Olympus IS-20 Instructions Manual

Olympus IS-20 Instructions Manual

Olympus is-20 deluxe instructions


Before using your camera, read this manual carefully
to ensure correct use.
We recommend that you take test shots to get
accustomed to your camera before taking
important photographs.


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Summary of Contents for Olympus IS-20

  • Page 1 INSTRUCTIONS Before using your camera, read this manual carefully to ensure correct use. We recommend that you take test shots to get accustomed to your camera before taking important photographs.
  • Page 2 Thank you for purchasing an Olympus camera. Before you start to use your new camera, please read these instructions carefully to obtain optimum performance and a longer service life from the unit. KEEP THE BATTERIES AWAY FROM FIRE. NEVER TRY TO DISASSEMBLE, RECHARGE, OR SHORT-CIRCUIT BATTERIES.
  • Page 4: Shooting Range

    MAIN FEATURES Built-in 28mm~110mm approx. 4X zoom-class lens for increased shooting range. More powerful flash for telephoto needs. Extended-distance flash photography is available thanks to increased luminance capability. SLR lens ensures that what you see in the viewfinder is what you get on film.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    PREPARATIONS BASIC OPERATIONS ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS TAKING BETTER PICTURES CAMERA MAINTENANCE Names and functions of parts ... 6 Viewfinder display ... 8 LCD panel ... 9 Diopter adjustment ... 10 Using the strap/soft case ... 11 Loading the film ... 18 Taking pictures ...
  • Page 6: Names And Functions Of Parts

    NAMES AND FUNCTIONS OF PARTS Direct Mode Select buttons (See p. 33.) Selects exposure modes: Stop Action, Portrait, Landscape, and Night Scene. F. No. button (See p. 38.) Sets the aperture in the Aperture-Preferred Auto mode. Shutter release button Flash mode button Spot/L.T.(Long Time) button- (See p.
  • Page 7 Viewfinder (See p. 8.) Diopter adjustment dial Selftimer/remote control button (See p. 43.) Date/time indicator QUARTZDATE MODE buttons (See quartzdate insertion) Back cover Mid-roll rewind button. (See p. 25.) Panorama switch (See panorama insertion) Zoom (T/W) buttons (See p. 21.) Film window For confirmation of film ISO speed...
  • Page 8: Viewfinder Display

    VIEWFINDER DISPLAY Autofocus frame Position your subject within the autofocus frame. Please see 'Panorama insertion' for panorama format view finder. Spot frame The area used by the Spot Metering mode to set exposure. Flash Autofocus (p. 17/23) Lights when the subject is in focus.
  • Page 9: Lcd Panel

    Exposure counter (p. 20) Flash modes (p. 26) Selftimer/remote control (p. 32/43) Mode status indicator (p. 33) Displays the mode selected for use. LCD PANEL Battery check (p. 15) Note: The LCD panel does not actually display all indications simultaneously as shown. Spot metering mode (p.
  • Page 10: Diopter Adjustment

    DIOPTER ADJUSTMENT To adjust the viewfinder to compensate for near and farsighted vision. Turn the diopter adjustment dial until the autofocus frame becomes clear. Turn up if you are nearsighted or down if you are farsighted.
  • Page 11: Using The Strap/Soft Case

    USING THE STRAP/SOFT CASE The soft case can be attached to a belt with the belt loop.
  • Page 12: Outline Of Operations

    OUTLINE OF OPERATIONS Load the batteries (p. 14). Press the zoom buttons to determine the composition (P 21). Basic Shooting Procedures Open the back cover (p. 18). Place the autofocus frame on the subject you want to focus on (P. 22). Load the film (p.
  • Page 13 Close the back cover (p. 19). Depress the shutter release button fully to take a picture (p. 23). Turn the power switch ON (p. 20). When the film reaches the end, it will automatically rewind (p. 25). Make sure the exposure counter on the LCD panel reads (p.
  • Page 14: Loading The Batteries

    LOADING THE BATTERIES Use two 3V lithium batteries (DL123A or CR123A). Use your finger or a coin to turn the lock screw to OPEN. Place your fingertip in the notch. And open the battery cover. When replacing the batteries, make sure to turn the power switch OFF before unloading the batteries.
  • Page 15: Checking The Batteries

    CHECKING THE BATTERIES Turn the power switch ON. Be sure to check the batteries as well. Display lights (turns off Batteries are OK. automatically) You can shoot. Batteries are low blinks and other and should be indicators on the replaced. LCD panel are displayed normally.
  • Page 16: Points To Remember

    POINTS TO REMEMBER Hold the Camera Correctly. Correct Correct Incorrect Note: As the focal length becomes larger, shaking the camera becomes more noticeable. Hold the camera firmly with both hands while keeping elbows at sides to prevent the camera from shaking. Cautions: Try not to hold the lens barrel.
  • Page 17: Proper Shutter Release

    Proper Shutter Release. Keep the shutter release button depressed halfway. To lock the focus. The image is clear, the autofocus beep is heard, and the autofocus indicator lights in the viewfinder. The shutter release button has two clicks. Practice before loading the film. Depress the shutter release button fully.
  • Page 18: Loading The Film

    Slide the back cover release upward to open the back cover. Shutter curtains Caution: Do not touch the shutter curtain, and do not press it when loading the film. LOADING THE FILM Load the film.
  • Page 19 Correct Incorrect Note: Make sure the film is lying flat. Align the tip of the film leader with the mark as shown, and close the back cover, The film automatically advances to the first frame. The film does not overlap any of the positioning guides shown above.
  • Page 20 Place the film leader along the arrow as shown. Turn the power switch The exposure counter on the LCD panel reads Note: blinks in the exposure counter, as shown above, reload the film.
  • Page 21: Taking Pictures

    Follow this procedure for normal photography. When the power switch is turned ON, the camera is in the Full-Auto mode. (See p. 40.) Turn the power switch While the lens moves forward, the lens cap opens, and the LCD panel lights. Note: If no operation is made for approx.
  • Page 22 How to Use the Zoom Buttons Telephoto: Press the Wide-angle: Press the button to zoom in. Max. telephoto focal length: 110mm button to zoom out. Max. wide-angle focal length: 28 mm Position the autofocus frame on your subject. Autofocus frame Working distance: 75 cm (2.5 ft)
  • Page 23: The Picture

    Depress the shutter release button halfway. The autofocus beep is heard and the autofocus indicator lights when the subject is in focus. It will blink if the subject is difficult for the autofocus to lock on to, and when the subject is too close. Note: When the autofocus indicator blinks, the shutter won't release.(See p.
  • Page 24: Using The Focus Lock

    USING THE FOCUS LOCK When the main subject is not in the center of the autofocus frame, follow the procedure below. This is called focus lock. Position the autofocus frame on your subject and press the shutter release button halfway. The autofocus beep is heard, and the autofocus indicator lights in the viewfinder.
  • Page 25: Unloading The Film

    UNLOADING THE FILM The camera automatically rewinds the film when you reach the end of a roll. Make sure the motor has stopped is blinking on the LCD panel, before opening the back cover and removing the film. Notes: The number of exposures will decrease during winding.
  • Page 26: Flash Photography

    FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY Three flash modes are available to suit different requirements. How to Select the Flash Mode Press the FLASH button Set the power switch to to select the flash mode. to flip up the flash. The selected mode is The camera will recharge the flash, and displayed on the LCD panel.
  • Page 27: Flash Modes

    Flash Modes Mode Function Automatically fires in low-light or backlit conditions (p. 28). Significantly reduces the phenomenon of "red-eye" (when a subject's eyes appear red) (p. 30). Fires regardless of available light (p. 31). Note: Use of the flash is recommended if in the viewfinder when the flash isn't flipped up.
  • Page 28: Auto Flash

    The flash fires automatically when there is insufficient light or when there is backlighting. Set the flash mode to AUTO. Auto Flash AUTO Press the shutter release button halfway to make sure viewfinder. Note: If you press the shutter release button with blinking in the viewfinder, the shutter won't release.
  • Page 29 Press the shutter release button fully. Note: The shutter speed is automatically set at 1/100-sec. when the flash fires. The flash will not fire if the existing light level requires a shutter speed greater than 1/100-sec. Auto Flash Range (with color negative film) Focal length Telephoto and wide angle ISO 100...
  • Page 30: Shutter Release Button

    Red-Eye Reducing Flash Approximately 20 pre-flashes are emitted before the main flash fires, significantly reducing the phenomenon of "red-eye" (when a subject's eyes appear red). This mode is the same as Auto Flash except for the pre-flashes. Flip up the flash, and select the Auto-S mode.
  • Page 31 Forced Activation In this mode, the flash always fires. Even in backlighting, both the subject and background can be shot clearly. And portraits look lively by reducing shadows on the subject's face. Make sure the exposure mode is set to FULL AUTO.
  • Page 32: Selftimer

    Press the control button until is displayed on the LCD panel. Fix the camera firmly on a tripod or other support. Notes: The focus and exposure will be locked when the shutter release button is depressed halfway. mode is cancelled after the shutter releases. button again.
  • Page 33: Using The Exposure Modes

    USING THE EXPOSURE MODES There are four preset settings for easy shooting in various common situations, as well as an Aperture-Preferred Auto mode and Long Time mode that allow you to select your own settings. Exposure Modes For easy, effective shooting in various common situations: Stop Action (p.
  • Page 34 In this mode, the camera automatically selects a faster shutter speed to reduce blurring of moving subjects. (Max, shutter speed: 1/2000-sec.) Press the Note: In the Stop Action mode, for faster flash response, Auto-S pre-flashes will not be emitted. If you choose to use flash, Auto-S will not function in this mode.
  • Page 35 To take pictures with blurred backgrounds for a "portrait" effect. Portrait mode lets you take beautiful portrait photographs, This is especially effective when the lens is at the telephoto setting and/or when there is a great distance between the subject and the background. button.
  • Page 36 LANDSCAPE To take pictures with extended in-focus backgrounds. When shooting landscapes or landscapes with subjects in the foreground, all objects near and far are sharply in focus. Press the shutter release Press the button. button. Note: Set the lens at wide angle for optimal results.
  • Page 37: Night Scene

    To shoot properly-lit night scenes. In this mode, the camera automatically selects the ideal exposure for shooting night scenes, and for shooting night scenes with subjects in the foreground. When subjects are in the foreground, flip up the flash. Press the button.
  • Page 38 APERTURE-PREFERRED AUTO The background blur can be controlled by adjusting the aperture setting. The shutter speed will be selected automatically. Press the F.No. button to enter the Aperture- Preferred Auto mode. Notes: Additional pressing of the F.No. button stops down the aperture. Once the camera has passed the smallest available aperture setting, it will return to the largest available aperture setting.
  • Page 39 For a dramatic shot of fireworks or similar nightime lights, set the shutter speed as desired (1 to 60 sec.). The aperture is automatically set to F8. While holding down the button, press the SPOT/L.T. button to choose shutter speed. Shutter speed is shown on the LCD panel.(See page 9.) Notes: Each time you press the SPOT/L.T.
  • Page 40: Restoring The Standard Shooting Mode

    RESTORING THE STANDARD SHOOTING MODE Restore the standard shooting mode for easy, worry-free photography. Press the FULL AUTO button. The camera will also return to the standard shooting mode if the power is switched off and on again. Standard Shooting Mode Settings for the standard shooting mode are as follows: Exposure mode —...
  • Page 41: Spot Metering

    In this mode, the camera limits light metering to a particular area, such as a subject's face, and sets the correct exposure, Spot frame In situations like the one illustrated above, the subject will be dark because of backlighting. SPOT METERING Position the subject for spot metering within the spot frame, and press...
  • Page 42 Recompose the shot, then press the shutter release button to take the picture. Notes: When the flash is flipped up, or the Night Scene or Long Time mode is engaged, the camera does not perform spot metering. After the shot, the Spot Metering mode is canceled.
  • Page 43: Remote Control (Optional)

    REMOTE CONTROL (OPTIONAL) The optional RC-200 Remote Control is required. Position the autofocus frame Press the /REMOTE button on the subject. to engage the Remote Control mode.
  • Page 44 Aim the remote control at the camera, and press the button. The shutter will be released about 3 seconds after the beep. Note: Use Selftimer outside the above range. Important: After the shot(s), be sure to press the /REMOTE button again to cancel the Selftimer/Remote Control mode.
  • Page 45: Effects Of Zoom And Its Advantages

    EFFECTS OF ZOOM AND ITS ADVANTAGES Zoom lens focal length is changed by moving part of the lens. With this camera, you can select any focal length between 28 mm and 110 mm. 28 mm wide-angle Because the angle of view is wide and the depth of field is large, you can take sharp photographs with enhanced perspective and contrast.
  • Page 46 Angle of view and depth of field Angle of view is directly related to the focal depth of field (the distance in front of and behind the subject that the camera is able to bring into focus). The greater the angle of view (wide angle), the greater the depth of field.
  • Page 47: Autofocus(Af)

    Although this camera's autofocus can lock on virtually any subject, there are certain conditions, such as not be possible to obtain the correct focus. In the situations shown on the next page, autofocus may not lock on the correct subject even though the autofocus indicator lights and the shutter releases.
  • Page 48 Two subjects at different distances When the subject locks out-of- focus although the autofocus indicator lights, focus on another subject at the desired camera-to- subject distance first. Then recompose the frame to take the picture. Subjects with repetitive patterns When the subject locks out-of- focus although the autofocus indicator lights, focus on another subject at the desired camera-to-...
  • Page 49: Exposure

    Automatic Exposure Mode Exposure refers to the amount of light which strikes the film, and is controlled by a combination of aperture size and shutter speed. The correct amount of light, called correct exposure, depends on the film speed (indicated on the film package, e.g. IS0100 or.lSO-200).
  • Page 50 Portrait Mode In this mode, the camera chooses a wide aperture for a shallow depth of field. This results in a softly blurred subject background, against which your subject stands out in sharp focus. This mode also prevents camera-shake from happening because a faster shutter speed is selected.
  • Page 51: Film Speed

    FILM SPEED Film Speed Film speed is indicated on the back of film packages. ISO 100, ISO 200, and ISO 400 are the most common. High-speed film (ISO 400), as implied by its name, is for taking photos of fast-moving subjects in action shots, for example.
  • Page 52 Center-Weighted Average Light Metering Center-weighted average light metering is the most widely used light metering system (Fig. A). This system measures the light available throughout the frame with special emphasis on the center of the frame. When in the Aperture-Preferred Auto mode, this light metering system is automatically activated.
  • Page 53: Accessories (Optional)

  • Page 54: Questions And Answers

    20 rolls of 24- exposure film on which the flash was used on half of all the shots (determined under Olympus test conditions). If you do not use the flash and zoom very often, the batteries will last much longer.
  • Page 55: Care And Storage

    CARE AND STORAGE Do not leave the camera in any place exposed to excessive heat, humidity, or direct sunlight — for example, in a car or on the beach. Do not expose the camera to formalin or naphthalene. If the camera gets wet, wipe it with a dry towel immediately.
  • Page 56 Do not shake or shock the camera. Do not apply excessive force to the lens barrel. Keep the camera in a well-ventilated place. Do not expose the camera to extreme heat (over 40°C/104°F) or to extreme cold (below -10°C/14°F). Low temperatures, even within this range, may sometimes cause deterioration in battery performance, temporarily disabling the camera.
  • Page 57 Keep your hair, hands, strap, etc. away from the autofocus window, lens, AE sensor and flash. Avoid leaving the camera unused for long periods of time. This can cause mold to grow on the camera as well as other problems. Try to press the shutter release button and check the operation of the camera before use.
  • Page 58: Battery Handling

    BATTERY HANDLING NOTES Do not mix different types of batteries or new and old batteries. When the camera is not used for an extended period of time, remove the batteries. Keep spare batteries on hand when going on a long trip or to a cold area. Sweat, oil, and so on can prevent a battery's terminals from making electrical contact.
  • Page 59: Troubleshooting

    TROUBLESHOOTING Operating Problems Symptom The camera does The power is OFF. not work. The batteries are loaded incorrectly. The batteries are exhausted. The batteries are temporarily unable to function. The loaded film has been rewound. The film is incorrectly loaded. The LCD panel The LCD panel turns off automatically turns off suddenly...
  • Page 60 Symptom The camera doesn't The autofocus may not work when the focus on the subject subject is out of the auxiliary flash's even though the working distance (approx. 75cm~5m/ auxiliary flash lights. 2.5ft~1 6.4ft). The shutter doesn't The subject is not in focus. release even when the shutter release button is pressed.
  • Page 61 Problems with Printed Pictures Symptom The subjects' eyes This "red-eye phenomenon" occurs with appear red in all cameras when a flash is used. It is printed pictures. caused by light from the flash reflecting off the retina at the back of the eye. Red- eye varies depending on the individual and the shooting conditions such as ambient lighting.
  • Page 62: Specifications

    28mm ~ 110mm zoom lens. Film format: 35mm standard DX-coded film (24 x 36mm switchable to Panorama format). Lens: Olympus lens (filter available, 52mm filter diameter) 28mm ~ 110mm F4.5 ~ 5.6, 11 elements in 9 groups (5-group zoom construction).
  • Page 63 point with rewind button. Selftimer: Electronic Selftimer with 12-sec. delay. Remote control (optional): Infrared remote control unit, 3-sec delay. Flash: Built-in IVP (Intelligent Variable-Power) flash system. Manual activating system, recycling time of about 0.2 ~ 3.9 sec. (at normal temperature). Flash range: Telephoto and wide angle —...
  • Page 64 San-Ei Building, 22-2, Nishi Shinjuku 1-chome, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Tel. 03-3340-2211 OLYMPUS AMERICA INC. Two Corporate Center Drive, Melville, NY 11747-3157, U.S.A. Tel. 516-844-5000/1 -800-622-6372 OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO. (EUROPA) GMBH. (Premises/Goods delivery) Wendenstrasse 14-16, 20097 Hamburg, Germany. Tel. 040-237730 (Letters) Postfach 10 49 08, 20034 Hamburg, Germany.

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