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Olympus Stylus 770 SW Operation

Operating the Olympus Stylus 770 SW in any of its automatic modes is fairly straightforward, as the camera controls the exposure at all times. The Record Mode button on the rear panel accesses the range of preset shooting modes, as well as the Digital Image Stabilization and Scene modes. The Four-way navigator lets you change exposure compensation and flash mode without entering the menu system, and also accesses the Macro and Self-Timer functions. The OK/FUNC button in the center of the 770's Four-way not only confirms menu selections, but also pulls up a small Function menu outside of the main menu, for quick access to Drive mode, Program/Auto exposure mode, and a handful of other common camera settings. All remaining options are adjusted through the camera's settings menu. A button on the rear panel accesses Playback and My Favorites modes, while pressing the Shutter button quickly returns to shooting mode. This latter behavior is essential in a sports camera, and we're glad to see it here. Overall, the 770SW is a snap to operate, and shouldn't require too much downtime to get to know.

Record-Mode Display
In the Olympus 770 SW's record mode, the LCD monitor displays the subject with a fair amount of overlaid information, including battery status (this leaves the screen after a few seconds), flash mode, focus mode (macro or normal), autofocus mode setting, any currently-selected exposure compensation setting, ISO setting, White Balance, Drive mode, the current size/quality setting, and number of images that can be stored on the remaining memory space at the current size and quality. A variety of other camera settings may appear on the LCD monitor when set to anything other than their defaults.

Playback-Mode Display
In Playback mode, the image display shows the most recently captured image, with an information overlay that reports basic camera settings, plus any print settings, and the image number and sequence number. Pressing the wide-angle zoom button takes you through a series of index display modes, with 4, 9, 16, or 25 images to the page. Pressing the telephoto side of the Olympus 770SW's zoom lever when viewing an image full-size on the LCD screen will zoom in on the image, and you can use the arrow keys to pan the view.


Olympus Stylus 770 SW Modes and Menus

Auto Record Mode: In this mode, the camera automatically selects the settings for image capture, although image size, compression, Exposure Compensation, Flash, Self-Timer, and Macro options are available.

Program: Though the 770SW's Program mode is also an automatic exposure mode, all other Function button and Menu options are available.

Digital Image Stabilization Mode: The camera automatically boosts the ISO in order to gain a faster shutter speed and help eliminate blurring. This also increases the possibility of image noise.

Scene Mode: Accesses the following 24 scene modes: Portrait, Landscape, Portrait + Landscape, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self-Portrait, Available Light, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Behind Glass, Documents, Auction, Shoot & Select 1, Shoot & Select 2 (these two allow you to shoot successive images of a moving subject and choose only the ones you like), Beach & Snow, Underwater Snapshot, Underwater Wide 1 for underwater landscapes, Underwater Wide 2 (for moving subjects underwater), Underwater Macro, and Movie. A text description of each mode automatically appears on the monitor when a scene mode is selected.

Playback Mode: This button puts the camera in playback so you can review images for content and quality, edit them, mark them for printing and deletion. Movies can also be viewed and edited in this mode.

My Favorite: If the Playback button is pressed again while in Playback mode, your My Favorite images are displayed. The camera can hold up to nine images in its memory. They are of lower resolution, but they are not deleted when you format the card. It's unclear whether you can do anything but delete them, however; and it does not seem like you can copy the images from the camera's My Favorite bank. You can choose an image to display at startup.

Shooting Mode Menu: Accessed by pressing the Menu button in record mode. The submenus available in the Shooting Mode Menu are:

Image Quality Menu:

Reset: Select whether or not to reset all shooting functions to the factory default settings.

Camera Menu: This menu is not available in Auto mode; some options in this menu, i.e., White Balance, ISO, Drive Mode, Metering Mode, are also available via the OK/FUNC button.

Setup Menu:

Demo: Plays a short demo highlighting the camera's features.

SCN: Available in Scene Mode only; functions the same as the Scene Mode button (see controls, above) providing access to 24 scene modes (including movie mode).

Silent Mode: Determines via off/on settings whether or not the operational sounds of the camera are heard.

My Camera Menu Contents:

Playback Mode Menu: Accessed by switching the camera to Playback and pressing the Menu button. Like the Record mode, the Playback menu is arranged as a virtual menu with icon and text identification of each submenu. Press the playback button twice to view images saved as Favorites.

Slideshow: Automatically plays back images in slideshow format.

Movie Play: Available only in Movie Mode when a move has been recorded. Automatically plays back movie, with options to adjust volume and playback speed, play the movie in reverse, play the movie frame by frame (forward or reverse).

Add Favorite: Select and add images to Favorites, which are registered as separate still images that can also be viewed separately.

Calendar: Images are organized by date they were shot on a calendar and can be played back according to calendar date.


Playback Menu:


Print Order: Select individual images or all images for printing (DPOF).

Setup: Same as Setup in Record Mode (see above).

Silent Mode: Same as Silent Mode in Record Mode (see above).