Record Modes & Screens
By Bryan Young
Record Modes & Screens
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.
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.
Record mode menu:
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
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.
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.
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.
Face Chaser mode actually detects the presence of a human face in the
frame and focuses on it.
Blur Reduction mode is activated by pressing the scene button. This exposure mode will help reduce the effects of camera shake in
The camera can also be used as a Voice Recorder to record monoraul audio.
Movie mode options:
WEB* - Color 320 x 240 pixels, 15fps
Audio - Used to record .WAV format sound
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