Nikon Coolpix L12 Review
Record Modes & Screens
AUTO record mode is the point-n-shoot mode that lets anyone get great pictures with
little or no fuss. The "7M*" icon indicates the image resolution is 7-megapixels at Fine
quality, VR is enabled, and there's 237 pictures remaining at the current image resolution. The zoom lens
gauge is shown for a few moments whenever the focal length is changed (not shown above.)
When you half-press the shutter release the autofocus is locked and the exposure is
calculated and set. If autofocus was successful the AF dot icon is green, if it fails
it is red and blinks.
Record mode menu:
Image mode - 7M* High, 7M Normal, 5M Normal, 3M Normal, PC, TV, 16:9
White balance - Auto, Custom WB, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy or Speedlight
Continuous - Shooting mode: Single frame, Continuous or Multi-Shot 16
BSS - Best Shot Selector: On or Off (Shoots up to 10 frames and then automatically saves the best [sharpest/clearest] one)
Color options - Standard color, Vivid color, B&W, Sepia, Cyanotype
The Menu option in the Setup menu, lets you change the menu screen display from icon (shown above) or text
format. You can call up HELP for any menu function by pressing the "T"elephoto zoom button.
Pressing the 4-way selector "up" changes flash modes, "left" enables the self-timer and
"down" changes the focus mode, and "right" adjusts exposure compensation. You set these
options via onscreen popups as shown above.
Scene mode options include: Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait, Party/Indoor,
Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Museum, Fireworks Show, Copy, Back
Light, Panorama Assist, and Voice Recording. You can also change the image resolution from
Face Priority AF mode actually detects the presence of a human face in the
frame and focuses on it. Some of the other portrait scene modes have onscreen
framing guides to help you properly position your subject for the desired effect.
Anti-Shake mode is activated by pressing the dedicated button for this mode on the top of the camera.
It enables VR, BSS as well as boosts the ISO sensitivity to ensure faster shutter speeds, which helps reduce
the effects of camera shake in your low light shots. The flash is disabled.
Movie mode options:
Small Size 320* - Color 320 x 240 pixels, 30fps
Small Size 320 - Color 320 x 240 pixels, 15fps
Smaller Size 160 - Color 160 x 120 pixels, 15fps
Stop-motion movie - Make a movie using still images (5, 10 or 15fps)
Autofocus mode - Single or Continuous (Full-time) AF
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