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C-8080 Wide Zoom

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Where is the Reference Manual for the C-8080 Wide Zoom?

The CD-ROM provides a full Reference Manual in PDF format. Adobe Acrobat, which is provided on the CD-ROM, is necessary to view the PDF manual. The printed manual that is included with the camera is a "Basic Manual".

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I read that the C-8080 Wide Zoom is PictBridge enabled. What is PictBridge?

PictBridge is a specification announced by six private companies: Canon, Fuji, HP, Olympus, Seiko Epson and Sony, in December 2002. Its aim is to allow for direct printing between various brands of digital still cameras.

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When using an AC adapter, does the camera turn OFF or go into stand-by mode?

When the power is provided through AC adapter, the camera will NOT automatically turn OFF or go into stand-by mode. This is useful when using the camera in a studio environment.

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How do I connect an FL-20, FL-36, FL-40 or FL-50 external flash to my C-8080 Wide Zoom?

The FL-20, FL-36, FL-40 or FL-50 external flash can be attached directly to the hot shoe on the camera. You also can use the FL-BK01 Flash Bracket and the FL-CB02 Hot Shoe to TTL cable.

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How do I connect an flash and aftermarket bracket to my C-8080 Wide Zoom?

When using an external flash with the C-8080 Wide Zoom, you will need the appropriate flash cable with your flash and aftermarket bracket. The Hot Shoe Flash Cable (FL-CB05) mounts to the C-8080 Hot Shoe and the opposite end attaches to the aftermarket flash bracket’s flash shoe or to a standard tripod attachment thread (1/4x20).

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Is sound recording and playback available on the C-8080 Zoom?

Yes, the camera has a built-in microphone and a built-in speaker.

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What are the features of each record mode?

The details for each record mode are as follows:

RAW: RAW data is unprocessed image data in its original state to which white balance, sharpness, contrast, color conversion and other processes have not been applied. CAMEDIA Master can be used to display RAW data and save it in other image formats. A RAW plug-in is also available for Adobe Photoshop which also provides the ability to process images in 32-bit color depth.

TIFF: This is the highest-quality mode. Images are saved as uncompressed data, which is the best for printing or image processing on a computer.

SHQ: This is a high quality mode using the JPEG format. Because the compression rate is very low, high quality images can be stored.

HQ: This is a high quality mode using JPEG format, with medium compression. Because the compression rate is higher than SHQ, file sizes are smaller. More images can be saved to a card. The file size can be changed in the 3:2 or Enlarge size mode as well as SHQ.

3:2 Mode: Ordinarily the image aspect ratio is set to 4:3. Due to change the ratio to 3:2, the picture size becomes 2592 x 1728 so that the image can be printed without losing the image borders at a photo lab. 3:2 can be set in the TIFF, SHQ, or HQ mode.

SQ1/SQ2: SQ1 is used for resolutions above 1600 x1200 and SQ2 is used for resolutions below 1600 x1200. For both, you can choose high compression to reduce noise or normal compression to save more images.

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How many pictures can be taken with a 32 MB xD-Picture Card or 32 MB CompactFlash Card? What are the compression rates and what size are the image files in each record mode?

Quality Mode Resolution 32MB xD-Picture Card
TIFF 3264 x 2448 1 frame
SHQ 3264 x 2448 8 frames
HQ 3264 x 2448 16 frames
SQ1 2592 x 1944 40 frames
SQ2 1600 X 1200 331 frames
SHQ 640 X 480 15 fps movie 30 seconds
HQ 320 X 240 15 fps movie 90 seconds
SQ1 160 x 120 15 fps movie Over 6 minutes

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How does the iESP auto focus work?

iESP is the default auto focus setting for the C-8080 Wide Zoom camera. It uses a contrast detecting system to analyze the entire image by comparing the subject against the background to achieve focus. When the shutter button is pressed half way on the C-8080 Wide Zoom, the AF target mark automatically moves to an area of the image where it finds the optimal contrast.

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What is the AF Illuminator and how is it used?

The AF illuminator allows the auto focus system to focus on dark subjects. When the shutter button is pressed half way, the AF illuminator will light up the subject. The default setting is “ON”.

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In the Super Macro mode, what is the minimum focusing distance to a subject?

In super macro mode, pictures can be taken as close as 2 inches. Subjects measuring up to approximately 1.9 inches by 1.4 inches can be captured on the monitor.

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What exposure control options are available?

The following exposure options are available: P (Program auto), A (Aperture priority), S (Shutter priority), and M (Manual). There are four scene programs modes available in which the camera will choose the optimal settings for the picture:

Landscape: Suitable for taking photos of landscapes and other outdoor scenes. Both the foreground and the background are in focus. Since blues and greens are reproduced vividly in this mode, the landscape mode is excellent for shooting natural scenery.

Portrait: Suitable for shooting a portrait-style image of a person. This mode features an in-focus subject against a blurred background.

Sports: Suitable for capturing fast-moving action such as sports scene or moving vehicles without blurring.

Night scene: Suitable for taking night scene photos with a slower shutter speed.

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What is Noise Reduction and how does it apply?

This function reduces the noise that generated during long exposures. When shooting night scenes, shutter speeds become slower and noise tends to appear on images. When noise reduction is turned on the camera automatically reduces noise to produce clearer images. Since shooting time is approximately twice as long as usual, noise reduction is only activated when the shutter speed is slower than 1 second.

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What is a histogram?

The histogram is a graph of brightness and the number of pixels at each brightness level that enables the photographer to quickly and easily examine the accuracy and "spread" of the exposure in the image. You can view the histograms either during shooting or playback with the C-8080 Wide Zoom.

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How do I download from the camera to my computer?

Instructions for downloading images from the C-8080 Zoom are located on the CD Rom under the "Reference" under "Connecting the Camera to a PC", or at our web site:

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What size filter can I use on the C-8080?

The C-8080 will accept standard 58mm filters.

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What type of polarizer can I use with the C-8080?

A 58mm circular polarizer is recommended. Linear polarizers cannot be used. Linear polarizers will effect image exposure and auto focus.

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Can I use the onboard pop up flash in conjunction with the FL-20, FL-36, FL-40 or FL-50 off the camera with the FL-CB05 Flash Cable?

Yes, however the menu needs to be set to fire the onboard flash along with the external flash. To select this specific menu, press and hold the Flash Mode button and Menu (OK) button.

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What is the “Custom Button” used for?

The custom button can be used to assign specific camera functions set by the user. This function allows the user to quickly select assigned camera functions by pressing the custom button and selecting settings using the control dial.

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Is the Panorama feature available on the C-8080 Wide Zoom camera?

Yes, the panorama feature is available provided that you use an Olympus brand xD-Picture Card.

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What is “MyMode”?

MyMode allows you to save up to 8 customizable camera settings. To use the “My Mode” settings, turn the mode dial to the MyMode icon and then select the MyMode from the Camera menu, and then select the customized settings that you want to use.

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How can I use White Balance when taking a picture?

Color reproduction differs depending on the lighting conditions. For instance, when daylight, the setting sun or indoor lighting is reflected on white paper, the shade of white produced will be slightly different for each. By setting the WB (White Balance), you can achieve more natural-looking color. You can also preview different color tones by trying the different settings under the actual light source, and checking the result on the viewfinder and monitor. You can choose mode from Auto, Preset 1, Preset 2, Custom, One-touch, and White balance compensation.

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What kind of sequential shooting modes can I use to take pictures?

There are four sequential modes: Sequential shooting, High-speed Sequential shooting, AF Sequential shooting and Auto Bracketing. Sequential shooting modes can be selected from the CAMERA menu:

Sequential shooting: A maximum of 11 frames can be shot sequentially at approximately 1.7 fps in HQ mode. Focus, Brightness (exposure) and White Balance are locked at the first frame.

High-speed Sequential shooting: A maximum of 4 frames can be shot sequentially at approximately 3.3 fps. Focus, Brightness (exposure) and White Balance are locked at the first frame.

AF Sequential shooting: Focus is individually locked for each frame. The AF Sequential shooting speed is slower than for normal sequential shooting.

Auto Bracketing: When Auto bracketing is set, exposure is changed automatically for each frame when you start shooting. The exposure differential can be selected in the menus. Focus and white balance are locked at the first frame.

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Does the Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom camera support Print Image Matching (PIM) and what is PIM?

Yes, the C-8080 supports PIM. With PIM the printer is able to instantly identify the print specific information for each image captured, to provide superior color, quality and detail in every print. Print Image Matching enabled digital cameras, and printers work together to produce the best possible prints. To learn more about Print Image Matching (PIM), please check the following web site addresses:

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What version of Camedia Master Software supports Exif Print and PIM ?

The CAMEDIA Master software versions 4.03 and greater support Exif Print and PIM.

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Can I use the onboard pop up flash in conjunction with the FL-20, FL-36, FL-40 or FL 50?

No, once the accessory flash is attached to the cameras hot shoe the onboard pop up flash will not extend completely.

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In my image there is a small bright dot always in the same area of the image. What can I do?

Pixel Mapping is a feature of the camera to check and adjust the CCD and image processing functions. Locate Pixel Mapping in the camera's Mode Menu and select OK to activate it. Once Pixel Mapping is completed the Mode Menu displays. The bright dot should no longer appear in your downloaded images.

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