Green mode is the easiest of the camera's shooting modes. All of the camera's settings are completely automatic, and the information on the screen is large, basic and easy to read. The only option that you have control over is the turning the flash on or off.
Auto Picture mode is another completely automatic shooting mode that offers you just a few more settings that you will have control over. Some of these settings include the Image size and quality, ISO and AF settings.
Program mode gives you complete control over the settings and functions of the camera. This mode is still automatic, as it will adjust the aperture shutter speeds to accommodate the other settings that you have chosen.
Manual mode, along with aperture and shutter priorities allow you to have complete control (manual) or at least control over one of the other two settings. This allows for more advanced photographers to take control of the camera and use their knowledge and creativity as if they were shooting with a dSLR.
Half-pressing the shutter release allows the auto focus to work without capturing an image. When focus is achieved, a green rectangle will appear to show you what the camera has focused on. If the camera fails to achieve focus, this green rectangle will not appear.
Turning the mode dial to the SCeNe option allows you to choose a preset mode designed for common or tricky shooting situations. Scene Modes: Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Backlight, Half-Length Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene + Half Portrait, Stage Lighting, Surf & Snow, Baby, Kids, Pet, Food, Fireworks, Frame Composite, Party, Museum, Sunset, Digital Wide and Digital Panorama.
The 4-way controller on the back acts as shortcut buttons to some of the more common camera settings. Pressing up allows you to choose a burst mode or camera timer, right selects a macro shooting mode and left gives you the flash options. Pressing down in scene mode allows you to choose a new scene mode to shoot with. The OK button in the middle allows you to select your option.
In order to make portrait photography easier in any shooting mode, Pentax has included a Face Detection button on the back. This allows you to toggle between Face Detection on, off and Smile Capture modes without entering into the camera menu.
- Image Tone - Bright, Natural, Monochrome
- Recorded Pixels - 12M, 10.7M (3:2), 9M (16:9), 9M (1:1), 7M, 5M, 3M, 1024, 640
- Quality Level - *** (best), ** (better), * (good)
- White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent (Daylight Colors, Daylight White, White Light), Custom
- Sensitivity - Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
- ISO Correction in Auto - ISO 80-100 to ISO 80-1600
- AF Setting - Adjust Focusing area, Auto Macro and Focus Assist
- AE Metering - Multi, Center, Spot
- Flash Exp. Comp. - ±2 in 1/3 increments
- Movie - Shown Below
- D-Range Setting - Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction
- Shake Reduction - On or Off
- Interval Shoot - Allows the camera to automatically shoot a set number of shots at set intervals
- Blink Detection - On or Off
- Digital Zoom - On or Off
- Instant Review - On or Off
- Memory - Select the features that you want the camera to remember every time it is turned on
- Green Button - Green Mode, Fn Setting
- Sharpness - Minus, Normal, Plus
- Saturation - Minus, Normal, Plus
- Contrast - Minus, Normal, Plus
- Date Imprint - Off, Date, Date & Time, Time
The X90 records video with resolutions of 1280x720, 640x480 and 320x240 with sound at either 15 or 30fps. Here you can see that the camera is in Movie mode, Shake Reduction is on and there is 9 minutes and 42 seconds left of recording time on your memory. The optical zoom can Not be used while recording, however the desired focal length can be preset before hand. All video files are saved in Motion JPEG (.AVI) format. The maximum length of a clip is limited to 4GB.
- Recorded Pixels - 1280x720 15fps and 30fps, 640x480 15fps and 30fps, 320x240 15fps and 30fps
- Movie SR - On or Off