Sony DSC-F707 Review
By Movable Type Admin
Record Modes & Menu Options
A typical record mode screen with its associated onscreen icons. To left is the battery
icon (full) along with a digital readout in minutes of remaining time. In the center is
the recording mode and image size (2560 x 1920). The icon next to that indicates
graphically how much space is left on the Memory Stick. Other icons indicate flash is
in "fill " mode, white balance has been manually set, the selftimer is enabled and so
is the macro focus mode.
This is what you see when you half-press the shutter button, the autofocus is now
locked (green dot). You'll also see the selected shutter speed, aperture setting
and any EV compensation. We've also enabled Spot metering which is indicated by the
"+" in the center of the focusing frame marks.
Here we are in the Shutter priority mode indicated by the "AE/S" on the top line.
You adjust the shutter speed by pressing the Jog Dial and then rotating it to
change the value, here it is shown at 1/15sec.
It works pretty much the same when in Aperture priority "AE/A" mode except now you
are using the Jog Dial to change the aperture values.
When in full Manual mode you change both the shutter speed and aperture value while
watching the "EV" readout which tells you if the selected combination is over or under
exposed. You press the Jog Dial in and move it up or down to select the shutter
speed or aperture and then change them.
The Record mode Menu options:
When in Manual Focus mode the LCD screen image is magnified 2x while you are turning the
focus ring to make critical focusing easier. The focus distance is displayed next to
the focus "finger" icon.
New on the F707 is the NightShot mode which is the same as the NightShot mode on
Sony camcorders. There are two infrared LEDs mounted on the end of the lens that serve
to illuminate the subject in total darkness (up to ~9 feet from the camera). The picture
is captured as a green-tinted image as shown above, it is decidedly "hot" in
the center due to aiming of the IR LEDs.
The new NightFrame mode looks the same but it uses the infrared illuminators to let you
frame your subject in total darkness, it then switches back to regular color mode just
before capturing the photo. The popup flash is used to illuminate the subject.
The camera is now in Movie mode and we are ready to record a 320 x 240 HQX movie. There is enough space left on the Memory Stick for a total of 1 min 41 secs of recording. You can capture full motion sequences with audio at 15 frames per second. There are three different recording modes available: 320x240 HQX is settable to specific clip lengths (5, 10, 15 seconds) or it can capture clips up to the amount of available memory remaining. HQX movies play back full screen on the LCD or TV screen.
The 320x240 (non-HQX) and 160x120 mode movies can be recorded for as long as you have available
memory - or settable to 5, 10 or 15 second clips. The normal 320x240 and 160x120 movies play
back in a smaller screen area, see the next page for examples.
Movie record mode options:
White Balance - Automatic, Indoor, Outdoor or One-Push custom
Image Size - 320x240HQX, 320x240, 160x120
Picture Effect - None, Negative Art, Sepia, Solarize
Besides MPEG movies you can also record animated 160x120 GIF files using the ClipMotion mode. You can sequence up to 10 images into one small and compact file that can be easily emailed.
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