Olympus 1000 Review
Olympus Stylus 1000 Operation
The Olympus Stylus 1000 uses a Mode dial to determine its behavior. In Still Photography mode, major functions like image quality, and setup options are accessed from the Menu button while settings that might change from shot-to-shot are accessed from the Function button in the middle of the four-way arrow navigator. To get an explanation of any menu item, just press the Display/Help button. If you need help setting the camera, or solving a photographic problem, Guide mode is available just turning the Mode dial to that option. That's also how you get to Movie mode, and to Playback mode.
Record Mode Display
In Record mode, the LCD displays the subject with an overlay of data that tells you approximate Battery Life Remaining (graphically), Flash mode, Focus mode (Macro, Supermacro, 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/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 a 4, 9, 16-images, or Calendar index. Pressing the telephoto side of the 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 1000 Modes and Menus
The Mode dial contains the following options:
Playback Mode: In this mode, you can scroll through captured images, delete them, write-protect them, and set them up for printing on PictBridge-compatible printers. You can also copy, resize, and rotate images, as well as turn images black and white, or sepia. And you can execute some editing functions like removing red-eye, reducing blur, and brightening underexposed shots.
Still Picture Mode: Captures still photographs in either Auto or Program mode, as set from the Function button menu.
Scene Mode: The 20 Scene modes include Portrait, Landscape, Landscape & Portrait, Night Scene, Night & Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self-Portrait, Available Light Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Museum, Cuisine, Behind Glass, Documents, Auction, Shoot & Select1, Shoot & Select2, and Beach & Snow.
Guide Mode: Guide mode lets you select an effect like "Blurring background,", and sets the camera to achieve it, telling you what to do. It's both effective and intelligent, and to top it off, transparent (unlike Scene modes) so you can actually learn a little photography.
Movie Mode: Captures video in three resolutions: 640 x 480, 320 x 240, and 160 x 120.
Function menu: The Function menu is activated in Record mode by pressing the OK/Func button in the center of the Four-way navigator.
- P/Auto: Selects between Program, and Auto exposure modes.
- White Balance: Sets white balance to Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, or Fluorescent 3 modes.
- ISO: Sets the ISO to Auto, or anywhere from 64 to 6,400 equivalents when the Stabilizer is not active.
- Drive: Accesses the Continuous, and Hi Speed Continuous shooting modes, as well as Single Shot.
- Metering: Sets the metering mode to Digital ESP, or Spot.
Menus: The Olympus Stylus 1000 has a mode-sensitive Menu system accessed by pressing the Menu button.
Record Menu: Available in all Record modes, the Record menu is accessed by pressing the Menu button. An initial shortcut screen pops up with options for Image Quality, Setup, Camera Menu, Scene, Silent Mode, and Reset.
- Camera Menu: Displays the following options (some options are not available in all modes, especially if image stabilization, or Auto rather than Program is active):
- White Balance: Adjusts the color balance of the image to match the light source. Options are Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, and Fluorescent 3.
- ISO: Adjusts the camera's light sensitivity. Options are Auto, or 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,600, 3,200, and 6,400 ISO equivalents. At 3,200, and above, image quality is limited to 2,048 x 1,536.
- Drive: Sets the camera's drive mode to Single Shot, or Hi Speed Continuous.
- Metering Mode: Chooses between Digital ESP (default), and Spot modes. Spot metering reads the exposure from the very center of the frame (identified by a cross hair target on the monitor). Spot metering is handy for backlit subjects, or any time the subject, and background have very different brightness levels. Digital ESP mode reads the entire frame to determine exposure.
- Fine Zoom: Combines optical zoom, and image quality to enable a maximum magnification of 5x. Image quality is limited to 2,048 x 1,536.
- Digital Zoom: Turns the camera's digital zoom on, or off. Combined with optical zoom, total maximum zoom is approximately 15x.
- AF Mode: Sets the AF mode to iESP, or Spot.
- Sound Recording: Enables sound recording for a short caption to accompany an image file.
- Panorama: Enters Panorama mode for shooting a sequence of pictures to be combined using Olympus Master software into one panorama image. An Olympus xD Picture Card is required to assemble the images using Olympus Master software.
- Image Quality: Sets the image quality, or resolution of the images to be captured. Compression options are also included. Still options are SHQ for 3,648 x 2,736 with low compression, HQ for 3,648 x 2,736 with standard compression, SQ1 for 2,560 x 1,920, 2,304 x 1,728, or 2,048 x 1,536 all with standard compression, SQ2 for 1,600 x 1,200, 1,280 x 960, 1,024 x 768, or 640 x480 at standard resolution, or 16:9 for 1,920 x 1,080 with standard compression. Movie image quality options are SHQ for 640 x 480, HQ for 320 x 240, and SQ for 160 x 120.
Reset: Resets the camera's Record functions to their default settings if the Mode dial is not set on Guide.
Scene: If Scene mode is selected on the Mode dial, allows you to select among the 20 Scene modes available. The selection screen shows a very small sample image, and a description of the situation for which the current option is designed.
Silent Mode: Automatically shuts off operational sounds that occur during shooting, and playback, warning beeps, shutter sound, etc. Not available in Guide mode.
Setup: Accesses the Setup menu below.
Playback Menu: Available when the Mode dial is set to Playback, the Playback menu is accessed by pressing the Menu button. An initial shortcut screen pops up with options for Playback Menu, Slide Show, Edit, Print Order, Calendar, Setup, Album, Erase, and Silent Mode.
- Playback: Displays the following options:
- Protect: Protects an image from accidental erasure except when formatting the card.
- Rotate: Rotates the images 90 degrees left, or right.
- Voice Memo: Record up to four seconds of audio with an image.
- Album Entry: Allows you to, organize images by sorting them into albums. Not available to images stored in internal memory.
- Slide Show: Enables an automated slide show of the captured images. Built-in background music can be turned on, or off. Transition options include Normal (Scroll/Fader/Slide), Zoom (Down/Up), Checkerboard/Blinds/Swivel, or Random.
- Calendar: Allows you to playback images in a calendar format, organized by the date the images were captured.
- Album: Lets you view pictures, organized in an album. Displays the albums available on the screen, and, after selecting one, the images in the album.
- Edit: Displays the following image, and video editing options:
- Resize Image: Changes the size of an image, saving it as a new file.
- Crop: Crops an image, saving the crop as a new file. You use the arrow pad, and the Zoom lever to adjust the position, and size of the area selection box.
- Black & White: Converts the image to black, and white, and saves it as a new file.
- Sepia: Converts the image to sepia, and saves it as a new file.
- Frame: Allows you to select one of the built-in frames to overlay on an image, and save as a new file.
- Label: Allows you to select a label image you've previously created to overlay on an image, and save as a new file.
- Calendar: Allows you to select a calendar format to combine with an image, and save as a new file.
- Layout: Allows you to make a layout of several images, overlaying them. Options include All Images in internal memory, all images in an Album, images selected by date in a Calendar, and individually Selected Images.
- Brightness: Allows you to adjust the brightness of an images, saving it as a new file.
- Saturation: Allows you to adjust the saturation of an images, saving it as a new file.
- Index: Extracts nine frames from a movie, saving them as an index image.
- Edit: Selects a part of a movie to save as a new file, or overwrite the old one.
- Print Order: Allows you to set DPOF data like the number of prints, and date/time information for each image on the card.
- Erase: Allows you to erase selected images, or all images that are not protected.
- Silent Mode: Automatically shuts off operational sounds that occur during shooting, and playback, warning beeps, shutter sound, etc. Not available in Guide mode.
- Setup: Accesses the Setup menu below.
- Format: Formats the internal memory, or xD-Picture Card, erasing all files (even protected ones).
- Backup: Copies images from the internal memory to an xD-Picture Card.
- Menu Language: Selects the language for the LCD menu display.
- Power On Setup: Controls whether an image, and sound are played on startup.
- Screen Setup: This option lets you register a captured image as the startup screen.
- Color: Changes the color of the menu displays. Options are Normal, Blue, Black, and Pink.
- Beep: Adjusts the volume of the beep sound played when a button is pressed.
- Beep Volume: Adjusts the volume of the camera's warning sound high, or low, or turns it off.
- Shutter Sound: Selects the type of sound, and volume of the shutter noise.
- Volume: Controls the playback volume in five steps, or turns it off.
- Record View: Activates an instant image review function, or disables it.
- File Name: Resets file naming with each new memory card, or continues the numbering from card to card.
- Pixel Mapping: Runs a self-check of the camera's CCD. Olympus recommends only running this function once a year.
- Video Out: Sets the timing of the video output signal to either NTSC, or PAL.
- Date, and Time: Sets the camera's internal clock, and calendar.
- Dual Time: Sets the date, and time for another time zone, so you can track time at home vs. local time while traveling.
- Alarm Clock: You can set an alarm to occur either one time only, or daily.
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