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Questions:
* Which shooting mode should I use? [Shooting mode, Scenes ]
* How do I take close-up pictures of small subjects? [Macro, Super Macro and S-macro LED mode]
* The colors in my pictures look different from the actual colors of my subject. What can I do? [White Balance (WB)]
* How many pictures can be taken sequentially per second? [Drive]
* In which shooting situations should I change the ISO sensitivity?
* How do I change the shooting functions back to default settings? [Reset Settings]
* Can I cancel or change the volume of the operation sounds? [Sound setting, Silent mode]
* Can I cancel the information on the monitor or display a grid to check the composition of the picture? [Display Information]
* What kinds of in-camera editing functions are available for this camera?
* When I turn on the camera, sometimes the lens does not come out immediately. Why is that?
   
* Which type of memory card can I use? [xD-Picture Card, microSD Card]
* Will the bundled microSD™ adapter let me use any microSD or microSDHC card in my camera?
* Will the microSD adapter allow me to use microSD and microSDHC media in other Olympus cameras?
* How do I install OLYMPUS Master 2 packaged with the camera? I would like to transfer pictures to my computer.
* How many images can the μ1050SW hold?
* How much movie recording time does the μ1050SW have?
* How do I charge the lithium-battery? And How long will it take to recharge my battery?
   
* How does Olympus define "shockproof?"
* What is MIL Standard?
* What kind of shockproof technologies are used in this camera?
* Does the camera body, including the LCD monitor and lens, get scratched if dropped from a height of 1.5m?
* How does Olympus define "dustproof"?
* How does Olympus define "waterproof"?
* Can I use the camera in hot springs?
* Does the camera get rusty if used in seawater?
* Can I use the camera in any liquid other than water? (e.g. oil or chemical liquid)
* Can I turn on/off the camera underwater?
* Does the camera float or sink in water?
* Can I leave the camera underwater for hours?
* What happens if I open the battery/card compartment cover underwater?
* How should I care for my camera before and after underwater use?


Question:
Which shooting mode should I use? [Shooting mode, Scenes]


Answer:
The [AUTO] mode is recommended for regular photography.

In [AUTO] mode, the camera automatically adjusts the settings.
If you want to change settings such as white balance (WB) and ISO sensitivity, turn the mode dial to other modes (e.g. to [P]).

The following shooting modes and scenes are available:

  • AUTO
    The camera determines the optimum settings for the shooting conditions automatically.
    [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 "AUTO" 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 23 scene modes for shooting in various conditions.

    1. PORTRAIT PORTRAIT
      For taking a portrait-style shot.
      The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions to produce natural skin tones.

    2. LANDSCAPE LANDSCAPE
      This mode is suitable for taking pictures of landscapes.
      It vividly reproduces blues and greens.

    3. LANDSCAPE + PORTRAIT LANDSCAPE + PORTRAIT
      For shooting both a foreground subject and background landscape.
      It clearly reproduces blues, greens and natural skin tones.

    4. NIGHT NIGHT
      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.

    5. NIGHT+PORTRAIT 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 in normal shooting.
      For the best results, use a tripod so your camera remains steady when shooting.

    6. SPORT SPORT
      Captures fast-moving action without blurring.

    7. INDOOR INDOOR
      For shooting both main subject and background indoors (e.g. at a party).
      The background is reproduced clearly.

    8. CANDLE CANDLE
      This mode is ideal for shooting under candlelight.
      Warm colors are reproduced.
      Image quality is restricted to 3M (2048x1536) or less.

    9. SELF PORTRAIT SELF PORTRAIT
      Lets you take a picture of yourself while holding the camera.

    10. AVAILABLE LIGHT AVAILABLE LIGHT
      This mode is ideal for shooting subjects in low-light conditions without a flash.
      Image quality is restricted to 3M (2048x1536) or less.

    11. SUNSET SUNSET
      For shooting the setting or rising sun. Vividly reproduces reds and yellows.

    12. FIREWORKS 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.

    13. CUISINE CUISINE
      For still life photography.
      Vividly reproduces colors of fruit, vegetables and flowers.

    14. BEHIND GLASS BEHIND GLASS
      For shooting a subject through glass.

    15. DOCUMENTS DOCUMENTS
      For shooting paper documents.
      Increases contrast between letters and background.

    16. AUCTION AUCTION
      Captures three pictures sequentially at different exposures in the appropriate size for online auctions.
      Image size is fixed to VGA (640x480).

    17. SHOOT & SELECT 1 SHOOT & SELECT 1
      This mode is for shooting fast-moving subjects in succession, saving only the pictures you select.
      The focus is locked at the first frame.
      Image quality is restricted to 3M (2048x1536) or less.

    18. SHOOT & SELECT 2 SHOOT & SELECT 2
      This mode is for shooting constantly moving subjects in succession, saving only the pictures you select.
      The camera takes sequential pictures, adjusting the focus for each frame.

    19. SMILE SHOT SMILE SHOT
      The camera tracks your subject's face and automatically shoots three frames when it detects a smile.
      You can also take pictures manually by pressing the shutter button.
      The focus is locked at the first frame.
      Image quality is restricted to 3M (2048x1536) or less.

    20. BEACH+SNOW BEACH & SNOW
      This mode is ideal for shooting white sand on the seaside or snow-capped mountains.
      The colors of the sky, greenery and people are reproduced clearly.

    21. PRE-CAPTURE MOVIE PRE-CAPTURE MOVIE
      This mode is useful for recording a short movie even before the moments you want to capture.
      The camera captures a 7-second movie, including the 2 seconds before the shutter is fully depressed.
      Image size can be selected from VGA (640x480) or QVGA (320x240).
      Frame rate can be selected from 30fps or 15fps.
      Sound is not recorded.

    22. UNDERWATER SNAPSHOT UNDERWATER SNAPSHOT
      This mode is ideal for taking pictures of people swimming in the ocean or in the pool.
      The camera can be used up to a depth of three meters.

    23. SNOW SNOW
      This is ideal for shooting snow-capped mountains.
      The colors of the sky, snow and people are reproduced clearly.
      You can also operate the camera in this mode by tapping the camera body.

  • GUIDE
    The camera automatically adjusts settings according to shooting conditions you identify via help menus.
    The changes are made instantly; it is not necessary to exit the guide to manually adjust the settings.

  • MOVIE
    The camera records video with sound.




Question
How do I take close-up pictures of small subjects? [Macro, Super Macro and S-macro LED mode]

Answer:

  Press the[Macro button] button repeatedly until the Macro mode(macro), Super macro mode(super macro) or Supermacro LED(S-macro LED) icon is selected.

Use the Macro mode to gain sharpness and detail in pictures at close range.
Super macro and S-macro LED modes allow you to focus closer than you can in Macro mode.

OFF
Macro mode is deactivated.
This mode is for normal shooting.
Lets you shoot as close as 50 cm / 19.7 in. from the lens to the subject.
Macro mode
Macro
Lets you shoot as close as 20 cm / 7.9 in. (when the camera is set for the maximum wide angle zoom) and as close as 30 cm / 11.8 in. (when the camera is set for the maximum telephoto zoom) from the lens to the subject.
Super Macro mode
Super Macro
Lets you shoot as close as 7 cm / 2.7 in. from the lens to the subject. Zoom and flash cannot be used. Zoom position is fixed automatically.
Subjects at 50 cm / 19.7 in. or farther from the lens cannot be brought into focus.
Super Macro LED mode
S-MACRO LED
While the shutter button is pressed halfway down, the LED illuminator lights the area 7 to 20 cm (2.8 to 7.9 in.) from the lens. Zoom and flash cannot be used. Zoom position is fixed automatically.




Question
The colors in my pictures look different from the actual colors of my subject. What can I do? [White Balance (WB)]

Answer:

  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.
To select white balance settings, the mode dial must be set to any shooting mode except AUTO.

You can also select the appropriate setting by comparing the effects of each WB setting.
To enable this function, set the mode dial to [GUIDE]. In "Shoot with effects preview", select "Color effects."

The following table describes the available white balance settings:

AUTO
The white balance is adjusted automatically for natural color, regardless of the light source.
Sunny day
Sunny day 
For shooting under bright sunlight.
Cloudy day
Cloudy day
For shooting under a cloudy sky.
Tungsten
Tungsten
light 
For shooting under tungsten lighting.
Fluorescent lamp 1
Fluorescent
lamp 1 
For shooting under a daylight fluorescent lamp.
(This type of lamp is mainly used in homes.)
Fluorescent lamp 2
Fluorescent
lamp 2 
For shooting under a neutral white fluorescent lamp.
(This type of lamp is mainly used in desk lamps.)
Fluorescent lamp 3
Fluorescent
lamp 3 
For shooting under a cool white fluorescent lamp.
(This type of lamp is mainly used in offices.)




Question
How many pictures can be taken sequentially per second? [Drive]

Answer:

  The answer depends on which sequential shooting option is selected from the drive menu.
When sequential shooting is enabled, the camera takes still images sequentially while the shutter button is fully depressed.
When you release the shutter button, the camera stops shooting.

To enable sequential shooting, press the [OK/FUNC] button, select  , and then select the appropriate drive option.
Or, press the [MENU] button, and then select CAMERA MENU.
In the DRIVE mode menu, select the appropriate mode from single-frame
shooting(single-frame shooting), Single Shooting(sequential shooting) and high-speed sequential shooting(high-speed sequential shooting).

single-frame
shooting
single-frame
shooting
Lets you shoot one frame each time you depress the shutter button fully.
sequential shooting
Sequential Shooting
Lets you shoot sequentially at approximately 0.38 frames per second (25 frames max.) when IMAGE QUALITY is set to 10M*.
-Focus, brightness (exposure) and white balance are locked at the first frame.
-Shooting speed varies based on the image quality.
high-speed sequential shooting
high-speed sequential shooting
Lets you shoot faster than normal sequential shooting. (approx. 5.4 fps., 24 frames max.)
-IMAGE QUALITY is restricted to 3M* or less.
-ISO sensitivity is fixed on AUTO.
-Flash cannot be used.

*10M is equivalent to 10 million pixels (3648x2736).
  3M is equivalent to 3 million pixels (2048x1536).

 Note:
 - FINE ZOOM, DIGITAL ZOOM and SOUND RECORDING cannot be set while using high-speed sequential shooting.




Question
In which shooting situations should I change the ISO sensitivity?

Answer:

  By default, the ISO sensitivity for the μ1050SW is automatically set, ranging from ISO 80 to ISO 1600.
Adjusting ISO sensitivity enables you to take crisp and clear pictures in different shooting situations.

With high ISO sensitivity and faster shutter speeds, you can capture sharp, blur-free images in low-light situations and when the camera or your subject is moving.

You may see more noise or grain in your pictures when you use high ISO sensitivity.

If you use a lower ISO sensitivity, you can reduce the noise but the shutter speed will also become slower.
It is advised that you use a tripod so your camera remains steady when shooting.

ISO sensitivity can be changed as shown below:
AUTO The camera automatically adjusts the ISO sensitivity for the best image quality. (ISO 80 to 1600)
ISO fixed The ISO sensitivity is fixed by selecting manually ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800 or 1600.




Question
How do I change the shooting functions back to default settings? [Reset Settings]

Answer:

  You can reset the current settings to the default settings if the mode dial is set to [AUTO],
[ P ] (P), SCN (scene) or [Movie].
Press the [MENU] button, and then select RESET.

select RESET

The following functions can be reset to the default settings by selecting RESET:

Function Default
SCN (SCENE) PORTRAIT
PANORAMA COMBINE IN CAMERA 1
Exposure Compensation (Exposure Compensation) 0.0
Macro Mode (Macro Mode) OFF
Self-timer (Self-timer) OFF
Flash Mode (Flash Mode) AUTO
DISPLAY INFORMATION NORMAL
IMAGE SIZE (Still images)/
COMPRESSION
10M / NORMAL
IMAGE SIZE (Movies)/
FRAME RATE
QVGA / 15ffps
WB (White Balance) AUTO
FINE ZOOM OFF
DIGITAL ZOOM OFF
ISO AUTO
DRIVE SINGLE-FRAME SHOOTING(SINGLE-FRAME SHOOTING)
METERING ESP
Still picture REC (Recording Sound) OFF
SHADOW ADJ OFF
AF MODE SPOT
DIS MOVIE MODE OFF




Question
Can I cancel or change the volume of the operation sounds? [Sound setting, Silent mode]

Answer:

  Yes, you can set the operation sounds (shutter, alarm, etc.) to OFF or change their volume.

Place the camera into any shooting mode other than [GUIDE]. Press the [MENU] button, and then select SETUP.
In SOUND SETTING, select the appropriate setting.

Submenu Sound & Volume Selection Operation
BEEP SOUND TYPE 1 / 2 Lets you select the operation sounds and volume of the camera buttons ( except the shutter button ) .
VOLUME OFF
( No sound ) / LOW / HIGH
SHUTTER SOUND SOUND TYPE 1 / 2 / 3 Lets you select the operation sound and volume of the shutter button.
VOLUME OFF
( No sound ) / LOW / HIGH
ALARM SOUND
ALARM SOUND
OFF ( No sound ) / LOW / HIGH Lets you adjust the volume of the alarm sound.
VOLUME
VOLUME
OFF ( No sound ) / LOW / HIGH Lets you adjust the playback sound volume.


Silent Mode

In Silent Mode, all sounds (start up / operation / shutter / playback) are turned off.
This mode enables you to use the camera in places where you need to be quiet.
Press the [MENU] button, and then select SILENT MODE.
silent-mode

OFF This mode activates the settings in the SOUND SETTINGS menu.
ON Electronic sounds (operation sounds, shutter sound and warning sound) and playback sound are muted.




Question
Can I cancel the information on the monitor or display a grid to check the composition of the picture? [Display Information]

Answer:

  Yes, during shooting and playback modes, you can change the display information on the monitor by pressing the DISP button.

DISP. button

Press the button repeatedly to cycle through the available information display options. The arrows in the illustrations below indicate the order in which the display options occur.

When Taking Pictures

Display Information 1

During Playback Mode

Display Information 2


 What is the histogram?
 
The histogram shows the distribution of the light and dark tones in an image.
For example, when you use the camera in bright sunlight, it may be difficult to view the LCD monitor.

In such a situation, this function enables you to check the exposure of the image.


To see how to use the histogram, click here:
How to take great pictures: "A histogram is handy for shooting in bright places"




Question
What kinds of in-camera editing functions are available for this camera?

Answer:

  The following in-camera editing functions are available for still images:
-PERFECT FIX (Apply Shadow Adjustment and/or redeye reduction technology.)
-Resize(Resize)
-Crop(Crop)
-COLOR EDIT
-CALENDAR

The INDEX function is available for movies.
This function extracts nine frames from a movie and saves them as a new composite still image.

  Editiing Still Images
PERFECT FIX ALL [LIGHTING FIX] and [REDEYE FIX] are applied together.
LIGHTING FIX This function uses Shadow Adjustment technology to brighten areas darkened by backlight and dim lighting.
REDEYE FIX Corrects redeye caused when a subject's eyes appear red in flash photography.
RESIZE
Resize
[ VGA ]
640X480
This saves a separate, smaller copy of the image for e-mail attachment, etc.
[ QVGA ] 320X240
CROPPING
Cropping
This is to crop a part of the image. The edited image is saved as a new still image.
COLOR EDIT BLACK & WHITE This changes the picture color to black & white.
SEPIA This lets you create sepia-tone photographs.
SATURATION (HARD) This increases the color saturation of the image.
SATURATION (SOFT) This slightly increases the color saturation of the image.
CALENDAR This lets you add a calendar to an image.


  EDITING MOVIES
INDEX This function extracts nine frames from a movie and saves them as a new composite still image.

 Note:
 - In-camera editing functions are available only for images taken with the camera.

 - The edited images and movies will be saved as new files. Before editing images or movies, be sure that there is enough storage space on the card or internal memory.

 - Depending on the image, an editing function may not produce the desired effect.

 - Editing may lower image resolution, which may produce grainy photos.




Question
The μ1050SW features "tap control". What is it, and how does it work?


Answer:

  "Tap control" is a function to operate the camera just by tapping anywhere on the top, left, right or back (LCD monitor) of the camera.
This is especially useful for operating the camera while wearing gloves.

Using this function, you can adjust camera settings and play back images. In the SNOW scene mode, it is also possible to use tap control to take pictures.

To enable tap control, turn the mode dial to any mode other than [ Playback ] (Playback) and [ My Favorite ] (My Favorite).

You can also adjust the tap strength and intervals to make the camera easy for you to use.

 Note:
 - Tap the camera firmly using the pad of your finger.

      

 - When the camera is stabilized on a tripod, tap control might not work properly.

 - To prevent dropping the camera when using tap control, strap the camera around your wrist.

The following operations are available when TAP CONTROL is set to ON:

Operation in shooting mode



Example: Setting the Flash Mode
  1. If you tap the right side of the camera body once, the flash mode selection screen will be displayed.

  2. Tap the right or left side of the camera body to select the appropriate flash mode.

  3. Tap the top of the camera body twice to set the function.

Operation in shooting mode
Operation Where to tap
- Display next image in playback mode. Camera's right side: Tap once
- Display previous image in playback mode. Camera's left side: Tap once
- Start slideshow.
- Stop slideshow.
Camera's top: Tap twice
- Display next image during the slideshow. Tilt the camera or tap the camera's right side once.
- Display previous image during the slideshow. Camera's left side: Tap once




To adjust the tap control

Press the [MENU] button, and then select [SETUP]. In [TAP CONTROL], select [CALIBRATE] to adjust the tap strength and interval for each side. Check the operation by tapping the camera.

Where to tap Strength Intervals
Top HARD/AVG/SOFT FAST/NORM/SLOW
Back
Right -
Left




Question
Which type of memory card can I use? [ xD-Picture Card, microSD Card ]

Answer:

  You can use xD-Picture Card™ media or microSD™ / microSDHC media
(hereafter referred to as "microSD cards").
To use microSD cards, a microSD adapter (packaged with the camera) is required.

The following xD-Picture Card media can be used:
Card Capacity: 16MB to 2GB
Card Type: TypeH, TypeM, TypeM+, Standard

To see all compatible microSD cards, click here:
" Compatible microSD card Tables "

Olympus xD-Picture Card media are the only memory cards on the market that enable the Panorama function on Olympus digital cameras.
The Panorama feature does not function with microSD and non-Olympus brand xD-Picture Card media.




Question
Will the bundled microSD™ adapter let me use any microSD or microSDHC card in my camera?

Answer:

 

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.

The PANORAMA feature does not function with microSD and microSDHC media. Also, the art editing features of the xD Pack plug-in for OLYMPUS Master 2 do not support images recorded to microSD/SDHC cards. To use these features, use Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ media.




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

Answer:

  MicroSD and microSDHC cards can be used only with cameras that are compatible with the MASD-1 microSD adapter. 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.



Question
How do I install OLYMPUS Master 2 packaged with the camera? I would like to transfer pictures to my computer.

Answer:

  To see how to install and use OLYMPUS Master 2, click here:
" Q&A for OLYMPUS Master 2 "




Question
How many images can the μ1050SW hold?

Answer:

  The chart below shows the approximate number of images at each available quality mode that the μ1050SW can store in its internal memory and on a variety of optional media. The camera can store images and movies in any combination of quality modes. All figures are approximate.

Number of storable images
IMAGE SIZE COMPRE
SSION
Internal Memory xD-Picture Card media
1GB 2GB
10M 3648 x 2736 FINE 8 205 410
NORM 16 404 809
5M 2560 x 1920 FINE 17 423 841
NORM 35 841 1683
3M 2048 x 1536 FINE 26 659 1305
NORM 54 1305 2558
2M 1600 x 1200 FINE 44 1066 2132
NORM 86 2063 3998
1M 1280 x 960 FINE 68 1640 3198
NORM 133 3198 6397
VGA 640 x 480 FINE 242 5814 10661
NORM 444 10660 21323
16:9 1920 x 1080 FINE 41 984 1938
NORM 80 1938 3763

Capacity will be slightly less than shown if sound is recorded with still images. All figures are approximate.




Question
How much movie recording time does the μ1050SW have?

Answer:

  The chart below shows the maximum continuous movie recording time available in each quality mode when using the camera's internal memory or xD-Picture Card media. The chart assumes that the medium has been freshly formatted. All figures are approximate.

Recording times are calculated based on storage capacity and are not a guarantee of battery life.
IMAGE SIZE FRAME RATE Recording length (h:mm:ss) with sound*
Internal Memory xD-Picture Card media
1GB 2GB
VGA 640
x
480
30fps** 0:00:23 0:09:21 0:18:42
15fps 0:00:46 0:18:37 0:37:14
QVGA 320
x
240
30fps 0:00:55 0:22:03 0:44:06
15fps 0:01:49 0:43:37 1:27:15

 *Each movie file is limited to 2 GB max.
 **Up to 10 sec. available for each movie in 640 x 480 / 30 fps mode when using a xD-Picture Card other than Type H/M+ or when using a microSD adapter.




Question
How do I charge the lithium-battery? And How long will it take to recharge my battery?

Answer:

  Load the LI-42B battery into the LI-40C Lithium-ion Battery Charger bundled with the camera.
Be sure to align the arrow on the battery with the arrow on the charger, as shown below.

LI-40C

When the battery is properly inserted into the charger, the red charge indicator light will be lit.
The light will turn off when the battery is fully charged. The approximate charging time is five hours.




Question
How does Olympus define "shockproof?"

Answer:

  The anti-shock performance is confirmed by Olympus' testing conditions in accordance with MIL Standard. The μ1050SW can withstand a 1.5 m/4.9 ft. drop.


 Testing Conditions
 - Drop the camera from a height of 1.5 m/4.9 ft. onto plywood (2 cm/0.8 in.).
 - Test 26 different directions.
 - One drop per each direction.

  According to the products' quality standards, cosmetic damages and electric/mechanical performances are inspected.

Five cameras should pass the test as above.




Question
What is MIL Standard?

Answer:

  The MIL Standard is a product standard issued by the United States Department of Defense. Because JIS (Japan Industrial Standards) doesn't have any equivalent standards for shockproof features,the shockproof test is confirmed by Olympus' testing conditions in accordance with the MIL Standard (MIL Standard 810F Method 516.5 Selecting Procedure IV).

The shockproof feature does not unconditionally warrant all defective operations or cosmetic damages.



Question
What kind of shockproof technologies are used in this camera?

Answer:

 

The anti-shock performance is achieved by combining the following technologies.

Floating Circuit Board:
A shock absorber is positioned under the circuit board so that the circuit board is floated.

Shock-absorbing material:
A newly-developed material is used in various places, including around the lens, to absorb the shock.

Durable Metal Body:
The camera body is protected by a highly rigid metal. The durability is enhanced by metal plating.




Question
Does the camera body, including the LCD monitor and lens, get scratched if dropped from a height of 1.5m?

Answer:

 

Yes, the camera body can be scratched.




Question
How does Olympus define "dustproof?"

Answer:

 

The camera is designed for complete protection against dust, sand and dirt. Therefore, it is suitable for using the camera on the beach.
*It is equivalent to JIS/IEC protection class 6 (IP6X).

JIS/IEC protection class 6 (IP6X): Guards against infiltration by dust and sand. (The dustproof performance is confirmed by Olympus' testing conditions.)




Question
How does Olympus define "waterproof?"

Answer:

 

The waterproof capability of the camera is equivalent to JIS class 8. (The waterproof performance is confirmed by Olympus' testing conditions.)




Question
Can I use the camera in hot springs?

Answer:

 

No, you cannot use the camera in hot springs.
The sulfur component will deteriorate the waterproof packing material of the camera. (Even if you wash the camera, the sulfur component will remain on it.)




Question
Does the camera get rusty if used in seawater?

Answer:

 

Yes, the camera will get rusty if you leave it for a long time without care after using it in seawater.

After the camera is used under sea water:
1. Close the battery/card compartment covers firmly.
2. Immerse the camera in a bucket containing fresh water for about 10 minutes.
3. Dry the camera with a soft towel, and keep it in the shade with good ventilation.




Question
Can I use the camera in any liquid other than water? (e.g. oil or chemical liquid)

Answer:

 

No, it will damage the camera. Use the camera only in water.




Question
Can I turn on/off the camera underwater?

Answer:

 

Yes, you can.




Question
Does the camera float or sink in water?

Answer:

 

The camera sinks.




Question
Can I leave the camera underwater for hours?

Answer:

 

No, do not leave the camera underwater for more than 60 minutes.




Question
What happens if I open the battery/card compartment cover underwater?

Answer:

 

If you open the battery / card compartment cover underwater, the camera will be water damaged. Do not open the cover underwater.




Question
How should I care for my camera before and after underwater use?

Answer:

 

To see how to care for your camera, click here: Maintaining Water Resistance (PDF format)





 
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