Pentax Optio X Review
Record Modes & Menu Options
Shown here is a typical still image recording screen in the default Program
AE shooting mode. There's space for another 148 pictures on the SD card, the
battery level is full, and we are using Auto + Red-eye reduction flash
mode. The time and date of capture are displayed across the bottom and in
the center are the autofocus brackets.
When the shutter is half-pressed and the autofocus locks, the active AF
point will shrink and turn green. The shutter speed and aperture values are
Pressing the DISPLAY button will turn the color LCD on/off and also controls
how much information is overlayed on top of the live image. Here we have all
of the information enabled including the real-time histogram display.
Pressing the Fn (Function) button in Record mode brings up these menu
options. This is a handy shortcut menu that allows you to quickly change
settings for Flash, Drive and Autofocus modes.
To focus manually -- Press the Fn button and then press the 4-way
controller right. Once displayed you adjust the focus distance by using the
Up and Down positions of the 4-way controller. When you are actively
changing the focus, the center portion of the LCD display is magnified and
a distance scale is shown on the left.
One other focusing feature is the ability to freely move the active AF Area to any
one of the 9 possible positions within the frame.
Still image menu options:
Recorded Pixels - 2560x1920, 2304x1728, 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1024x768 or 640x480
The shooting modes are selected from a virtual Mode Dial that is activated
by pressing Down on the 4-way controller. The selection includes: Program,
Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Surf, Snow, Self-portrait, Night Scene
Portrait, Food, Museum, Pet, Sport, and Fireworks.
Macro focus mode covers from 7.1 in. (0.18 m) to 1.64 ft (0.5m), while Super
Macro mode get you as close as 2.4 inches (0.06m).
Panorama Assist mode lets you take a series of images and then join them to
create a panoramic image. There are four types of modes available: Join the
images on the left, right, top or bottom. After the first image is captured
you will see a transparent portion of the first image, this is used to achieve
the proper overlap for a good panoramic image. The images captured in Panorama
Assist mode can be "stitched" together using the supplied ACDSee software.
Movie mode lets you record motion JPEG at 320 x 240 resolution (15fps) with
audio. The length of movies is limited only by available memory. As with
most digicams, the zoom can be preset before recording, but it can not be
used during. You can however use the digital zoom, but this degrades image
It also features a Time-lapse movie mode, which allows you to take movies at
a delayed frame rate. When they are played back, action appears sped up. It
is enabled via the Movie menu (see below.) No sound is recorded.
Movie mode menu options:
Color Mode - Choose Full Color, Black&White, or Sepia
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