, Standard, Low)
 • 2 Vivid
Cont. / Sharp. / Sat. / Grad.
 • 3 Natural
Cont. / Sharp. / Sat. / Grad.
 • 4 Muted
Cont. / Sharp. / Sat. / Grad.
 • 5 Portrait
Cont. / Sharp. / Sat. / Grad.
 • Monotone
Contrast
Sharpness
B+W Filter
Neutral
Yellow
Orange
Red
Green
Pict Tone
Neutral
Sepia
Blue
Purple
Green
Gradation
 • Custom
Mode /Cont / Sharp / Sat / Grad
 • ART1 Pop Art
2 Filter Types
5 Effects
 • ART2 Soft Focus
2 Effects
 • ART3 Pale&Light Color
2 Filter Types
4 Effects
 • ART4 Light Tone
 • ART5 Grainy Film
2 Filter Types
3 Effects
 • ART6 Pin Hole
3 Filter Types
1 Effect
 • ART7 Diorama
 • ART8 Cross Process
3 Effects
 • ART9 Gentle Sepia
3 Effects
 • ART10 Dramatic Tone
3 Effects
Select the color / tone response from five pre-programmed settings. Each can then be further tuned by setting contrast / sharpness / saturation (in 5 steps), and gradation.

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

Art Filters are now available from the Picture Mode menu and can therefore be applied in all exposure modes. Many have a number of variants (or types), which can also be combined with a range of 'Effects' including frames and starburst.
Image size / quality  • Still Picture
RAW
Size/quality 1 JPEG
Size/quality 2 JPEG
Size/quality 3 JPEG
Size/quality 4 JPEG
RAW + Size/quality 1 JPEG
RAW + Size/quality 2 JPEG
RAW + Size/quality 3 JPEG
RAW + Size/quality 4 JPEG
• Movie
AVCHD FullHD Fine
AVCHD FullHD Normal
AVCHD HD Fine
AVCHD HD Normal
M-JPEG HD
M-JPEG SD
Selects the types of file written, including control over the image size and quality of JPEGs.

In RAW+JPEG mode the E-P1 writes one JPG and one ORF (RAW) file.

The 4 JPEG Size/quality settings available for selection are configured in the Custom G menu.
Image aspect  • 4:3
 • 16:9
 • 3:2
 • 6:6
 • 3:4
 

Shooting Menu 2

Option Values / Actions Notes
Drive mode  • Single
 • Continuous
 • 12 second self-timer
 • 2 second self-timer
 
Image Stabilizer  • IS 1
 • IS 2
 • IS 3
 • IS OFF
 
Bracketing*  • AE BKT
3F / 0.3 EV
3F / 0.7 EV
3F / 1.0 EV
 • WB BKT
A-B
Off
3F / 2 Step
3F / 4 Step
3F / 6 Step
G-M
Off
3F / 2 Step
3F / 4 Step
3F / 6 Step
 • FL BKT
3F / 0.3 EV
3F / 0.7 EV
3F / 1.0 EV
 • ISO BKT
3F / 0.3 EV
3F / 0.7 EV
3F / 1.0 EV
 • ART BKT*
Off
On
Pop Art
Soft Focus
Pale & Light Color
Light Tone
Grainy Film
Pinhole
Diorama
Cross Process
Gentle Sepia
Dramatic Tone
i-Enhance
Vivid
Natural
Muted
Portrait
Monotone
Custom
Bracketing setup has moved from the custom menu, and now includes the option of bracketing across as many Art Filters and Picture Modes as you please.
Multiple Exposure  • Frame
Off
2 frames
 • Auto Gain
On/Off
 • Overlay
On/Off
 
Flash Exposure Compensation*  • +/-3 stops in 1/3 stop steps Previously in Custom menu
Flash RC Mode*  • Off
 • On
Previously in Custom menu
Digital Tele-converter*  • Off
 • On
 

Play menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
Slide show  • Start
 • BGM*
Melancholy
Joy
Cool
Beat
Off
 • Effect*
Fade
Falling Photos
Photo Line
 • Slide
All
Still Picture
Movie
 • Slide Interval*
2-10 sec
 • Movie Interval*
Full
Short
Choose one of the specially commissioned background music tracks.
Rotate enable  • Off
 • On
When enabled, camera rotates images when viewed in playback mode.
Edit • Sel. Image
RAW Data Edit
Yes/No
JPEG Edit
Shadow Adjust
Redeye Fix
Crop
Aspect
Black & White
Sepia
Saturation*
Resize
e-Portrait
Voice annotation*
No
Start
Erase

• Image overlay
2 Images Merge
3 Images Merge
Process the displayed image. Selecting a RAW image creates a JPEG using the current camera settings (White Balance, image size/quality etc.).

If the image is a JPEG, one of eight post-processing effects can be applied.

Image overlay allows multiple images to be combined. The images are selected then merged, with variable intensity.
DPOF Print Order  • Mark image
 • Mark ALL images
 
Reset Protect  • Yes
 • No
Removes 'protected' status from all images.
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reanim888

Very nice review. Hey, I just wanted to point out a small typo I came across in the article, "A full run-down of very feature is far" should read, "of every feature". Hope this helps.

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