Olympus E-500 EVOLT Review
Rear of Camera Controls
The rear of the E-500 features almost the same number of buttons as the E-300 but the layout does seem a bit more logical and quicker to learn (for instance, play and erase buttons together to the left of the LCD). Each setting change (such as White Balance, AF mode, ISO etc.) displays a dedicated selection screen for that particular setting. In addition every adjustment (apart from flash mode) is repeated on the viewfinder LCD, 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
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).
|INFO||Control Panel display mode
Selects Control Panel display information level:
• Basic information
• Detailed information
• Single shot
• Continuous (2.5 fps)
• 12 sec Self-timer
• 2 sec Self-timer
• IR remote
• IR remote with 2 sec Self-timer
• 5300 K (Daylight)
• 6000 K (Cloudy)
• 7500 K (Shade)
• 3000 K (Incandescent)
• 4000 K (Fluorescent 1)
• 4500 K (Fluorescent 2)
• 6600 K (Fluorescent 3)
• Kelvin (2000 - 14000 K)
• Center Weighted Average
• Highlight based spot
• Shadow based spot
• Manual focus
• Single-AF & Manual focus
• Continuous-AF & Manual focus
• Auto (ISO 100 - 400)
• ISO 100
• ISO 125
• ISO 160
• ISO 200
• ISO 250
• ISO 320
• ISO 400
• ISO 500 *
• ISO 640 *
• ISO 800 *
• ISO 1000 *
• ISO 1250 *
• ISO 1600 *
* With "ISO boost " set to ON
|OK||Control panel setting change
Press the OK button to change settings directly on the Control Panel display, navigate around the display using the four way controller.
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.
|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).
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 with detailed information (Y, R, G, B histograms)
• Large histogram overlay
• Blinking highlights (and quality)
• Blinking shadows (and quality)
|Protect / Unprotect
Protects (or unprotect's) the current image, this sets the file system '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).
|Copy / PictBridge Print
Allows you to copy images between the CF and xD cards (multiple images using the marking system, see below). If a PictBridge printer is connected to the camera via USB then you can print the currently displayed image.
|OK||Mark / Unmark image
Allows you to mark or unmark (tick mark) images as you browse, marked images can then be deleted or copied as a batch.
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