Olympus E-300 EVOLT Review
Rear of Camera Controls
The rear of the E-300 features no less than thirteen more buttons, although it sounds daunting the use of these buttons to change camera settings becomes second nature, especially as they integrate nicely with the information display on the LCD monitor. For instance, press the ISO button and ISO is highlighted on the information display (or if off a dedicated selection screen is shown), now just turn the main dial to select ISO. In addition every adjustment (apart from flash mode) is repeated on the viewfinder LCD, so once you get used to the position of controls it's easy to adjust settings without removing your eye from the viewfinder.
Buttons (Shooting mode)
Flash up / Flash mode
• 3000 K (Incandescent 1)
• 3600 K (Incandescent 2)
• 4000 K (Fluorescent 1)
• 4500 K (Fluorescent 2)
• 6600 K (Fluorescent 3)
• 5300 K (Sunny)
• 6000 K (Cloudy)
• 7500 K (Shade)
• Custom WB 1
• Custom WB 2
• Custom WB 3
• Custom WB 4
• Manual Preset
Image Size & Quality
Enables or disables LCD monitor 'Information display', this effectively replaces the typical 'Top LCD panel' found on other digital SLR's.
Enters a shooting priority play mode, you can return to shooting mode at any time by pressing the shutter release half-way or by pressing this button again.
Enters the camera menu (described later in this preview).
• -5.0 EV to +5.0 EV
• 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
• Center Weighted Average
• Manual focus
• Single-AF & Manual focus
• Auto (ISO 100 - 400)
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800 *
• ISO 1600 *
* With "ISO boost " set to ON
Via the camera menu you can customize the function of the OK button to perform any of the following functions:
• Menu shortcut:
• Custom WB
• White Balance Bracket
• Depth Of Field Preview
• Manual focus while held
Buttons (Play mode)
In play mode the four way controller is used to browse through images (Up/Right = Next, Down/Left = Previous) or to pan around a magnified image.
Rotates through the six different levels of information display:
• No overlaid information
• Basic overlay (quality, filename, file number)
• More overlay (quality & size, date & time, filename, file number)
• Histogram (and quality)
• Blinking highlights (and quality)
• Exposure detail (image thumbnail, AF area, camera settings and exposure information)
|Exit play mode
Returns to shooting mode, you can achieve the same by half-pressing the shutter release button.
Enters the camera menu (described later in this preview).
|Protect / Unprotect
Protects (or unprotect's) the current image, this sets the filesystem 'Read Only' flag which means you can't accidentally delete the image using the erase button, however this does not protect against formatting of the storage card (an extra 'This card contains protected images, really format?' dialog would be good).
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