Please excuse the poor quality of these screen captures. The XP170 kit does not include an AV output cable, therefore we had to photograph the display screen.
To change the look of the main shooting screen with the XP170, you just press the Disp/Back button on the back of the camera. The main shooting screen shows the shooting mode in the upper left corner, the number of photos remaining in the upper right corner, the battery charge remaining in the lower right, and the focus bracket in the middle.
You can superimpose a 3 by 3 grid over the display by pressing the Disp/Back button. You also can remove all data from the screen using that button.
Fujifilm did not include a mode dial with the FinePix XP170, so you have to make all changes to the shooting modes through the on-screen menus. Fujifilm has combined its shooting modes and scene modes in this menu, meaning there are a lot of options (23) to scroll through, unfortunately.
As you highlight each shooting mode in the menu, you'll see an explanation of it appear on the screen. You can see some of the 23 shooting modes here, which include: Scene Recognition (SR) Auto, Auto, Program AE, Pro Low Light, D-Range Priority, Natural & Flash, Natural Light, Portrait, Portrait Enhancer, Landscape, Motion Panorama 360, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Sunset, Snow, Beach, Underwater, Underwater (Wide), Underwater (Macro), Party, Flower, and Text.
The main shooting menu has only two pages, so there aren't a lot of options to pick from for controlling the shot. Fujifilm designed the XP170 primarily as a point-n-shoot camera with underwater capabilities.
As you make a menu selection, such as with the ISO option pictured here, you then can see the specific options for that menu command. Some of the menu options will be grayed out, depending on which shooting mode you have selected. The menu options are:
- Shooting Mode - (Options listed above)
- ISO - Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
- Image Size - 4:3 aspect ratio (L 14M, M 7M, S 3M), 16:9 aspect ratio (L 10M, M 5M, S 2M), 3:2 aspect ratio (L 12M)
- Image Quality - Fine, Normal
- FinePix Color - Standard, Chrome, B&W, Sepia
- White Balance - Auto, Fine, Shade, Fluorescent Light-1, Fluorescent Light-2, Fluorescent Light-3, Incandescent
- Continuous - Off, Final (H, M, L), Continuous (H, M, L)
- Face Detection - Off, On
- AF Mode - Center, Tracking
- Movie AF Mode - Center, Continuous
- Movie Quality - Full HD 1920 30 fps, HD 1280 30 fps, 640 30 fps, HS 640x480 80 fps, HS 320x240 160 fps, HS 320x240 240 fps
- LED Illuminator - Off, On
The XP170's Setup menu is much more extensive, providing quite a few options for controlling the camera. Unfortunately, the menu commands don't really seem to have any organization, which can make it tough to find the exact command you want.
- Date/Time - MM/DD/YY, DD/MM/YY, YY/MM/DD
- Time Difference - Local, Home
- Silent Mode - Off, On
- 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
- Playback Volume - 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
- LCD Brightness - Auto, Manual (+5 to -5 in one-step increments)
- LCD Mode - Power Save On, Power Save Off
- Auto Power Off - 5 Min, 2 Min, Off
- Dual IS Mode - Continuous, Shooting Only, Off
- Red Eye Removal - On, Off
- Digital Zoom - On, Off
- Movie Zoom Type - Digital, Optical
- Save Original Image - Red Eye Removal (On, Off), Pro Low Light (On, Off), Dynamic Range (On, Off)
- Guidance Display - On, Off
- Video System - NTSC, PAL
- Wireless Setting - Name, Resize Image On Sending (On, Off)
- Date Stamp - Date & Time, Date, Off
The movie recording screen doesn't have a lot of information displayed on it. You'll see the red dot across the top of the screen while the recording is occurring. In the upper right corner, you'll see the amount of time you can record until the storage space is full. Just below that number is the current video quality setting.