Olympus C-40 Zoom (D-40 Zoom) Review
Top of camera controls
Rear of camera controls
A closer look at the rear of the camera and you can more clearly see the moulded thumb grip. Beside this is the large exposure mode dial, display button (which doubles as shooting priority play), the flash / focus mode buttons and the 4-way controller with central OK button.
Automatic exposure, no access to exposure compensation, focus modes or any other creative camera options. This is the camera's point and shoot mode.
Program Auto Exposure
Aperture / Shutter Priority / Manual Exposure
Sets zoom (fixed), focus position and exposure settings to the optimum for a hand held self-portrait (holding the camera at arms length with lens pointed towards you).
|Night Scene shooting
Selects camera settings for shooting at night, can change zoom, exposure compensation, flash mode (slow / off). Macro mode not available. Presets white balance and ISO sensitivity.
Selects smallest possible aperture (for best depth of field). Can zoom and change exposure compensation, white balance and ISO sensitivity are preset. Macro not available. Manual says "blues and greens are reproduced vividly in this mode".
Similar to Landscape shooting, although we assume uses a different white balance and colour output setting. You can zoom and change exposure compensation. White balance and ISO sensitivity are preset. Macro not available.
Uses a large aperture (small F number) to produce a relatively shallow depth of field to 'pull out' the subjects face from the background detail. Can choose between fill-in flash and flash off. Can zoom and change exposure compensation. White balance and ISO sensitivity are preset. Macro not available.
Other Buttons (Shooting mode)
Toggles through the flash modes:
Auto with Redeye reduction
Flash Forced On (Fill-in)
Slow sync flash
|Macro Focus / Metering
Toggles between four macro focus modes / metering modes:
Normal focus / Center weighted metering
Normal focus / Spot metering
Macro focus / Center weighted metering
Macro focus / Spot metering
Macro focus mode allows a minimum auto focus distance of 10 cm (3.9 in) instead of 80 cm (normal focus mode).
Monitor display / Play mode
|Shooting Menu / Manual
A single quick press of this button enters the camera's menu system. Holding the button down for 1.5 seconds or more displays the AF / MF selector. Switching to MF allows you to manually select a focus position using a sliding ruler scale between 10 cm (at full Wide) and Infinity. During focusing the center portion of the frame is magnified.
Other Buttons (Play mode)
Selects current image for deletion, requires a press of the OK button to confirm deletion.
|Protect / Unprotect
Toggles the read-only flag of the current image, protects against accidental deletion.
If you press this button while in Play mode you return to shooting mode.
|Play Menu / OK
In record / play mode enters the menu system. This button also doubles as the OK (confirm) button when selecting menu options.
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