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XZ-1

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What are the P, A, S and M modes on the Mode Dial? How are they used?

The P, A, S and M modes are advanced shooting modes. These are essentially non-AUTO modes that allow the photographer more creative control by enabling more control over shutter speed and f-stop settings. Briefly, the advanced shooting modes and their applications are as follows:

  • P (Program shooting) – Allows shooting using an aperture and shutter speed set by the camera. In many respects it is similar to the iAUTO mode. Unlike the iAUTO shooting mode, the program shooting mode allows full access to the menu settings for greater creative control of the camera.
  • A (Aperture Priority shooting) – Allows the aperture to be set manually, thereby giving the photographer control over depth-of-field. The camera compensates for the exposure by changing the shutter speed automatically as the f-stops are changed. In the Aperture Priority shooting mode the f-stops are changed using the camera’s Control Ring.
  • S (Shutter Priority shooting) – Allows the shutter speed to be set manually, thereby giving the photographer control over stopping action or reducing camera shake. The camera compensates for the exposure by changing the aperture automatically as the shutter speeds are changed. In the Shutter Priority shooting mode, the shutter speeds are changed using the camera’s Control Ring.
  • M (Manual shooting) – Allows the photographer to set the shutter speed and aperture independently of each other. Exposure is determined by testing or by using a light meter. In the Manual shooting mode the shutter speed is set using the Wheel Controller and the aperture is set using the Control Ring. The effect of changes in the shutter speed and aperture are shown on the LCD screen.

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Does the XZ-1 support the Olympus wireless RC flash system?

The XZ-1 does not support the wireless RC flash system. However, it can fire the FL-36R and FL-50R flashes remotely using the built-in pop-up flash as a slave trigger. The camera's RC Mode function, located in the Flash Settings submenu of the main menu, must be set to On.

For details on using the flashes in the SLAVE mode, please refer to the manuals for the FL-36R and FL-50R.

Olympus wireless RC flash system flashes, such as the FL-50R and the FL-36R can be purchased from authorized Olympus dealers or online directly from The Olympus Store.

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Does Olympus offer a remote cable release for this camera?

The RM-UC1 Remote Cable Release is compatible with this camera.

The RM-UC1 connects to the same USB port on the camera that is used to connect the camera to a computer via the bundled USB cable. The RM-UC1 has a sliding lock to lock the cable release for BULB exposures.

The RM-UC1 is available from authorized Olympus dealers and also online directly from The Olympus Store. To order the RM-UC1 (Item #260237), click here.

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Does Olympus offer an underwater housing for the XZ-1?

Yes. The PT-050 underwater housing is compatible with the XZ-1. To purchase it from the Olympus Store, click here.

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Does Olympus offer a battery charger for this camera?

The battery can be charged in-camera using the bundled F-2AC battery charger or power from a computer USB port. To charge the battery outside of the camera, Olympus offers the LI-50C battery charger, which can be purchased from The Olympus Store by clicking here.

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Sometimes when I’m shooting in dim light I have difficulty getting the camera to focus. What can I do?

Digital cameras autofocus by detecting differences in the contrast between light and dark areas of the image projected onto the sensor. If the light is dim or the image has somewhat flat contrast, the camera may have difficulty focusing.

This camera has an AF Illuminator feature that uses the flash to illuminate the subject just before the exposure is made, thereby assuring focus.

To enable the AF Illuminator, please do the following:

  1. Press the [MENU] button to open the camera’s main menu.
  2. Press and hold the Down button on the wheel controller to scroll down to AF ILLUMINAT..
  3. Press the Right button on the wheel controller to enter the submenu.
  4. Use the Up or Down button on the wheel controller to select ON.
  5. Press the [OK] button.
  6. Press [MENU] to exit the camera menu.

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