Movie mode

Movie mode on the Olympus is a lot like that featured in most compacts. It creates video at 640x480 pixels (VGA in slightly old-school computer terminology), at 30 frames per second. There are also two lower resolution options, both at 15 frames per second.

The Olympus's video quality is really very reasonable, with smooth-running results showing little in the way of artefacts. Movies are stored in the all-but-universal AVI standard. Like most compacts, you can't use the zoom during filming, though you can specify white balance which helps if you're shooting indoors. Sound quality suffers from the same limitations as many of its peers - a tiny microphone built into the body means that you pick up the sound of hands shifting around on the body or any slightest breeze, but not a lot else. Add to this the long lens, which can mean your subject is too far away to be heard and you may find yourself wishing you could mute the sound recording.

Unlike stills recording you cannot choose the amount of information overlaid on the live preview image. This doesn't matter, as you're given everything you might sensibly need.
A thumbnail of the video, in pretty sproket-hole frame, represents the video during review mode.
When playing back the video, you are able to play, advance incrementally through the video or jump to the beginning and end. There are no editing or other controls available.

Sample movies

640x480 pixels @ 30 fps
Duration: 4.2 secs
File size: 7.8 MB

Shot at wideangle

Click on the thumbnail to view the movie (caution: large file)