Record Screens & Menus

By Matt Metzker

  

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For beginners or anyone that just wants to 'point-n-shoot' there's the iA (Intelligent Auto) exposure mode. In this mode, the camera will adjust all the settings based on what it sees leaving very little customization.

 

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The Auto mode will give you more options to change settings, but like iA, the camera will assess the scene and adjust settings on it's own.

Because the ZR3 has the dedicated movie record button, the camera is always ready to flow right into recording. Movie mode allows you to record video with sound in resolutions of HD 1280x720, 848x480, 640x480 and 320x240, while audio is recorded with the camera's built-in mic. A feature we are starting to find more often that is on the ZR3 is the ability to use the optical zoom during video recording.


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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. Also in this scene you can see that the Image Stabilization is active.


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iAuto Quick Menu:

  • Burst Shooting - Off, Burst
  • Picture Size - 10M, 7M, 5M, 3M, 2M, 0.3M
  • REC Mode - AVCHD Light, Motion JPEG
  • REC Quality - HD, WVGA, VGA, QVGA
  • LCD Mode - Off, Auto Power LCD, Power LCD, High Angle


 

 

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Auto Quick Menu:

  • Burst Shooting - Off, Burst, Unlimited
  • AF Mode - 1 Area, Spot, Face Detection, AF Tracking, 11 Area
  • White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, White Set
  • Intelligent ISO - Max 400, Max 800, Max 1600
  • Intellegent Exposure - On or Off
  • Picture Size - 10M, 7M, 5M, 3M, 2M, 0.3M
  • REC Mode - AVCHD Light, Motion JPEG
  • REC Quality - HD, WVGA, VGA, QVGA
  • Image Stabilization - Off, Auto, 1, 2
  • LCD Mode - Off, Auto Power LCD, Power LCD, High Angle

 

 

 

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Record Menu:
  • Picture Size - 10M, 7m EZ, 5M EZ, 3M EZ, 2M EZ, 0.3M EZ
  • Quality - JPEG Fine or Standard
  • Aspect Ratio - 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
  • Intelligent ISO - Off, Max 400, Max 800, Max 1600
  • ISO - Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
  • White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, White Set
  • Face Recognition - On or Off
  • AF Mode - Face Detection, Tracking, 11-Area, 1-Area High Speed, 1 Area, Spot
  • Pre AF - Off, Q-AF, C-AF
  • I.Exposure - On or Off
  • Min. Shutter Speed - Auto, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1
  • Burst - Off, Burst, Unlimited
  • I.R. Resolution - Off, On, i.Zoom
  • Digital Zoom - On or Off
  • Color Mode - Standard, Natural, Vivid, B/W, Sepia, Cool, Warm
  • Stabilizer - Off, Auto, Mode 1, Mode 2
  • Audio Rec. - On of Off
  • AF Assist Lamp - On or Off
  • Red-Eye Removal - On, Off
  • Clock Set - Set the time and Date

 

 

 

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Turn the mode dial to the SCN position to access the scene mode presets. This menu is displayed, chose from: Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic, Photo Frame, Underwater (with optional

 

 

 

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4-way Controller:

  • Up - Exposure Compensation
  • Right - Flash Options
  • Down - Macro Mode
  • Left - Self Timer

 

 



 

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Movie Record Menu:

  • Rec Mode - AVCHD Lite, Motion JPEG
  • Rec Quality - WVGA (848x480), VGA (640x480), QVGA (320x240)
  • White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, White Set
  • Continuous AF - On or Off
  • Wind Cut - On, Off

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