AUTO record mode offers very few menu options, just image resolution and quality. The '12M' icon indicates the image resolution is 12-megapixels at Normal quality and there's 16 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). The shaky hand indicates the vibration reduction system is enabled. You can also see the shutter speed and aperture values at the bottom.
When you half-press the shutter release the autofocus is locked and the exposure is calculated and set. If autofocus was successful the AF marks will turn green, if it fails they turn red and blink. You will also see the selected shutter speed and aperture values across the bottom.
Program AE mode is also automatic but it allows the user full access to all the menu options (see below.) You can also use the 'Flexible Program' option, where you can choose different combinations of shutter speed and aperture by rotating the command dial.
Manual is for more experienced users, here you select both the shutter speed and aperture value. While you are adjusting the values, an exposure meter is displayed to help you dial in the settings for optimum exposure (not shown.)
P/S/A/M mode menu:
Image Quality - Fine, Normal, Basic
Image Size - 12M, 8M, 5M, 3M, 2M, 1M, PC, TV, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Optimize Image - Normal, Softer, Vivid, More Vivid, Portrait, Custom, Black-and-white
White Balance - Auto, Preset Manual, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy,ISO Sensitivity - Auto, High ISO sensitivity auto, Fixed range auto, 64, 100, 200, 400,
800, 1600, 2000, 3200, 6400 (3M only)Metering - Matrix, Center-weighted, Spot or Spot AF area
Continuous - Single, Continuous, BSS, Multi-shot 16, Interval timer
Auto Bracketing - Off, �0.3, �0.7, �1.0
AF area mode - Face Priority, Auto, Manual, Center
AF Mode - Single AF or Full-time AF
Flash exp. comp. - �2EV in 1/3EV steps
Noise reduction - Auto or On
Distortion control - Off or On
Active D-Lighting - High, Normal, Low, Off
Save User Settings - User 1, User 2
Reset User Settings - Reset 1, Reset 2
The help function allows you to quickly understand a specific menu item or option, without having to refer to the user's manual. You simply press the telephoto zoom control while the menu item is highlighted, then you will see a screen like the above Continuous Shooting example.
Pressing the 4-way selector 'up' changes flash modes, 'left' enables the self-timer, down' changes the focus mode, and 'right' adjusts exposure compensation in Program mode or the aperture/shutter speed values in S/A/M modes. You set these options via onscreen pop ups as shown above.
Scene mode options include: Portrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Party, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Copy, Back Light, Panorama Assist, Food.
Macro focus mode allows you to focus on subjects as close as 0.4 inches. Without leaving macro mode the camera can focus all the way out to infinity.
Here is the Movie mode screen display. You can record AVI. Movie clips limited in length only by the amount of remaining available memory (up to a max. movie length of 25 min). Sound is recorded with the moving image, and the optical zoom can not be used during movie recording - it can be preset before recording begins.
There's an optical VR option in the movie menu, which can help compensate for hand and camera movement.
Movie mode options:
Movie options - TV* (640/30fps), TV (640/15fps), 320, Time-lapse, Sepia 320, AF Mode - Single AF or Full-time AF
Electronic VR - On or Off
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