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Old Dec 2, 2005, 1:26 PM   #1
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Sorry for the noob question but I want to know more about Olympus Super Macro mode on their point and shot/SLR LIKE digitla camera. Is this more of a gimmick or is this something really works.

Is there any draw back to this compaired to a camera without a super macro but with a close up lense? Is the super macro mode more of a machanical doing or is it a program doing that gives the nice close up.
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I don't know which Olympus model you're thinking of but I can speak from my experience with the C-7070. The supermacro mode is certainly not a gimmick and it works very well. In regular macro mode you can still use the zoom and flash but in super macro both of these are unavailable and the lens moves to a fixed "medium" focal length. While in super macro mode you can actually focus from 20 mm (approx) all the way to infinity.

No sure exactly what your questions means but SM mode isachieved mechanically and utilizes the full sensor size, so it's not just electronic / software processing that (for example) uses just a centre portion of the sensor (like "digital zoom").

I don't have my best SM examples to hand but the attached will serve as an example (taken in SM mode with ISO 400, 1/320 second at F4.5). Examples taken in better light at ISO 80 or 100 are much more impressive.

I hope this is helpful.

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I should add that you have to be careful with regadr to depth of filed when focussing on something so close - this is evident in my insect example above!
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Old Dec 22, 2005, 9:58 PM   #4
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It really does depend on which model you are interested in. I have 2 cams with that mode. The C-755 has a "true" Super Macro mode, which creates results like Andrew got, but the Stylus 500, which is more of a point and shoot model, simply zooms in all the way when the super macro mode is selected. The focal length gets real bad!
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