Playback Screens & Menus
Pressing the Disp/Back button brings up the display menu, where you turn information on or off. Also, this is where you assign a star rating to your favorite shots (up to five stars), which you can use later to select photos for an on-screen photo book.
The Finepix T400 allows you to zoom in significantly on photos in playback mode. Although the screen does not show the magnification power, you can see from the selection icon at bottom right that it is substantial.
At full zoom in playback mode, you get a close look at small details in your photos, but the 230,000-dot resolution of the LCD is too low to expect you can critically inspect the focus accuracy.
Pressing once on the left position of the zoom button (wide) takes you to this one-up view showing previous and upcoming photos in the background. You use the four-way control to toggle through the images, which jump from frame to frame rather than glide across the screen as the design might suggest.
A second press on the wide zoom button takes you to a four-photo view laid out somewhat like a photo album.
Pressing the wide zoom button a third time brings up a nine-image display.
A fourth press of the wide zoom button displays 100 photo thumbnails.
In the playback menu you can set up traditional slideshows and group images into photo books, which frame images in a book page icon. As shown in the playback menu below, images for a photo book can be selected individually or by a search criteria such as your favorite rating (one to five stars). You can copy these photo books to a PC using the included MyFinePix Studio software (Windows only). For Mac users, the included FinePixViewer software is used to transfer images to a computer, but does not display photo books.
- Photobook assist: Select from all, select by image search: By date, face, favorites, scene, type of data, or upload mark (YouTube, Facebook)
- Image search: By date, face, favorites, scene (landscape, night, portrait, macro), type of data (still, movie), upload mark
- Movie edit
- Mark for upload to YouTube, Facebook
- Slideshow: Normal (portrait), normal, fade-in (portrait), fade-in, multiple
- Red eye removal
- Image rotate
- Erase face recognition
- Print order (DPOF)
Note that there are virtually no image editing options - just red eye removal, crop, and image rotate. The camera offers no creative filters in shooting mode or for editing after.
As spelled out in the playback menu above, image search gives you six helpful options for finding photos. However, these features could be more sophisticated. For example, searching by scene appears to rely on the scene mode used rather than on analysis. So, for example, sorting for portraits will pull up shots you took accidentally in Portrait mode (in my case, a close up of a door knob and deadbolt).
Similarly, I found the facial recognition to be a little inconvenient and problematic. First, you can't register a face in playback mode using an existing photo. You have to bring up the face recognition menu and choose to record them, and then take a photo while lining up two on-screen rectangles with the subjects' eyes. But even after registering, my searches by face resulted in no images found for two people I'd registered - not even the photo I'd taken to register them.
The mark for upload selection includes two options, YouTube and Facebook. This is a Windows-only function that requires the included MyFinePix Studio software, which you later use to upload videos to YouTube and photos or videos to Facebook from your PC.
As for simply uploading files to a PC, the T400 has one peculiar quirk that will be inconvenient for some. In my testing, I was unable to simply drag and drop files on either a Windows Vista PC or Mac running OS 10.6 when connecting the camera via USB. Of course, you can insert your SD card into a memory card slot if your computer has one, but if not, it looks like you have to use Finepix software to copy photos and videos.
You get two movie editing options: trim and join. The join function adds two movie files together as long as they were recorded at the same frame size and do not take up more than 2GB when combined. You can also erase selected frames.
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