Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 Review
Record Modes & Screens
For beginners or anyone that just wants to "point-n-shoot" there's the Simple exposure
mode (the red heart icon on mode dial.) The camera sets almost everything for you, the
Simple menu options are shown in the next frame.
Simple menu options:
Auto Review - Show image after capture, On or Off
Beep - Camera makes "beep" sounds, Off, Low, High
Clock Set - Set the time and date
Normal mode (the red camera icon on the mode dial) is also an automatic exposure mode but the
user has a wide array of menu settings available (see below.) The screen here shows the flash is
set to Auto+Red-eye reduction, ISO 80, image size is 6M, image quality is Fine, the battery level
is at 2/3, there's room on the SD card for another 95 shots, and the image stabilizer is set to
Mode 1 (shaking hand icon.)
When the shutter is half-pressed and the auto focus is achieved, the AF target brackets
in the center turn green (red if AF fails) and a focus confirmation "green dot" is
displayed. The shutter speed and aperture will also be displayed.
Normal menu options:
Sensitivity - Auto, 80, 100, 200 or 400 ISO equivalent
Aspect Ratio - 4:3 (TV), 3:2 (perfect for 4x6-inch prints), 16:9 (Wide screen)
Pict. Size - 6M, 3M, 2M, 1M, 0.3M
Quality - JPEG Fine or Standard
Audio Rec. - Record 10 sec audio note with still image, On or Off
AF Mode - Select the desired AF-area sensor combination (9-area, 3-area, 1-area or Spot)
AF Assist Lamp - On or Off
Slow Shutter - 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 or 1 second shutter speed (use of a tripod at these speeds is highly recommended)
D. Zoom - Digital zoom option, On or Off
Color Effect - Off, Cool (bluer), Warm (redder), B/W (monochrome)
Picture Adjust - Natural (softer), Standard, Vivid (sharper)
Rotating the Mode Dial to the SCN position gives access to 14 scene specific modes that are
optimized for variety of shooting environments and subjects. You can choose from Portrait,
Sports, Food, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Baby, Soft Skin, Candle Light, Party,
Fireworks, Snow, Starry Shy and Panning. While scrolling through the Scene menu, pressing "Left"
on the 4-way controller will give a brief description of the Scene modes intended use.
Press the 4-way controller "Down" to enable the Quick Review function to view or
delete the last image taken.
Macro (close up) focus mode lets you get as close as 5 cm (0.16 feet) Wide or 30 cm (0.98
Movie mode captures QucikTime video at either VGA (640x480) or QVGA (320 x 240) resolution with
audio. You can also choose a frame rate of 30 or 10 frames per second. The length of capture is
limited only by the amount of available memory. Because sound is recorded, the zoom may be
preset before recording, but it can not be used during.
Movie Capture Capacities (in seconds)
Movie mode recording options:
Picture Mode - VGA (30 or 10fps), QVGA (30 or 10fps)
AF Mode - Select the desired AF-area sensor combination desired
AF Assist Lamp - On or Off
Digital Zoom - Digital zoom option, On or Off
Color Effect - Off, Cool, Warm, Black/White, Sepia
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