Epson PhotoPC 3100Z Review
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Epson PhotoPC 3100Z
Record Screens & Menus
The 3100Z doesn't have a MENU button, anytime the color LCD is turned on the available options are overlayed on the screen display. Using the buttons around the edge of the color LCD lets you access all the features available in whatever mode the camera is in.
The upper lefthand corner has the status icons for image size/quality, flash mode,
metering mode and focus mode. The upper righthand corner shows the exposure mode
and by pressing the button next to that position you can select AE, Shutter speed
or Aperture priority or full Manual mode. The center two buttons let you adjust the
exposure compensation and the bottom button enables macro mode. Pressing the lower
left button brings up the second page of options - see next frame.
The upper righthand corner button now lets you quickly review the last image captured,
the two in the center control the manual focus and across the bottom is metering
mode, white balance setting and ISO sensitivity.
When you put the camera into Macro mode the outer edge of the LCD screen is colored
with a green band, other than that everything is the same as regular record mode.
The 3100Z gives you every possible exposure mode: Program AE, Shutter speed priority,
Aperture priority, full Manual, Interval mode, Movie mode, Panorama Stitching mode
and Continuous mode. The only thing it doesn't have is an AE Bracketing mode.
When you run the zoom lens in or out you will see a graphical display of the
position, this is shown briefly and then goes away.
Here's an animated view of options and settings in the SETUP mode. Here you lock in options for TIFF or JPEG quality level, enable or disable the digital zoom, set the video output for NTSC or PAL, set the Power Saving time delay value, menu language, custom white balance preset, color or b&w, flash slow sync for trailing or leading the shutter, format memory card, adjust LCD brightness and turn the LCD cconfirmation option on or off.
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