Fujifilm FinePix E500 Review

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Record Mode Screens & Menus


Fujifilm FinePix E500


The Auto record mode is a simple "Point-n-Shoot" mode. The line of info across the top starts on the left with AUTO indicating Auto Record mode. The "A" and lightning bolt indicate auto flash. The "4M" represents image resolution of 4 megapixels (2272 x 1704), the "F" indicates Fine compression, and "251" represents the number of frames that can be recorded at the current image size. The yellow brackets in the center denotes the auto focus target area.



Fujifilm FinePix E500


Depressing the MENU button calls-up the AUTO record MENU; options are:

    SELF-TIMER - ON / OFF, 10 second delay

    OPTION - Adjust LCD brightness, enter the SETUP menu





Fujifilm FinePix E500


Depressing the "F" button calls up the FinePix Quality, Sensitivity and Color menu. Menu options are the same for Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual and Scene modes; Auto ISO only available in Auto photography mode. Options are:

    QUALITY - Choose image size/quality; 4M Fine, 4M Normal, 2M, 1M

    ISO - Choose sensitivity; 80, 100, 200, 400 (plus Auto in Auto photography mode)

    FinePix Color - Choose B&W, Standard, or Chrome (high contrast and saturation)



Fujifilm FinePix E500


This is the Programmed Auto record screen, indicated by the "P" in the upper left corner. In addition to the information present on the Auto screen, indicators for the selected metering mode, and ISO are shown. The Hand icon warns of a possible blurry image due to slow shutter speed. The "Open" with a lightning bolt suggests opening the pop-up flash. The metering system's choice of aperture and shutter speed are shown in the lower left; the up and down buttons of the 4-way controller activate a program shift, selecting different combinations of aperture and shutter speed.


Fujifilm FinePix E500


This is the Shutter-Priority Auto record screen, indicated by the "S" in the upper left corner. Shutter speed is controlled by the up and down buttons of the 4-way controller. The metering system warns of under or over exposure by highlighting the aperture value in red.


Fujifilm FinePix E500


This is the Aperture-Priority Auto record screen, indicated by the "A" in the upper left corner. Aperture is controlled by the up and down buttons of the 4-way controller. The metering system warns of under or over exposure by highlighting the shutter speed in red.


Fujifilm FinePix E500


This is the Manual record screen, indicated by the "M" in the upper left corner. Shutter speed is adjusted using the up and down buttons of the 4-way controller; aperture is adjusted by holding down the "±" button while depressing the 4-way controller's up or down button. An exposure indicator is shown in the lower right, with over exposure to the "+" or right side, and under exposure to the "-" or left side.



Fujifilm FinePix E500


Program/Shutter/Aperture/Manual record menu options:
    SELF-TIMER - ON / OFF, 10 second delay

    PHOTOMETRY - Choose Spot or Multi metering

    WHITE BALANCE - Auto, Daylight, Shade, "Daylight" Fluorescent, "Warm White" Fluorescent, "cool white" Fluorescent, Incandescent

    FOCUSING - Choose Auto or Manual focus

    SHARPNESS - Choose Normal, Hard or Soft

    FLASH - Adjust flash brightness ± 2 EV

    OPTION - Adjust LCD brightness or enter Setup menu



Fujifilm FinePix E500


Exposure compensation can be adjusted ±2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps in Program, Aperture-priority and Shutter-priority modes by depressing the 4-way controller's left or right buttons while holding down the "±" button. An exposure compensation indicator is displayed in the lower right of the LCD.



Fujifilm FinePix E500


The Macro focus mode can be enabled in Auto, Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority or Manual shooting modes and allows you to focus from 2.6 inches to 2.6 feet; the optical zoom range is limited to 28-42mm in Macro mode and the effective flash range is 1 foot to 2.6 feet. Super Macro focus range is 1 inch to 5.9 inches; flash can not be used and the optical zoom is locked at wide angle.



Fujifilm FinePix E500


Set-Up menu in Record and Play modes:

    IMAGE DISP. - Off/On, Allows review of capture for 2 seconds
    POWER SAVE - 2min/5 min/off
    FORMAT - Formats the xD-Picture Card
    LCD - ON/OFF by default when in record
    BEEP - Volume of camera sounds, Low/High/Off
    SHUTTER - Volume of Shutter sound Off/1/2/3
    DATE/TIME - setting of date and time
    TIME DIFFERENCE Time zone difference (World Time)
    FRAME NO. - Continuous or reset (file numbering)
    USB MODE - DSC(download to a PC)/PC Cam (webcam mode)/PictBridge
    START-IMAGE - ON/OFF Startup Screen when camera powered on
    LANGUAGE - English/French/German/Spanish/Japanese/Chinese
    VIDEO SYSTEM - NTSC or PAL video signal timing
    DISCHARGE - Discharge the NiMH rechargeable batteries
    RESET - resets all camera settings to default.




Fujifilm FinePix E500


The Movie record mode display. The top info line indicates the movie recording size is 320x240 followed by the remaining recording time at this quality setting. The E500 records motion video with audio at 10fps with resolutions of 320x240 (up to 60 seconds) or 160x120 (up to 240 seconds.) The optical zoom lens can be used to compose the movie before recording, but can not be changed during recording.





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