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Here are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Olympus Camedia 4040 Zoom, 5050 Zoom, 5060 Wide Zoom, and 8080 Wide Zoom digital cameras.
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Q: How do I use the AEL button?
A: The AEL (Automatic Exposure Lock) button is used to lock the exposure of
the camera at the exposure value it sees when you press the button. It is a toggle lock/unlock button.
Q: Can I update the Firmware? Will it
improve the timelag between pressing the button and exposure?
A: Olympus never released any official firmware for the C5050 and
they claim that you can't do it yourself. However, there is a 'Pirate' copy of firmware v.82 and do-it-yourself instructions available at:
http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/c5050/index.html Note: the only confirmed improvement for the user with the higher versions firmware is that it will allow remote control of the camera through the USB-cable.
Q: Can I use a linear polarizer with my camera?
A: Yes. You can use either linear or circular polarizers. Circular
ones are needed for most autofocus SLR cameras (not the Olympus E-10
and E-20 though).
Q: How can I avoid the annoying beeping sound when turning ON by
A: Turn mode dial to GREEN ARROW...it works every time! You can
also use a sufficiently long lens tube (does not work for the 8080 without vignetting).
Q: How can I obtain exposure times longer than 4 seconds (1/2 second for the C8080) or shorter than 1/1000 second?
A: For the 4040, 5050, and 5060, you must have the camera in manual (M) mode. To obtain 1/2000 sec., you must use f/8 on the C5050. In P, A, and S modes, you can only access the shutter times in the range: [1/1000 sec. - 4 sec.]. On the C5060, you can use exposure times up to 120 sec. by using the "Bulb" mode. With the 8080, exposure times longer than 1/2s are available A, S and M modes. 1/4000 second is available in all modes. Bulb is only available in M mode.
Q: How can I reduce the noise that I see in many of my images?
A: The C5050 is known to have a too high sharpening of the
pictures by the default settings. You can reduce the "Sharpness"
to between -3 and -5 in the "PICTURE" tab in the "Mode
Menu". Try using ISO 64 which is the least noisy setting.
Q: "Why am I getting blurred pictures when shooting my playing kids?"
There are three (four) common reasons:
A. Camera shake
Here is a collection of tips on how to recognize and avoid these effects ("kid"=any moving object):
A. Camera shake - recognized by nothing being sharp and small lights often appears as tiny streaks - often more or less vertical:
B: Kids out of focus - recognized by parts behind or in front of the kids being sharp but the kids are unsharp:
C: Kids not still - recognized by the part of the room where the kids are is sharp - but the kids themselves are unsharp.
1) Use as short exposure time as possible --> see A2)-A4) above
Q:Shutter lag: How can I speed up the time it takes for the camera to take the
picture after I press the shutter button?
A: There are many things you can do:
Q: How can I stop the camera from entering sleep mode after 3
A: Plug in an external DC power unit or a battery pack. You can
also excercise the zoom a little now and then with the remote
control. Note that later versions of the C5060 firmware makes the
camera fall asleep already after 30 seconds.
Q: How do I copy between cards in the camera?
A: Change the Camera to Playback Mode, press OK, press right, go
to the Edit menu, press right, go to the Copy button, press right,
select "All" if you want to copy all otherwise go to
"Select" to copy single pictures. Press OK when you want to
Q: How do I switch between the xD/SM and the CF cards when
transferring the images from the camera?
A: The camera uses the card that was selected when it was
connected to the USB port. To switch card, you must 1) prepare your
computer to safely disconnect the USB drive (camera). 2) pull the USB
cable from the camera, 3) press once at the CF/xD-SM button to select
the other card, 4) reconnect the camera.
Q: How do I tell what firmware version I have?
A: One way of doing it is to open a picture in a text editor such as Notepad, and search for
the string "v558" if you have a C5050, "v756" if
you have a C5060, or "v757" for the C8080. The number of
the firmware version follows right after that; for example, v558-77
means you have version 77.
A second method is, when viewing an unedited image in
Windows XP, right click on on the image, then click on properties,
then metadata, and it should be listed.
A third method (for C5060 and C8080) is to run the firmware update utility but do
not update and it will tell your your firmware version
in the camera.
Q: How do I use a polarizing filter to best effect?
A: The LCD normally compensates for the brightness of the scene
which makes the effect hard to see. To see the effect on the LCD you
must circumvent that compensation by locking the automatic exposure
temporarily. You can do that in two ways, either by pressing the AEL
button once or by keeping the shutter button 1/2-pressed. Now, while
the exposure is locked, rotate the filter and observe the effect on
the LCD screen, when you are satisfied with the effect you must press
AEL again or release the 1/2 half pressed shutter button in order to
re-activate the exposure meter (to get a correctly exposed picture).
If your polarizing filter feature a little knob or a white dot, you
can get maximal effect without looking at the LCD by rotating the
filter until the knob/dot points towards the direction where the sun
is on the sky (as good as you can). This is useful in sunny days when
viewing the LCD is difficult.
Q: How does the three cameras: C5050, C5060, and C8080 compare as
point-and-shoot cameras from a practical standpoint?
A: See the comparison table made by Chris. It is summarized in a
table presented in the document: "C5050_C5060_C8080_Comparison_as
P-S.htm" located in the "Files" section of the Yahoo Olympus 405080 discussion group.
Q: How high flash trigger voltage are the C5050, C5060, and C8080 cameras capable of handling?
C: 5050, 5060, 8080
A: Several independent Olympus' tech staff stated that they will
survive 300 V trigger voltage. (See e.g., posts #9105, #19780, and
#30782 in the Yahoo Olympus 405080 discussion group.) However, one Olympus techie recommended to stay below 10 Volts (post #31361) and another said that "the voltage could not be concealed to the public". We have not had any high trigger voltage damages reported so far (July 2004). Note: a minimum
of 6 Volts trigger voltage is also recommended by one Olympus representative.
Q: How to RESET my camera?
A: A "soft" reset to factory default shooting settings,
but without changing date and file-numbering, is done either by
simultaneously pressing the "self-timer" and "custom"
buttons or by setting the "All Reset" to ON in SETUP in
MODE MENU and then restarting the camera. There is also a "hard"
reset which basically restarts the "firmware" (the program
that runs the camera) and wipes out the on-board memory. NOTE: This
reset is intended for technicians to use. This is done by: putting
the camera in M mode, opening the memory door, turning the camera on
and then hold the "OK" and "Quickview" buttons
simultaneaously for 3 seconds. Select "Reset" in the menu
that appears and press "OK" . For the C8080 it is done by
opening the storage door and pressing "OK" and "Monitor"
buttons simultaneously. A similar reset is obtained by leaving the
batteries out of the camera for a long time (12-24 hours).
Q: My camera gives out-of-focus images. What is wrong and how can
I avoid it?
A: The camera is by default set iESP focussing which automatically
selects what is most important to focus on. Often, the camera decides
that a contrast-rich background is more important than the subject.
Set the camera to "Spot-autofocus" by pressing the
"OK"-button while holding down the "AF/macro/MF"-
button and select "spot" with the selection wheel. That
will make the camera to focus in the center of the scene. Another
possibility is that you set the camera manually according to the
distance gauge which isn't accurate at all.
Q: What is a lens tube?
A: A lens tube is the tube you attach to the camera body at the
base of the lens; add-on lenses and filters can be attached onto the
other end of the tube. For the C3040, C4040 and C5050, the thread on
the camera body is 41 mm and he Olympus lens tube is the CLA-1 has a
43 mm filter thread. Olympus also sell the CLA-5 which is a CLA-1
plus a 43-55 mm step up ring. Note that only certain 43 m filters
will work together with the CLA-1 on the C5050 (see another FAQ about
that). For the C5060, which has a 48.5 mm tread on the body, Olympus
provides the lens tube CLA-7 which features a bayonet coupling to the
Olympus wide angle converter WCON-07C and the teleconverter TCON-17C.
On the C5060, filters of size 40.5 mm are screwed directly onto the
lens barrel. For the C8080, you have to use the Olympus CLA-8 which
also has a bayonet coupling to fit the Olympus WCON-08D wide angle
converter and the TCON-14D teleconverter. On the C8080, a 67 mm male
tread on the body is available for a lens tube. The Olympus tube is
the CLA-8 which features a bayonet coupling for Olympus original
conversion lenses in the end. To access the treads on the body, a
factory mounted ring that occupies the threads has to be removed.
Note that filters of size 58 mm can be screwed directly onto the lens
barrel. Alternatively, you can get third party lens tubes from
Raynox, Soligor or Tiffen with standard filter threads that accepts
filters as well as third party auxillary lenses. More info is compiled in
the document: 'Lens armour_adapter tubes.doc' in the 'Files' section of the Yahoo Olympus 405080 discussion group and at http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/c5050/lens-adapt.html.
Q: What memory card is the fastest for my camera?
A: Generally a fast (faster than 17x) and large (256 Mbyte or larger)
card of a good brand (like Lexar, Sandisk Ultra, Transcend, and
Ridata) is recommended. At about 17x, the camera electronics becomes
the bottleneck for the C5050. The C5060 and the C8080 are about half
as fast. Please see the write speed surveys for the:
Q: When is it beneficial to use a polarizing filter on my camera?
A: If a polarizing filter is rotated to the correct angle, it will
reduce light reflections from wet surfaces, asphalt, glass etc. or
darken the blue sky but leaving the white clouds essentially bright.
You also use it to reduce haze and glare in misty or polluted air
conditions. You can use it all the time but it will steal about 1-2
f-stops of light and it will not have any noticeable effect in other
situations than the above mentioned.
Q: Where is the nodal point located?
A: Distances forward of the center of the tripod socket:
Q: Which 43 mm filters work with the CLA-1 adapter on the C5050
without lens crash?
A: Kenlock UV filter, Hama UV filter, Hama HTMC circular polarizer, Hoya HMC (multicoated) clear, HMC Skylight, and HMC UV filters, Soligor circular polarizing
Q: Which external TTL flashes for Olympus digital cameras are available?
The Olympus FL-20, FL-36 (Olympus are uncertain about its compatibility, Jan. 2005), FL-40, and FL-50 flashes.
Q:Which external flashes can be used?
A: The flash MUST have a trigger voltage below 300V and is recommended to be between 6 and 10 Volts (see other FAQ above). An extensive list of the trigger voltages of different flashes can be found here http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html
Q:How can I contact Olympus?
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