Sony DSC-M2 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2

Playback Mode Screens & Menus

Sony DSC-M2

Playback mode is entered by depressing the MODE button. Playback screen has icons for battery condition, protected image, DPOF printing, image size, picture number / total number of pictures. Across the bottom is the folder name, image file number and time and date.

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Pressing the Monitor button toggles the display of the exposure compensation, ISO speed, flash mode, aperture, shutter speed and the histogram graph. Press it again to clear all of the overlay information for slideshow playback on the TV screen.

Sony DSC-M2

While viewing a picture fullscreen you can toggle the telephoto zoom control and zoom-in to the image in multiple steps up to 5x. Once magnified you can scroll around inside of the image using the 4-way selector.

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Press the telephoto wide angle button to enter index mode, nine thumbnail size images are displayed per page. You can quickly search through the stored images and display one full screen.

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Still image playback mode options:

    Folder - Change the current image folder

    Protect - Protect/unprotect images from accidental erasure

    DPOF - Attach DPOF printing information to image(s)

    Print - PictBridge USB direct printing (see next frame)

    Resize - Resize image to 5M, 3M, 1M or VGA resolution

    Rotate - Rotate portrait mode images for TV display

    Setup - Enter the Setup menu

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The M2's Slide Show plays back still and moving images with background music on a TV or the camera's LCD and speakers; enter PLAY mode by depressing the MODE button, then depress the PHOTO/review button on the left side of the LCD.

Slide Show playback options:

    Image - Image source of All or a specified Folder

    Music - Select from 4 background music themes, or Off

    Transition - Normal, Quick or Slow

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The DSC-M2 can be connected directly to the Sony DPP-FP50 Picture Station photo printer (or any PictBridge comatible printer.) This is a personal 4 x 6" dye sublimation printer that makes photo-quality prints with the same permanence as regular film photos.

Sony DSC-M2

Plug the regular USB cable into any PictBridge compatible printer and you can make photo prints without need of a computer. Here are the screens shown during a PictBridge printing session.

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The Resize option lets you create a smaller image when needed. A 5-megapixel image can be down-sized to 3M, 1M or VGA size.

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The Rotate option lets you rotate portrait mode images for correct playback on the LCD or TV screen.

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Movies are played back full-screen, audio is replayed through the speaker.

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Photos in the M2's Album can be played-back by depressing the MODE button followed by the MOVIE/Album button to the left of the LCD. Album playback first displays a calendar with the first photo recorded each day. Select the day using the 4-way controller or Shuttle dial and Control button. Then select the photo using the same controls; scroll through the photos using either the 4-way controller or Shuttle dial.

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SETUP menu:

    Hybrid Rec - Normal: 5-second movie before still image and 3-seconds after. Pre Rec: Only a 5-second movie before still image capture

    Digital Zoom - Enable or disable the Smart or Precision digital zoom

    Date/Time - Enable date or time+date stamping on the image

    Red Eye Reduction - Enable/disable the flash Red-Eye mode

    AF Illuminator - Autofocus assist lamp: Auto or Off

    Auto Review - On, Off (auto review after capture)

    Format - Format the Memory Stick

    Create REC.Folder - Create a new folder for storing images

    Change REC.Folder - Select a different folder

    Copy - Copies images in the M2's internal Album onto the Memory Stick Duo (use of AC adapter required)

    Write in Album - Saves minimized copies of images into M2's internal memory as they are captured

    Format - Format the M2's internal Album

    Beep - Camera "beep" sounds: Shutter, On, Off

    Format Music - Format music storage area (played during Album viewing) before transferring music files from a computer

    LCD Backlight - Bright or Normal

    Language - Menu language

    File Number - SERIES (sequential auto number images) or RESET

    USB Connect - PictBridge, PTP, Mass Storage, Auto

    Video Out - NTSC or PAL signal timing

    Clock Set - Set the internal clock

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