Record Screens & Menus
Pictured is the camera's basic display in iAuto mode. This exposure mode is fully automatic and chooses the scene mode for you, in addition to exposure settings.
In all shooting modes, pressing upward on the four-way (labelled "info") alternates the display to one of three configurations: only the shooting mode icon (as above), some menu icons and data; or, all menu icons and data, plus grid lines, a histogram, and an anti-shake setting icon.
When pressing the shutter button half-way, a focus box will appear in the middle of the screen. It will turn green if the camera has successfully locked onto your subject. If unsuccessful, the box will turn red.
In iAuto mode, autofocus is Face/iESP by default and cannot be changed.
Another press on top of four-way control (labelled "info") adds information such as the duration of movie recording time and number of photos remaining on the memory card at the selected file size. Pressing the info button again adds a histogram, a grid, and an anti-shake on/off indicator.
Program mode allows you to make additional settings changes, compared to iAuto mode. Here you can employ exposure compensation and change the white balance, ISO, and drive mode settings.
In addition, you can select one of three auto focus modes: Face/iESP (the default), Spot, and AF Tracking. This translates into four actual focus modes, depending on what the camera detects: Face Detection AF, iESP Auto, Spot AF, and AF Tracking.
In Program mode, you can manually change the ISO setting from 80 to 1600. In addition, an ISO High setting is offered for low-light shooting.
The AF box turns green when focus locks on, or turns red to notify you that it has not. (Note also the anti-shake warning icon at top left).
Auto focus sometimes proved disappointing when shooting close-ups of flowers - the camera sometimes focused on the background or was simply off, resulting in a number of blurry photos. Oddly, it also sometimes failed to lock on to a sky spotted with clouds when shooting broad landscapes.
At full resolution, burst shooting is an unimpressive 0.8 frames per second. If you really want to freeze fast action, you'll do a lot better with one of the camera's two high-speed burst modes. High-speed 1 shoots at 5fps, capturing 5MP files. High-speed 2 shoots at a screaming 13fps, recording 3MP images. Both resolution settings still provide plenty of detail for average sized prints; like 4x6s.
A standard assortment of 16 scene modes and 11 digital filters are available. However, you need to select the magic filter before taking your shot - you can't apply it in editing mode after the fact.
- Night Scene
- Night + Portrait
- Self Portrait
- Beach & Snow
- Pet Mode - Cat
- Pet Mode - Dog
- Pop Art
- Pin Hole
- Fish Eye
- Soft Focus
- Water Color
Shooting menu selections in Program mode:
- Image size: 16M, 8M, 5M, 3M, 2M, 1M, VGA, 16:9 L, 16:9 S
- Compression: Fine, Normal
- Shadow adjust: Auto, On, Off
- AF mode: Face/iESP, Spot, AF Tracking
- ESP/Spot: ESP, spot
- Digital zoom: On, Off
- Image stabilizer: On, Off, While Exposing
- AF illumination: On, Off
- Recording view: On, Off
- Picture orientation: On, Off
- Icon guide: On, Off
- Date stamp: On, Off
Page 2 of the shooting settings menu allows to turn on or off six additional settings.
Camera settings menu:
- Eye-Fi: On, Off
- USB Connection: Auto, Storage, MTP, Print
- Playback Power On: Yes, No
- Keep Camera Settings: Yes, No
- Power On Setup (opening screen display): Off, On
- Sound Settings: Three sound types, playback volume, master volume
- File Name: Reset, Auto
- Pixel Mapping: Start
- Monitor brightness: five degrees of brightness
- TV Out: Video Out (NTSC, PAL), HDMI Out (1080i, 720p, 480p/576p), HDMI Control (On, Off)
- Power Save: On, Off
- World Time
- Reset Database
You can record movies at 720p, VGA or QVGA resolutions. Image Stabilization in movie mode can be turned on or off, as can audio recording.
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