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Stylus 600 Digital

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What are the main features of the Stylus 600?

In addition to the stylish, ergonomic design and all-weather durability that are hallmarks of Olympus’ Stylus digital cameras, the Stylus 700 is loaded with features that help you take better pictures and movies.

Bright Capture technology incorporated into the 7.1-megapixel CCD and generous 2.5” LCD monitor dramatically improves composition, capture and review of images in low light.

The Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode minimizes or eliminates the effects of blurring caused by camera shake or moving subjects.

Let the built-in Shooting Guide show you what features to use in various situations; it will automatically adjust the settings for you. There are 28 shooting modes in all to help you get the best result in any situation.

The Stylus 700 sports a TruePic TURBO™ image processor and a 15x seamless zoom (3x optical, 5x digital). It is PictBridge™-enabled for direct-from-the-camera printing. When using this model with Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ media and the included Olympus Master software, you can create stunning panoramic images. Also, a handy self-timer allows the family photographer to get into the frame … and into the fun.

The Stylus 700 packs all this into a sleek, compact metal body that is less than an inch thick!

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Olympus advertises that the Stylus 600 is weatherproof. How does Olympus define “weatherproof?”

Olympus’ weatherproof cameras feature protection from inclement weather equivalent to the IEC Standard publication 529 IPX4. They will resist dust, snow and water splashed from any direction.

It is possible, though not common, for water to enter the camera when the lens is in motion, such as when the camera is powered on in a shooting mode, when the optical zoom is operated, or when the camera’s Power Save mode turns the camera off after a period of idleness. If water splashes onto the lens barrel, gently wipe it off immediately with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Note: Olympus cameras described as “weatherproof” are not waterproof and should not be immersed in water. Olympus will not assume responsibility for any damage caused by water getting inside the camera as a result of misuse. Also, the rechargeable battery and other accessories are not weatherproof. Care should be taken when using accessories.

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The Stylus 600 features Bright Capture technology. What is it, and how does it work?

Bright Capture technology helps you take better pictures in low-light conditions. It automatically lightens the preview in the LCD monitor by condensing light information from groups of neighboring CCD pixels into each pixel of the LCD. This allows you to see on-screen an image that will more closely resemble the final print. The display is 4.5 times brighter than those of other digital cameras, making it easier to compose shots in dark or subdued light.

Certain shooting and scene modes also use Bright Capture technology to improve your digital photos. In these modes, light information from groups of neighboring CCD pixels is packed into each pixel of the captured digital image file. This results in clearer, brighter pictures. With Bright Capture active, even action photos can be captured in low levels of ambient light, without using a flash.

Note that the Stylus 600 restricts the maximum resolution of images captured when certain Bright Capture-enabled shooting and scene modes are selected.

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Why does the Stylus 600 limit the size (resolution) of images shot in certain Bright Capture-enabled shooting and scene modes?

The Stylus 600 restricts the maximum resolution of images captured in the [Available Light] and [Candle] scene modes and in the high-speed Sequential Shooting mode.  All of these modes use Bright Capture technology.

This is a noise-reduction strategy. The noise that can sometimes be seen on images captured in low light is often related to the high number of pixels on the image sensor. Pixels generate heat as they collect light information, and this heat can cause unwanted electronic charges, or “noise,” to creep into the digital image file. The more pixels there are on the image sensor, the more heat and the more potential for noise.

Bright Capture condenses the light information into a smaller area of the image. As a result, the overall number of pixels, or resolution, needed to capture the image in low light is reduced. The resulting image with Bright Capture will be bright, clear, and less susceptible to the effects of noise.

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Does Bright Capture technology work always, automatically?

Bright Capture is always automatically working to ensure that images are viewable on the LCD. In addition, certain shooting and scene modes automatically use Bright Capture when recording images.

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Which shooting modes automatically use Bright Capture technology?

Bright Capture technology is always used when shooting in Digital Image Stabilization mode and in high-speed Sequential Shooting mode. Also, it is automatically activated when using ISO 800 or higher.

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Which scene modes automatically use Bright Capture technology?

Bright Capture technology is always used when the following Scene Modes are selected: [Available Light Portrait], [Candle], [Indoors], and [Shoot & Select 1].

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The Stylus 600 has a Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode. What is it, and how does it work?

The Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode is designed to reduce the blurring effect that occurs when either the camera or the subject is in motion during image capture. Images taken in low light are particularly susceptible to blurring because the shutter is held open longer in order to expose the CCD to enough light to capture the picture.

When the camera is in Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode, the light sensitivity of the CCD is boosted so that the shutter speed can stay fast enough to freeze motion. The adjustment is made automatically when the level of ambient light would be insufficient to maintain a shutter speed of 1/125 at ISO 64.

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What are the benefits of the TruePic TURBO™ image processor?

TruePic TURBO™ is Olympus' new image-processing engine designed to be approximately 30% faster than the TruePic engine. TruePic TURBO increases the camera’s start-up, shutter lag, recording and playback times and continues to deliver clear, smooth image results every time. The TruePic TURBO engine also has an advanced noise filter for better image quality.

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The Stylus 600 is PictBridge™-enabled. What is PictBridge?

PictBridge is a specification that allows for direct printing of photos between various brands of digital still cameras and printers without the use of a computer.

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The Stylus 600 supports Print Image Matching™ (PIM3). What is Print Image Matching?

Print Image Matching (PIM3) technology ensures that PIM3-enabled digital cameras and printers work together to produce the best possible prints. PIM3-enabled printers are able to instantly identify the print-specific information for each image captured, to provide superior color, quality and detail in every print.

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What are the dimensions of the Stylus 600?

The Stylus 600 is 3.8” W x 2.2” H x 1.0” D (97mm x 55mm x 26.5mm) – perfect for pocket or purse.

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What recording modes does the Stylus 600 support?

The Stylus 600 records still images in JPEG format and movies in QuickTime motion JPEG format. Each mode has multiple resolution options depending upon which image quality mode is selected.

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What are image quality modes, and which are available in the Stylus 600?

Image quality modes dictate the size (pixel resolution) and compression ratio of the digital files created by the camera when it records pictures and movies. As resolution and image quality increase, so does the file size, which means fewer files can be stored.

Image file quality is indicated as SHQ (Super High Quality), HQ (High Quality), SQ1 (Standard Quality) and SQ2 (Standard Quality with greater compression). Movie file quality is indicated as SHQ, HQ and SQ.

The Stylus 600 supports the following resolutions:

  • Still images: 2816 x 2112 (SHQ / HQ); 2560 x 1920, 2271 x 1704, 2048 x 1536, and 1600 x 1200 (SQ1); and 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, and 640 x 480 (SQ2).

  • Movies: 640 x 480 (SHQ); 320 x 240 (HQ); and 160 x 120 (SQ). All movies record at a rate of 15 frames per second.

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    Does the Stylus 600 have a “3:2 Resolution” mode?

    No. The Stylus 600 records all images and movies at a 4:3 aspect ratio.

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    What recording media does the Stylus 600 support?

    The Stylus 600 can record data to internal memory and to removable media. It has 7.9MB of internal memory for storage. It will also accept* xD-Picture Cards in the following capacities: 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB and 1GB.

    *Certain camera functions require the use of an xD-Picture card.

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    Can the Stylus 600 store images to its internal memory?

    Yes. The Stylus 600 has 7.9MB of internal memory available for storage.

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    Is the Stylus 600 compatible with the new high-speed Type H xD-Picture Cards?

    Yes.

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    How many images can the Stylus 600 hold in its internal memory?

    The chart below shows the approximate number of pictures at each available quality mode that can be stored in the camera's internal memory. The camera can store pictures and movies in any combination of quality modes. All figures are approximate.

    Image quality Image size Number of storable pictures
    SHQ 2816 x 2112 2
    HQ 2816 x 2112 5
    SQ1 2560 x 1920 6
    2272 x 1704 8
    2048 x 1536 9
    1600 x 1200 12
    SQ2 1280 x 960 18
    1024 x 768 28
    640 x 480 46

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    How many movies can the Stylus 600 hold in its internal memory?

    The chart below shows approximately how much movie recording time can be stored in the camera's internal memory at each quality mode. The camera can store pictures and movies in any combination of quality modes. All figures are approximate.

    Image quality Image Size Recording Length
    SHQ 640 x 480 (15 frames/sec) 6 seconds
    HQ 320 x 240 (15 frames/sec) 20 seconds
    SQ 160 x 120 (15 frames/sec) 54 seconds

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    What shooting modes are available on the Stylus 600?

    Shooting modes govern what type of data (still image or movie) is recorded and what camera functions and settings are used to capture it. When the camera is turned on, it will by default be set to Program Auto mode. This is indicated by the letter "P" in the upper left corner of the LCD monitor.

    Most shooting modes are accessed by pressing the shooting mode button (icon of a camera beside the word "Scene"). Pressing this button toggles between Program Auto mode and the Scene Mode selection menu. Additional or alternate instructions, if necessary, are included in the shooting mode descriptions below.

    The following shooting modes are available on the Stylus 600:

    • Program Auto mode: The camera automatically sets the aperture and shutter speed for the brightness of the subject. If the White Balance and ISO settings are set to [AUTO] (the default setting for the Stylus 600), then the camera will also automatically determine the proper values for those settings as well. If either or both of the White Balance and ISO settings have been manually changed, the active settings for those features will be used.

    • Scene mode: The camera automatically applies a template of settings that will produce the optimum results for a particular set of shooting conditions, or “scene.” When using this mode, you must select the scene template that matches the current shooting conditions. To select a scene mode, press the shooting mode button and then use the Up and Down arrows on the arrow pad to scroll through the available scene modes. Press the [OK/MENU] button to activate your selected scene mode.

    • Digital Image Stabilization mode (Hand icon): The camera automatically boosts ISO sensitivity and shutter speed as necessary in order to capture clear, bright images in low light or when the camera or subject is in motion at the time of image capture. To select this mode, press the shooting mode button and then use the Up or Down arrow on the arrow pad to navigate to the "Reducing Blur" scene (#24). This is the Digital Image Stabilization mode.

    • Movie mode: The camera captures motion (but not sound) in QuickTime format. The focus and zoom are locked while recording video. If the distance to the subject changes while recording, the focus may be compromised. To select this mode, press the shooting mode button and then use the Up or Down arrow on the arrow pad to navigate to the "Movie" scene (#25).

    • Sequential Shooting mode: The camera shoots multiple frames when the shutter button is depressed. In the default operation, the camera focus, exposure and white balance are locked at the first frame. The shooting speed will vary depending on the Quality mode setting. In high-speed sequential shooting, Bright Capture technology is used to boost ISO and shutter speed; image resolution is limited to allow for this faster operation.</P><P>To select a sequential shooting mode, first place the camera in Program Auto mode and then press the [OK/MENU] button. Press the Right arrow to advance to the Mode Menu. Press the Right arrow again to enter the Camera settings menu. Use the Down arrow to select [DRIVE], and then press the Right arrow again. Then use the Up or Down arrow to choose Normal or High-speed capture, or to return to normal single-frame shooting.

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    What scene modes are available in the Stylus 600?

    Scene modes are templates of camera settings that are optimized for specific shooting conditions. Factors such as ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, exposure compensation, flash mode and white balance are automatically adjusted for the selected situation and applied. When a scene mode is selected, its default settings take effect. Many of these settings cannot be overridden while shooting in that mode.

    Using scene modes allows you to rapidly and conveniently enable multiple complex settings all at once and without having to navigate through the camera menus. Instead, just identify your current shooting conditions and select the appropriate scene mode. In this way, even a novice user can become an "instant expert".

    The following scene modes are available in the Stylus 600:

    • Portrait: Portrait mode is suitable for taking a portrait-style picture of a person, such as the head-and-shoulders shot typical of yearbooks. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions to produce natural skin tones.
    • Landscape: This mode is suitable for taking pictures of landscapes and other outdoor scenes. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions to produce vivid blues and greens.
    • Landscape + Portrait: This mode allows both the foreground subject and a background landscape to be in focus. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions.
    • Night Scene: This mode is suitable for shooting pictures in the evening or at night. The camera sets a slower shutter speed than is used for normal shooting. Because the shutter is held open longer, you must be careful to keep the camera and the subject immobile until the shot is taken, or the subject will appear blurred. It is advised that you use a tripod to support the camera in this mode.
    • Night + Portrait: This mode is suitable for shooting both a foreground subject and an illuminated background in the evening or at night. The camera sets a slower shutter speed that is used for normal shooting. Because the shutter is held open longer, you must be careful to keep the camera and the subject immobile until the shot is taken, or the subject will appear blurred. It is advised that you use a tripod to support the camera in this mode.
    • Sport: This mode is suitable for capturing fast-moving action without blurring.
    • Indoor: This mode is suitable for shooting a foreground subject and background interiors. The flash reaches further away, so backgrounds are reproduced clearly.
    • Candle: This mode is suitable for shooting under candlelight. The camera automatically sets optimal shooting conditions to reproduce warm colors. This mode uses Bright Capture technology. Image quality is restricted to 2,048 x 1,536 or less.
    • Self-portrait: This mode lets you take a picture of yourself while you are holding the camera. Point the lens toward yourself, and the focus will lock onto you. The camera fixes the zoom in the wide position and cannot be changed.
    • Available Light: This mode uses Bright Capture technology to capture subjects in low-light conditions without a flash. This mode uses Bright Capture technology. Image quality is restricted to 2,048 x 1,536 or less.
    • Sunset: In this mode, the camera automatically sets the optimal conditions for taking pictures of sunsets. It vividly reproduces reds and yellows. Because the shutter speed is slow, it is advised that you use a tripod to help avoid blur from camera shake.
    • Fireworks: This mode is suitable for shooting fireworks at night. It is advised that you use a tripod in this mode to prevent blur due to camera shake.
    • Museum: This mode allows you to take pictures without flash and without a beep sound. This is ideal for shooting in an art gallery, museum, etc.
    • Cuisine: This mode is ideal for still life photography. The camera increases the saturation, sharpness and contrast settings to produce sharp, vivid images of the subject.
    • Behind Glass: This mode is suitable for shooting subjects through glass.
    • Documents: This mode is suitable for shooting documents. It increases the contrast between letters and background. Flash is disabled in this mode.
    • Auction: This mode sequentially captures three pictures at different exposures in the appropriate size for Internet auctions.
    • Shoot & Select 1: This mode captures a rapid succession of four pictures by keeping the shutter button depressed. The focus is locked at the first shot. After shooting, you will have the option to immediately delete the pictures that you do not wish to keep. This mode is best suited for shooting moving objects. Bright Capture technology is used in this mode.
    • Shoot & Select 2: In this mode, the camera will continue to shoot until you take your finger off the shutter button or until the storage media is full. The focus is adjusted for each shot. After shooting, you will have the option to immediately delete the pictures that you do not wish to keep.
    • Beach & Snow: This mode is suitable for taking pictures of scenery containing white sand or snow.
    • Under Water Wide 1: This mode is suitable for taking pictures of underwater landscapes. An underwater housing is required.
    • Under Water Wide 2: This mode is also suited to taking pictures of underwater scenery. In this mode, the focus is locked to allow for quicker shutter release. An underwater housing is required.
    • Under Water Macro: This mode is suitable for taking close-up photographs underwater. An underwater housing is required.
    • Reducing Blur: This is the Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode.
    • Movie: This is the Movie shooting mode.

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    What playback modes are available in the Stylus 600?

    Playback modes display captured still images or movies on the LCD monitor so you can review, manipulate, edit or erase them. To use a playback mode, set the mode dial to the icon of the green arrow.

    The Stylus 600 has the following still image Playback modes:

    • Single Frame: View your pictures one frame at a time. Use the arrow pad to advance forward or backward one frame, or to jump to the first or last image.
    • Index: Display thumbnails of your images on the LCD. Choose a layout of 4, 9, 16 or 25 frames at a time.
    • Close-up: Select a frame and use the Zoom button to enlarge it from 2x to 8x magnification.
    • Slideshow: The camera displays all images from your media card, automatically advancing the frames using your choice of transitions. Optionally, the slideshow can be set to background music.
    • Rotation: Select a frame and turn it 90 degrees in either direction.
    • Calendar: Navigate through your images using a calendar interface. Choose a date to display all files entered on that date. An xD media card is required.
    • Album: Organize your images and videos by assigning them to albums. Add a single image, all images entered on a given date (uses Calendar function), or all images from the media card. An xD-Picture Card is required to use this feature.
    • Histogram: Select a still image and view a graphical representation of its relative brightness and darkness. This can help you gauge whether you are shooting in a mode that will over- or underexpose your pictures so you can make any necessary adjustments.
    The Stylus 710 has the following movie Playback modes:
    • Normal: Play the file on the LCD by selecting it and pressing the [OK/MENU] button.
    • Reverse: Play the file backward.
    • Frame-by-frame: Play the file, then press [OK/MENU] button. You can then use the arrow pad to resume playback one frame at a time in either direction.

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    What Auto Focus modes does the Stylus 600 offer?

    The Stylus 600 supports two Auto Focus modes: Spot (default) and iESP.

    • SPOT: In this mode, the camera uses the AF focus mark displayed on the LCD to determine the subject of the photo.
    • iESP: In this mode, the camera determines what subject to give focus. The camera detects the area of greatest contrast (generally, this will be the border where your subject meets the background) and focuses on that area. Even when the subject is not in the center of the frame, focusing is possible.

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    Is it possible to manually focus the Stylus 600?

    Occasionally it is desirable to have the ability to manually focus a digital camera. A good example is shooting through the windows of a tour bus on a rainy day. The camera may choose to focus on the raindrops on the window rather than the actual subject.

    Although the Stylus 600 does not offer a manual focus mode, you can use the Focus Lock feature to force the camera to focus on your intended subject.

    First, choose a test subject that is as close to the camera as your intended subject. Compose the shot in the LCD monitor. Press the shutter button halfway down; the camera will automatically focus on the test subject. The focus will be locked at this distance until you release the shutter button or take the picture. Re-compose your shot using the intended target, and then press the shutter button all the way down.

    TIP:If you see a blinking green light in the upper left of the LCD monitor when composing your shot, the focus and exposure are not adjusted properly. Try locking the focus again.

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    Does the Stylus 600 support a Macro mode?

    Yes. The Stylus 600’s Macro mode has an operating range of 7.9” to infinity. The zoom is fixed while in Super Macro mode and cannot be changed.

    To use Macro mode, set the shooting mode to Program Auto. Press the Macro mode icon (flower) on the arrow pad; this is the same action as pressing the Left arrow. The current status of the Macro setting will be displayed in a yellow box on the LCD monitor. The value will either be OFF, Macro (flower icon) or Super Macro (flower icon beside the letter "s").

    Press the Macro mode icon (Left arrow) repeatedly until the Macro icon is displayed in the yellow box. After a moment, the box will vanish, indicating that the setting is active. The Macro icon will appear in white along the left-hand side of the LCD monitor; it will remain on the LCD for as long as Macro mode is in effect.

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    Does the Stylus 600 support a Super Macro mode?

    Yes. The Stylus 600’s Super Macro mode has an operating range of 3.2” to 23.6”. This means that the camera must be between 3.2” and 23.6” from the subject in order for the picture to be in focus. The zoom is fixed while in Super Macro mode and cannot be changed.

    To use Super Macro mode, set the shooting mode to Program Auto. Press the Macro mode icon (flower) on the arrow pad; this is the same action as pressing the Left arrow. The current status of the Macro setting will be displayed in a yellow box on the LCD monitor. The value will either be OFF, Macro (flower icon) or Super Macro (flower icon beside the letter "s").

    Press the Macro mode icon (left arrow) repeatedly until the Super Macro icon is displayed in the yellow box. After a moment, the box will vanish, indicating that the setting is active. The Super Macro icon will appear in white along the left-hand side of the LCD monitor; it will remain on the LCD for as long as Super Macro mode is in effect.

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    What metering modes does the Stylus 600 offer?

    The Stylus 600 supports two metering modes: Digital ESP multi-pattern metering (default) and Spot.

    • DIGITAL ESP: The camera meters the brightness at the center of the frame and that of the surrounding area separately to create a picture with balanced brightness.
    • SPOT: The camera meters a small area around the center of the LCD monitor. This is the best mode to use when the subject is backlit or positioned against a very dark or very bright background.

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    Can I change ISO sensitivity in the Stylus 600?

    Yes. The available settings are: Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1600. Bright Capture technology is automatically enabled when shooting at ISO 800 or higher.

    Various scene modes will automatically adjust the ISO to compensate for existing lighting conditions. Shooting with ISO set to 800 or 1600 disables digital zoom and limits the picture size to a maximum of 1600 x 1200.

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    What in-camera editing functions does the Stylus 600 offer?

    For still images, the Stylus 600 lets you resize and rotate; adjust brightness and saturation; correct for red-eye; apply black and white or sepia filters; add frames and titles; and import into a calendar template. For movie files, the Stylus 600 lets you create a Frame Index – a still image file consisting of nine separate images excerpted at regular intervals from the movie file. The Frame Index provides a representative look at the content of the entire movie file.

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    What software is bundled with the Stylus 600? What can it do?

    OLYMPUS Master is application software for editing images taken with a digital camera on a computer. Installing it on your computer lets you do the following:

    • Download images from the camera or other media.

    • View images and movies. You can run a slideshow.

    • Manage images. You can organize your images using the calendar display. Search for the image you want by date or keyword.

    • Edit images. You can rotate images, trim them and change the size.

    • Enhance and retouch images. Add filters, remove “red eye,” embellish with art and 3-D effects.

    • Print images. You can print images as is or incorporate them into indexes, calendars and postcards.

    • Make panoramic images. You can make panoramic images using images captured on Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ flash memory media.
    For details regarding these and other functions and operations, refer to the application's "Help" guide and the OLYMPUS Master reference manual.

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    Where can I find the documentation for my camera?

    The Stylus 600 is packaged with a printed Quick Start Guide, a Basic Manual and an Advanced Manual. The printed manual that is included with the camera is a basic manual that introduces the camera’s features and offers an overview of care and usage tips. The Advanced Manual is in PDF format; it can be found on the CD-ROM included with the camera. Adobe Acrobat software, which is also provided on CD-ROM, is necessary to view the PDF file.

    The manuals can also be downloaded from the product support page for this model on the Olympus web site.

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    How can I maintain the all-weather capability of the Stylus 600?

    The Stylus 600 loses its weatherproof capability if the battery compartment cover or the connector cover is open. Make sure that all the covers are closed before using the camera.

    It is possible, though not common, for water to enter the camera when the lens is in motion, such as when the camera is powered on in a shooting mode, when the optical zoom is operated, or when the Power Save function turns the camera off after a period of idleness.

    To preserve the weatherproof feature of your camera, take the following care precautions:

    • If the camera gets splashed, gently wipe the water off as soon as possible with a soft, lint-free cloth. In particular, salt water spray or droplets can cause damage to the camera if the camera is not wiped dry as soon as possible.

    • Wipe any water off the camera before changing the battery or memory card.

    • Do not apply excessive force to or attempt to peel off the rubber backing of the battery compartment cover or the connector cover.

    • If the rubber backing becomes worn or damaged, contact the nearest Olympus service center. (A charge will be assessed for replacement of parts.)

    • If the rubber packing of the battery compartment cover or the connector cover contains dirt or sand, wipe it off before closing the cover; otherwise, water may get inside the camera.

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    How can I review my pictures in the camera?

    By default, the Stylus 600 will briefly display the last image taken after the shutter button is released. If you would like a longer look, press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon). Use the arrow pad to review all images in your internal memory or on your memory card.

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    How do I know if images are being saved to the internal memory or to my media card?

    The internal memory and a memory card cannot be used at the same time. When a supported memory card is inserted into the camera, captured images and movies are no longer written to the internal memory. To use the internal memory, you must remove the memory card.

    The LCD display indicates the images are being saved to the internal memory by displaying [IN] in the lower right corner of the screen. It will display an [xD] in the lower right corner when images are being saved to an xD-Picture Card. The indicators are displayed just above the number of available frames.

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    Can I move images from the Stylus 600's internal memory to a media card?

    Yes, the [BACKUP] feature will transfer images from the camera’s internal memory to an xD-Picture card. It does not, however, delete those images from the internal memory.

    To perform a backup, insert an xD-Picture Card into the camera and turn it on. Press the [OK/MENU] button. Press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to reach the settings menu. Press the Down arrow to access the Memory settings menu. Press the Right arrow to access the settings. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to [BACKUP]. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [YES]. Press the [OK/MENU] button to start the data transfer.

    The backup procedure takes some time. If battery power runs out while the camera is performing a backup, image data may be lost or damaged. It is recommended that you use the optional AC adapter or fully charge your battery before performing a backup. Do not open the battery compartment/card cover or remove the battery while the camera is backing up data. Also, do not connect or disconnect the optional AC adapter during a backup. The internal memory or card may not operate correctly if you do.

    If there is not enough room on the card, [CARD FULL] will be displayed on the monitor, and the backup will be canceled.

    Note: It is not possible to copy images from the media card to the camera’s internal memory.

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    How do I set the date and time on the Stylus 600?

    With the Stylus 600 in Program Auto shooting mode, press the [OK/MENU] button. Press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select the Mode menu. On the next screen, use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to the [SETUP] menu. Press the Right arrow to access the settings. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to the clock icon. Press the Right arrow. Use the Up or Down arrow to select a date format, and then press the Right arrow. Set the month, day, year, hour and minutes using the following procedure: Use the Up and Down arrows to select values, and press the Right arrow to advance to the next item. (The Stylus 600 uses a 24-hour clock.) When all information has been entered, press the [OK/MENU] button to set the values. Press the [OK/MENU] button a second time to return to the shooting mode.

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    How do I set the date and time of an alternate time zone on the Stylus 600?

    With the Stylus 600 in Program Auto shooting mode, press the [OK/MENU] button. Press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select the Mode menu. On the next screen, use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to the [SETUP] menu. Press the Right arrow to access the settings. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to the [DUAL TIME SETUP] item. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [ON], and then press the Right arrow to continue to the next screen.

    Set the alternate month, day, year, hour and minutes using the following procedure: Use the Up and Down arrows to select values, and press the Right arrow to advance to the next item. (The Stylus 600 uses a 24-hour clock.) When all information has been entered, press the [OK/MENU] button to set the values. Press the [OK/MENU] button a second time to return to the shooting mode.

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    How do I use the Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode?

    To select Digital Image Stabilization mode, press the shooting mode button (camera icon beside the word “Scene”) and then use the Up or Down arrow on the arrow pad to navigate to the [REDUCING BLUR] scene. This is the Digital Image Stabilization mode. Press the [OK/MENU] button to activate the selection. Digital Image Stabilization effects end when you select another shooting or scene mode.

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    How do I change the language of the display menus?

    With the Stylus 600 in Program Auto shooting mode, press the [OK/MENU] button to access the Mode menu. Press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to advance to the next screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the [SETUP] menu, and then press the Right arrow to access the settings.

    Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to the icon of the head and word balloon. Press the Right arrow to enter the language menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to choose a new language, and then press the [OK/MENU] button to enable the new language. Press the [OK/MENU] button a second time to return to the shooting mode.

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    Is there a way to add additional languages to my camera?

    The Stylus 600 has built-in support for four languages: English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. A fifth language of your choice can be added via a firmware download. There is no charge associated with this download.

    To add a language, launch the included Olympus Master software, and click on the “Browse Images” icon. Next, select “Update Camera” from the “Online Services” menu. (An Internet connection is required for this function.) The following warning will appear during the installation of the additional language: “Once the firmware is updated, it cannot be returned to the previous menu.”

    The original languages will remain in the camera, and the new one will be appended to the bottom of the menu. Once added, the new language can be enabled just as you would choose any other supported language. If you later wish to add another language, you may exchange the fifth language for any one of the other languages available via the firmware download by repeating this process.

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    How can I control the brightness of the LCD monitor?

    You can adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor from the [SETUP] menu. With the Stylus 600 in Program Auto shooting mode, press the [OK/MENU] button. Press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select the Mode menu. On the next screen, use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to the [SETUP] menu. Press the Right arrow to access the settings. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to the icon of the computer monitor. Press the Right arrow to advance to the adjustment screen. Use the arrow pad to brighten (Up arrow) or darken (Down arrow) the screen.

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    How do I change ISO sensitivity in the Stylus 600?

    With the Stylus 600 in Program Auto shooting mode, press the [OK/MENU] button. Press the Up arrow on the arrow pad to select the ISO menu. On the next screen, use the Up or Down arrow to select the desired ISO value. Press the [OK/MENU] button to activate the setting and return to the shooting mode.

    Note that several scene modes will automatically adjust the ISO to compensate for existing lighting.

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    How do I adjust the exposure value (EV) in the Stylus 600?

    With the Stylus 600 in Program Auto shooting mode, press the Exposure Compensation button on the arrow pad. This is the same action as pressing the Up arrow on the arrow pad. On the next screen, use the arrow pad to make the arrow brighter (Up arrow) or darker (Down arrow). Press the [OK/MENU] button to activate the setting and return to the shooting mode.

    The exposure can be adjusted +/- 2 exposure values (Ev) in 1/3 EV increments. Press the [OK/MENU] button to apply the setting.

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    How do I adjust the White Balance in the Stylus 600?

    With the Stylus 600 in Program Auto shooting mode, press the [OK/MENU] button. Press the Down arrow on the arrow pad to select the White Balance menu. On the next screen, use the Up or Down arrow to select the appropriate light source. Press the [OK/MENU] button to activate the setting and return to the shooting mode.

    Note that some scene modes will automatically adjust the White Balance.

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    Will my custom settings be retained in the camera after I turn off the power?

    Yes. The camera holds current settings, including any changes you have made, when the power is turned off. If you prefer the original settings, you can use the [RESET] function to reset the factory default settings.

    The [RESET] function is accessed from the [SETUP] menu. With the Stylus 600 in Program Auto mode, press the [OK/MENU] button to access the Mode menu. Press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to advance to the next screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the [SETUP] menu, and then press the Right arrow to access the settings.

    [RESET] will be selected by default. Press the Right arrow button to advance to the next screen. Use the Up arrow to select [YES], and then press the [OK/MENU] button again. This will cause the factory default settings to be restored.

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    How do I erase an image that I do not wish to keep?

    The easiest way to delete a single image is to use the Erase button. This button features an icon of a trashcan in red ink. It is located below and to the right of the arrow pad.

    To use this feature, first select a file to erase. Press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon), and use the arrow pad to navigate to the picture or movie file that you wish to delete. When the unwanted picture is showing in the LCD monitor, press the Erase button. A menu will appear. Use the Up arrow to choose “Yes,” and then press the [OK/MENU] button. The file will be erased.

    Erased files cannot be retrieved, so use this feature carefully.

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    How do I erase all my images at once?

    The Stylus 600 includes an [ALL ERASE] function to quickly and conveniently remove all files saved to the internal memory or to a media card. Press the [OK/MENU] button to access the Mode menu. Press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to advance to the next screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the [MEMORY] menu, and then press the Right arrow to access the settings. Select [ALL ERASE], and then press the [OK/MENU] button to completely remove all unprotected images in the internal memory (or on the media card, if a card is currently in the camera).

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    What can I do to prevent accidental file deletion?

    The Protect feature prevents selected files from being deleted even when an [ERASE] or [ALL ERASE] action is performed. However, protected files will be deleted along with all other captured files if they reside on a media card when a [FORMAT] is performed on that card.

    To protect a file, first press the Playback mode button (Green arrow icon). Use the Left and Right arrows to scroll through your saved files and find the one you wish to protect. Once you have selected the file, press the [OK/MENU] button to access the top menu. Press the Right arrow to select the Mode menu, then press the Right arrow again to access the Play menu. Press the Right arrow a third time to access the Play menu’s settings. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the Protect icon (key). Press the Right arrow to continue to the next screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [ON]. Finally, press the [OK/MENU] button to apply protection to the selected image.

    When a file is protected, a key icon appears atop its preview whenever that file is displayed on the LCD screen. The key is displayed even when the camera is set to Index mode.

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    I purchased the Stylus 600, and the box was missing a component. How do I get a replacement?

    Please visit the Olympus Customer Service web site to report the missing component. Click here, fill out the requested fields, and then click Send to submit your request for assistance form. Please allow up to 48 hours for our Customer Service Representatives to respond via e-mail to your question.

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    The Stylus 600 doesn’t have a memory card packaged in the box. Why not?

    The Stylus 600 has 7.9MB of built-in flash memory and does not need a memory card to function. It will accept* xD-Picture Cards in the following capacities: 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB and 1GB.

    *Some camera functions require an xD-Picture Card™.

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    I am no longer able to display pictures that I saved to my camera’s internal memory. I can only see photos that were saved to my XD-Picture Card. How can I see my other photos?

    When a card has been inserted in the camera, the pictures in the internal memory cannot be played back. Pull out the card. Then you will be able to view photos in your camera’s internal memory.

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    Why do some images captured in low light look darker in Playback mode than they did on the LCD while the image was being composed?

    The Bright Capture technology in the Stylus 600 actually lightens the image on the LCD so that it is easy to compose subjects in both bright and dim lighting situations. To maximize the effect of Bright Capture technology on images captured in low light, be sure to select one of the specified Bright Capture-enabled modes prior to shooting so that captured images will appear similar in Playback to the way they are displayed when the image is composed.

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    I want to use a function, but it is grayed out on the camera menu. What is wrong?

    The following camera functions cannot be used when there is no memory card in the camera: [ALBUM ENTRY], [BACKUP], [BLACK & WHITE], [BRIGHTNESS], [CALENDAR], [FORMAT], [FRAME], [PANORAMA], [PRINT ORDER], [Q], [REDEYE FIX], [SATURATION], [SEPIA], and [TITLE].

    These functions will be available when an xD-Picture card is inserted into the media slot.

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    I just put a {new / fully charged} battery in my Stylus 600. Periodically, I have noticed that the screen goes dark while I am setting up my subject. Why is this happening?

    If you are setting up a still life or panorama portrait or are otherwise delayed while composing your picture, you may encounter Sleep Mode. The Stylus 600 includes a power save feature to prolong battery life. The camera will automatically enter Sleep Mode and stop operating if not used after three minutes in a shooting mode. Pressing the zoom button or shutter button will re-activate the camera. If the camera is not used for 15 minutes after entering Sleep Mode, the camera automatically retracts the lens and shuts off. To resume taking pictures, press the Power button.

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    What should I do if I cannot focus on a particular subject?

    Try the FOCUS LOCK feature. This feature allows you to focus on a subject roughly the same distance away from you as the intended subject and then re-compose your picture without losing that focus.

    First, choose a test subject that is as close to the camera as your intended subject. Compose the shot in the LCD monitor. Press the shutter button halfway down; the camera will automatically focus on the test subject. The focus will be locked at the appropriate distance until you release the shutter button or take the picture. Re-compose your shot using the intended target, and then press the shutter button all the way down.

    TIP:If you see a blinking green light on the monitor when composing your shot, the focus and exposure are not adjusted properly. Try locking the focus again.

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    A small, bright dot always appears in the same spot on all my downloaded images. What can I do?

    This is caused by the failure of one or more pixels on the CCD. Run the Pixel Mapping feature to check and adjust the CCD sensor and image-processing functions. Wait about one minute after taking or viewing pictures to allow the Pixel Mapping function to perform properly. If the camera is turned off during pixel mapping, you must start over.

    The Pixel Mapping feature is accessed from the [SETUP] menu. With the camera in Program Auto mode, press the [OK/MENU] button to access the top menu. Press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to access the Mode menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to the [SETUP] menu, and then press the Right arrow to access its settings.

    Use the Up and Down arrows to navigate to the [PIXEL MAPPING] item. Use the Right arrow to select [START]. Press the [OK/MENU] button to activate pixel mapping. Once the process has completed, the bright dot should no longer appear in images you subsequently capture and download.

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    When I print images on my printer or take them to my local photo lab for 4”x6” prints, the top and bottom of my pictures are cut off. Why is this happening?

    The Stylus 600 shoots in a default aspect ratio of 4:3. A 4”x6” print has an aspect ratio of 3:2. Therefore, an image taken with the Stylus 600 contains more information than can fit in a 4”x6” frame. When the image is enlarged and centered in the 3:2 frame, a little bit of the image is cut off the top and bottom.

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    I can rotate some of my pictures in Playback mode, but not all of them. Why not?

    The images that cannot be rotated may be Protected. Unlike [EDIT] features such as [RESIZE] or [SEPIA], which save a new copy of a selected image and make changes to the new file, the [ROTATE] tool alters the original digital file. However, the Protect tool prohibits changes to Protected files. They cannot be erased, and they cannot be rotate. If you wish to rotate a Protected image, you must first remove the Protection. Then you can use the [ROTATE] tool to turn the image. You can re-apply the Protection to the file after it has been rotated.

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    How does Digital Image Stabilization mode compare to Optical Image Stabilization available in other, more expensive cameras?

    Digital Image Stabilization mode is more effective than Optical Image Stabilization in three key respects:

    • Capturing subjects in motion: Digital Image Stabilization’s high ISO sensitivity combined with a fast shutter speed minimizes blur caused by camera movement (shaky hands) and subject movement. Optical Image Stabilization is incapable of compensating for a moving subject.

    • Taking pictures in low light: Digital Image Stabilization’s high ISO sensitivity enables the camera to take brighter pictures in dim light; the same picture taken with Optical Image Stabilization alone will be darker.

    • Consuming less power: Digital Image Stabilization does not require any additional power; Optical Image Stabilization drains batteries more quickly.

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    How can I download images and movies from the camera to a computer?

    The simplest method is to use OLYMPUS Master software to transfer the files. 

    This model ships with OLYMPUS Master version 1. Complete instructions for transferring files using this version may be downloaded by clicking here.

    This model also supports OLYMPUS Master 2. Complete instructions for transferring files using OLYMPUS Master 2 may be downloaded by clicking here.

    To request a free download of OLYMPUS Master 2, click here. It is not necessary to uninstall OLYMPUS Master version 1 before installing and using OLYMPUS Master 2.

    Note: Adobe Reader® software is required to view PDF files. It is available as a free download from Adobe's web site. Click here to download the latest version of Adobe Reader.

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