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Are any firmware updates available for my camera?

Use the Update Camera function in the OLYMPUS Master 2 software packaged with your digital camera to find out whether firmware updates are available for your model. An Internet connection is required to perform the operation.

For detailed instructions on how to update the camera's firmware, click here.

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

Complete instructions may be downloaded by clicking here.

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

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Where can I find the documentation for my camera?

This camera is packaged with a printed Quick Start Guide to help you get started taking pictures. Documentation of advanced functions can be found in the instruction manual, which is included as an Adobe® Portable Document Format (PDF) file on a CD-ROM bundled with the camera.

Replacement manuals are available online from OlympusAmerica.com. An electronic copy in PDF format can be downloaded for free, and a paper copy can be purchased for a nominal fee, which covers the cost of printing and shipping the book. Click here to select the manual for your camera.

Note: Adobe Reader® software is required to view and print PDF files. If this program is not already installed on your computer, you can download the latest version for free directly from Adobe's Web site by clicking here.

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Why isn't a paper manual packaged with my product?

As an international manufacturer, Olympus understands that preserving the environment is a global -- and extremely critical -- issue for the sustainable growth of society. Therefore, Olympus places a great emphasis on measures to conserve resources and save energy as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Olympus is focused on developing environmentally conscious products and adopting ecologically compatible business practices that together will help to ensure that future generations inherit a healthy planet.

Providing advanced product instructions in an electronic format rather than in a paper format is just one of the many ways Olympus is demonstrating its commitment to environmental stewardship. To learn more about Olympus' efforts, please click here.

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I prefer to have my documentation on paper. How can I get a printed instruction manual?

Customers in the United States and Canada may purchase a softbound paper copy of the instruction manual from The Olympus Store for a nominal fee, which covers the cost of printing and shipping the book. Click here to select your camera model and view its available manuals.

As an alternative, you may download a free, electronic copy of the manual in Adobe® PDF format for local printing.

Note: Adobe Reader® software is required to view and print PDF files. If this program is not already installed on your computer, you can download the latest version for free directly from Adobe's Web site by clicking here.

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Is the instruction manual available in a language other than English?

Product documentation for most cameras sold by Olympus is available for download and/or sale in the following languages: English, Spanish (Español), French (Français) and Portuguese (Portuges).

Click here to select your model and view the available language options.

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Which shooting mode should I use?

The answer depends on the shooting conditions. The iAUTO mode is recommended for regular photography.

In iAUTO mode, the camera automatically adjusts the settings. This is a fully automatic mode that allows you to take pictures best-suited for the scene by simply pressing the shutter button. If you want to change settings such as white balance (WB) and ISO sensitivity, select another mode.

The following shooting modes and scenes are available:

  • iAUTO ( Intelligent Auto ) - By simply pointing the camera at the subject, the camera automatically sets the shooting mode best-suited for the scene. As the shooting conditions change, the camera reevaluates the scene and dynamically selects a new shooting mode if appropriate. Available modes are Portrait, Macro, Sport, Night+Portrait and Landscape. Camera Menu settings such as white balance and ISO sensitivity cannot be changed.
  • P ( Program Auto ) - The camera automatically sets the optimum aperture and shutter speed based on the lighting conditions. Unlike iAUTO mode, Camera Menu settings such as white balance and ISO sensitivity can be changed.
  • Digital Image Stabilization - With high ISO sensitivity, this mode reduces blur caused by a moving subject or by camera shake.
  • SCENE - The camera offers 13 scene modes for shooting in various conditions:
    1. PORTRAIT - This mode is suitable for shooting portraits. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions to produce natural skin tones.
    2. LANDSCAPE - This mode is suitable for taking pictures of landscapes. Blues and greens are reproduced clearly.
    3. NIGHT SCENE - For shooting illuminated scenes in the evening or at night. The camera sets a slower shutter speed than in normal shooting. For the best results, use a tripod so your camera remains steady when shooting.
    4. NIGHT + PORTRAIT - For shooting both a foreground subject and an illuminated background in the evening or at night. The camera sets a slower shutter speed than is used in normal shooting. For the best results, use a tripod so your camera remains steady when shooting.
    5. SPORT - Captures fast-moving subjects without blurring.
    6. INDOOR - For shooting both main subject and background indoors (e.g. at a party). The background is reproduced clearly.
    7. CANDLE - For shooting under candlelight. Warm colors are reproduced. Image quality is restricted to [ 3M ] (2048×1536) or less.
    8. SELF PORTRAIT - Lets you take a picture of yourself while holding the camera.
    9. SUNSET - For shooting the setting or rising sun. Vividly reproduces reds and yellows.
    10. FIREWORKS - Suitable for shooting fireworks at night. The camera sets a slower shutter speed than is used in normal shooting. For the best results, use a tripod so your camera remains steady when shooting.
    11. CUISINE - For still life photography. Vividly reproduces colors of fruit, vegetables and flowers.
    12. DOCUMENTS - For shooting paper documents. Increases contrast between letters and background.
    13. PET - The camera settings are optimized for taking pictures of pets or other animals.

  • MOVIE - The camera records video with or without sound.

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How do I take close-up pictures of small subjects?

Press the [Macro mode] button repeatedly until the Macro mode ( macro ) or Super Macro mode ( super macro ) icon appears.

Use the Macro mode to gain sharpness and detail in pictures at close range.
Super Macro mode allows you to take pictures more closely than the Macro mode.

OFF
MACRO off
Cancels macro mode.
This mode lets you shoot from as close to the subject as 60 cm / 23.6 in. (when the camera is set for the maximum wide angle zoom ) and as close as 100 cm / 39.4 in. ( when the camera is set for the maximum telephoto zoom).
Macro mode
MACRO
mode
This mode lets you shoot from as close to the subject as 20 cm / 7.9 in. (when the camera is set for the maximum wide angle zoom) and as close as 60 cm / 23.6 in. (when the camera is set for the maximum telephoto zoom).
Super Macro mode
SUPER MACRO
mode
This mode lets you shoot from as close to the subject as 3 cm / 1.2 inches. Zoom and Flash cannot be used. Zoom position is fixed automatically.

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How do I change the shooting functions back to default settings?

You can reset the current settings to the camera's default settings by using the RESET function. RESET is available from the camera menu when the shooting mode is set to iAUTO, P, SCN (Scene), Digital Image Stabilization or Movie. Simply press the [MENU] button, press the Left Arrow to select the reset icon (a green arrow bent backward on itself), and then press the [OK] button.

The following table shows the functions that can be reset as well as their default values.

FUNCTION DEFAULT
Flash AUTO
Exposure Compensation 0.0
Macro OFF
Self-timer OFF
Image Size (Still images) / Compression 12 M / Normal
Image Size (Movies) / Frame Rate QVGA / 15 fps
SCN Portrait
WB (White Balance) AUTO
ISO AUTO
(Still picture REC) OFF
(Movie REC) ON
AF Mode SPOT

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What types of memory cards does this model support?

Olympus recommends Olympus-branded xD-Picture Card media for use with this model. In addition, certain microSD and microSDHC cards may be used when inserted into the MASD-1 memory card adapter bundled with this camera.

For detailed information about the proper use of the MASD-1, please review the MASD-1 FAQ. For information on caveats and restrictions to the use of microSD and microSD media with this camera, please review this file.

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What is the orange "card" bundled with my camera?

The “card" is the MASD-1 memory card adapter. It is not itself a memory storage device; rather, it provides the camera's owner with additional storage options.

Out of the box, this camera can record images and/or movies directly to its internal memory. It also accepts removable xD-Picture Card memory cards (sold separately). When used with the MASD-1, the camera can also record to many¹ microSD and microSDHC memory cards.

Cards in the latter two formats are significantly smaller than their xD-Picture Card counterparts. The MASD-1 is used to adapt the microSD and microSDHC cards to the form factor of xD-Picture Card media so that they can be inserted into the camera's card slot.

¹Olympus maintains a list of supported microSD and microSDHC cards on its web site. Click here to view it.

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Will the MASD-1 adapter let me use any microSD or microSDHC card in my camera?

Click here to view a list of microSD and microSDHC cards that can be used with the MASD-1 card adapter. This page will be updated as additional cards are evaluated.

Note: The OLYMPUS Master 2 software bundled with this camera includes some advanced editing features that are only available after they have been unlocked. The code required to unlock the features is only available with the purchase of xD-Picture Card media, sold separately. Once unlocked, the features can be used to edit any images captured with the camera, including those that were captured while using the MASD-1 with microSD or microSDHC memory cards.

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Will the MASD-1 adapter allow me to use microSD and microSDHC media in other Olympus cameras?

MicroSD and microSDHC cards can be used only with cameras that are compatible with the MASD-1. For a list of compatible cameras, click here.

The adapter is different from xD-Picture Card media in form. It will not fit in the card slots of other cameras that are compatible with xD-Picture Card media. Forcing the MASD-1 into an incompatible camera or other device may damage it or cause the equipment to malfunction.  The data on the memory card may be destroyed.

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What is the proper way to insert xD-Picture Card™ media into the camera?

To insert xD-Picture Card media into the camera, do the following.

  1. Power off the camera.
  2. Turn the camera upside down. Open the battery/card compartment cover by holding down the button while sliding the cover toward the outside edge of the camera and then lifting up on the door.
  3. Hold the memory card so that the gold contact area is facing the same direction as the LCD monitor and the arrow above the Olympus logo on the face of the card is pointing down into the compartment. The notch in the side of the card will face the outside edge of the camera — not the center of the camera — and the index area will face the batteries.
  4. Insert the card into the card slot and push it gently straight in until it clicks.
  5. Close the card cover door and then push the latch back toward the center of the camera until it clicks.

Insert xD-Picture Card with arrow pointing into the card compartment.

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What is the proper way to insert a microSD or microSDHC memory card into the camera?

This camera can accept compatible microSD or microSDHC memory cards. Please review the Contents listing on the product packaging to see whether a memory card is included with your camera purchase.

When using microSD or microSDHC media, the card must be inserted into the MASD-1 xD Picture Card-to-microSD adapter packaged with the camera before it can be inserted into the camera's media slot.

To insert a microSD or microSDHC memory card into the camera, do the following:

  1. Power off the camera.
  2. Turn the camera upside down, and open the battery/card compartment cover.
  3. Hold the MASD-1 adapter so that the pointed wedge is facing up and the sticker is facing the front, as shown in the picture below.

    Insert the card into the adapter.
  4. Hold the card so that the thicker end is to the right and the flat end is on the bottom, as shown.
  5. Insert the card entirely into the adapter.
  6. Insert the MASD-1 adapter (with the card inside) into the media slot inside the battery/card compartment, making sure to align the gold contacts on the back of the adapter with those inside the compartment. Push the adapter gently until there is an audible click.
  7. Close the battery/card compartment cover.

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Where can I obtain a replacement MASD-1 microSD adapter?

The MASD-1 microSD card adapter is a consumer-replaceable part and can be purchased from The Olympus Store. To order a replacement, click here.

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My memory card has become corrupted. Can Olympus help me retrieve the data on the card?

Olympus does not offer a data-recovery service and does not endorse any specific vendor that provides this or a similar service or product. However, please click here to learn about some options you may have for recovering images and movies from memory media.

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The colors in my pictures look different from the actual colors of my subject. What can I do?

Select a White Balance (WB) setting that is more appropriate for the lighting conditions.

In the default white balance mode, WB is set to AUTO so you can take pictures with natural colors in most lighting conditions.

The colors in pictures may differ from the subject's actual colors under the following lighting conditions:

  • When the subject is in the shade on a sunny day.
  • When the subject is illuminated by both natural light and indoor lighting (e.g. near a window)
  • When the light from the camera's flash does not reach a subject lit by indoor lighting.

In cases like these, select the WB setting that is designed to capture accurate colors in the specific lighting conditions.

WB settings cannot be adjusted manually in the iAUTO shooting mode.

The following table describes the available WB settings:

AUTO The white balance is adjusted automatically for natural color, regardless of the light source.

Sunny day
For shooting under bright sunlight.

Cloudy day
For shooting under a cloudy sky.

Tungsten light
For shooting under tungsten lighting.

Fluorescent Lamp 1
For shooting under a daylight fluorescent lamp. (This type of lamp is mainly used in homes.)

Fluorescent Lamp 2
For shooting under a neutral white fluorescent lamp. (This type of lamp is mainly used in desk lamps.)

Fluorescent Lamp 3
For shooting under a cool white fluorescent lamp. (This type of lamp is mainly used in offices.)

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