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Camera menus

The Optio 550's menu system is divided into three tabbed sections. The record mode menu contains camera settings related to shooting, the playback menu has play functions and finally there is the setup menu. Each menu is detailed below.


Record Mode Menu

The record mode menu has several options split over three pages. Navigate the menu by using the up and down arrows on the 4-way controller, press left or right to change options. Some menu options have sub menus, press right arrow to enter the sub-menu. Press OK to exit the menu and save changes or MENU to exit the menu and lose changes.

Options described in detail below.

Record Menu Options

Record menu Options Notes
Recorded Pixels  • 2592 x 1944
 • 2048 x 1536
 • 1600 x 1200
 • 1024 x 768
 • 640 x 480
Interesting to see a larger than normal 2592 x 1944 resolution, this pushes the image size to 5.03 million pixels.
Quality Level  • TIFF
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White Balance Sub-menu
 • Auto
 • Daylight
 • Shade
 • Tungsten
 • Fluorescent (N/W/D)
 • Manual
Enters a sub-menu to select white balance, shows a reduced live view so that you can see the effect of selecting different white balance. Also used to set manual white balance.
Focusing Area  • Wide
 • Spot
 
AE Metering  • Multi-segment
 • Center-weighted avg.
 • Spot metering
 
Sensitivity  • Auto
 • ISO 64
 • ISO 100
 • ISO 200
 • ISO 400
 
Auto Bracket Sub-menu
 • Applied Photo:
   • Exposure Bracket
   • White Balance
   • Sharpness
   • Saturation
   • Contrast
 • Bracket Amount
 
Digital Zoom  • On
 • Off
 
Instant Review  • Off
 • 0.5 sec
 • 1 sec
 • 2 sec
 • 3 sec
 • 4 sec
 • 5 sec
 
Interval Shoot Sub-menu
 • Interval (10 s - 99 min)
 • Number (2 - 99)
 • Start Time (0 - 23 hr)
Enters a sub-menu which allows you set up the camera to record at set intervals, also known as time lapse photography.
Fast Fwd Movie  • Off
 • x2
 • x5
 • x10
 • x20
 • x50
 • x100
Turns normal movie clip recording mode into a 'movie time lapse' feature. You can slow the recording of movie frames by the selected factor. For instance selecting 'x10' would record at 1.5 fps instead of the standard 15 fps. Playback of such movies is at the full 15 fps rate.
3D Mode  • Parallel Mode
 • Cross Mode
 
Memory Sub-menu
 • Flash
 • White balance
 • EV Compensation
 • Digital Zoom
 • AE Metering
 • Sensitivity
 • Focus Mode
 • Zoom Position
 • MF
 • DISPLAY
 • File #
Enters a sub-menu which allows you to select which camera settings will be memorized after power off.
Sharpness -1 to +1  
Saturation -1 to +1  
Contrast -1 to +1  
USER

 • P
 • Av
 • Tv
 • M
 • PICT
 • Digital Filter

Only available in USER mode this menu option allows you to change the shooting mode for the USER position on the mode dial.


Playback Menu

The playback menu has four options (shown left), as with other menus navigate using the up and down arrows and select an option by pressing the right arrow.

Options described in detail below.

Playback Menu Options

Playback menu Options Notes
Resize Select screen
 • 2048 x 1536
 • 1600 x 1200
 • 1280 x 960
 • 1024 x 768
 • 640 x 480
 • Quality (1-3)
Select the image you want to resize and then press OK, select the image size / quality and then choose to overwrite the original image or create a new image.
Trimming Select screen Select the image you want to trim and then press OK, move the cropping box around the image and then press OK, trimming always creates a new image.
Alarm Sub-menu
 • Alarm 1 > Set
 • Alarm 2 > Set
 • Alarm 3 > Set
Enter a sub-menu to create up to three alarms which can even be programmed to display a particular image along with the alarm.
Slideshow 3 - 30 seconds Starts a slideshow with the selected delay between each image.


Setup Menu

The setup menu is split over three pages. Navigate the menu by using the up and down arrows on the 4-way controller, press left or right to change options. Some menu options have sub menus, press right arrow to enter the sub-menu. Press OK to exit the menu and save changes or MENU to exit the menu and lose changes.

Options described in detail below.

Setup Menu Options

Setup menu Options Notes
Format Sub-menu
 • Format
 • Cancel
Used to format the SD/MMC card.
Sound Sub-menu
 • Volume (0-7)
 • Start-up Sound
 • Shutter Sound
 • Operation Sound
 
Date Style  • yy/mm/dd
 • dd/mm/yy
 • mm/dd/yy
 
Date Adjust Sub-menu
 • Date
 • Time
 
World Time Sub-menu  
Language  • English
 • Japanese
 • Italian
 • Spanish
 • German
 • French
 
Start-up Screen Sub-menu
 • Start-up Screen (y/n)
 • Select image
 
Video Out  • NTSC
 • PAL
 
Sleep Timeout  • Off
 • 30 sec
 • 1 min
 • 2 min
 
Auto Power Off  • Off
 • 3 min
 • 5 min
 
Quick Delete  • Off
 • On
When enabled the 'Delete' button is the default on the Delete / Cancel option dialog.
Quick Zoom  • Off
 • On
When enabled play magnify defaults to full magnification (8x) first.
Function Setting Sub-menu
 • Off
 • Contrast
 • Saturation
 • Sharpness
 • Instant Review
 • Digital Zoom
 • Sensitivity
 • AE Metering
 • Focusing Area
 • White Balance
 • Quality Level
 • Recorded Pixels
Displays a sub-menu which allows you to assign any of these functions to a combination of the MENU button and one of the 4-way buttons. This allows you to quickly change settings such as Sensitivity, White balance etc. without entering the menu system. Kudos.
Focus Limiter  • Off
 • On
When enabled macro focus has a limited range, disable to provide focus up to infinity.
Reset Sub-menu
 • Reset
 • Cancel
 
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