I'm having a problem with my Olympus C-450Z (some may know it as the D-565 I think). I have a 64MB Olympus-brand xD card in the camera. For some reason, I can't take panorama pictures on this card. The option is just greyed out on the menus.
I know that Olympus cameras (bizarrely) need to have their own brand xD cards for panorama to work. This card has been used in a few different devices (Fuji camera, MP3 player, card readers), but I formatted it in my Olympus camera, so presumably it ought to now behave like an Olympus card?
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Re: C-450Z - can't take panoramas
Olympus has a special format for his own card so when you buy a original panorama XD card it will works properly. When you format a normal unknown brand card in the Olympus it will not change to a panarama type
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Forget the in-pano function and use a free stitching program off the internet. When shooting panoramas, you need to be in aperature priority or manual mode so as to keep the exposure consistant, especially going into the sun or away from it in your pictures. Although this is good practice, it is not needed for a few stitch programs as they average out all the exposures and make the entire pic uniform. This works pretty good in all but the most demanding exposure swings.
Panorama shooting lets you create a panoramic picture, using the OLYMPUS
Master software from the provided CD-ROM. An Olympus xD-Picture Card is required for Panorama shooting. If the card is a Fuji xD card then the panorama feature would be disabled to you.
It's only £17, so seems a worthwhile investment. However, it may not be compatible with panorama shots. If you intend to use these, I'd stick with a 64Mb version. - Or carry two, as they don't exactly take up room.