Record Screens & Menus
On the right side, the icons for the four-way control indicate the settings for the corresponding buttons. However, though the center button icon shows Auto 5, pressing it will not launch the autofocus menu. To change this to, say, 11-point auto focus, you will need to press the menu button and navigate to the AF menu. But if you are using Select AF, the LCD displays an 11-point grid and you can move your AF point on the fly using the four-way control.
Prior to locking focus, live view on the LCD displays a large white AF box, which turns green and indicates where in the frame the camera has established focus. It is shown here with the default setting of displaying shooting information, though this can be turned off.
If using manual focus with live view, you can press the OK button on the four-way control to magnify the preview by 2X to 6X (you control the magnification using the rear dial). Alternatively, you can enable AF Autozoom in the live view menu, and this will happen automatically. Focus peaking, which highlights the edges of objects to help you focus, can be turned on or off.
Within the live view menu, you can select one of four autofocus modes: face detection, tracking, select, or spot; Face detection is the default. Tracking keeps a lock on a moving subject. Select allows you position the AF box and adjust its size; The screen is divided into a grid and you use the rear dial to adjust the AF box to one of three sizes, and position it using the four-way control. Spot uses a small AF box at the center of the frame.
Turning the rear dial when in Program mode launches Av Hyper mode (see top left icon). Like Av mode (aperture priority) on the mode dial, this allows you to adjust the aperture while the camera automatically adjusts the shutter speed and ISO. Similarly, turning the front dial while in Program mode launches Tv Hyper, which operates like Tv mode (shutter priority).
There are four AF point options when using the viewfinder. The default is Auto 5; the camera selects the best of five focus points. Auto 11 uses 11 points to choose from. Select allows you to choose one of 11 points. Spot sets the point to the center of the frame.
When using the LCD to frame your shots in live view, the camera uses contrast AF, and offers four auto focus methods. Face detection is the default. Tracking keeps tabs on a moving subject once it's in focus. Select divides the frame into a grid, and you position the AF frame where you want it, and adjust its size using the rear dial.
The K-30 offers 11 custom image modes and seven digital filters you can use while shooting (an additional 12 digital filters are offered in edit mode).
Custom Image modes:
- Bleach Bypass
- Reversal Film
- Cross Processing
Digital filters (capture):
- Extract Color
- Toy Camera
- High Contrast
- Invert Color
- Moving Object
- Night Scene Portrait
- Blue Sky
- Night Scene
- Night Scene HDR (JPG)
- Night Snap
- Surf & Snow
- Backlight Silhouette
- Stage Lighting
Pressing the right-side button on the four-way control launches the drive mode menu.
Drive Mode selection:
- Continuous (Hi, Lo)
- Self-Timer (12 seconds, 2 seconds)
- Remote (0 seconds, 3 seconds, continuous)
- Auto Bracketing (3 frames up to +/- 3 EV, standard, timer, remote)
- Continuous Hi: Approximately 6fps (30 JPEG, 8 RAW)
- Continuous Lo: Approximately 3fps (unlimited JPEG, 10 RAW)
- Multi-exposure: 2-9 shots, auto exposure adjustment
- Interval: 999 shots, 3 seconds to 24 hour interval, time delay
- HDR: Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2, HDR 3, pixel alignment, exposure bracket +/- 1-3 EV (1/1 steps)
The left-side button of the four-way control launches the flash mode menu.
- Slow Sync
- Slow Sync + Redeye
- Trailing Curtain Sync
The menu button launches the record mode menu, where you select custom image mode, digital filters, HDR capture, image capture settings, and auto exposure metering.
Page 2 of the record mode menu includes auto focus settings, lens correction, multi-exposure, and interval shooting, allowing you to set the camera to take up to 999 shots at intervals of 3 seconds to 24 hours. You can also select to shoot now or begin interval shooting after a selectable time delay. The last selection, D-Range, allows you to turn on or off dynamic range settings for highlight and shadow correction.
Page 3 of the record mode menu allows you to turn high-ISO noise reduction and slow shutter speed noise reduction on or off. Composition adjustment is handy if you'd rather tweak your horizon in-camera rather than fiddle with your tripod (though this can cause vignetting, depending on what lens you're using). Here you can also choose to display an electronic level, and turn on or off horizon correction and shake reduction.
Page 4 of the record menu is where you adjust live view settings. These include four modes for contrast auto focus: Face, Tracking, Select, and Spot. Here you also turn on or off AF Autozoom, Focus Peaking, info overlay, histogram display, and bright/dark area display. Three grid displays are also offered.
Custom menu options are plentiful. As shown here, you get a wealth of options regarding exposure value, sensitivity, metering, and auto exposure lock.
Page 2 of the custom menu lets you tailor more settings to your needs, such as how bracketing is performed, how white balance operates, and (#14) whether auto focus operates when pressing a remote control (by default it does not).
Page 3 of the custom menu offers more auto focus options, including catch-in focus, which sets the camera to trip the shutter automatically when the subject locks into focus (for use with manual focus).
Page 4 of the custom menu lets you fine-tune the focus of each lens. And, if you're using a D FA, FA, F or A lens, the aperture ring menu setting can allow the shutter to be released even if the lens is not set to the A position (or, auto aperture).
Page 1 of the setup menu includes language, time/date, sound, and display settings such as on-screen guide and brightness. On the following pages you can enter copyright information, adjust the power off time, and perform dust removal and sensor cleaning.
On Page 3 of the setup menu, you can set the camera's battery type rather than have the camera automatically detect the power source type. The battery compartment is designed to work with four AA batteries (which requires an optional battery holder) in addition to the included Li-ion battery.
When using live view for recording movies, the LCD displays basic information as shown above. If you want to use manual focus while recording a movie clip, you can choose to enable focus peaking to help you get sharp video. However, focus peaking - which highlights the edges of objects - only works while framing video, and the highlights disappear once video recording has begun.
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