Using the Olympus 5050 Camera Underwater.

 

I have used the Olympus 5050 digital camera in the matching Olympus PT-015 housing for a while. With it large aperture lens (F1.8) it allows in plenty of light for the underwater environment. Unfortunately, Olympus don't make the camera or housing any more. The good news is I have a second camera as flood insurance. The camera is a bit old, only 5M pixels, but is still a "goodie"

 

 

The secret to using the camera underwater is simple.

 

Camera Controls:

 

Note the "OK" button on the rear. We will call the buttons around this "UP", "DOWN", "LEFT" and "RIGHT". Above the UP button is the "Quick View" button.

 

 

The Mode selector should be left on "P" for Program mode. Below the power switch is the Thumbwheel.

 

 

On the left hand side of the camera is the Flash button 

 

 

Close-Up Pictures:

 

Always use SHQ, Leave the Camera in Program mode, force the Flash on.

 

  • Turn the camera on

  • Ensure the Mode selector is set to P for Program

  •  Hit the OK button the get the menu

  • Hit the LEFT button for the quality mode

  • Hit the UP once to select SHQ

  • Hit the OK button to confirm

  • Push and hold the Flash button on the side, then rotate the Thumbwheel to select ON (Flash Symbol). Release the Flash button when done.

  • Hit the Quick View button three times to use the viewfinder

I have not had much success using the Macro mode. Good luck if if you want to use it.

 

General Pictures:

 

Always use SHQ, Leave the Camera in Program mode, force the Flash off, Adjust white balance using your slate.

This is the Important bit - Keep re-adjusting your white balance as you chance depth or lighting conditions change. Adjust the white balance using your dive slate.

 

  • Turn the camera on

  • Ensure the Mode selector is set to P for Program

  •  Hit the OK button the get the menu

  • Hit the LEFT button for the quality mode

  • Hit the UP once to select SHQ

  • Hit the OK button to confirm

  • Hit the DOWN button to highlight WB

  • Hit the RIGHT button

  • Hit the up button once to highlight the bottom icon (only one with no text in box)

  • Hit the RIGHT button

  • Now, across the top of the screen it should say "ONE TOUCH WB". Point your camera at your dive slate. Hit the OK button and the camera will adjust its white balance to the slate at that time (Yeah !!!)

  • Push and hold the Flash button on the side, then rotate the Thumbwheel to select OFF (Flash Symbol with bar through it). Release the Flash button when done.

  • Hit the Quick View button three times to use the viewfinder

 

 

Note:

 

Since my eyesight is not so good, I have found it easier to just remember the sequence of keystrokes from power up, rather than trying to read the small screen. So, if things get messed up, I simply turn the camera off, and on again. I also remember on the mode selector switch, that the P for Program mode is next to the Green playback icon.

 

Good luck.     Peter Hicks.