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Olympus releases firmware version 3.1 for the SP-560UZ

Olympus releases firmware update version 3.1 for the SP-560UZ digital camera. The update adds new functions for use with the optional Olympus FL-50R/FL-36R Electronic Flashes. The FL-36R is a lightweight and compact wireless external flash. It's equipped with a 1/8 step illumination control for precision shooting, a wide-angle diffuser panel and a zoom head to accommodate lenses from wide-angle to telephoto. The FL-50R external flash unit allows TTL auto, auto, and manual modes to be set; offers a bounce and swivel head...
Goto the Olympus software download pageShooting with the Olympus Wireless RC Flash System

Wireless flash shooting is possible with the Olympus wireless RC flash system. With this wireless flash system, you can take pictures using multiple wireless flashes. The built-in flash is used to communicate between the camera and the external flashes. For details on using the wireless flash, see the manual of the external flash.

Wireless flash setup range (see the image on the right)

Position the wireless flash so that the wireless sensor faces the camera. The setup range guidelines are as shown below. The range changes according to the surrounding environment.
1 Position the flash while referring to the “Wireless flash setup range”, and turn on the flash.
2 Press the MODE button on the flash to set it to RC mode, and set the channel and group of the flash. Set the group to A (the flash will not operate if B or C is selected).
3 Select [#RC] from [FLASH] on the camera, and then set [CH1] - [CH4] to the same channel as the flash.
>>> SP-560UZ Advanced Manual P.30 “FLASH Setting to use an external flash”
4 Press flash button (Flash pop-up) to raise the built-in flash.
5 Select a flash mode.
• Red-eye reduction flash is not possible in RC mode.
6 After shooting preparations are completed, take some test shots to check the flash operation and images.
7 Begin shooting while checking the charging completed indications of the camera and flash.

Note
• Although there is no limit to the number of wireless flashes you can use, it is recommended that no more than three flashes be used to prevent flash malfunction due to mutual interference.
• In RC mode, the built-in flash is used to control the wireless flash. The built-in flash cannot be used for flash shooting in this mode.
• For rear curtain synchronization, set the shutter speed to within 4 seconds. Wireless flash shooting may not operate properly when using a slower shutter speed.

Additional information: Goto the Olympus software download page
December 4, 2007
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