Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom Review
|Here, an example of information overlay in Program Auto Exposure mode (P). As you can see from this animation the initial detailed overlay is reduced after approximately two seconds, the detailed overlay appears again if you make a settings change.||As indicated on previous pages holding a settings button displays a 'pop-up' overlay such as this, the live view remains in the background.|
|You can enable a live view histogram. When active the histogram is overlaid at the bottom of the screen along with a second 'spot histogram' of a selected area (green graph).||This area can be moved at will around the frame by holding the exposure compensation button and using the 4-way controller.|
|This is the C-8080's unique 'direct histogram' mode, it uses a grid of boxes to indicate areas of the image which are overexposed (red box) or underexposed (blue box). These boxes appear live and give you an immediate overview of the exposure levels around the image.||Here we have deliberately increased exposure compensation to +2.0 EV, as you can see more areas of the image are now showing up as overexposed. This is a very useful and unique feature, Kudos Olympus.|
|Example of Program AE exposure mode, the metered exposure is shown at the top of the frame.||Example of Aperture Priority mode, aperture is displayed in green and shutter speed is calculated as the aperture changes.|
|Example of Shutter Priority mode, shutter speed is displayed in green and aperture is calculated as the aperture changes.||Example of Manual Exposure mode, roll the jog dial to change shutter speed, hold down the exposure compensation button and roll the jog dial to change aperture. The difference between the metered exposure and selected exposure is shown in the top right of the screen, +/- 3.0 EV.|
|Example of movie recording, the C-8080 can stream movies (record directly to media without buffering) which means movies which are limited only by storage capacity.||An example of a scene exposure mode, in this case night shot. Note that in these modes the exposure (shutter speed & aperture) is not displayed until you half-press the shutter release.|
|The live view display with 'frame assist' enabled, this provides a 'thirds grid' overlay on the screen which is useful for composition.||Here's the live view with one of the function subject framing assist overlays shown, in this case a portrait.|
Play / Quick View display
On the C-8080 there are two methods for entering 'Play mode', firstly you can turn the mode dial on the top of the camera to the Play position. Secondly you can press the Quick View button on the rear of the camera. The only difference between these two modes is that using the Quick View method means that the camera returns to shooting mode with just a tap of the shutter release.
|Switching to play mode immediately displays the last image taken. The default initial view is this basic overlay: media type, quality, frame no.||Press the INFO button to overlay more information.|
|Press the INFO button once more to switch to a histogram display mode which also includes exposure information.|
|Turn the zoom lever to the right to magnify the displayed image. The C-8080 provides magnifications of 2.0x, 3.0x, 4.0x and 5.0x. As with the C-5050 I was disappointed that we couldn't get closer than this. Use the 4-way controller to scroll around the magnified image.|
|Press the zoom lever to the left to switch to a thumbnail index view. This can be preset to either 4 (2x2), 9 (3x3) or 16 (4x4) images.||Press the Self-timer/Trash button to selectively delete an individual image. Note that this requires confirmation.|
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