Olympus E-20 Review
Top of camera controls
On the top of the camera are various control buttons (again, used to change settings in conjunction with the main or sub-dial), top right of this image you can see the sub-dial, directly below that is main camera mode dial and power switch. The LIGHT button turns on a backlight behind the top LCD.
Note that turning the power switch to the OFF position while there are images still in the cameras internal buffer (and is writing to a storage card) will only power the camera off after all images have been written to the card, however opening the storage compartment door WILL cancel the write and lose any images still in the internal buffer.
Camera Mode Dial
|Setup / Computer Connect
In this mode the camera enables the USB port for connection to a computer (PC / Mac). This mode also "hides" an additional setup menu (which if you don't read the manual you'll probably never find).
|Print Reserve mode
In this mode you can mark images for printing on a DPOF compatible print device (this actually writes a DPOF text file onto the storage card).
Used to review images on the storage card, by default displays the last image on the card.
|P||Program Auto Exposure
Camera calculates exposure and sets shutter speed and aperture for best exposure (equiv. of Auto on other cameras). Just like the E-10 the E-20 still doesn't have flexible program AE. This (would be) the ability to choose from a selection of equivalent exposures by rolling the command dial (as found on many SLR's and prosumer digital cameras).
Aperture Priority Exposure
Wide: F2.0, F2.2, F2.4, F2.8, F3.2, F3.6, F4.0, F4.8,
F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0, F9, F10, F11
Note: the E-20 doesn't have a "DOF preview" (depth of field preview) button like other SLR's.
Shutter Priority Exposure
IS (2560 x 1920) mode: 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1, 1/1.3, 1/1.6,
1/2, 1/2.5, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25,
1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250,
1/320, 1/400, 1/500, 1/640 sec
At full resolution the E-20 still has the same high shutter speed limit of 1/640 sec, in the new lower resolution 'progressive scan' (1792 x 1344) mode you can select / use shutter speeds up to 1/4000 sec and additionally a single selection of 1/18000 sec.
Buttons used in combination with main or sub-dial
|Hold||And turn main or sub-dial:|
|Flash Mode (with flash
Select flash mode:
Auto + Anti redeye
Auto + Anti redeye + Slow Sync
Forced On + Slow Sync
Forced On + Slow Sync (2nd curtain)
Forced On (fill-in)
When changing white balance with the LCD enabled the current white balance will be displayed in the status bar:
Selects card slot:
CF (Compact Flash)
Rear of camera controls
On the rear of the camera is the main command dial (top), 4-way control pad and various buttons associated with the control of the rear LCD, menu system, playback and camera setup. The exception being the AEL (AE Lock) button which is located under your thumb when normally holding the camera. Some of these buttons only have function in play mode, those are indicated with the prefix PLAY below.
Buttons used in combination with main or sub-dial
Locks the current exposure reading at its current value, the exposure is maintained for as long as you hold the AEL button (even across multiple shots).
Display thumbnails (roll main dial left)
Displays a thumbnail view of images on the storage card:
2 x 2 (4 images)
3 x 3 (9 images)
|PLAY: Magnify displayed
image (roll main dial right)
Either returns to a normal "full display" view from thumbnail mode (above) or magnifies the image progressively (scrolling is achieved using the 4-way control pad):
Toggle real image preview (live view) on rear LCD /
|Enter / Leave Menu
In either play, record or setup mode enters or leaves menu system.
Confirm / Select ISO sensitivity
When changing sensitivity with the LCD enabled the current setting will be displayed in the status bar:
Toggle Information overlay
In play mode pressing this button will display an overlaid histogram (if enabled through the setup menu) or can be held and used in combination with the main or sub dial to select an amount of information overlaid.
|PLAY: Protect / Unprotect
Pressing this button in play mode protects or removes the protection on an image (sets it to "read only"). This does not protect it from formatting. [No action in record mode]
|PLAY: Erase current
Pressing this button in play mode erases the currently displayed / selected image. [No action in record mode]
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