Record Screens & Menus
The default display in Auto mode includes basic information, such as video resolution and still image quality settings in the top right corner, and shutter speed and aperture at the bottom.
When you turn the mode dial, a virtual dial appears on screen to indicate which mode you've switched to.
In Program mode the display is the same as Auto, save the top left icon (indicating a "P" for Program mode). Also, the shutter speed and aperture are in a yellow box, indicating you can change them using Program-shift; rotate rear thumb dial to alter the settings.
Pressing the display button at the top of the back panel adds two horizontal lines across the top and bottom areas of the screen.
A further press of the display button removes all camera settings information.
There is not a separate display mode that includes a framing grid or histogram. These are features you turn on in the setup menu that do not go away. By default these are turned off.
The AF box, or boxes (depending on the AF mode), turns green when focus is achieved. Default, as shown here, is target-finding AF.
The auto focus menu (unlike the AF area mode and auto focus mode) is not found via the Menu button. You press downward on the multi-selector to switch from, say, auto focus to macro mode.
Auto focus menu:
Page two of the shooting mode is where you will find the AF area mode menu, which includes six options..
AF area mode menu:
- Face priority
- Manual (spot)
- Manual (normal)
- Manual (wide)
- Subject tracking
- Target finding AF (default)
In addition to the scene mode position just before it on on the mode dial, there is a dedicated Night Landscape scene mode position on the mode dial (as well as Night Portrait and Landscape). These three scene modes are excluded from the scene mode menu. Including these modes, there is a total of 21 scene modes.
There are two newcomers - Moon and Bird Watching.
Note that the last two items in the scene mode menu allow you to set a different image quality and size setting for when shooting in a scene mode.
- Scene auto selector
- Fireworks show
- Black and white copy
- Easy panorama
- Pet portrait
- Bird watching
- Image quality: Fine, normal
- Image size: 16M, 8M, 4M, 2M, VGA, 16:9 12M, 16:9 2M, 3:2, 1:1
The special effects position on the mode dial gives you nine further choices to give your photos an interesting look.
- Nostalgic sepia
- High-contrast monochrome
- High key
- Low key
- Selective color (12 colors offered)
- High ISO monochrome
- Cross proces
- Red-eye reduction
- Slow sync
- Rear-curtain sync
Continuous shooting menu (16M unless noted otherwise):
- Continuous high (up to 7 shots at 5.4fps)
- Continuous low (up to 200 shots at 1fps)
- Pre-shooting cache (up to 15fps, 20 shots max., at 3M)
- Continuous 120 fps (VGA: 640x480)
- Continuous 60 fps (16:0 at 2M: 1920x1080)
- Best shot selector (up to 10 shots, sharpest image saved)
- Multi-shot 16 (16 shots at 30fps combined in one 5M image)
- Interval timer shooting (30 second increments up to 60 minutes)
The P600 gives you lots of control over the look of your images. Here, in the Custom Picture Control menu, you can adjust three parameters for each of the four color settings.
Custom picture control menu:
The custom picture control feature allows you to save two custom settings, and to assign one of them to the User position on the mode dial. Within each of the four settings, you can set the amount of sharpening, contrast and saturation. Using the zoom control, you can also launch a grid displaying the current and default settings, with contrast and saturation axes.
This is page one of the shooting menu. Note the fourth selection; Custom Picture Control. This is where you access this previously mentioned setting.
- Image quality: Fine, Normal
- Image size: 16M, 8M, 4M, 2M, VGA, 16:9 12M, 16:9 2M, 3:2, 1:1
- Picture Control
- Custom Picture Control
- White balance: Auto (normal), Auto (warm), Preset manual, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash, Choose color temp
- Metering: Matrix, Center-weighted, Spot
- Continuous shooting
- ISO sensitivity
- Exposure bracketing: +/-0.3, +/-0.7, +/-1.0, Off
- AF area mode
- Autofocus mode: Single AF, Full-time AF
- Flash exp. comp.: -2.0 to +2.0 in 0.3 steps
- Noise reduction filter: High, Normal, Low
- Active D-Lighting: High, Normal, Low, Off
- Multiple exposure: On, Off; Auto gain: On, Off
- Save user settings
- Reset user settings
- Zoom memory: On, Off
- Startup zoom position: 24m, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 105mm, 135mm
Page 2 of the shooting menu includes the ISO menu, and six other helpful settings.
- Fixed range auto (ISO 100-400, ISO 100-800)
- ISO 80
- ISO 100
- ISO 200
- ISO 400
- ISO 800
- ISO 1600
- ISO 3200
- ISO 6400
Also, within the ISO menu, you can set a minimum shutter speed for use when ISO is set to Auto for Fixed range auto. Doing so sets the shutter speed at which the camera changes the ISO in P or A mode.
The WiFi is compatible with Android and iOS devices.
- Welcome screen
- Time zone and date
- Monitor settings: Image review (on/off); Brightness (6 levels); View/hide framing grid; View/hide histograms
- Print date : Date, Date and time, Off
- Vibration reduction Normal, Active, Off
- Motion detection: Auto, Off
- AF assist: Auto, Off
- Digital zoom: On, Off
- Assign zoom control: Zoom, Manual focus, Snap-back zoom
- Sound settings: Button sound (on/off), Shutter sound (on/off)
- Auto off: 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, 30 minutes
- Format card
- TV settings: HDMI (Auto, 480p, 720p, 1080i); HDMI device control (on/off)
- Charge by computer: Auto, Off
- Toggle Av/Tv selection: On, Off
- Reset file numbering
- Blink warming: On, Off
- Eye-Fi upload: Enable, Disable
- Peaking: On, Off
- Reset all
- Firmware version
Movies can be recorded at up to 1080p resolution at 30fps. The movie record display does not change. Regardless of the display mode in use for taking still images, the movie recording display includes the information shown above, such as movie resolution at top and auto focus and auto exposure lock button assignments at bottom left.
In addition to choosing between two frame rates (30 and 25) and auto focus mode (single or full-time), there are eight movie options, including three high-speed settings.
Movie options menu:
- iFrame 720/30p
- HS 480/4x
- HS 720/2x
- HS 1080/0.5x
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