Please excuse the poor quality of these screen captures. The X550 kit does not include an AV output cable, therefore we had to photograph the display screen.
As you press the Disp button on the back panel of the GE X550, you're going to see a variety of information toggle across the LCD screen. The default setting includes shooting data shown across the top of the screen. Pressing the Disp button will add grid lines and a histogram to the LCD, which can help you achieve a better image. The next time you press the Disp button, you'll see all icons erased from the screen, other than the rectangle that indicates a sharp focus and a flash icon. Pressing the Disp button one more time returns you to the original data on the screen.
When you press the FUNC/OK button while on the main shooting screen, the GE X550 will give you access to some of the shooting settings. When these settings are displayed across the bottom of the screen, you can use the four-way button and the OK button to make quick changes to your settings.
In the Auto mode, you only will have access to the resolution and image quality menus. When you're in Manual or Program AE mode, you'll have access to many more settings options, including:
- Size (resolution) - 16M, 12M (widescreen), 8M, 5M, 3M, 2M (widescreen), or 0.3M
- Quality - Best, Fine, or Normal
- White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, CWF, Incandescent, or Manual
- Color - Auto, Vivid, Black & White, or Sepia
- ISO - Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, or 3200
When shooting in a mode where you have some manual control, you can gain access to some advanced features, as shown here. Pressing the EV button (lower right corner of back panel) gives you access to the Aperture (F) settings, the Shutter Speed, and the Exposure Value settings.
By pressing the Flash button on the four-way button, you'll have access to Forced Flash, Slow Syncro, and Auto settings. (The pop-up flash must be opened to see these flash settings.)
Press the AF button on the top panel near the shutter button to gain access to your autofocus options (Single-AF, Multi-AF, or Object Tracking).
Turning the mode dial causes these screens to appear on the LCD for a second, telling you which mode you've selected. You also can see the other modes from which you can pick if you continue turning the mode dial. This screen is an information-only screen. It only displays the mode dial selection, and after a second, the original shooting screen reappears. This screen is handy for seeing which mode you're in while shooting in low light conditions, where the icons labeled on the mode dial might not be easy to see.
The Photo Setup menu occupies two screens (1 and 2). These options help you with some of the more advanced shooting features that you may need to use.
- OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) - On or Off
- AF Assist Beam - On or Off
- Expo Metering (Exposure Metering) - Spot, Center, or AiAE
- Continuous Shot (only available in advanced shooting modes) - Off, Unlimited, 3 Shots, 3 Shots (Last), or Time-Lapse (30 Sec, 1 Min, 5 Min, or 10 Min)
- Continuous AF - On or Off
- Digital Zoom - On or Off
- Quick Review - Off, 1 Sec, 2 Sec, or 3 Sec
- Date Imprint - Off, Date, or Date/Time
- HDR - On or Off
The main camera control settings are available through the Menu button, too, allowing you to set up the camera to meet your needs.
- Beep - Volume (Mute, Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3), Shutter (Tone 1, Tone 2, or Tone 3), Key (Tone 1, Tone 2, or Tone 3), Self-timer (Tone 1, Tone 2, Tone 3, or Tone 4), and Power (Tone 1 or Tone 2)
- LCD Brightness - 10 increments from 10% to 100%, plus an Auto setting
- Power Saver - LCD Off (On, 30 Sec, 1 Min, or 2 Min) and Camera Off (On, 3 Min, 5 Min, 10 Min)
- Date/Time - Y-M-D, M-D-Y, or D-M-Y and 12 Hr or 24 Hr
- Zone - Home and Travel time set
- Language - 26 options
Twenty different scene modes are available when you turn the mode dial to SCN, including: Landscape, Sport, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Party, Children, Indoor, Snow, ID Photo, Museum, Photo Frame, Panning Shot, Text, Leaf, Glass, Fish Eye, or Sketch.
The camera's File/Software menu gives you access to the X550's file numbering system and other overall camera control options, including:
- Format Memory - Yes or No
- Copy to Card - Yes or No (copies files from built-in memory to a memory card)
- File Numbering - Continue or Reset
- Reset Settings (to factory defaults) - Yes or No
- Firmware Version
The movie shooting options with the GE X550 become available when you turn the mode dial to the Movie mode. You press the shutter button to start and stop movie recording. When shooting a movie, you'll see the amount of time that the movie has recorded so far in red across the top of the image, as well as the record icon in the upper left corner.
To pick the resolution for your movies, press the FUNC/OK button while on the movie shooting screen. You can select either 640x480 or 320x240 resolutions to shoot your movies, as well as either 30 fps or 15 fps. Only SD movie resolutions are available.
The two Movie Setup menu options are:
- Expo Metering - Spot, Center, or AiAE
- Continuous AF - On or Off