Record Modes & Screens

By Bryan Young

Record Modes & Screens


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AUTO record mode is the point-n-shoot mode that lets anyone get great pictures with little or no fuss. The "10M" icon indicates the image resolution is 10-megapixels at Fine quality, thanks to Interpolated Resolution*, and there's 261 pictures remaining at the current image resolution. The zoom lens gauge is shown for a few moments whenever the focal length is changed (not shown above.)

* Interpolated Resolution adds pixels to the image using complex software algorithms to determine what color they should be. It is important to note that interpolation doesn't add any new information to the image - it only makes it bigger.



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When you half-press the shutter release the autofocus is locked and the exposure is calculated and set. If autofocus was successful the AF dot icon is green, if it fails it is red and blinks.



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Record mode menu:

    resolution menu - 10M* High, 7M Normal, 4M Normal, 2M Normal, 0.3M
    Focus mode - 9-AF, S-AF, AF
    ISO - ISO-A, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800
    White balance - Auto, Sunny, Overcast, Fluorescent, Incandescent or Manual
    Exposure compensation - ±2EV in 1/3EV steps
    Date Stamp - Off or On


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The Option (Setup) Menu lets you set the camera's internal "Clock", adjust "Sound" settings, enable "Post View" (1, 2 sec or off), adjust the LCD's "Brightness", set the menu "Language", and choose the "TV System" (Audio/Video) output mode.



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Pressing the 4-way selector "up" changes flash modes, "right" toggles the Drive mode, and "down" changes the focus mode. You set these options via onscreen popups as shown above.



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Scene mode options include: Auto, Sports, Portrait, Landscape, Night View, Fireworks, Lamp, Photo with Audio, Blur Reduction, Best Shot, Face Chaser, Monochrome, Sepia, Contrast, Vivid.


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Face Chaser mode actually detects the presence of a human face in the frame and focuses on it.



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Blur Reduction mode is activated by pressing the scene button. This exposure mode will help reduce the effects of camera shake in your photos.



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Macro focus mode allows you to focus on subjects as close as 2 in. - 2 ft. (wide), or 2 in. - 2.6 ft. (tele).



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The camera can also be used as a Voice Recorder to record monoraul audio.




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Movie mode screen display. You can record in video in TV mode at 640x480 (30fps) or Web mode at 320 x 240 (15fps).



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Movie mode options:

    TV Movie * - Color 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps
    WEB* - Color 320 x 240 pixels, 15fps
    Audio - Used to record .WAV format sound

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