Please excuse the poor quality of these screen captures. The JX580 kit does not include an AV output cable, therefore we had to photograph the display screen.
The main shooting screen with the FinePix JX580 is pretty standard. You'll see the focus bracket in the middle of the screen, the current shooting mode and flash setting in the upper left, and the resolution and the memory space remaining for photos in the upper right corner. The battery charge remaining is in the lower right.
By pressing the Disp/Back button, you can make changes to the look of the main shooting screen. As shown here, the options will appear along the bottom of the screen. Best Framing causes the grid lines to appear, which can be helpful in ensuring that you're using the Rule of Thirds in your photos. The I option displays all of the information on the screen, while the Off option removes all of the data.
You can control a few basic shooting functions using the four-way button. Press the right button to open the on-screen flash menu or press the lower button to open the self-timer menu, as shown here. Fujifilm did include on-screen explanations of each feature, which is nice for beginners.
To open the shooting menu, just press the Menu/OK button from the main shooting screen. The JX580 only offers the most basic options for shooting photos or for changing the settings manually. Depending on which shooting mode you're using, some of the shooting menu options may be grayed out. The shooting menu options with the JX580 are:
- Shooting Mode - Scene Recognition (SR) Auto, Auto, Program AE, Natural & Flash, Natural Light, Portrait, Baby Mode, Smile & Shoot, Landscape, Panorama, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Party, Flower, Text
- ISO - Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (limited to 4M)
- Image Size - 4:3 aspect ratio (L 16M, M 8M, S 4M), 16:9 aspect ratio (L 12M, M 5M, S 2M), 3:2 aspect ratio (L 14M)
- Image Quality - Fine, Normal
- FinePix Color - Standard, Chrome, B&W
- White Balance - Auto, Fine, Shade, Fluorescent Light-1, Fluorescent Light-2, Fluorescent Light-3, Incandescent
- Continuous - Off, Top 3
- Face Detection - Off, On
- AF Mode - Center, Tracking
- Face Recognition - Face Recognition (On, Off), Register, View & Edit, Erase, Auto Registration (On, Off)
- Panorama Mode - Manual, Auto
- Movie AF Mode - Center, Continuous
- Movie Mode - HD 1280, 640, 320
As you select the different shooting mode options, an explanation of each mode will appear on the screen. Because Fujifilm did not include a mode dial with this camera, you must make all selections using the on-screen shooting mode menu. Fujifilm combined its scene mode and shooting mode menus here, which means there are 20 different options to scroll through each time you want to change shooting modes, which is a significant hassle.
One mode that's pictured here is the Natural & Flash mode, which causes the JX580 to shoot two photos of the same scene back to back, one with a flash and one without. You later can pick the photo that turns out to have the better quality. I really like this mode, especially for beginners who aren't quite sure whether they actually need the flash in a particular scene.
With the FinePix JX580's Setup menu, you can control the camera's various functions. I was disappointed in the way the JX580's menu is organized, as it seems to be far too time-consuming to find the exact option you want. For example, there are three or four different options for changing the volume of the camera's sounds and all of them do something just a little different, which can be really confusing.
Some menu options may be grayed out, depending on the shooting mode you're using. The Setup menu options are:
- Date/Time - MM/DD/YY, DD/MM/YY, YY/MM/DD
- Time Difference - Local, Home
- Silent Mode - On, Off
- Reset - OK, Cancel
- Format - OK, Cancel
- Image Disp. - 3 Sec, 1.5 Sec, Zoom (Continuous), Off
- Frame No. - Continuous, Renew
- Operation Vol. - Off, 1, 2, 3
- Shutter Volume - Off, 1, 2, 3
- Shutter Sound - 1, 2
- Playback Volume - 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
- LCD Brightness - +5 to -5 in one-step increments
- LCD Mode - Power Save On, Power Save Off
- Auto Power Off - 5 Min, 2 Min, Off
- Digital IS - Auto, Off
- Blink Detection - On, Off
- Digital Zoom - On, Off
- Movie Zoom Type - Digital, Optical
- Background Color - Blue, Purple, Pink, Orange, Green, Black
- Guidance Display - On, Off
- Video System - NTSC, PAL
- Date Stamp - Date & Time, Date, Off
When recording a movie with the JX580, you won't see a lot of data. The red record button in the upper part of the screen lets you know that the video is being recorded. In the upper right corner, the camera displays the amount of time left to record video before you run out of memory card space. You'll also see the video recording quality setting.