Record Screens & Menus
This default view shows just a few pieces of information. The top left icon indicates the shooting mode, and along the right side from top to bottom are the number of photos left on the card, movie resolution, file size, and battery life indicator.
Pressing the display/back button will hide all information; pressing it again will show information plus a grid.
The auto focus box in the middle can not be moved to another portion of the frame. You get two auto focus modes in the menu: Center and Tracking. However, if you turn on face recognition the camera does switch over to face recognition AF and exposure priority.
Program mode allows you to adjust many settings that are set automatically in Auto mode, such as the ISO, white balance, and exposure compensation; along with giving you access to the scene modes. At top left, the display indicates that the flash has been turned off. You can change the flash mode in Auto, Program and Scene Recognition modes, but not when using a particular scene mode.
When the camera has locked on focus, the brackets on either side of the AF box disappear and the camera beeps. At the same time, the shutter speed and aperture setting show up along the bottom left of the screen.
Scene Recognition Auto mode analyzes the picture and selects a scene mode based on the shooting conditions and subject matter.
Smile & Shoot mode trips the shutter when the camera detects a smile. You can, however, override this feature and press the shutter button yourself if you wish.
Scene modes menu:
- Scene Recognition Auto
- Program AE
- Natural & Flash
- Natural Light
- Baby mode
- Smile & Shoot
- Night (Tripod)
- Shooting mode
- ISO (Auto, 100-3200)
- Image size
- Image quality
- Finepix color
- White balance
- Face detection (focus and exposure priority)
- AF mode
- Face recognition (camera can store up to eight faces)
- Panorama mode
- Movie AF mode
- Movie mode
One oddity in the camera defaults is shown here on page 4 of the setup menu. The movie zoom type is digital zoom instead of optical zoom. This results in degrading video quality as you zoom in, and it jumps forward in steps rather than in a smooth transition as optical zoom does. (You can see the results in the video on the Sample Photos page). Thankfully, this setting is easily changed.
- Time difference
- Silent mode
- Image display duration
- Frame number
- Operation volume
- Shutter volume
- Shutter sound
- Playback volume
- LCD brightness
- LCD mode
- Auto power off
- Dual IS mode
- Red eye removal
- Blink detection
- Digital zoom
- Movie zoom type
- Save original image (not with red-eye removal)
- Background color
- Guidance display (tool tips)
- Video system (TV connection)
- Date stamp
There are three movie modes to choose from: HD 1280x720, 640x480 and 320x240. But even at high definition, the Finepix T400 does not shoot video you'd describe as ultra sharp. Indoor videos in particular suffered from a lot of dancing digital noise (colored spots in shadow areas), which can be quite distracting.
The camera shoots high-definition video at 16:9 aspect ratio, which is why a black band appears along the top and bottom of the screen. Standard-definition video fills the entire LCD while recording it.
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