Minolta DiMAGE F100 Review

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Record Modes & Menu Options



Minolta DiMAGE F100

The DiMAGE F100 has two modes of still image recording, AUTO and MULTI. The AUTO mode is the "point-n-shoot" mode, the exposure is handled by a Programmed AE system. The options available in AUTO are shown in the next frame. The red rectangle shows which of the five focus areas has locked on. Other icons indicate flash mode, image size and quality, drive mode and the approx. number of pictures remaining. With the focus locked it also indicates the selected shutter speed and aperture.



Minolta DiMAGE F100

Record AUTO options:

    Drive Mode - Single, Selftimer/Remote Control, Continuous, Bracketing

    Image Size - 2272x1704, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480

    Quality - Super Fine (TIFF uncompressed) or
    Fine, Standard, Economy (JPEG compressed)

    Voice Memo - 5 or 15 seconds or Off

    Digital Zoom - On or Off





Minolta DiMAGE F100

The MULTI mode gives you access to the different exposure modes (Program AE, Shutter priority, Aperture priority or Manual) and all sorts of user-selectable options as shown in the following frame.



Minolta DiMAGE F100

Record MULTI options:

    BASIC page:
      Exposure mode - Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual

      Drive Mode - Single, Selftimer/Remote Control, Continuous, Bracketing

      Image Size - 2272x1704, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480

      Quality - Super Fine (TIFF uncompressed) or
      Fine, Standard, Economy (JPEG compressed)

      White balance - Auto, Preset, Custom Set, Custom Recall

    Custom1 page

      Focus mode - AF-Single, Tracking, Manual Focus

      Full-time AF - On or Off

      AFsensorDisp - Display AF area rectangles, On or Off

      Metering mode - Multi-segment or Spot

      Sensitivity - ISO 100, 200, 400, 800 or Auto

    Custom2 page

      DigitalFX ctrl. - Color mode (Natural, Vivid, B&W), Sharpness (Hard, Normal soft), Contrast (High, Normal, Low), Saturation (High, Normal, Low)

      Voice Memo - 5 or 15 seconds or Off

      Date imprint - Data stamp on the image, On or Off

      Digital Zoom - On or Off

      Inst.Playback - Display image after capture, 2 or 10 secs or Off





Minolta DiMAGE F100

This is the Shutter priority AE mode, here you select any shutter speed from 4 seconds to 1/1000 sec and the camera picks the proper aperture value.



Minolta DiMAGE F100

This is the Aperture priority AE mode, here you select an aperture value and the camera selects the proper shutter speed.



Minolta DiMAGE F100

This is the Manual record mode, here you manually select both the shutter speed and aperture desired.



Minolta DiMAGE F100

The user can manually chose one of the five AF areas by using the 4-way selector. By default the camera will automatically select one of the AF areas when the shutter release is half-pressed. If the Tracking option is selected the camera will continuously auto-select the AF area depending on subject movement up to the time that the shutter is fully depressed.



Minolta DiMAGE F100

In Movie mode you can record up to 35 seconds (per clip) of motion JPEG at 320 x 240 resolution at 15fps. Monaural audio is also recorded.



Minolta DiMAGE F100

In the audio recording mode the DiMAGE F100 can be used like a digital voice recorder to capture up to 30 minutes of monaural audio.



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