Kyocera Finecam S4 Review

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Record Mode Screens & Menus

A typical record mode screen, the icons across the bottom are displayed after pressing the MENU button.

Activate the selftimer by using the first icon on the left. You change the image quality/mode by selecting the second icon on the left: (S)uperfine, (F)ine, (N)ormal, (M)ovie. The "+/-" icon lets you adjust the exposure compensation. The "WB" icon lets you select from Preset, Auto, Sunny, Incandescent, Cloudy or Fluorescent. The "M" icon gives you access to the manual exposure options shown in the next frame.

Kyocera Finecam S4

Manual Recording options:

    COLOR MODE - Color, B&W, Sepia

    WB PRESET - Set the custom white balance

    AE MODE - Program AE or Aperture priority (F2.8 of F9.6 only)

    FOCUSING - Auto (AF) or Manual (MF)

    LONG EXP - Shutter time 2, 4 or 8 secs or OFF

    SENSITIVITY - Standard (ISO 64), X2 or X4

    METERING - Evaluative, Center-weighted or Spot

    REC REVIEW - Review after capture on/off

    DIGITAL ZOOM - On or off

Kyocera Finecam S4

The S4 lets you user manually focus the lens with a slider control on the LCD.

Playback Screens & Menus

Kyocera Finecam S4

Unlike most digicams the main Playback mode screen is devoid of overlay data.

Kyocera Finecam S4

You can bring up this screen of exposure information that shows the filename, file size, date, time, image quality ("S"uperfine), DPOF print information (0 PCS means it is not selected for printing), shutter speed 1/64 sec., aperture F3.6 and exposure compensation.

Kyocera Finecam S4

To examine images during playback on the small 1.5" screen there is a one-step 2X zoom option that magnifies the image and allows you to scroll around using the 4-way selector.

Kyocera Finecam S4

The Index mode displays 6 small thumbnails and lets you quickly search through stored images to find one to playback in full screen mode.

Kyocera Finecam S4

Pressing the MENU button while in Play mode brings up the following options:

    MULTI (or SINGLE) - Display index page or return to full screen mode

    PROTECT - Protect images against accidental erasure

    ERASE - Delete current image

    ALL ERASE - Delete all images.

The second page of options includes:
    ROTATE - Rotate portrait mode images for proper display on a television set

    AUTO PLAY - Begins the sideshow function

    PRINT - Set DPOF printing information.

    RESIZE - Create smaller images

Kyocera Finecam S4


    DATE - Set the camera's internal clock/calendar

    FORMAT - Formats the SD or MMC memory card

    BEEP - Enable or disable camera sounds

    POWER SAVE - Enable or disable the power saver timeout

    MODE LOCK - When enabled the record mode settings are saved from power Off to On

    LANGUAGE - Menu language (English, Japanese, German, French, Spanish)

    VIDEO OUT - Video output format, NTSC or PAL

    FILE NO. - Reset file numbers and create new folder or sequentially number

    MODE RESET - Restore default settings of the record mode

    COLOR SELECT - Select the color desired for the menu bar

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