What are the main features of the Stylus 1000?
In addition to the stylish, ergonomic design and all-weather durability that are hallmarks of Olympus’ Stylus digital cameras, the Stylus 1000 features the tools and technology you need to capture better images and movies.
Start with the astounding 10.0-megapixel CCD. Ten million pixels produce amazing definition on screen and in print. Bright Capture Technology incorporated into the CCD and generous 2.5” LCD monitor dramatically improves composition, capture and review of images – particularly in low-light conditions.
The Digital Image Stabilization function minimizes or eliminates the blurring effect caused by camera shake or moving subjects, helping you to capture crisp images day or night.
The Stylus 1000 provides a trio of in-camera editing tools that will correct many photographic errors. Use Digital Image Stabilization Edit to retouch unanticipated blurry images. Use Lighting Fix to brighten underexposed areas of an image. Use Red-Eye Fix to correct shots in which the flash is reflected in your subjects’ eyes. The tools can be applied individually, or activate Perfect Fix to apply them all simultaneously.
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 1000, you can use the convenient mode dial to choose your preferred shooting modes. There are 24 shooting modes in all, and each is optimized to help you get the best possible results for the shooting conditions.
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. An on-screen Panorama target mark helps you compose the shots.
Sharing your masterpieces is easy. The Stylus 1000 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 1000 also sports a TruePic TURBO™ image processor, a 15x seamless zoom (3x optical, 5x digital), a 5x Fine Zoom, and a handy self-timer – all packed into a sleek metal body that is less than an inch thick!
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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Olympus advertises that the Stylus 1000 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.
The Stylus 1000 features Bright Capture technology. What is it, and how does it work?
Bright Capture technology helps you take better images 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 images. 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 images.
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 1000 restricts the maximum resolution of images taken in certain Bright Capture-enabled shooting and scene modes.
Why does the Stylus 1000 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 1000 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 and 6400.
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.
Bright Capture is also activated when Digital Image Stabilization is set to ON.
Which shooting modes automatically use Bright Capture technology?
Bright Capture technology is always used when shooting in high-speed Sequential Shooting mode, in Movie mode, and when the ISO sensitivity is manually set to 800 or higher. Also, it is automatically activated when Digital Image Stabilization is set to ON.
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 & Select 1.
The Stylus 1000 has a Digital Image Stabilization function. What is it, and how does it work?
Digital Image Stabilization 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 picture.
When shooting with Digital Image Stabilization set to ON, the light sensitivity of the CCD is boosted (up to ISO 6400) 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.
How does Digital Image Stabilization 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 images in dim light; the same image 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.
The Stylus 1000 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.
How can I tell if my blurry image can be fixed with Digital Image Stabilization Edit?
The Stylus 1000 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.
The Stylus 1000 has a Digital Image Stabilization Movie function. What is it, and how does it work?
DIS Movie mode is a kind of digital cropping feature that helps keep the subject of a movie in the center of the movie frame even if the camera moves.
During movie recording, the Stylus 1000’s entire CCD receives image data; however, when the camera writes to its memory (or memory media), it only uses a portion of this data. The viewable portion has the same aspect ratio as the movie frame but is smaller. The extra pixels that border the content are cropped out.
As each frame of the movie is built, the camera locates the subject and adjusts the viewable portion of the image data as necessary in order to realign the subject with the center of the movie frame. Any pixels that fall outside of the viewable area are cropped out.
An example may best serve to illustrate this concept:
In the graphics below, the subject – a statue – is immobile. The statue is above eye-level and, absent a tripod, the photographer is holding the camera in his/her hand.
The larger pair of images represents all of the image data that the CCD detects during the recording of one frame of a movie. The smaller pair of images in the call-outs shows the content that appears in the movie frame and on the LCD monitor.
In Fig. A, DIS MOVIE MODE is set to OFF. If, while recording the movie, the photographer were to inadvertently move the camera slightly to the left, the image of the statue on the LCD monitor would appear to move to the right of the frame. As a result, part of the horse’s wing would be lost from the frame. If the camera motion were severe enough, the subject would slide right out of the frame.
In Fig. B, DIS MOVIE MODE is set to ON. In this mode, the movie frame will contain only a portion of the image data received by the CCD. This viewable area is indicated in Fig. B by the smaller box inside the CCD box in the top image. Note that there are pixels with image data above and to the left and right of the subject. This extra data is cropped out of the final frame.
Given the same scenario as in Fig. A, when the photographer’s hand wavers and the subject slips toward the right half of the frame, the DIS MOVIE MODE function will compensate for the motion. In this case, the viewable area must be moved to the right in order to center the statue. Note how the final movie frame in Fig. B shows more image data from pixels on the right side of the CCD, while the final movie frame in Fig. A shows more image data from pixels on the left side of the CCD. DIS MOVIE MODE is able to accomplish this because the image data is available; the camera uses whichever pixels it needs to center the subject in the frame and then crops out the rest.
DIS Movie mode may not be able to compensate if the camera moves a lot or if the subject is moving too quickly. If the camera is stabilized (e.g. mounted on a tripod), set DIS MOVIE MODE to OFF or the movement of the subject may cause the image on the LCD screen to move.
How is the Digital Image Stabilization Movie function different from the SP-500 UZ’s Camera Movement Compensation function?
DIS Movie mode in the Stylus 1000 is the same technology that is called Camera Movement Compensation in the SP-500 UZ.
The Stylus 1000 has a 5x Fine Zoom. What is it, and how does it work?
Fine Zoom is a smart digital zoom that is optimized for a standard 4” x 6” print. It combines optical zoom and image cropping technologies to allow you to effectively extend the maximum magnification of a digital camera’s optical telephoto zoom.An example will serve to help illustrate how Fine Zoom works. In Fig. A below, the camera’s lens has been extended to its maximum optical telephoto zoom (10x). At this point, the CCD will be exposed to light that passes through the lens at a specific angle. (This light is represented by the color yellow.) By extending the angle of the light out toward the subject, we can see the field of view that will be captured when the shutter button is pressed. This field of view is represented by the blue rectangle around the subject.
When Fine Zoom is enabled, the camera records only the visual information perceived by the center portion of the CCD sensor. In Fig. A, this is the gray area on the CCD. By extending the angle of the light that reaches just this portion of the CCD, you can see that the field of view that will be captured by this portion of the CCD is much smaller. It is the area contained within the red rectangle. The light that hits the center of the CCD approaches from the same angle whether or not Fine Zoom is enabled; note that the blue and red arcs in the graphic are identical.
Fine Zoom also restricts the resolution of the captured image to a maximum of 2048 x 1536. These dimensions correspond to the size of the (gray) portion of the CCD that is used to capture the image. This means that the visual information in the captured image will be recorded at a 1-to-1 ratio.
Figures B through D demonstrate how this impacts the captured images.
Fig. B shows an image taken with the camera’s maximum optical zoom and recorded at the camera’s full resolution. The blue border represents the same field of view indicated by the blue rectangle in Fig. A. The red border represents the same field of view indicated by the red rectangle in Fig. A. As expected, the blue border contains more visual information and has a wider field of view than the red border.
Fig. C shows an image of the same content captured with the camera’s maximum 5x Fine Zoom. The image contains only the information taken from the center of the CCD. Because the resolution was restricted, the image is smaller than Fig. B, which was captured at the camera’s default full resolution.
Fig. D shows the same content yet again, but this time it was captured using 5x Digital Zoom. The camera perceived the same field of view as the blue border in Fig. B, but it then enlarged the content, centered it and cropped it down to the dimensions of the active image quality mode, which in this case is the default full resolution. This explains why Fig. D is the same size (resolution) as Fig. B, but it contains only the field of view that is seen in Fig. C. Although Fig. C is smaller than Fig. D, it will be sharper than Fig. D because its visual information has not been manipulated in any way while the visual information in Fig. D has been enlarged and interpolated.
How is Fine Zoom different from Digital Zoom?
Both FINE ZOOM and DIGITAL ZOOM are technologies that effectively extend the maximum magnification of a digital camera’s optical telephoto zoom.
Optical telephoto zoom is limited by the length of a camera’s lens barrel. At a certain point, the lens cannot be moved any closer to the subject. Image enlargement beyond this point requires digital magnification.
For each multiple of magnification accomplished by DIGITAL ZOOM, the captured image is enlarged by 150%, centered, and then cropped to its original dimensions. This gives the appearance of bringing the center 50% of the original image nearer to the viewer.
Because the visual information from the border of the original image is discarded, the image loses 50% of its resolution with each enlargement. In order to restore the image to its original dimensions, the camera must replace the visual information from the discarded pixels with new visual information constructed from the pixels it has retained. This process, called digital interpolation, restores the original resolution. However, it is possible to digitally magnify an image so many times that the image quality is negatively impacted – particularly when the image was shot in the SQ1 or SQ2 image quality modes.
When FINE ZOOM is enabled, the camera only records the visual information from the center 50% of the CCD. It also restricts the resolution of the recorded image to a maximum of 2048 x 1536. These dimensions correspond to the size of the center portion of the CCD that is used to capture the image. This means that the visual information in the captured image will be recorded at a 1-to-1 ratio. Because it is never enlarged, digital interpolation is not required. As a result, the final image contains only “untouched” visual information taken directly from the center of the CCD.
A 4” x 6” print photograph made from this image data will be sharper than one made from the same image data after that data has been digitally enlarged, cropped and interpolated. This is why we say that Fine Zoom is optimized for a 4” x 6” print. Enlarging a Fine Zoom image beyond these dimensions negates the benefits Fine Zoom bestows, and the final quality of the enlarged image cannot be guaranteed.
Note: It is possible to select IMAGE QUALITY settings that are lower than the Fine Zoom default of 2048 x 1536. If this is done, the camera will still record only the visual information from the pixels in the center 50% of the CCD. However, when it records this information, it will do so with fewer lines of resolution. Fine Zoom works best when shooting with its default resolution.
The Stylus 1000 offers a Silent Mode. What is it, and how does it work?
In Silent Mode, the camera emits no audible cues. It will not beep when capturing an image or when making menu selections. This can be a valuable aid when taking pictures of animals or sleeping infants or when shooting ceremonies and performances.
Additionally, when the camera is in Silent Mode, it will not ring an alarm even if the alarm clock feature is enabled. Instead, the camera will issue a visual cue when the appointed time arrives. The LCD monitor will turn on and display the time.
To activate Silent Mode, first place the camera into any shooting mode other than [GUIDE], and then press the [MENU] button. Press the Right Arrow and then the Down Arrow to select Silent Mode. Press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Silent Mode menu. Use the Up or Down arrow button to choose ON, and then press [OK/FUNC] again to activate Silent Mode.
To disable Silent Mode, repeat the above procedure but at the Silent Mode menu choose OFF instead of ON.
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.
The Stylus 1000 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.
What are the dimensions of the Stylus 1000?
The Stylus 1000 is 3.8” W x 2.2” H x 0.89” D (97mm x 56.2mm x 22.7mm).
What recording modes does the Stylus 1000 support?
The Stylus 1000 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.
What are image quality modes, and which are available in this model?
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 1000 supports the following resolutions:
Still images: 3648 x 2736 (SHQ / HQ); 2560 x 1920, 2304 x 1728, and 2048 x 1536 (SQ1); 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, and 640 x 480 (SQ2); and 1920 x 1080 (16:9).
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).
What aspect ratio is used in each quality mode?
The Stylus 1000 uses a 4:3 aspect ratio in the SHQ, HQ, SQ1 and SQ2 image quality modes. It also offers a separate quality mode that records images in a 16:9 aspect ratio.
All movies are recorded in a 4:3 aspect ratio.
The Stylus 1000 can shoot images with a 16:9 aspect ratio? What are the benefits of shooting with this aspect ratio?
The 16:9 aspect ratio is ideal for expressing the broadness of a subject such as a landscape. It is also useful for viewing images on a wide-screen television.
What is the benefit of shooting images with a 4:3 aspect ratio?
The 4:3 aspect ratio allows photographers to fit their images easily into the standard print sizes used by professionals and commercial printers: 8” x 10”, 11” x 14” and so on. This means that the image can be used as the photographer composed it in the viewfinder without any cropping or loss of image quality.
What recording media does the Stylus 1000 support?
The Stylus 1000 can record data to internal memory and to removable media. It has 28.5MB 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 1000 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.
Is the Stylus 1000 compatible with Olympus' two-gigabyte xD-Picture Card removable flash memory media?
Is the Stylus 1000 compatible with Type H xD-Picture Card removable flash memory media?
Is the Stylus 1000 compatible with Type M xD-Picture Card removable flash memory media?
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.
How many images can the Stylus 1000 hold?
The chart below shows the approximate number of pictures at each available quality mode that the Stylus 1000 can hold in its internal memory and in a variety of optional xD-Picture Card™ The camera can store pictures and movies in any combination of quality modes. All figures are approximate.
|Number of storable images1|
||3648 x 2736
||3648 x 2736
||2560 x 1920
|2304 x 1728
|2048 x 1536
||1600 x 1200
|1280 x 960
|1024 x 768
|640 x 480
||1920 x 1080
1Capacity will be slightly less than shown if sound is recorded with still images. All figures are approximate.
How many movies can the Stylus 1000 hold?
The chart below shows approximately how much movie recording time at each quality mode the Stylus 1000 can store in its internal memory and on a variety of optional xD-Picture Cards. The camera can store pictures and movies in any combination of quality modes. All figures are approximate.
|Recording length (h:mm:ss)1|
||640 x 480
||320 x 240
||160 x 120
1 Movie durations are calculated based on storage 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.
What software is bundled with the Stylus 1000, and 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™ 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.
How does the Stylus 1000 interface with a computer?
The USB cable (CB-USB6) that comes packaged with the Stylus 1000 is required to connect the camera to the computer.
To purchase a replacement cable (Item # 200372-410) from Olympus’ online store, click here.
Can I use non-Olympus brand xD-Picture Card media in the Stylus 1000?
The Stylus 1000 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.
What kind of batteries should I use to power the Stylus 1000?
The Stylus 1000 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.
Does Olympus sell a battery charger compatible with the Stylus 1000?
Olympus packages a lithium-ion battery charger (LI-10C) with the Stylus 1000. 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.
Must I charge the lithium-ion battery before using it in the Stylus 1000?
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.
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.
Does Olympus sell an AC adapter compatible with the Stylus 1000?
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 1000 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.
Are my rechargeable batteries being charged when the AC adapter is plugged into the Stylus 1000?
No. When the optional AC adapter is connected, power is drawn from the AC current even if there are batteries 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 1000.
Where can I find the documentation for my camera?
The Stylus 1000 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 the 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.
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 function to transfer data from internal memory to a media card.
To realize the full capabilities of your digital camera, a computer is recommended.
How do I update the firmware of the Stylus 1000?
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.
How do I transfer images from my camera to my computer?
Download complete instructions here.
How can I maintain the all-weather capability of the Stylus 1000?
The Stylus 1000 loses its weatherproof capability if the battery compartment cover or the connector cover is open. Make sure that all the covers are closed before using the camera.
It is possible, though not common, for water to enter the camera when the lens is in motion, such as when the camera is powered on in a shooting mode, when the optical zoom is operated, or when the Power Save function turns the camera off after a period of idleness.
To preserve the weatherproof feature of your camera, take the following care precautions:
- If the camera gets splashed, gently wipe the water off as soon as possible with a soft, lint-free cloth. In particular, salt water spray or droplets can cause damage to the camera if the camera is not wiped dry as soon as possible.
- Wipe any water off the camera before changing the battery or memory card.
- Do not apply excessive force to or attempt to peel off the rubber backing of the battery compartment cover or the connector cover.
- If the rubber backing becomes worn or damaged, contact the nearest Olympus service center. (A charge will be assessed for replacement of parts.)
- If the rubber backing of the battery compartment cover or connector cover contains dirt or sand, wipe it off before closing the cover; otherwise, water may get inside the camera.
How do I know if images are being saved to the internal memory or to my 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 1000 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.
Can I move images from the Stylus 1000’s internal memory to a memory card?
Yes, the BACKUP function 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 OK/FUNC to start the file transfer. When it completes, press OK/FUNC 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.
How do I use Digital Image Stabilization?
With the mode dial set to any still image shooting mode except GUIDE, press the Digital Image Stabilization button (hand icon). Next, use the Up or Down arrow to select ON. Press the OK/FUNC button to activate the setting.
Digital Image Stabilization remains in effect until disabled or until the mode dial is turned to a mode that does not support it.
How do I use the Digital Image Stabilization Edit function?
Turn the mode dial so that the Playback (green arrow) icons 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. The Perfect Fix menu is displayed on the monitor. Press the Up or Down arrow to select DIS EDIT, and then press the OK/FUNC button to fix the image. The corrected image will be saved as a new file.
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.
The 16:9 image quality mode is ideal for expressing the broadness of a subject, such as a landscape. It’s also useful if you plan to view the images on a widescreen-format television.
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.
How can I review my images in the camera?
By default, this model 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 your 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 function 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 1000:
- 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 then 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.
What is the purpose of the Calendar playback mode?
By default, this model 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.
How do I access the Calendar function on the Stylus 1000?
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.
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.
How do I set the date and time on the Stylus 1000?
With the mode dial set to any mode except GUIDE, 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 the clock icon. Press the Right arrow to advance to the clock settings.
Set the year, month, day, hour, minutes and date format 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 1000 uses a 24-hour clock.) When all information has been entered, press OK/FUNC to set the values. Press MENU twice to exit.
To set the time precisely, with the cursor on either “minutes” or “date format,” press OK/FUNC as the time signal strikes 0 seconds.
Note: The date and time settings will be returned to the factory defaults if the camera is left without battery power. Custom settings may be canceled more quickly if the battery was only loaded into the camera for a short time before being removed. Before taking important shots, check that the date and time are correct.
How do I set the date and time of an alternate time zone on the Stylus 1000?
With the mode dial set to any mode except GUIDE, 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 DUALTIME. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select ON, and then press the Right arrow to continue to the clock settings screen.
Set the year, month, day, 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 1000 uses a 24-hour clock.) When all information has been entered, press OK/FUNC to set the values. Press MENU twice to exit the menu.
To set the time precisely, with the cursor on either “minutes” or “date format,” press OK/FUNC as the time signal strikes 0 seconds.
When DUALTIME is set to ON, images and movies are recorded with the date and time that is set in DUALTIME, not those of the camera default date and time. Also, the ALARM CLOCK will sound according to the DUALTIME date and time settings.
How do I use the Alarm Clock feature on the Stylus 1000?
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 1000 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 the 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 the MENU button 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 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, 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 OK/FUNC 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.
After making 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.
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).
Does the Alarm Clock feature work when the camera is in Silent Mode?
Yes. However, the alarm will not emit an audible signal. Instead, the LCD monitor will light up at the designated time and display the clock.
How do I change the display language of the 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 the MENU button twice to exit.
Is there a way to add additional display languages to my camera?
The Stylus 1000 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.
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.
How do I adjust the exposure value (EV) in the Stylus 1000?
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.
How do I change ISO sensitivity in the Stylus 1000?
Use the Function menu to change the ISO sensitivity of this model. 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 1000 automatically controls the ISO sensitivity of the CCD in the Full Auto, Scene, Guide and Movie shooting modes.
Under what circumstances should I manually set the White Balance?
By default, the Stylus 1000 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.
How do I adjust the White Balance in the Stylus 1000?
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.
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 Select Firmware section 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.
I purchased the Stylus 1000, 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.
The Stylus 1000 doesn’t have a memory card packaged in the box. Why not?
The Stylus 1000 has 28.5MB 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.
The Stylus 1000 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.
This model 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 memory card will delete all content on the card.
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 memory 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:
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.”
I am no longer able to display images and movies that I saved to my camera’s internal memory. I can only see those that were saved to my memory card. How can I see my other files?
When a memory card has been inserted into the camera, the pictures in the internal memory cannot be played back. Turn off the camera, and then remove the card. Turn the camera back on; you will be able to view photos in your camera’s internal memory.
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 1000 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.
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], [ALBUM ENTRY], [BACKUP], [FORMAT], [LABEL IMAGE], [PANORAMA], [PRINT ORDER], and [UNDO ENTRY].
These functions will be available when an xD-Picture card is inserted into the media slot.
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.
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.
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 1000 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 1000 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.
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.
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.
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 applying Digital Image Stabilization Edit. 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.
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 the Stylus 1000
- 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
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 this model 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.
The Alarm Clock 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.
Check to see if SILENT MODE is set to ON. In this mode, the camera emits no audible cues. It will not beep when capturing an image or when making menu selections, and it will not ring an alarm when the alarm clock is set and the appointed time arrives. Instead, the camera will issue a visual cue when the alarm activates while the camera is in Silent Mode. The LCD monitor will turn on and display the time.
To disable Silent Mode, first place the camera into any shooting mode other than [GUIDE], and then press the [MENU] button. Press the Right Arrow and then the Down Arrow to select SILENT MODE. Press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Silent mode menu. Use the Up or Down arrow button to choose OFF, and then press [OK/FUNC] again to disable Silent Mode.
To reactivate Silent Mode, repeat the above procedure but at the Silent Mode menu choose ON instead of OFF.
When recording movies in SHQ image quality mode, I am restricted to 15 seconds of recording time. Why?
In SHQ mode, the Stylus 1000 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.