Sony DSC-S40 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S40



Record Mode Screens & Menus



(Because the S40 does NOT have a Video Out feature, these screens were captured from the S60, some settings and features may differ.)

Sony CyberShot DSC-S40

Here is the Auto mode screen display. Minimal information is displayed and only a few parameters such as image size or recording mode can be changed. Upper left is the battery level that's constantly displayed. The image size is "4M"egapixels, the image folder is 101, there's space for 108 shots, a graphical icon of the Memory Stick's available space, in the center are the Auto Focus area target marks and the S AF on the bottom indicates Single-AF focus mode.




Sony CyberShot DSC-S40

This is a "P"rogram AE screen. Top left shows the battery level (full). You can see icons for flash power set to "-", the ISO speed is set to 80, sharpening, contrast and saturation parameters are at other than default values.




Sony CyberShot DSC-S40

When you half-press the shutter release the AF marks will turn green indicating the area of focus, it will also show the selected shutter speed and aperture.



Sony CyberShot DSC-S40

Here's the screen when using Manual mode, it allows users to select both the shutter speed and aperture value, and displays the Exposure Value to inform you if you are about to take an under or over-exposed picture. Also shown here is the realtime histogram which can be toggled on/off by the Monitor button (Not available on the S40.)



Sony DSC-S40

Record mode menu:

    Camera - Auto, Program, Manual, Scene Modes (Night, Night Portrait, Candle, Snow, Beach, Landscape, Portrait)

    Exposure Compensation - Override the metering by +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps

    Focus - Multi AF, Center AF

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent or Incandescent

    ISO - Auto or fixed at 80, 100, 200, 400

    Picture Quality - Fine or Standard

    Mode - Normal, Burst or Multi Burst

    Multi Burst - 1/7.5, 1/15 or 1/30 (option appears only when mode is Multi Burst)

    Flash Level - High, Normal or Low

    Picture Effect - Off, Sepia, Black & White

    Saturation - Default is 0 but may be + or -

    Contrast - Default is 0 but may be + or -

    Sharpness - Default is 0 but may be + or -





Sony DSC-S40

The screen in the 640 Fine Movie mode. Fine mode is VGA resolution 640 x 480 full screen @ 30fps with audio and the length is limited only by the space available on the memory card.

Sony DSC-S40





Sony DSC-S40


Movie resolution can be set to 640 Fine (30fps), 640 Standard (16 fps) or 160 for E-mail (160x120, 8.3 fps), these movies will playback in a smaller window. The advantage is that the file sizes are smaller and more practical for email purposes.

Movie menu options:

    Exposure Compensation - Override the metering by +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps

    Focus - Multi AF, Center AF

    Metering - Multi-pattern (default) or Spot

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent or Incandescent

    Picture Effect - Off, Sepia, Black & White




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