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Stylus 810

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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.

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What are the main features of the Stylus 810?

In addition to the stylish, ergonomic design and all-weather durability that are hallmarks of Olympus’ Stylus digital cameras, the Stylus 810 is loaded with features that help you take better pictures and movies.

Bright Capture Technology incorporated into the 8.0-megapixel CCD and generous 2.5” LCD monitor dramatically improves composition, capture and review of images – particularly in low-light conditions.

The Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode minimizes or eliminates the effects of blurring caused by camera shake or moving subjects. What’s more, you can easily retouch blurry photos right in the camera with Digital Image Stabilization Edit.

Let the built-in Shooting Guide show you what features to use in various situations; it will automatically adjust the settings for you. As you become more familiar with the features and options available on the Stylus 810, you can use the convenient mode dial to choose your preferred shooting modes. There are 24 shooting modes in all to help you get the best result in any situation.

When using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media (sold separately) and the included Olympus Master software, you can create stunning panoramic images.

Sharing your masterpieces is easy, too. The Stylus 810 is PictBridge™-enabled for direct-from-the-camera printing. You can also use the included USB cable to transfer the images to your computer and e-mail them to friends and family.

The Stylus 810 also sports a TruePic TURBO™ image processor, a 15x seamless zoom (3x optical, 5x digital), and a handy self-timer – all packed into a sleek metal body that is less than an inch thick!

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Olympus advertises that the Stylus 810 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.

Please note that 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 camera accessories are not weatherproof. Care should be taken when using accessories.

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The Stylus 810 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 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.

In addition, the increased ISO sensitivity that accompanies Bright Capture assists auto-focus in dim lighting. With Bright Capture active, even action photos can be captured in low levels of ambient light, without using a flash. And when you do need the flash, Bright Capture doubles its effective working range to illuminate backgrounds as well as your foreground subject.

Note that the Stylus 810 restricts the maximum resolution of images taken in certain Bright Capture-enabled shooting and scene modes.

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Why does the Stylus 810 limit the size (resolution) of images shot in certain Bright Capture-enabled shooting and scene modes?

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 from neighboring pixels on the CCD into a smaller series of pixels in the captured image. This means that the total number of pixels, or resolution, needed to capture the image is reduced. The resulting image with Bright Capture will be bright, clear, and less susceptible to the effects of noise.

The Stylus 810 restricts resolution when shooting in the Available Light, Candle, and Shoot & Select1 scene modes, in the high-speed Sequential Shooting mode, and when the ISO sensitivity value is manually set to 3200.

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Does Bright Capture technology work always, automatically?

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

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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 scenes automatically use Bright Capture technology?

Bright Capture technology is always used when the following scenes are selected: Available Light, Candle, Indoor, and Shoot & Select1.

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The Stylus 810 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 can occur 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 image.

When the camera is in the Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode, the light sensitivity of the CCD is boosted (up to ISO 3200) 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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How does the Digital Image Stabilization shooting 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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The Stylus 810 has a Digital Image Stabilization Edit function? What is it, and how does it work?

Digital Image Stabilization Edit is an in-camera editing tool that corrects for blurring caused by camera movement during image capture, commonly called “camera shake.” A gyro sensor embedded in the camera detects the vertical and horizontal range of the camera shake for every shot, and the information is used to compensate and sharpen the blurred image. The camera actually separates the image into layers and then realigns the layers to fix the blur. The corrected image is saved as a new file.

Although the original image is preserved, the Digital Image Stabilization Edit function can only be applied to that image once. The best possible correction is made, and subsequent applications of the function to the original image will only result in saving multiple identical corrected images. Digital Image Stabilization Edit cannot be applied to a corrected image.

The degree to which Digital Image Stabilization Edit can correct blur is approximately equal to taking the same shot again using a shutter speed that is two steps faster than the original setting. Digital Image Stabilization Edit is most effective on images taken in daylight or outdoors under cloudy conditions. When the shutter speed drops below 1/8 sec., as it may when shooting indoors or when ambient light is scarce, Digital Image Stabilization Edit may not be able to completely stabilize the image. In these conditions, Olympus recommends using a Bright Capture-enabled shooting or scene mode to increase the shutter speed.

Some images cannot be stabilized using Digital Image Stabilization Edit. For example, this function does not remove blur caused by a moving subject.

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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 provides rapid start-up and shutter response, meaning there is less lag time between shots. The processor enables faster image playback on the LCD and improved battery life. It also has an advanced color-processing technology and noise filter for better overall image quality.

For more information on the TruePic TURBO processor, click here.

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The Stylus 810 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 810 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. As the digital camera records an image, it embeds print-specific information into the header of the image file. The parameters incorporated into the image file include gamma level, sharpness, brightness, saturation, shadow, highlight, and color balance. PIM3-enabled printers are able to instantly identify this information and use it to produce superior color, quality and detail in every print.

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What are the dimensions of the Stylus 810?

The Stylus 810 is 3.8” W x 2.2” H x 0.89” D (97.0 mm x 56.2 mm x 22.7 mm) – perfect for pocket or purse.

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How many megapixels does the Stylus 810 have?

The Stylus 810 uses an 8-megapixel effective CCD.

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What recording modes does the Stylus 810 support?

The Stylus 810 records still images in JPEG format in accordance with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF) specifications, supporting the following standards: Exif 2.21, PRINT Image Matching III™ (PIM3), and PictBridge™. It records movies with audio in QuickTime® motion JPEG format. Each mode has multiple resolution options depending upon which image quality mode is active.

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What are image quality modes, and which are available in the Stylus 810?

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 810 supports the following resolutions:

Still images: 3264 x 2448 (SHQ / HQ); 2560 x 1920, 2304 x 1728, and 2048 x 1536 (SQ1); and 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, and 640 x 480 (SQ2).

Movies: 640 x 480 at 30 frames per second (SHQ); 320 x 240 at 30 fps (HQ); and 160 x 120 at 15 fps (SQ).

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What aspect ratio is used in each quality mode?

The Stylus 810 records all images and movies in a 4:3 aspect ratio.

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What recording media does the Stylus 810 support?

The Stylus 810 can record data to internal memory and to removable media. It has 28.4MB of internal memory for storage.

It will also accept* xD-Picture Card™ removable media in the following capacities: 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB. The Stylus 810 supports Type H and Type M xD-Picture Card media as well as the original xD-Picture Card format.

*Certain camera functions require the use of xD-Picture Card media.

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Can the Stylus 810 store images to its internal memory?

Yes. The Stylus 810 has 28.4 mb of internal memory available for storage.

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Is the Stylus 810 compatible with Type H xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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How many images can the Stylus 810 hold?

The chart below shows the approximate number of images at each available quality mode that the Stylus 810 can store in its internal memory and on a variety of optional xD-Picture Card™ media.  The camera can store images and movies in any combination of quality modes. All figures are approximate.

Number of storable images1
Image
quality
Image
size
Internal
Memory
xD-Picture Card media
16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB 256MB 512MB 1GB 2GB
SHQ 3264 x 2448 7 4 8 16 32 64 128 257 514
HQ 3264 x 2448 14 7 15 31 63 126 253 507 1014
SQ1 2560 x 1920 23 13 26 52 105 210 420 841 1682
2304 x 1728 29 16 32 64 128 257 515 1031 2062
2048 x 1536 37 20 40 81 162 326 652 1305 2610
SQ2 1600 x 1200 45 24 49 99 199 399 798 1599 3198
1280 x 960 69 38 76 153 307 614 1228 2460 4920
1024 x 768 107 58 117 234 469 940 1879 3762 7524
640 x 480 165 90 180 362 725 1452 2904 5814 11628

1 Capacity will be slightly less than shown if sound is recorded with still images.

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How many movies can the Stylus 810 hold?

The chart below shows approximately how much movie recording time at each quality mode the Stylus 810 can store in its internal memory and on a variety of optional xD-Picture Card™ media. The camera can store pictures and movies in any combination of quality modes. All figures are approximate.

Recording length (h:mm:ss)1
Quality
Mode
Resolution Internal
Memory
xD-Picture Card™ media
16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB 256MB 512MB 1GB 2GB
SHQ2 640 x 480 (30 frames per second) 0:16 0:08 0:17 0:35 1:10 2:21 4:42 9:25 18:50
HQ 320 x 240 (30 frames per second) 0:43 0:23 0:47 1:35 3:10 6:21 12:42 25:27 50:54
SQ 160 x 120 (15 frames per second) 5:41 3:06 6:14 12:29 25:01 50:05 1:40:08 3:20:29 6:40:58

1 Movie durations are calculated based on card capacity and are not a guarantee of battery life.

2 In SHQ mode, movie recording time is limited to about 15 seconds per file when the movie is saved to Standard or Type M xD-Picture Card media. Type H cards do not have this restriction, nor is there a limitation when the movie is recorded to the camera's internal memory.

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What shooting modes are available on the Stylus 810?

Shooting modes govern what type of data (still image or movie) is recorded and how much control the photographer has over the camera settings. Most shooting modes are accessed by turning the mode dial so that the appropriate icon or text is aligned with the LED light to the left of the dial. Additional or alternate steps, if required, are described below.

The following shooting modes are available on the Stylus 810:

  • Program Auto mode (Camera icon): The camera automatically sets the optimum aperture and shutter speed for the shooting conditions. The photographer may manipulate other settings via camera menus. When the shutter button is pressed, the camera uses the current values of those settings.

    Because the factory default for some settings is AUTO, the camera initially also retains control of them. For example, the camera will use the same white balance value in Program Auto shooting mode as it will in the Full Auto shooting mode unless the white balance setting is manually changed to a value other than AUTO.

    To select Program Auto mode, first turn the mode dial to the camera icon. Then press the OK/FUNC button. The function menu is displayed, and the P/AUTO menu item is selected by default. Use the Right or Left arrow on the arrow pad to select P from the menu at the bottom of the screen. Finally, press OK/FUNC again to activate the selection.

  • Full Auto mode (Camera icon): The camera automatically adjusts the aperture, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, and white balance based on current shooting conditions. The camera determines the proper values at the point of image capture, bypassing any the photographer may have set for use in Program Auto mode.

    To select Full Auto mode, first turn the mode dial to the camera icon. Then press the OK/FUNC button. The function menu is displayed, and the P/AUTO menu item is selected by default. Use the Right or Left arrow on the arrow pad to select AUTO from the menu at the bottom of the screen. Finally, press OK/FUNC again to activate the selection.

  • Digital Image Stabilization mode (Camera 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. With the mode dial set to the camera icon, press the Digital Image Stabilization button (icon of a hand), which is found above and to the right of the arrow pad. Next, press the OK/FUNC button. Compose your shot in the LCD monitor, and when satisfied press the shutter button to capture the image.

  • Scene mode (“SCN”): The camera automatically adjusts settings to produce the optimum results for a particular combination of shooting conditions, or “scene.” Factors such as ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, color saturation, white balance, flash mode, and exposure compensation may be affected. However, the photographer may manually override some of these settings.

    When using this mode, the photographer must select the scene that matches the shooting conditions. The scene selection menu launches automatically when the mode dial is set to SCN.

  • Guide mode (“GUIDE”): The camera automatically adjusts settings according to shooting conditions you identify via a help menu. The changes are made instantly; it is not necessary to exit the Guide to manually adjust the settings.

  • Movie mode (Movie Projector icon): The camera captures motion and sound in QuickTime® Motion-JPEG format. The focus and zoom are locked while recording. If the distance to the subject changes while recording, the focus may be compromised.

  • Sequential Shooting mode: The camera shoots continuously while the shutter button is depressed.

    In the default operation, the focus, exposure and white balance are locked at the first frame. The shooting speed will vary depending on the Image Quality setting.

    With the high-speed sequential shooting option enabled, image quality is limited to 2048 x 1536 to allow for faster operation. Additionally, the ISO sensitivity is set to AUTO, and the flash mode is set to OFF. These settings cannot be overridden. High-speed sequential shooting mode uses Bright Capture technology.

    To enable Sequential Shooting mode, turn the mode dial to any shooting mode except GUIDE or Movie and then press the OK/FUNC button. Use the Up and Down arrows on the arrow pad to select the DRIVE menu item. Then use the Left and Right arrows to choose Normal or High-speed capture. Finally, press OK/FUNC again to activate the selection.

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What scenes are available in scene mode?

The Stylus 810’s scene mode features 20 scenes. Each is designed to produce optimum results for a specific combination of shooting conditions. Simply identify the current shooting conditions and select the appropriate scene. The camera will then automatically enable and calibrate all the settings necessary to take a great shot. With scene mode, even a novice photographer can become an “instant expert.”

To access scene mode, turn the mode dial to SCN. The Scene Select menu launches automatically. Use the arrow pad to scroll up or down to the desired scene. Finally, press the OK/FUNC button to activate the selected scene.

To return to the Scene Select menu after you have selected a particular scene, turn the mode dial to any other setting and then return it to SCN. The Scene Select menu will be displayed. Use the arrow pad to select a new scene. Press the OK/FUNC button to activate the new selection.

When a scene is active, the camera will display an icon on the LCD monitor identifying the scene. In the individual scene descriptions listed below, these icons are shown in parentheses.

The following scene modes are available in the Stylus 810:

  • Portrait (Head icon): This scene is suitable for capturing a portrait-style image of a subject, such as the head-and-shoulders shot typical of yearbooks. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions to produce natural skin tones.

  • Landscape (Mountains icon): This scene is suitable for shooting landscapes and other outdoor subjects. Blues and greens are enhanced in order to vividly reproduce natural scenery. Both the foreground and background will be kept in focus. By default, the flash mode is set to OFF in this scene; however, you can manually override this setting using the flash button (lightning bolt icon).

  • Landscape + Portrait (Icon of person standing in front of mountains): This scene allows both the foreground subject and a background landscape to be in focus under daylight conditions. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting settings.

  • Night Scene (Moon and star over mountains icon): This scene is ideal for taking 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 when shooting in this scene.

    By default, the flash mode is set to OFF in this scene; however, you can override this setting using the flash button (lightning bolt icon).

  • Night + Portrait (Icon of person standing beneath moon and stars): This scene 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 scene.

    By default, the flash mode is set to “Red-Eye Reduction Flash” in this scene; however, you can manually override this setting using the flash button (lightning bolt icon).

  • Sport (Running person icon): This scene is suitable for capturing fast-moving action without blurring.

  • Indoor (Party horn icon): This scene is suitable for shooting a foreground subject and background interiors. The flash reaches further away, so backgrounds are reproduced clearly. This scene uses Bright Capture technology.

  • Candle (Candelabrum icon): This scene is ideal for shooting under candlelight. The camera automatically sets optimal shooting conditions to reproduce warm colors. The flash is disabled in this scene. This scene uses Bright Capture technology. Image quality is restricted to 2,048 x 1,536 or less.

  • Self-portrait (Icon of couple): This scene 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 (Sleeping child icon): This scene is suitable for capturing subjects in low-light conditions without a flash. This scene uses Bright Capture technology. The flash is disabled. Image quality is restricted to 2,048 x 1,536 or less.

  • Sunset (Sunset icon): In this scene, the camera automatically sets the optimal conditions for taking pictures of sunsets. It vividly reproduces reds and yellows. Because the shutter speed is slower, it is advised that you use a tripod to support the camera when shooting in this scene. The Flash and Macro modes are disabled.

  • Fireworks (Fireworks icon): This scene is suitable for capturing fireworks against a night sky. Because the shutter speed is slower, it is advised that you use a tripod to support the camera when shooting in this scene. The flash is disabled.

  • Museum (Framed art icon): This scene allows you to take pictures without flash and without a beep sound. This is ideal for shooting in an art gallery, museum, etc. The flash is disabled.

  • Cuisine (Fork and knife icon): This scene 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 (Window display icon): This scene is suitable for shooting subjects through glass.

  • Documents (Page icon): This scene is suitable for shooting documents. It increases the contrast between letters and background. By default, Macro mode is enabled in this scene; however, the setting can be overridden using the Macro mode button (flower icon). The flash is disabled in this scene. The flash setting cannot be overridden.

  • Auction (Gavel icon): This scene sequentially captures three images at different exposures in the appropriate size for Internet auctions. In this scene, the Macro mode is enabled and the flash is disabled; neither setting can be overridden. Image quality is fixed at 640 x 480.

  • Shoot & Select1 (Icon of three images and a print beside number “1”): This scene captures a rapid succession of four pictures by holding down the shutter button. 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 scene.

  • Shoot & Select2 (Icon of three images and a print beside number “2”): In this scene, 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 (Snowman/windsurfer icon): This scene is suitable for shooting scenery containing white sand seascapes, snowy mountains and other bright white vistas.

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What playback modes are available in the Stylus 810?

Playback modes display captured images or movie files on the LCD monitor so you can review, manipulate, edit or erase them. To use a playback mode, first turn the mode dial so that the Playback icon (green arrow) is aligned with the LED light to the left of the dial. Additional instructions are listed in the descriptions that follow.

The Stylus 810 has the following still image Playback modes:

  • Single: Displays the contents of your camera’s internal memory or supported memory card, one file at a time. (Only the first frame of a movie file is displayed.) Use the arrow pad to scroll one file forward (Right arrow) or backward (Left arrow), or to jump ahead (Down arrow) or back (Up arrow) 10 files. If the current frame is fewer than 10 frames from the first frame or the last frame, the Down and Up arrows will instead jump to the first or final frame, respectively.

    Images captured at resolutions not supported by this camera, such as those taken with some other digital cameras or those transferred from a computer, can only be displayed as thumbnails.

  • Close-up: Enlarges an image file for closer inspection. Use the arrow pad to navigate to any image (not movie) file. Press the T on the Zoom Bar to increase the size of the image. Each time the button is pressed, the image will get bigger, up to a maximum 10x magnification. Press the W on the Zoom Bar to reduce the size of the image.

    While viewing an enlarged image, you can use the arrow pad to move around within the frame.

  • Index: Displays thumbnails of your images and movies on the LCD. (Only the first frame of a movie file is displayed.) This mode mimics an index print that you might commonly receive with your pictures when developed at a photo lab. Choose a layout of 4, 9, 16 or 25 images at a time.

    Press the W on the Zoom Bar to view the index. Use the arrow pad to navigate to a particular file and select it. Press OK/FUNC to return to Single view with the selected image displayed on the LCD monitor.

  • Slideshow: Displays in succession all images and movies from your camera’s internal memory or from inserted xD-Picture Card™ media, sold separately. (Only the first frame of a movie file is displayed.) The camera automatically advances through the files, using your choice of transition effects, at a rate of approximately one frame every three seconds. Optionally, the slideshow can be set to background music.

    Images captured at resolutions not supported by this camera, such as those taken with some other digital cameras or those transferred from a computer, cannot be displayed during Slideshow.

  • Calendar: Displays a calendar interface. Use the arrow pad to navigate to and select a date. Press the OK/FUNC button to display the first image recorded on that date in Single view. This feature requires an xD-Picture Card flash memory card, sold separately.

  • 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 an optional memory card.

    This feature requires an xD-Picture Card flash memory card, sold separately. Images stored in the camera’s internal memory must be transferred to xD-Picture Card media via the BACKUP function before they can be added to an album.

  • 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 adjustments.

    To view the histogram of an image, select the image and then press the DISP./? button three times. Press it one more time to revert to the default Single view.

The Stylus 810 has the following movie Playback modes:

  • Normal: Play a movie file on the LCD. Navigate to a movie file. (When a movie file is showing in Playback mode, the LCD shows the first frame of the movie inside a mock filmstrip background.) Press the OK/FUNC button to play the movie.

  • Reverse: Play the movie backward. During playback, press the Left arrow button to rewind the movie. Audio output is disabled during reverse playback.

  • Fast-forward: Advance quickly through the movie. During playback, press the Right arrow button to fast-forward through the movie. Audio output is disabled.

  • Frame-by-frame: Play the movie one frame at a time. During playback, press the OK/FUNC button to pause the movie. Next, press the Left or Right arrow button to advance the movie (backward or forward, respectively) one frame at a time. Press OK/FUNC again to resume playback.

    Audio output is disabled while a movie is paused.

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What Auto Focus modes does the Stylus 810 offer?

The Stylus 810 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 810?

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 810 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 circle on 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 810 support a Macro mode?

Yes. The Stylus 810’s Macro mode has an operating range of 11.8” to infinity (wide) and 19.7” to infinity (telephoto). This means you can shoot a subject as near as 11.8” (300mm) when the zoom is set to Wide Angle and as near as 19.7” (500mm) away when the zoom is set to Telephoto.

To use Macro mode, set the mode dial to any shooting mode except GUIDE, and then press the Left arrow on the arrow pad. Use the Up and Down arrows to select the Macro icon (flower), and then press the OK/FUNC button to activate the setting. The Macro icon will be displayed on the LCD to indicate that Macro mode is active.

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Does the Stylus 810 support a Super Macro mode?

Yes. The Stylus 810’s Super Macro mode has an operating range of 3.9” to 23.6”. This means that the camera must be between 3.9” (100mm) and 23.6” (600mm) from the subject in order for the image to be in focus. The zoom is fixed while in Super Macro mode, and the flash is disabled.

To use Super Macro mode, set the mode dial to any shooting mode except GUIDE, and then press the Left arrow on the arrow pad. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the Super Macro icon (flower preceded by the letter “s”), and then press the OK/FUNC button to activate the setting. The Super Macro icon will be displayed on the LCD to indicate that Super Macro mode is active.

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What metering modes does the Stylus 810 offer?

The Stylus 810 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 810?

Yes. The available settings are: AUTO, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 and 3200. Image quality is limited to a maximum of 2,048 x 1,536 when shooting at ISO 3200.

In order to manually change the ISO sensitivity value, the camera must be in the Program Auto shooting mode, and Digital Image Stabilization must be set to OFF. In AUTO mode, the ISO range is equivalent in 35mm photography to ISO 64-400. The ISO range is greater when Digital Image Stabilization is set to ON (64-1600 equivalent) and in the following scene modes: Indoor (64-800 equivalent), and Available Light and Candle (64 – 3200 equivalent).

Bright Capture technology is automatically activated when the ISO reaches 800 or higher.

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What in-camera editing functions does the Stylus 810 offer?

The Stylus 810 lets you resize and rotate stored images; adjust their brightness and saturation; correct for red-eye and lighting errors; and add enhancements such as black-and-white or sepia filters, frames (decorative borders) and custom labels. You can even embed images into a variety of stationery layouts and calendar templates.

The Stylus 810 also has the following movie-editing functions:

  • Movie Edit: Excerpts a segment of video from a longer movie file. You can choose to overwrite the original movie with the clip or save the clip as a separate file.

  • Frame Index: Creates frame indexes from movie files and save them to the camera’s internal memory or to a memory card. A Frame Index is a still image file consisting of nine separate images excerpted at regular intervals from a movie file. The Frame Index provides a representative look at the content of the entire movie file.

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Where can I find the documentation for my camera?

The Stylus 810 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 810?

The Stylus 810 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 when using your camera:

  • If the camera gets splashed, wipe the water off as soon as possible with a dry 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 810 will briefly display the last image taken after the shutter button is released. If you would like a longer look, turn the mode dial so that the playback mode icon (green arrow) is aligned with the LED light to the left of the dial. You will then have the following options:

  • Use the SINGLE playback mode to scroll through all the images in the camera’s internal memory or on your memory card, one at a time. Use the arrow pad to navigate through your files.

  • Use the INDEX playback mode to view thumbnails of several images at once.

  • Use the SLIDESHOW feature to view all of your still images and movies in succession. (Only the first frame of each movie file is displayed.)

  • Use the CALENDAR display to jump to images and movies taken on a particular date.

  • Use the ALBUM display to organize images and movies by any criteria you choose.

  • Use the HISTOGRAM display to view the balance of lightness and darkness in an image.

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

The internal memory and a removable 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 Stylus 810 indicates which memory mode is active by displaying a memory status icon on the LCD screen. It will show IN when it is using internal memory and xD when it is working with an xD-Picture Card™ flash memory card.

In all shooting modes, the memory status icon will appear in the lower right corner of the LCD screen, just above the remaining capacity value. In Playback mode, the icon will appear along the top of the LCD screen.

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Can I move images from the Stylus 810’s internal memory to a memory card?

Yes, the BACKUP feature will transfer files from the camera’s internal memory to an xD-Picture Card™ flash memory card (sold separately). It does not delete those files from the internal memory.

To perform a backup, insert a card into the camera and then turn the camera on. With the mode dial set to any shooting mode except GUIDE, press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to select SETUP, and then press the OK/FUNC button. Use the Up or Down arrow to select BACKUP. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select YES. Press the OK/FUNC button to start the file transfer. When it completes, press the OK/FUNC button again to exit the menus.

The backup procedure may take some time. It is recommended that you fully charge your battery before performing a backup.

Note: It is not possible to copy images from a memory card to the internal memory.

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How do I set the date and time on the Stylus 810?

With the mode dial set to any shooting or playback mode except GUIDE, press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to select SETUP, and then press the OK/FUNC button. Use the Up and Down arrows to navigate to the clock icon. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Up and 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 810 uses a 24-hour clock.) When all information has been entered, press OK/FUNC to set the values. Press the MENU button twice to exit.

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How do I set the date and time of an alternate time zone on the Stylus 810?

With the mode dial set to any shooting or playback mode except GUIDE, press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to select SETUP, and then press the OK/FUNC button. Use the Up and Down arrows to navigate to the DUALTIME item. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Up and 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 810 uses a 24-hour clock.) When all information has been entered, press the OK/FUNC button to set the values. Press the MENU button twice to exit.

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How do I use the Alarm Clock feature on the Stylus 810?

The alarm clock feature causes the camera to play an audio cue at a predetermined time or interval. To use the alarm clock, you must first set the camera’s date and time. Note that if DUALTIME is set to ON, the alarm will sound according to the DUALTIME date and time settings, not those of the camera default date and time.

With the mode dial set to any shooting mode or playback mode except GUIDE, press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to select SETUP, and then press the OK/FUNC button. Use the Up and Down arrows to navigate to ALARM CLOCK. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Up and Down arrows to select the frequency with which the alarm should activate. ONE TIME means the alarm will ring at the appointed time; DAILY means the alarm will ring each day at the appointed time. Whichever choice you select, you must press the Right arrow to continue.

Next, you have three options:

  • Set the time: Use the arrows to select TIME, and then press the Right arrow. Use the Up and Down arrows to change the Hour. (The Stylus 810 uses a 24-hour clock.) Press the Right arrow to move to the Minutes value. Use the Up and Down arrows to change the Minutes. Press OK/FUNC to set the time. You may then press the Left arrow to return to the alarm options menu and make another selection, or press MENU three times to exit.

  • Set the Snooze option: Use the Up or Down arrow to select SNOOZE. Next, press the Right arrow. Use the Up or Down arrow to enable or disable the Snooze feature.

    When SNOOZE is ON, the alarm will activate every five minutes for up to seven times. When SNOOZE is OFF, the alarm will stop ringing automatically after one minute.

    Select the desired Snooze setting and then press OK/FUNC twice – first to enter your choice of setting and a second time to activate it. If you press OK/FUNC only once, the SNOOZE function will not be set.

    You may then press the Right arrow to re-enter the alarm options menu and make another selection, or simply press MENU twice to exit the menus.

  • Choose the alarm sound and volume: Use the arrow pad to select ALARM SOUND, and then press the Right arrow. Use the Up or Down arrow to choose from three available alarm sounds.

    Select the desired alarm sound and then press the Right arrow to advance to the volume settings. Use the Up or Down arrows to select the volume level (low, mid or high). Press the OK/FUNC button twice – first to enter your choice of setting and a second time to activate it. If you press OK/FUNC only once, neither the alarm sound nor the volume level will be changed.

    You may then press the Up or Down arrow to set other alarm options, press OK/FUNC to return to the SETUP menu, or simply press MENU three times to exit the menus.

After making all of your selections, turn off the camera. The alarm will only activate when the camera is off.

To shut off the alarm, press any button except the power button. Pressing the power button will turn the camera on, disabling the SNOOZE function even if SNOOZE is set to ON.

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How can I verify that my alarm clock settings have been accepted?

With the camera turned off, press the DISP./? button and hold it for three seconds. The camera will display both the current camera time (top right corner of the LCD screen) and the set alarm time (bottom right corner of the LCD screen, alongside an icon of a red bell).

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How do I use the Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode?

Turn the mode dial so that the icon of a camera is aligned with the LED light to the left of the mode dial. Press the Digital Image Stabilization button (icon of a hand), which is found above and to the right of the arrow pad. Next, press the OK/FUNC button. Compose your shot in the LCD monitor, and when satisfied press the shutter button to capture the image. Select another shooting or scene mode to disable Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode.

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How do I use the Digital Image Stabilization Edit function?

Turn the mode dial so that the Playback (green arrow) icon is aligned with the LED light to the left of the mode dial. Use the arrow pad to navigate to the picture you wish to edit. Press the Digital Image Stabilization button (icon of a hand), which is found above and to the right of the arrow pad. Next, press the OK/FUNC button to fix the image. The corrected image will be saved as a new file.

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How do I change the language of the display menus?

With the mode dial set to any mode except GUIDE, press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to select SETUP, and then press the OK/FUNC button. Use the Down arrow to scroll through the menu and select 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 OK/FUNC to enable the new language. Press MENU twice to exit.

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

The Stylus 810 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 version.”

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 mode dial set to any mode except GUIDE, press the MENU button and use the arrow pad to select SETUP. Press the OK/FUNC button to advance to the next screen. Use the Up and Down arrows 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. The brightness of the display will change to demonstrate the effect the selection will have. When satisfied, press OK/FUNC to activate the setting. Press MENU twice to exit.

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How do I change ISO sensitivity in the Stylus 810?

Use the Function menu to change the ISO sensitivity of the CCD. Turn the mode dial so that the icon of the camera aligns with the LED light to the left of the mode dial. Press the OK/FUNC button to launch the Function menu. If the P/AUTO setting is not already set to P, use the Left or Right arrow on the arrow pad to select P. Then, use the Down arrow to select the ISO item. Next, use the Left and Right arrows to select the desired value. Press OK/FUNC again to activate the selection.

Note: The Stylus 810 automatically controls the ISO sensitivity of the CCD in the Full Auto, Scene, Guide and Movie shooting modes.

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How do I adjust the exposure value (EV) in the Stylus 810?

With the mode dial set to any shooting mode except GUIDE, press the Up arrow on the arrow pad to access the Exposure Compensation feature. Then use the Left and Right arrows to make the image brighter (Right arrow) or darker (Left arrow). The value can be adjusted +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV increments. Press the OK/FUNC button to apply the setting.

Note: Exposure compensation may not produce the desired brightness on the subject if the area in the frame surrounding the subject is extremely bright or extremely dark.

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How do I adjust the White Balance in the Stylus 810?

Use the Function menu to change the white balance. Turn the mode dial so that the icon of the camera aligns with the LED light to the left of the mode dial. Press the OK/FUNC button to launch the Function menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the WB item. Next, use the Left and Right arrows to select the appropriate light source. The monitor will demonstrate the effect of each setting when it is selected. When you are satisfied with the setting, press OK/FUNC again to activate the selection.

White Balance can also be set from the main Camera Menu.

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.

To restore the factory default settings, turn the mode dial to any shooting mode except GUIDE, and then press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to select RESET, and then press the OK/FUNC button. Use the arrow pad to select YES, and then press OK/FUNC again. This will cause the factory default settings to be restored.

The features affected by RESET and their default values are: AF mode (SPOT), DIGITAL ZOOM (OFF), DRIVE (Single), Exposure Compensation value (0.0), Flash mode (AUTO), IMAGE QUALITY (HQ), ISO (AUTO), Macro (OFF), Metering mode (ESP), Record sound with still images (OFF), Self-timer (OFF), and White Balance (AUTO).

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Can the Stylus 810 capture audio along with my still images?

The Stylus 810 can record brief audio notes along with your still images. The audio becomes an embedded part of the image file and cannot be separated from the file once it has been recorded. Audio cues can be added during image capture, or they can be spliced into a file after capture.

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How do I record audio while shooting still images?

To record sound while shooting still images, set the mode dial to the Camera icon. Press the MENU button to the left of the arrow pad. Use the arrow pad to navigate to CAMERA MENU, and then press the OK/FUNC button. Use the Up and Down arrows to navigate to the microphone icon, and then press the Right arrow to advance to the next menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select ON, and then press OK/FUNC. Audio recording will be enabled. Press MENU again to exit.

The audio capture will remain in effect for this shooting mode until it is turned off. A microphone icon will appear on the LCD to remind you that audio capture is active.

When the audio recording function is enabled, the camera will capture four seconds of sound beginning about .5 seconds after the shutter button is released. For best reception, point the camera’s built-in microphone toward the sound source.

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How do I add audio to previously captured images?

Set the mode dial to Playback mode (green arrow icon). Use the arrow pad to select the desired image. Press the MENU button to the left of the arrow pad. Use the arrow pad to select PLAYBACK MENU, and then press the OK/FUNC button. Use the Up and Down arrows to navigate to the microphone item. Press the Right arrow. Use the Up and Down arrows to select START, and then press OK/FUNC again. The camera will then record audio input for four seconds and embed the audio information into the selected file.

An icon of a green musical note will accompany images with embedded audio when the camera is in playback mode and the files are displayed on the LCD.

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How do I delete the sound from a still image with embedded audio?

The sound in an audio-enabled still image is embedded in the digital file and cannot be separated from the image data. However, it is possible to create a copy of a sound-enabled file without including the audio track, effectively “deleting” the audio while retaining the image information from the original file.

To accomplish this, set the dial mode to Playback (the green arrow icon). Use the arrow pad to select the image whose audio information you wish to delete. Next, press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to select the EDIT menu. Press the OK/FUNC button to advance to the next menu. Use the Up and Down arrows to navigate to either BRIGHTNESS or SATURATION. Press the Right arrow. You will see a selection panel, and the image you selected for editing will be visible in the frame. Press OK/FUNC to select the picture and continue to the adjustment panel. Without making any changes, press OK/FUNC again. The new file will be saved, excluding any audio information. You will then be returned to Playback mode, from which you can select and erase the original sound-enabled file.

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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 one-touch erase button. This button features an icon of a trashcan in red ink. It is below and to the right of the arrow pad.

To use this feature, first turn the mode dial to playback mode (green arrow icon). Use the Left and Right arrows to scroll through your images and find the one 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/FUNC 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 810 includes an ALL ERASE function to quickly and conveniently remove all files saved to the internal memory or to a media card. To use this feature, first turn the mode dial to Playback mode (green arrow icon). Press the MENU button. Press the Down arrow on the arrow pad to select ERASE, and then press the OK/FUNC button. On the next screen, use the arrow pad to select ALL ERASE, and then press OK/FUNC again to completely remove all unprotected images.

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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 function is performed. However, protected files will be deleted if they reside on a memory card when a FORMAT function is performed on that card.

To protect a file, first turn the mode dial to Playback mode (Green arrow icon). Use the Left and Right arrows to scroll through your saved files and find the one you wish to protect. Press the MENU button to the left of the arrow pad. Use the arrows to select PLAYBACK MENU, and then press the OK/FUNC button. Next, use the Up and Down arrows to select the Protect tool (key icon). Press the Right arrow to continue to the next screen. Use the Up and Down arrows to select ON. Finally, press OK/FUNC to apply protection to the selected image.

A green key icon appears atop a protected image whenever it is displayed in the LCD monitor. The key is shown even when the camera is set to Index playback mode.

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I purchased the Stylus 810, 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 810 doesn’t have a flash memory card packaged in the box. Why not?

The Stylus 810 has 28.4MB of built-in flash memory and does not need a memory card to function. It will accept xD-Picture Card™ flash memory media in the following capacities: 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB.

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I am no longer able to display images that I saved to my camera’s internal memory. I can only see images that were saved to my flash memory card. How can I see my other images?

When a removable memory card has been inserted into the camera, the images in the internal memory cannot be played back. Turn off the camera. Pull out the memory card. Then you will be able to view images 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 810 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, EDIT, FORMAT, FRAME, INDEX, LAYOUT, PANORAMA, PRINT ORDER, REDEYE FIX, SATURATION, SELECT JACKET, SEPIA, TITLE, TRIM, and UNDO ENTRY.

ese 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 810. 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 810 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.

To do so, turn the mode dial to any shooting mode except GUIDE and then press the MENU button. Next, press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select SETUP, and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the Setup menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to PIXEL MAPPING. Press the Right arrow to select START. Press OK/FUNC to begin pixel mapping. Once the process has completed, the bright dot should no longer appear in images you subsequently capture and download.

To learn more about how Pixel Mapping works, click here.

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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 810 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 810 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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How can I tell if my blurry image can be fixed with Digital Image Stabilization Edit?

The Stylus 810 uses a series of icons to indicate which photos can be improved. The icons appear briefly on the LCD when the images are selected in playback mode.

To evaluate your image, turn the mode dial to playback (green arrow icon) and look for an icon in the lower left side of the LCD monitor. You will see one of the following:

  • Hand with clear (empty) bars: The image has no blur or Digital Image Stabilization Edit has already been performed.

    DIS Edit cannot be applied to an image that has already been corrected. If a corrected image is selected when DIS Edit is activated, the icon will blink to indicate that the image has already been stabilized.

  • Hand with white (full) bars: The image can be stabilized. Depending on the degree of camera shake, it may not be possible to completely eliminate all blurring effects, although improvement should be seen.

  • No icon: The image cannot be stabilized.

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I used the Digital Image Stabilization Edit function, but my photo is still blurry. Why?

Some images cannot be improved beyond a certain point even after Digital Image Stabilization Edit has been applied. In general, the tool can improve an image to a point approximately equal to taking the same shot at a shutter speed two steps faster than the original setting. That may still be insufficient to capture a clear picture if the camera shake was too severe, if the image was captured using a very slow shutter speed, or if the subject was moving too fast for the selected shutter speed at the time of image capture.

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I am not able to use the Digital Image Stabilization Edit function on some of my blurry images. Why not?

The following types of images cannot be stabilized using Digital Image Stabilization Edit:

  • Images not taken by this camera
  • Images that have been edited on a home computer
  • Images excerpted from a movie file
  • Images captured using a shutter speed of 1/8 second or slower
  • Images blurred by subject motion
  • Images blurred by severe camera motion

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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, or they may not have been taken by this camera.

The ROTATE tool alters a digital file by modifying its layout. However, the Protect tool prohibits changes to Protected digital files. Therefore, Protected files cannot be rotated.

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.

Images captured at resolutions not supported by this model, such as those taken with other cameras and transferred to the camera via removable memory media, may not be able to be rotated. Such images can be identified by their size when displayed in Single Image Playback mode. The images will appear smaller in the LCD monitor (e.g. not full-screen) and will be surrounded by a black border.

Movie files cannot be rotated.

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Is the Stylus 810 compatible with Olympus’ two-gigabyte xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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Is the Stylus 810 compatible with Type M xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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What is the difference between Olympus’ Type H and Type M xD-Picture Card™ media?

The Type H card provides improved write speeds (two to three times that of other xD-Picture Card media) so images and movies will be saved and formatted to the card more quickly. This means there will be less time to wait between shots and that movies can be recorded in greater resolution.

Each Type H card also comes with a unique authorization code for OLYMPUS Master 1.4 software that, when entered, enables new editing features that can enhance digital photographs with Watercolor, Oil painting, Cartoon Art and 3-D effects.

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Does the Stylus 810 offer any shooting aids to help me compose shots?

The Stylus 810 offers the following shooting assist functions:

  • Frame Assist: This function displays a targeting pattern on the LCD monitor to help you align multiple subjects, or multiple aspects of a single subject, along your choice of planes. Two patterns are available. The first is a 3 x 3 grid, which is useful for alignment along horizontal and vertical planes. The second is an “x” grid, which is useful for perspective shots when you want to align visual elements along diagonal planes that converge on a central point. Use the FRAME ASSIST item in the SETUP menu to set the pattern you wish to use.

  • Histogram: This function displays a live bar graph along the bottom of the LCD monitor to help you set the proper exposure for your shot. The graph represents the tonal distribution – the relative “brightness” or “darkness” – within the imaging area. It further breaks down the brightness information to show the tonal distribution of the area within the AF target mark, so that you can compare the exposure of the subject separately from that of the entire image area.

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Can I change the white balance in the Stylus 810?

Yes, it is possible to manually set the white balance in any shooting mode except GUIDE. The options are AUTO, Sunny Day, Cloudy Day, Tungsten light, Fluorescent Lamp 1, Fluorescent Lamp 2, and Fluorescent Lamp 3. Use Fluorescent Lamp 1 when shooting under daylight fluorescent lighting. (This type of lighting is usually found in homes.) Use Fluorescent Lamp 2 when shooting under a neutral white fluorescent lamp. (This type of lamp is commonly found in desk lamps.)

Use Fluorescent Lamp 3 when shooting under a white fluorescent lamp, commonly found in offices.

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How does the Stylus 810 interface with a computer?

The USB cable (CB-USB6) that comes packaged with the Stylus 810 is required to connect the camera to the computer.

To purchase a replacement cable (Item # 200372-410) from Olympus’ online store, click here.

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Can I use non-Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ media in the Stylus 810?

The Stylus 810 will accept third-party xD-Picture Card media. However, Olympus brand xD-Picture Card media are required to use the PANORAMA camera function and certain image-enhancing effects available in the included Olympus Master software.

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What kind of battery should I use to power the Stylus 810?

The Stylus 810 accepts one rechargeable Olympus lithium-ion battery (LI-12B). No other type of battery can be used with this model. Olympus brand batteries are intended for use only with Olympus digital cameras. Do not use these batteries with any other device.

The included battery is not fully charged at the time of purchase. Charge the battery fully with the included charger (LI-10C) before use. Using an exhausted or underpowered battery may cause the camera to turn off without displaying the battery level warning.

Always use the battery charger specified by Olympus for this product. Do not use any other type of charger. Do not use travel voltage converters, as they may damage the charger.

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Does Olympus sell a battery charger compatible with the Stylus 810?

Olympus packages a lithium-ion battery charger (LI-10C) with the Stylus 810. Do not use any other type of charger with this camera.

An additional or replacement charger (Item # 200846) can be purchased from Olympus’ online store. To order, click here.

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Must I charge the lithium-ion battery before using it in the Stylus 810?

Yes.

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Must the lithium-ion battery be completely drained before I recharge it?

Lithium-ion batteries in general do not need to be fully drained before they are recharged. However, it is recommended that you fully drain the lithium-ion battery before charging it the first few times that it is used.

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How long will it take to recharge the battery?

The Lithium-ion Battery Charger (LI-10C) can recharge the LI-12B battery in about five hours. New lithium-ion batteries come partially charged, so the first time you charge them should take less time than subsequent charges.

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Does Olympus sell an AC adapter compatible with the Stylus 810?

Olympus offers a Digital Camera AC adapter (D-7AC). It is ideal for conserving battery life and is especially useful when downloading files to a computer, for extended work in a studio, during printing, or when viewing images while connected to your TV or VCR.

Do not connect or disconnect the AC adapter while the camera is turned on. Doing so could affect the camera’s internal settings or functions. Be sure to read the instruction manual for the AC adapter.

Note: The Stylus 810 requires the Digital Camera Power Coupler (CB-MA1) in order to interface with the D-7AC adapter.

To purchase the D-7AC adapter (Item # 200850) from Olympus’ online store, click here. To purchase the CB-MA1 (Item # 202053), click here.

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Is my rechargeable battery being charged when the AC adapter is plugged into the Stylus 810?

No. When the optional AC adapter is connected, power is drawn from the AC current even if the battery is in the camera. Rechargeable batteries are not recharged when the AC adapter is in use.

Olympus recommends using the Lithium Ion Battery Charger (LI-10C) to charge your Lithium Ion Battery for use in the Stylus 810.

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Do I need to have a computer to share my digital images and movies?

No. You can show off your images and movies by using the LCD monitor or by connecting the camera to a television with the included audio/video output cable. There are also many photo-processing labs that can make traditional prints from your digital files.

Note: Any shots recorded to the camera’s internal memory must first be transferred to xD-Picture Card™ media in order to be printed at a commercial photo-processing center. Use the BACKUP feature to transfer data from internal memory to a media card.

To realize the full capabilities of your digital camera, a computer is recommended.

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How do I update the firmware of the Stylus 810?

Digital cameras are controlled by internal software called “firmware.” Firmware dictates the functionality of the product and the features that are available. Some digital cameras have the flexibility to change, improve or add functionality by downloading and applying firmware updates.

Olympus digital cameras are thoroughly tested for full functionality prior to shipment. Updated Olympus firmware versions offer little or no functionality changes; they are typically offered due to changes in electronic components during camera production.

To upgrade your camera’s firmware, use the Update Camera function in the Olympus Master software packaged with the camera. Complete instructions can be found here.

Note: Please follow the steps carefully. Do not operate any camera controls during the update procedure. If the firmware update is not performed properly, the camera will need to be serviced in order to return it to an operational state. If this becomes necessary, click here for information on sending your camera to an authorized Olympus service center.

The firmware update will fail if the connection to the computer is severed during the procedure. It is strongly advised that you have a freshly charged battery in the camera, or that you connect the camera to a power outlet using the optional AC adapter, before beginning the firmware update. A wired Internet connection (as opposed to a wireless connection) is also recommended.

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How do I transfer images from my camera to my computer?

Download complete instructions here.

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Which image quality mode should I use when I shoot my images?

The best way to determine which image quality mode is best for any shot is to decide – before you shoot – how you will use the captured image.

The default HQ mode is ideal if you plan to print photographs in the standard 4” x 6” snapshot size. It’s great for scrapbooking or for printing from the kiosks often found at drugstores, camera stores or retailers with on-site photo-processing labs.

If you are planning to e-mail your images or post them to a web site, use an image quality mode with a lower resolution, such as SQ1. The images will still look great when viewed on a computer, and their smaller file sizes will allow you to store more images on your memory card.

Generally speaking, you should only use the highest-quality option if you are planning to print the images larger than 4” x 6” or if you intend to use them for professional or commercial purposes.

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How can I rotate an image in Playback mode?

To rotate an image, select it in Playback mode and then press the MENU button. The top menu is displayed, and PLAYBACK MENU is selected by default. Press the OK/FUNC button to access the Playback menu. Next, press the Down arrow on the arrow pad to select the ROTATE icon (a photograph with a curving arrow), and then press OK/FUNC again. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the desired layout. The camera will present the picture in the new layout for your review. When satisfied, press OK/FUNC to activate the selection and exit the menu.

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How can I change the number of images displayed at one time in Index playback mode?

Push the W on the Zoom Bar to view the index. Continue to hold the W on the Zoom Bar (or push it repeatedly) to change the layout of the index. Initially a 4-up layout, each push will expand the index to show 9, then 16, then 25 images per screen. You can return to an earlier layout by pushing the T on the Zoom Bar.

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How can I view a Slideshow of my images and movies?

To run a Slideshow, turn the mode dial to the Playback mode (green arrow icon), and then press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to SLIDESHOW, and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the SLIDESHOW menu.

If desired, set the music and/or transition preferences. When finished, press OK/FUNC again. The slideshow will start immediately and loop indefinitely. Press OK/FUNC again to end the slideshow.

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How can I set the background music preferences for my slideshow?

Press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to SLIDESHOW, and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the SLIDESHOW menu. BGM is selected by default.

Press the Right arrow on the arrow pad and then press the Down arrow to select ON. Press OK/FUNC to activate the setting.

Press OK/FUNC a second time. The slideshow will start immediately and loop indefinitely. Press OK/FUNC again to end the show.

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How can I set the transition preferences for my slideshows?

Turn the mode dial to Playback mode (green arrow icon), and select an image file. Do not select a movie file. Press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to SLIDESHOW, and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the SLIDESHOW menu.

Press the Down arrow on the arrow pad to select TYPE. Press the Right arrow to view the transition options.

The following transition effects are available on the Stylus 810:

  • Normal: One image replaces the next.

  • Scroll: The new image slides into place from the right side of the screen to the left, overlaying the previous image as it arrives.

  • Fader: The existing image gradually dissolves, revealing the new image.

  • Slide: New images slide into place, overlaying the previous image as they arrive. The transitions alternate between loading from the bottom of the screen (sliding up) and loading from the top of the screen (sliding down).

  • Zoom Down: The existing image is proportionally reduced in size, shrinking from full-frame until it disappears from the center of the LCD. The new image then appears in the center of the LCD and rapidly grows, proportionally, until it fills the screen.

  • Zoom Up: The existing image grows proportionally in size until its center pixels fill the entire frame. Then the image is replaced by an enlarged view of the next image, which shrinks proportionally until it fits into the dimensions of the monitor.

  • Checkerboard: The image is replaced by a black screen. The next image, divided into a grid, begins to appear one square at a time. Each square replaces the black background area that previously occupied its location on the grid, while other black squares remain. When all squares have loaded, the new image is displayed.

  • Blinds: The image is divided horizontally into four rectangles of equal size. The new image, also divided this way, begins to slide into place in the frame. Each rectangle loads into the space previously occupied by the corresponding rectangle of the prior image. When all four rectangles slide into place, the new image is displayed in full.

  • Swivel: The camera imitates a 3-D cube, with each succeeding image on the “face” of the cube that is to the right of the current image. The cube “rotates” from right to left, revealing the next image.

  • Random: Each transition is randomly selected from the other available transitions.

Use the Up or Down arrow to select the desired transition effect. Press OK/FUNC to activate the selection. Press OK/FUNC a second time. The slideshow will start immediately and loop indefinitely. Press OK/FUNC again to end the slideshow.

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What is the purpose of the Calendar playback mode?

By default, the Stylus 810 will display the last file recorded when the Playback button is pressed. If you use high-capacity xD-Picture Card™ media, you may over time amass a large quantity of files that were shot on a wide range of dates. This can, over time, make it inconvenient to select and display image or movie files that are not among the earliest or the most recent files recorded on the card.

The Calendar playback mode lets you jump directly to images and movies captured on a particular shooting date. You simply use the arrow pad to navigate within a calendar interface and select the desired date. Press the OK/FUNC button to display the first image recorded on that date.

All images are available to view in the Calendar playback mode. It does not filter or exclude images taken on other dates. Rather, Calendar mode simply “fast-forwards” to images taken on a specific date for the user’s convenience.

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How do I access the Calendar function on the Stylus 810?

To access the Calendar from the menu, first turn the mode dial to the Playback icon (green arrow). Next, press the MENU button. Press the Left arrow on the arrow pad to select CALENDAR, and then press the OK/FUNC button.

Alternatively, press W on the Zoom Bar five times. The Calendar appears following the last (25-up) Index mode layout.

The CALENDAR function requires an xD-Picture Card™ flash memory card, sold separately.

Note: Calendar mode relies upon the camera’s date setting in order to organize files. Set the camera’s date and time before capturing any images. If in the Calendar display you do not see images that you shot on a particular date, check the camera’s date setting to find out if the camera recorded the image with an offset shooting date.

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Under what circumstances should I manually set the White Balance?

By default, the Stylus 810 automatically adjusts the white balance setting to achieve the most natural color, regardless of the light source. However, certain shooting conditions may trick a digital camera into selecting a setting that does not provide the best color possible. These conditions, which will impact any manufacturer’s digital cameras, are:

  • When the subject is in the shade on a sunny day;

  • When the subject is illuminated by both natural light and indoor light, such as when near a window; and

  • When there is no white in the center of the frame.

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What differentiates the three Fluorescent Lamp white balance options available on the Stylus 810?

Fluorescent Lamp 1 is ideal for shooting under daylight fluorescent lighting. This type of lighting is usually found in homes.

Fluorescent Lamp 2 is suitable for shooting under a neutral white fluorescent lamp. This type of lamp is commonly found in desk lamps.

Fluorescent Lamp 3 is best when shooting under a white fluorescent lamp. This type of lamp is commonly found in overhead lighting in offices.

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What is the difference between the Shoot & Select1 scene and the Shoot & Select2 scene?

In Shoot & Select1, the camera fixes the focus after the first frame. In Shoot & Select2, the camera focuses before shooting each frame.

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Are any firmware updates available for my digital camera?

Use the Update Camera function in the Olympus Master software packaged with your camera to find out whether firmware updates are available for your digital camera. An Internet connection is required to perform the operation.

After installing the software onto a computer, connect your camera to the computer using the USB cable packaged with the camera. Next, launch OLYMPUS Master and click on the Update Camera icon in the lower right of the main window. (You can also access this tool from the Browse Images window by selecting Update Camera from the Online Services menu.

On the resulting dialog, under Select Device, you will see your camera. Highlight it, and press the Check for latest version button. If a firmware update is available for your model, it will then be listed in the ect Firmwaretion of the dialog.

Click here for complete instructions on how to update the camera’s firmware.

Note: If multiple firmware updates are available for your model, it may not always be possible to update directly from the current firmware version in your camera to the latest available version. In such cases, updates must be applied in stages. For this reason, it is recommended that, after updating the camera firmware, you immediately check again for additional updates. Simply repeat the update procedure to apply subsequent updates.

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The Stylus 810 does not recognize my memory card. What can I do?

First, refer to the xD-Picture Card™ Compatibility Chart to verify that the card is supported in your model. If the card is not supported, return it to the store where you purchased it.

The Stylus 810 may not recognize non-Olympus brand media or a card that has been formatted on another device, such as a card reader or personal computer. As a general rule, xD-Picture Card media should only be formatted in the camera. Card readers should only be used to copy files from the memory card to an external device.

You may be able to use the card if you format it in the camera.

Warning: Formatting a media card will delete all content on the card.

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When I put my xD-Picture Card™ flash memory card into the camera and turn it on, I get a “Card Error” message. What can I do?

This message occurs when the camera is unable to recognize the media card or when an attempt to format a media card fails.

If you see this message after inserting a brand new card, refer to the xD-Picture Card Compatibility Chart to verify that the card is supported in your model. If the card is not supported, return it to the store where you purchased it.

If the card is supported, it may need to be cleaned. Wipe the gold contacts of the card with alcohol using a soft cloth or tissue. When the contacts are dry, insert the card and turn the camera on.

If the Card Error message still appears, remove the card and insert a different (supported) card into the camera. If the camera reads the second card, then the camera is working properly and the problem lies with the original card.

You may be able to use the card if you format it in the camera.

Warning: Formatting a media card will delete all content on the card.

If you receive this error message after a failed attempt to format the memory card, the card may be defective. For assistance, contact Olympus’ Customer Service and Repair Center using any of the following methods:

Phone: 800-622-6372

E-mail: cpgwebmail@olympus.com

URL: http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_servicerepair.asp

Note: Olympus does not offer a service to recover data from corrupted media cards; however, a number of companies do offer this service. In addition, commercial software now exists that may help you to retrieve files from a corrupt card. Olympus does not endorse any particular brand, but you can find many applicable products by searching the Internet for “Digital image recovery.”

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Why do I get blurry images?

Blurry images are often the result of movement during image capture. Either the camera was not held still – a phenomenon called “camera shake” – or the subject was moving and the camera did not fire with a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the action.

Click here for additional suggestions on how to prevent blurry pictures.

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Why are my pictures blurry when I shoot in “Night Scene” mode?

Night Scene mode is designed to help you capture better exposures outdoors in low-light conditions. The camera holds the shutter open longer than it would in other situations, allowing more light to reach the CCD. Because the shutter is open longer, it is very important to keep both the camera and the subject still. Camera motion during image capture will result in blurry pictures.

Click here for more information on Night Scene mode.

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The Alarm Clock feature did not ring at the scheduled time. Why not?

Check to see if the ALARM CLOCK settings are set appropriately. When setting alarm clock, the SNOOZE, ALARM SOUND, and volume options require that the OK/FUNC button be pushed twice. If the button were only pushed once for any of these settings, then the settings would not have been set.

Check to see if DUALTIME is set to ON. If it is, the alarm clock will sound according to the date and time settings of DUALTIME, not to the camera default date and time.

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In portraits taken indoors or in low light, my subject’s eyes are unnaturally red. How can I prevent this from happening?

The effect known as “red-eye” occurs when the light emitted from the camera flash bounces off the back of the subject’s retina. The red color is picked up from the blood vessels behind the eyes and displayed in the resulting image.

To avoid or minimize red-eye when shooting in low light with the flash, use Red-Eye Reduction mode. In this mode, the flash fires a few bursts before the shot is actually taken. The bursts of light cause the pupils of your subject’s eyes to contract, providing a smaller angle through which the reflected light can escape. The result is that the effect of the reflected light is less noticeable in your captured images.

To enable Red-Eye Reduction mode, first turn the mode dial to any shooting mode except GUIDE, and then press the flash mode button (lightning bolt icon). Press the Down arrow button to select the button with the eye icon. Press the OK/FUNC button to activate the mode.

Note: Certain scene modes may restrict or disable Red-Eye Reduction flash mode.

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How can I correct “red-eye” in my existing images?

The Stylus 810 has a built-in Red-Eye Correction tool. To access it, first press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon), and then press the MENU button. Press the Up arrow button to select EDIT, and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the EDIT menu. Use the Up or Down arrows to select REDEYE FIX, and then press OK/FUNC. You will see a modified Playback window. Use the arrow pad to navigate to an image to which you wish to apply red-eye correction. Once you have selected the image, press OK/FUNC to apply the correction.

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Why do the whites (or blacks) in my images look so gray?

The Stylus 810’s exposure system evaluates light reflecting from the subject and selects an aperture and shutter speed combination that will represent the subject in an approximate average tone (not too bright and not too dark). Pros refer to this as “18% gray.” This works well for almost all shooting situations except when the subject happens to be darker or lighter than an average tone.

The Stylus 810 allows you to override the exposure value in order to intentionally brighten or darken your images. Click here for more information on when and how to manually adjust the camera’s exposure value.

Additionally, the Stylus 810 gives you another option for capturing images that contain lots of white space. The Beach & Snow shooting mode is calibrated to amplify bright whites in order to make images taken in snowy conditions more vibrant. You may be able to use this scene to achieve better results capturing images whose foregrounds or backgrounds are dominated by whites.

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When recording movies in SHQ image quality mode, I am restricted to 15 seconds of recording time. Why?

In SHQ mode, the Stylus 810 records movies with VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels) and a frame rate of 30 frames per second. Recording this much data, this quickly, requires a large amount of camera memory and a very quick write time.

Olympus’ Type M+ and Type H xD-Picture Card media are high-speed cards and are able to process this volume of information with no loss in quality. Other commercially available media, including Type M and Standard type xD-Picture Card media, are not able to do so. For this reason, this model limits movie recording in SHQ mode to 15 seconds when using media other than Type M+ or Type H cards. The 15-second restriction guarantees that the camera will be able to process the data properly and produce a smooth, error-free movie during playback.

Keep in mind that there is no restriction on movie recording length, other than the capacity of the storage media, when recording in the HQ (320 x 240 pixels) mode.

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What software is bundled with the Stylus 810? 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 accompanied by background sound.

  • 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.1

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

  • Make panoramic images. You can make panoramas using images captured on Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ flash media.

For details regarding these and other functions and operations, refer to the application’s “Help” guide and the OLYMPUS Master reference manual.

1Art and 3-D effects require serial number provided with specially marked Olympus brand Type M and Type H xD-Picture Card media. The features are also available in the OLYMPUS Master Plus upgrade.

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