Olympus Camedia C-50 Zoom Review
Top of camera controls
The top of the C-50 Zoom couldn't be more straightforward, the shutter release button surrounded by the zoom control lever. The shutter release button has a soft half-press position and a slightly stiffer 'click' full-press.
Controls (Record mode)
|W / T||Zoom
The zoom lever surrounds the shutter release button. Push to the left to zoom towards wide angle (38 mm), to the right to zoom towards telephoto (114 mm). Their are many steps between wide and telephoto, you can stop almost anywhere between the two extremes and even gently 'nudge' the zoom by small fractions.
Controls (Play mode)
Pushing the zoom lever to the left in play mode switches to a thumbnail index view. By default this view shows 9 images (3 x 3) although you can change this to 4 (2 x 2) or 16 (4 x 4).
Pushing the zoom lever to the right in play mode magnifies the image (or steps out of thumbnail index view). The C-5050 Zoom has six magnification levels of 1.5x, 2.0x, 2.5x, 3.0x, 3.5x and 4.0x. Once magnified you can scroll around the image using the 4-way controller.
Rear of camera controls
As you can see the rear of the C-50 Zoom is also fairly straightforward, the mode dial, 4-way controller, quick view / play button and two other multifunction buttons. Because of the sculpted area on the right side of the camera your thumb tends to rest on the mode dial during shooting.
Buttons (Record mode)
Auto with red-eye reduction
Slow Sync flash
Slow Sync flash with red-eye reduction
|Macro / Spot metering
Spot metering and Macro focus
|Quick View / Play
Single click the Quick View button to switch between either monitor off / live view or dual control panel / live view depending on the selected 'dual control panel' option. Double click (press twice in quick succession) to enter a 'shooting priority' play mode, jump back to shooting mode by a simple half-press of the shutter release.
Note that a single press of this button with the front cover closed (camera off) powers the camera on into play mode, press again to power off.
|OK / Menu
This button is used to enter / leave menus and confirm menu options. In record mode pressing it enters the record menu.
|4-way controller (Arrow
In record mode press left or right arrows to change exposure compensation +/-2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps. Also used to navigate menus or change settings.
Buttons (Play mode)
Deletes the currently selected image, requires a Yes / No confirmation.
Pressing the protect button toggles the protection of the current image (on or off). Protecting an image sets the read-only flag on the storage media so that the image can not be accidentally deleted. This does not protect the image from a format.
|Exit Play mode
Press the Quick View button to return to shooting mode, the same can be achieved with a half-press of the shutter release.
|OK / Menu
This button is used to enter / leave menus and confirm menu options. In play mode pressing it enters the play menu.
|4-way controller (Arrow
Press left or right arrows to browse through images. Also used to navigate menus or change settings.
Program / Aperture Priority / Shutter Priority AE / Manual
The C-50 Zoom provides two movie recording sizes of 320 x 240 (up to 16 seconds) and 160 x 120 (up to 70 seconds) both at 15 frames per second. You can not adjust the optical zoom in movie clip mode, only digital zoom. The C-50 Zoom does not record audio.
Zoom is locked and the camera can approximate the focus distance before auto focus because the camera is held pointing towards you.
Selects fastest possible shutter speed to try and freeze fast action and avoid blurring.
|Scene: Night Scene
Allows slower shutter speeds than would normally be available in 'P' exposure mode, also automatically enables noise reduction and selects larger apertures. Tripod recommended.
Selects smaller apertures (high F numbers) to provide larger depth of field (foreground and background appear in focus). This mode also appears to adjust color balance to optimize blues and greens.
|Scene: Landscape portrait
Selects smaller apertures (high F numbers) to provide larger depth of field (foreground and background. Designed to take photographs of a person standing in front of a landscape scene.
Selects large apertures (low F numbers) to provide narrow depth of field, this creates the out of focus 'blurred' background effect which enhances portrait photographs.
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