Please excuse the quality of these screen captures. The WB800F does not come with AV cables, so we photographed the display.
The default playback view shows minimal file information, such as file number. This information and the two touch screen buttons at the bottom go away after roughly three seconds.
Pressing upward on the four-way control brings up a box of camera settings and date. As with the default view, this box, along with all other text and icons, disappears after roughly three seconds. The Menu icon launches the playback menu, and the bottom right icon brings up index view.
Pressing leftward on the zoom ring, or using the index icon at bottom right on the touch screen, takes you to index view. The first index view shows 12 thumbnails; a second press displays 24 thumbnails.
You can zoom in very close on your image - this magnification is from the first photo on this page. And, as indicated by the frame at top right, this is a very small portion of the image. Unlike the elegant touch screen experience on smart phones, however, you can not use two fingers to zoom in and out on images - you can only swipe across the screen to go to the next image.
Using either the dedicated menu button on the back panel or the virtual menu button on the touch screen launches the playback menu. The first selection is the Wi-Fi menu. But you don't have dive into this menu every time you want to share a photo or video. You can assign one of these functions to the Direct Link button on the top panel.
- Share (Wi-Fi): Facebook, Picasa, SkyDrive, AllShare Play, email, Wi-Fi direct (to a smart phone)
- Delete: delete, multiple delete, delete all
- Trim movie
- Start slide show
- Slide show options: play mode (one play, repeat), interval, music (five options), effect (five options)
- Edit image (see below)
Choosing Edit Image in the playback menu brings up six icons on the touch screen. You can also reach this menu by selecting Photo Editor when using the Magic Plus mode (on the mode dial).
The left side icons from top to bottom are resize, rotate and crop. The right side icons take you to the smart filter menu, color adjustment options and portrait tweaks, such as face retouch.
Still image edit menu:ResizeRotateCropSmart Filter (see list below)Color: original, ACB (backlighting), brightness, contrast, saturationPortrait: original, face retouch, red-eye fix
The color menu offers four adjustments. ACB stands for auto contrast balance and is a one-touch adjustment, while the others allow you to select the intensity.
Color adjustment menu:
- ACB (auto contrast balance)
- Brightness (+/-16)
- Contrast (+/-2)
- Saturation (+/-16)
Within the photo editor menu are 12 filters. You can choose to shoot with these via the Photo Filter selection in Magic Plus mode, or apply them later.
Photo Filter menu:
- Ink Painting
- Oil Painting
- Cross Filter
- Soft Focus
- Fish Eye
- Zooming Shot
Rather than bury basic settings within the main shooting or playback menu, a Settings position on the mode dial takes you to them. This is where you change sound and display settings, but more importantly this is where you select the wireless function of the Direct Link button, and make changes to Wi-Fi connectivity.
Pressing the Direct Link button brings up a Wi-Fi function menu, depending on your choices in the Settings menu. Shown here is the menu with SNS & Cloud selected, and its four sharing options.
In default movie mode, the information box showing video resolution and date is hidden. Pressing upward on the four-way control displays this information. Once playback begins, touch screen buttons for rewind, pause, fast forward, and volume appear at the bottom of the screen for a few seconds, then disappear.
As noted elsewhere, the sound of the zooming motor can be heard on the audio if you're recording in a quiet environment, but if there is ambient noise or people talking nearby, it likely won't be distracting.
In the playback menu is a movie trim option. During playback, you pause video playback and press downward on the four-way control to select a start point. You do the same again to select the end point. You can also capture a still image from video by using the macro position (downward) on the four-way control while playback is paused.
You can not, however, apply the movie filters available in video recording mode (which, by the way, limit resolution to VGA quality, 640x480) in playback mode. You must do so while recording, and you won't get 1080p quality.