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Olympus E-520 Modes and Menus

Olympus E-520 Capture Mode

When powered on, the camera is automatically placed into Record mode. The Exposure Mode dial on top of the camera sets the main shooting mode, with the following options:

  •  Manual: Provides complete user control over the exposure, including both aperture and shutter speed settings. A Bulb shutter setting also becomes available in this mode, allowing variable length exposures for as long as you hold down the shutter button.
  •  Shutter Priority: Allows the user to set the shutter speed, from 1/4,000 to 60 seconds, while the camera selects the most appropriate aperture setting.
  •  Aperture Priority: The opposite of Shutter Priority, this mode puts the user in control of the aperture setting while the camera selects the best shutter speed. (The aperture range varies with the lens in use.)
  •  Program AE (Program Shift): This mode places the camera in control over both aperture and shutter speed, while the user has access to all other menu functions. Turning the Control dial cycles through a range of equivalent exposure settings, enabling the Program Shift mode.
  •  Full Auto: This mode places the camera entirely in control of the exposure, though the user can adjust the exposure compensation and determine the flash mode.
  •  Portrait: Optimizes camera settings to reproduce warm, soft skin tones against a slightly blurred background.
  •  Landscape: Optimizes settings to produce sharp, colorful landscapes.
  •  Macro: This mode is for close-up pictures of small objects, enhancing color in flowers, etc.
  •  Sports: Favors faster shutter speeds to capture moving subjects.
  •  Night + Portrait: Balances the foreground subject illuminate by flash with the ambient light of the background.
  •  Scene Mode: Accesses the 20 available preset shooting modes: Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, Sport, High Key, Low Key, DIS Mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Documents, Panorama, Beach & Snow, Underwater Wide and Underwater Macro.

Playback Mode: The Playback button on the rear panel accesses Playback mode, where you can review captured images. The left and right arrow keys, as well as the up and down keys, scroll through the images on the card. You can enlarge captured images or display them in an index format for quick viewing.

 

Olympus E-520 Menus

Pressing the Menu button provides access to the camera's full menu system. The following options are available in most camera modes as menu tabs at the left of the display:

 

Record Menu 1:

Record Menu 1 Options:
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
Card Setup
- All Erase
- Format
Erases images from the memory card or formats the card.
Custom Reset
- Reset
- Reset 1
- Reset 2
You can register two sets of custom settings, ore reset to factory defaults (Reset option).
Picture Mode
- Vivid
- Natural
- Muted
- Portrait
- Monotone
- Custom
- Contrast (Lo to Hi)
- Sharpness (Lo to Hi)
- Saturation (Lo to Hi)
- BW Filter: Neutral, Yellow, Orange, Red, or Green
-Pict. Tone: Neutral, Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green
Select a preset for specific situations, or manually adjust each preset.
Gradation
- Auto
- Normal
- High Key
- Low Key
 
Adjusts overall brightness for higher or lower contrast.
Quality
- Large (L)
- Middle (M)
- Small (S)
- RAW
- Fine (F)
- Normal (N)
Select the image size and quality.
White Balance
- Auto
- Daylight (5,300K)
- Shade (7,500K)
- Cloudy (6,000K)
- Tungsten (3,000K)
- Fluorescent 1 (4,000K)
- Fluorescent 2 (4,500K)
- Fluorescent 3 (6,600K)
- Flash (5,500K)
- One-Touch
- Custom
All settings except Custom:
- Amber +7 to -7
- Green +7 to -7

Custom Setting:
- 2,000K to 14,000K
Select the white balance mode, or choose One-Touch to register a setting or Custom to select a Kelvin temperature.
ISO
- Auto
- 100
- 200
- 400
- 800
- 1,600

 

Select ISO sensitivity.
Noise Reduction
- Off
- On
- Auto

 

Auto option activates NR when using slow shutter speeds.

On setting always activates NR, regardless of shutter time.

Noise Filter
- Off
- Low
- Standard
- High

 

Controls the level of noise processing.

 

 

Record Menu 2:

Record Menu 2 Options:
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
Metering
- Digital ESP + AF/ESP
- Center-Weighted
- Spot
- Spot HI
- Spot SH
Spot Hi is spot metering with highlight control.

Spot SH is spot metering with shadow control.

Flash RC Mode
- Off
- On
Enables wireless flash shooting.
Flash Exposure Compensation
- -3 to +3
Controls the exposure compensation with flash.
AF Mode
- S-AF
- C-AF
- MF
- S-AF + MF
- C-AF + MF
 
Select the AF mode. S-AF+MF and C-AF+MF modes allow manual fine tuning.
AF Area
- Auto
- Left
- Center
- Right
Set the location of the spot AF point.
Anti-Shock
- Off
- 1 to 30 seconds
Sets the delay after mirror is raised before shutter is released, to avoid blurring.
AE Bracket
- Off
- 3 Frames, +/-0.3EV
- 3 Frames, +/-07 EV
- 3 Frames, +/-1.0 EV
Activates bracketing or disables it.
WB Bracket
- Amber-Blue (A-B)
- Green-Magenta (G-M)
For either color range:
-Off
- 3F 2Step
- 3F 4Step
- 3F 6Step
Brackets the white balance setting in terms of color shifts in Amber/Blue and Green/Magenta, with 3 frames at either 2, 4, or 6 step increments.
Flash Bracket
- Off
- 3F 0.3EV
- 3F 0.7EV
- 3F 1.0EV
Brackets the flash exposure in three frames, at either 0.3, 0.7 or 1.0 EV increments.

 

 

Playback Menu:

Playback Menu Options:
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
Slideshow
- Single image display
- 4 image
- 9 image
- 16 image
- 25 image
- 49 image
- 100 image
Slideshows can show a single image on-screen at a time, or show up to 100 frames in an index format.
Rotate
- Off
- On
Rotates images counter-clockwise 90 degrees.
Edit
- RAW Data Edit
- JPEG Edit
JPEG:
- Shadow Adjustment
- Redeye Fix
- Crop
- Black & White
- Sepia
- Saturation
- Resize
RAW Data Edit makes changes based on current camera settings, while JPEG mode lets you adjust each attribute independently.
Print
- Single Image
- All
 
Marks single or all frames for printing.
Copy All
- Yes
- No
Copies images between memory cards.
Reset Protect
- Yes
- No
Cancels all write protection marks.

 

 

Custom Menu 1:

Custom Menu 1 Options, Tab A: AF/MF
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
AF Illumination
- Off
- On


The built-in flash can serve as an AF illuminator.
Focus Ring
- Counter-clockwise
- Clockwise
 
Controls the direction of focus ring.
Reset Lens
- Off
- On
 
Resets focus to infinity.
Bulb Focusing
- Off
- On
 
Enables focusing during Bulb exposures.
Live View Mode
- AF Sensor
- Hybrid AF
- Imager AF
 
Controls characteristics of Live View AF mode.

 

Custom Menu 1 Options, Tab B: Button/Dial
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
Dial Function
- P: PS/EV Comp.
- A: FNo./EV Comp.
- S: Shutter/EV Comp.
- M: Shutter/FNo.
Controls the function of the Control dial in each exposure mode.
Dial Direction
- Dial 1
- Dial 2

 

Directs the type of dial control depending on the direction of turning:
- Dial 1 setting enables slower shutter speed, open aperture for clockwise and the opposite for counter-clockwise
- Dial 2 is opposite
AEL/AFL
- S-AF
- C-AF
- MF
S-AF:
- Modes 1-3
C-AF:
- Modes 1-4
MF:
- Modes 1-3
Controls the function of the Shutter and AEL/AFL buttons in each AF mode.
AEL/AFL Memo
- Off
- On
Off setting locks exposure only while button is held down.
Function Button
- Fn Face Detect
- Preview
- Live Preview
- One-Touch WB
- AF Home
- MF
- RAW
- Test Picture
- My Mode
- Off
Assigns an action to the Fn button.
Drive Function
- Sequential
- Remote
- Self-timer
- AF Area
- AF Mode
- WB
- Metering
- ISO
Assigns other functions to the Remote/ Self-timer/ Sequential button
My Mode Setup
- MyMode 1
- MyMode 2
Lets you register settings for MyMode
Button Timer
- 3 Sec.
- 5 Sec.
- 8 Sec.
- Hold
Sets how long a button's function displays after a quick press
AEL/Fn Button swap
- Off
- On
You can swap the functions of the AE L and Fn buttons.
Arrow Key Lock
- Off
- On
Locks arrow pad to prevent unwanted operations.

 

Custom Menu 1 Options, Tab C: Release/Drive
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
RLS Priority S
- Off
- On
If enabled, the camera will release the shutter before AF function is complete.
RLS Priority C
- Off
- On
If enabled, the camera will release the shutter before AF function is complete.

 

Custom Menu 1 Options, Tab D: Disp/Sound/PC
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
Sound
- Off
- On
Turns the camera's beep sounds on or off.
Sleep
- Off
- 1 Min.
- 3 Min.
- 5 Min.
- 10 Min.
Sets the camera to go to sleep after a period of inactivity.
Backlit LCD
- 8 Sec.
- 30 Sec.
- 1 Min.
- Hold
Turns off the LCD backlight after a period of inactivity to save battery power.
4h Timer
- Off
- 4 h
Sets the camera to shut off after 4 hours.
USB Mode
- Auto
- Storage
- MTP
- Control (from PC)
- Print Easy
- Print Custom

 

Live View Boost
- Off
- On
If on, boosts the LCD brightness for easier confirmation.
Face Detect
- Off
- On
If on, detects faces in the frame and sets focus for those faces.
Frame Assist
- Off
- Grid
- Golden Section
- Scale
Enables helpful framing assistance tools.

 

Custom Menu 1 Options, Tab E: EXP/Point/ISO
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
EV Step
- 1/3 EV
- 1/2 EV
- 1 EV
Sets the increment of EV adjustment.
ISO-Auto Set
- 100
- 200
- 400*
- 800
- 1,600
Sets the upper limit of the Auto ISO setting. (400 is default)
ISO-Auto
- P
- A
- S
- All
Sets a shooting mode that automatically enables Auto ISO.
AEL Metering
- Auto
- Center Weighted
- Spot
- Spot HI
- Spot SH
Controls the type of metering performed via the AEL/AFL button.
Bulb Timer
Sets the maximum time for the Bulb exposure.

 

Custom Menu 1 Options, Tab F: Flash Custom
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
Flash X-Sync
- 1/60 to 1/180
Sets shutter sync speed for external flash firing.
Slow Limit
- 1/30 to 1/180 (1/60 is default)
Sets shutter limit for the Slow Sync flash modes.
Flash EV Comp. + EV Comp.
- Off
- On
If on, flash EV comp. will be added to overall EV comp. and flash intensity control.
Auto Pop Up
- Off
- On
If on, flash automatically pops up in Auto or Scene modes.

 

Custom Menu 1 Options, Tab G: Quality/Color/WB
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
All (WB +/-)
- All Set
- All Reset
All Set:
- Amber -7 to +7
- Green -7 to +7

All Reset:
- Yes
- No
In All Set, you can apply the same WB compensation values to all WB modes at once.
Color Space
- sRGB
- Adobe RGB
 
Shading Compensation
- Off
- On
Enables a shading compensation that attempts to eliminate vignetting with certain lenses
Quality Set
- 1
- 2
- 3
- 4
L/M/S
SF/F/N/B
You can combine three image sizes and four compression ratios and register those settings.
Pixel Count
- Middle
- Small
Middle:
- 3,200 x 2,400
- 2,560 x 1,920
- 1,600 x 1,200

Small:
- 1,280 x 960
- 1,024 x 768
- 640 x 480

Set the pixel size for the Middle and Small options.

 

Custom Menu 1 Options, Tab H: Record/Erase
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
Quick Erase
2- Off
- On

 

If on, allows you to immediately erase an image during post-capture display.
RAW + JPEG Erase
- JPEG
- RAW
- RAW + JPEG

 

Designates how JPEG+RAW files are erased.
File Name
- Auto
- Reset
 
Priority Set
- No
- Yes
 
Sets the priority of cursor display for Erase screen to No or Yes.
dpi Setting
- Auto
- Custom
 
Lets you set the resolution for printing images.

 

Custom Menu 1 Options, Tab I: Utility
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
Cleaning Mode

 

 

If enabled, pops up the mirror for sensor cleaning.
Sport, Night Portrait, Underwater Wide, Underwater Macro
-Dial Sport/Night Portrait
- Dial UW Wide/UW Macro

 

Lets you replace the Sport and Night Portrait positions on the Mode dial with the Underwater modes.

 

 

Custom Menu 2:

Custom Menu 2 Options:
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
Date and Time


Sets the camera's clock and calendar.
CF/xD
- CF
- xD
Designates the memory card in use.
Edit Filename
- Adobe RGB
- sRGB
- Off
- A-Z
- 0-8
Lets you rename files.
LCD Brightness
- -7 to +7
Adjusts overall LCD brightness.
Language
English (default)
Sets the menu language. You can download additional options with the included software.
Video Output
- NTSC
- PAL
 
Sets the video output signal.
Rec. View
- 1 to 20 Seconds
- Off
- Auto Playback
Controls a post-capture display and the display time.

Auto setting displays image then switches to Playback mode for quick deletion.

Pixel Mapping
Enables a self-check of the sensor, and remaps bad pixels.
Firmware
Displays the current firmware version.

 

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