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Thursday 14th September 2006
Written by Dennis Hissink
Auto focus
White balance
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The final colour rendition is decided by the light conditions during the capturing of the image. To the human eye, light tends to have the same colour. The camera, however, does register variations, and measures different colour temperatures. Take, for instance, daylight, or the light of a lamp that is reflected on a white piece of paper. The reflection will differ, and it is thus up to a well-working automatic white balance to find the correct colour rendition in these situations. The Olympus E-400 features four different white balance settings: Automatic white balance, Preset white balance, Custom white balance and One-Touch white balance. The automatic white balance will suffice for the majority of the images; the Olympus E400 detects the white in the images and will generally succeed in reproducing the correct colour. Should there be virtually no white to detect, there will be 7 different colour temperatures with Preset white balance. Furthermore, the user also has the option to adjust more accurately through the Custom white balance. In addition to all of this, the camera allows you to control the white balance manually; by measuring it in advance on a white paper, and saving this measurement afterwards. The Olympus E-400 digital SLR camera offers several focus options: S-AF (Single AF), C-AF (Continuous AF) and MF (Manual Focus). The first setting is the standard option, and is activated each time the shutter release button is pressed half-way down. C-AF keeps focussing for as long as the shutter release button is kept pressed half-way down, which comes in handy when working with fast moving subjects in particular. The latter; the manual focussing option, speaks for itself. In addition to this, the S-AF and C-AF settings offer further options. Both the Single AF and the Continuous AF allow, for example, instant manual focussing by releasing the shutter release button and adjusting the focus ring of the lens. This is both very handy and quick to work with, and may prove a clever solution when capturing subjects that are tricky to focus on. The viewfinder of the Olympus E-400 displays three focus points. This is the standard setting through which the camera focuses. The camera's menu enables you to select one of these three points as the sole focus point. This could come in useful when, for instance, capturing studio-images in situations where the camera and the composition can not be adjusted, but where you do need to determine the focus point more accurately.
Bracketing Aperture External flash
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Generally, the Olympus E-400 digital SLR camera will be able to produce carefully balanced exposures. However, you may occasionally run into a situation where you require several photos of the same subject that each has a different exposure value. Even in circumstances where a correct exposure is hard to come by (such as a subject with back-lighting or a scene in the evening dusk), you are able to pick the photo of your preference from several selected frames with a variety of different exposure settings (exposure and compensation values). The mode dial on the Olympus E-400 also allows you to set the programme A, which enables you to set a preference for a certain aperture. In the automatic mode, the camera will set the aperture according to the light situation. However, this may at times cause an unwanted large depth of field; for instance in the case of a portrait or -the reverse- a depth of field that is too small when capturing a macro or landscape image. By setting the aperture manually, you are in control of the depth of field. The Olympus E400 sets the correct shutter speed in accordance with the chosen aperture, which results in a well-balanced exposure. Besides the built-in flash, the user can also opt to use an external flash. The flash synchronisation of the Olympus E-400 is 1/180e. For regular use, setting TTL-Auto is recommended. If the Olympus E-400 is equipped with an Olympus FL-50 or FL-36 flash, you will be able to use the Super PF setting. This combination enables you to work with a shutter speed up to 1/4000e. Those who wish to equip the Olympus E400 with a non-Olympus flash, should keep in mind that the E-400 only works in the M mode, and that aperture, shutter speed (up to a maximum of 1/180e ) and ISO value require manual setting.
Pixel Mapping Playback on TV Manual photographing
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We have already seen the pixel mapping function in several generations of cameras. This function enables the Olympus E-400 to check the image sensor and image editing functions, and adjust them where necessary. Generally, the pixel mapping function will not have to be used often, Olympus recommend using the pixel mapping once a year. Before the function is activated, the camera requires a one minute wait if the monitor has been used, or if you have captured images continuously. If you prefer to play back your images on a large format screen instead of on the 2.5-inch format display on the camera, the Olympus E-400 can be connected to a monitor or television. The Olympus E400 is standard delivered with a video cable that can be connected to an external screen via the Video out interface. This enables you to share the 10 Megapixel images with your family and friends on a large screen. Simply activate the Olympus E-400 DSLR, select either NTSC or PAL, and enjoy. The M setting located on the mode dial on top of the Olympus E-400 camera allows you to set the aperture and shutter speed manually. The exposure level indicator enables you to check any deviations from a correct exposure. This mode offers you a more creative operation, and allows you to adjust settings to your own preference, regardless of the correct exposure. The Olympus E-400 also enables Bulb photography; which makes it possible to capture astronomy photos or photos of fireworks.
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