Nikon Coolpix SQ Review

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Nikon Coolpix SQ

Record Modes & Screens

Nikon Coolpix SQ

AUTO record mode screen display. The ISO icon indicates that the camera has increased the sensitivity to offset lower lighting conditions. The "3M*" icon indicates the image resolution is 2016x1512 at Fine quality. Flash is set to Auto Red-Eye and there's 143 pictures remaining at the current image size/quality setting.

In AUTO mode you can only change the image quality or size, flash mode, exposure compensation. You can also enable macro focus or the selftimer option. AUTO is the point-n-shoot mode.

Nikon Coolpix SQ

Manual record mode. Similar to AUTO but there are a lot more exposure options available, see the menus below.

Nikon Coolpix SQ

MANUAL record menu options:

    Image Quality - Fine, Normal or Basic

    Image Size - [3M] 2016x1512, [2M] 1600x1200, [PC] 1024x768 or [TV] 640x480

    White Balance - Auto, Manual preset, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy or Speedlight

    Metering - Matrix, Spot or Center-Weighted

    Continuous - Shooting mode: Single frame, Continuous, Multi-Shot 16

    BSS - Best Shot Selector

    AF Area Mode - Auto (5-point), Manual (1 of 9 points selectable) or Off

    Auto-Focus Mode - Continuous AF or Single AF

Nikon Coolpix SQ

The AF Area can be set for Automatic (default) where it uses one of five AF points depending on the location of the subject -- or you can use the Manual AF point option and select any one of nine AF points using the 4-way selector.

Nikon Coolpix SQ

The exposure compensation, flash mode, macro focus and selftimer options are set on-screen by pressing the appropriate button and then using the onscreen prompts shown above.

Nikon Coolpix SQ

Scene Mode Portrait setting shown here. Flash is set to red-eye reduction for the best "people" pictures. Other settings are also preset for the optimum exposure for the selected scene mode. A list of all scene modes is below.

Nikon Coolpix SQ

Scene Mode Menu:   Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night Portrait, Beach/Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Copy, Back Light, Panorama Assist, Sport, Dawn/Dusk

Nikon Coolpix SQ

Movie mode lets you record QuickTime MOVie clips up to 40 seconds in length at 320 x 240 resolution with audio. The optical zoom can not be used during movie recording but you can use the digital zoom.

Nikon Coolpix SQ

Audio Recording - In play mode you can attach audio memos to still images. These memos can be up to 15 seconds in length. You can record over existing memos if desired.

Nikon Coolpix SQ

When the lens is turned 90° backwards for self-portraits the screen display is automatically flipped upside down and the preview is in a smaller window. Note that the camera still captures a full-size image .

Nikon Coolpix SQ

Nikon Coolpix SQ

Macro focus mode allows you to focus on subjects as close as 1.6 inches. Without leaving macro mode the camera can focus all the way out to infinity.

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