(Note: Please excuse the poor quality of some screen captures, the EX-Z55
does not have a video out feature so we had to photograph them.)
The Snapshot record screen. The top-center icon indicates the record mode
(Snapshot, Best Shot, Snapshot+Audio or Voice) Upper left is showing icons
for flash mode (off), infinity focus mode, daylight white balance, and self-
timer. There's space for 10 pictures at the current settings of 1600x1200
Normal and we are using the camera's internal memory. Lower left is the status
of the battery and on the right is the time and date of capture.
Center left is the real time histogram display and in the center are the AF
target marks. To enable the histogram, simply press the DISPlay button.
The Z55 has five recording modes to choose from: Snapshot, Best Shot, Movie,
Snapshot+Audio, and Voice.
The Best Shot mode features different pre-programmed exposure scenes to make
photographic tasks easier. You select the scene that best fits your needs and
the camera makes all the necessary settings for you. When taking a shot of a
business card, document, whiteboard, or similarly shaped object from an angle,
it can cause the subject to appear angularly distorted. Business card/Document and White
board/Etc. modes automatically correct the shape of rectangular objects to
make them appear like the camera was positioned directly in front of them.
There are 23 different Best Shot scenes:
Portrait, Scenery, Portrait w/Scenery, Coupling Shot, Pre-Shot, Children,
Candlelight Portrait, Party, Pet, Flower, Natural Green, Sundown, Night Scene,
Night Scene Portrait, Fireworks, Food, Text, Collection, Monochrome, Retro (Sepia),
Twilight, Business cards/Document, White Board/Etc. and Register Favorites (custom build your own Best Shot scene)
Here is a look at the Coupling Shot scene mode. Coupling Shot lets you record
images of two people and combine them into a single image. This makes it
possible for you to include yourself in group images, even when there is no
one else around to record the image for you.
Pressing the Focus mode button allows you to switch between Auto, Marco, Pan,
Infinity, and Manual focus modes (shown above.) When using Manual mode, the
center of the frame enlarges to help determine critical focus, a sliding
distance bar is also displayed across the bottom of the screen.
Here is a "busy" Snapshot screen. Across the top you can see icons for flash
mode (off), Macro focus mode, daylight white balance, self-timer, snapshot
mode, and there is enough room on the internal memory to take 10 more images.
The 1mage size is 1600x1200 and the quality is Normal. Below that is the
memory icon, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and the time and date. You can also
see the live histogram display, battery level indicator, and exposure
compensation is set a +1.0 EV.
Here is a screen showing the framing Grid display. You activated this via the
record menu. This is a helpful framing guide to ensure you get level shots.
The EX-Z55 can record video at 320x240 (15fps) with sound, the length is only
limited by the capacity of your memory card and the life of your battery. The
zoom can not be used while recording, but can be preset before.
Motion video capture consumes 300KB/second of storage space (i.e. a 10 second
movie will use about 3MB of memory.)
It can also be used like an audio recorder. Approx. 39 minutes can be
recorded using the internal 9.3MB of memory. When using optional memory card
the length is limited only by available memory, file size is 4KB per second.
Standard Windows WAV format.
Record mode MENU options:
REC Mode - Snapshot, Best Shot, Snapshot+Audio or Audio
Self-timer - Off, 2 or 10 secs, and 3x (takes a series of three shots)
Size - 2560x1920, 2560x1712(3:2), 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
Quality - Fine, Normal, Economy
EV Shift - Exposure compensation +/-2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, fluorescent 1, fluorescent 2, incandescent, and manual
ISO - Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
AF Area - Spot, Multi
Auto PF - Auto Pan Focus, On or Off
Sharpness - Adjust sharpness: 0 or ± 2 stops
Saturation - Adjust saturation: 0 or ± 2 stops
Contrast - Adjust contrast: 0 or± 2 stops
Flash Intensity - 0 or± 2 EV
Flash Assist - Auto or Off
Grid - On, Off
Digital Zoom - Digital zoom feature, On or Off
Review - Review image after capture, On or Off
Icon Help - On, Off
L/R Key - Assign a function to the Left and Right keys of the 4-way controller (Record only): REC Mode, EV shift, White balance, ISO, Self-timer, or Off
The memory tab allows you to setup the camera to remember specific settings
like ISO sensitivity, white balance, focus mode, etc. If not enabled, settings
will return to the factory default when the camera is powered down.
Setup MENU options:
Sounds - Adjust camera sounds (Startup, Half Shutter, Shutter, Operation, and Volume)
Startup - On (Selectable image), Off
File No. - Continue or Reset
World Time - Home and World Time setup (city, DST, etc.)
Date Style - YY/MM/DD, DD/MM/YY, MM/DD/YY
Adjust - Set Time and Date
Language - Choose menu language
Sleep - 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, Off
Auto Power Off - 2 min, 5 min
REC / Play - Power On, Power On/Off, Disable
USB - Mass Storage (USB DIRECT-PRINT), PTP (PictBridge)
Format - Format, Cancel
Reset - Restore factory defaults