Sony DSC-T50 Review
Record Mode Screens & Menus
The screen display when in the AUTO (point-n-shoot) mode. 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 and remaining time in minutes that's
constantly displayed. The image size is 7 "M"egapixels, the image
folder is 101, there's 76 shots left and in the center are the AF target marks (the
focus mode is Single AF.)
Pressing the menu button will bring up these onscreen options. Simply touch the desired option
with your fingertip or the provided stylus to make a selection.
The camera mode is selected from the first option in the menu: Auto, Program, High Sensitivity,
Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Soft Snap, Landscape, High Speed Shutter, Beach, Snow and
Program AE mode is also automatic but it offers the user a wealth of options, like
white balance, ISO speed, metering, color saturation, contrast and sharpness. All of this
information can be cleared off the screen by pressing the Monitor button. Pressing the Monitor
button will also enable the live histogram display (not shown.)
Half-pressing the shutter will activate the autofocus system, if successful it displays a green
"OK" dot and the shutter speed and aperture values are shown at the bottom.
Image size choices:
The special 16:9 HDTV mode is for display on a
wide screen high-def set. The image will perfectly fill your home theater screen.
Record options (other than Auto mode):
Metering - Multi-pattern (default), center or Spot
White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash
ISO - Auto or manually locked at 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1000
Picture Quality - Fine or Standard
Record Mode - Normal, Burst or Multi Burst
Bracket Step - 0.3, 0.7 or 1.0EV (only when Bracketing is active)
Interval - 7.5/15/30 frames per second (only when Multi Burst is active)
Flash Level - High, Normal or Low
Contrast - Default is 0 but may be + or -
Sharpness - Default is 0 but may be + or -
Setup - Enters the Setup menu
Macro (close-up) focus mode allows you to shoot much closer than normal. The focus
range in macro is from 3.1 inches to infinity.
Not close enough? Use the
Magnifying Glass Mode to get as close as 0.4 inches (1 cm) for up
to 3× life size images!
Record motion video with audio. The 640×480 "VX Fine" mode is 30fps and requires the use of Memory Stick Duo Pro media to insure that it can stream the data fast enough from the camera. The VX standard mode is also VGA resolution (640×480) but at a lesser 16fps frame rate and can be recorded on regular Memory Stick Duo media. The length of recording is limited only by the space available on the Memory Stick being used.
Movie clips can also be recorded in 160×112 resolution at 8fps, these movies
will playback in a smaller window. The advantage is that the file sizes are smaller and
more practical for e-mail purposes.
Movie mode options:
Focus - Multi AF, Center AF or fixed focus at 0.5m, 1m, 3m, 7m or infinity
Self-timer - Off, 2 or 10 seconds
Macro mode - On or Off
Menu - Enter the menu
Image Size - 640 Fine, 640 Standard, 160 e-mail
Metering - Multi-pattern (default), Center or Spot
White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent or Incandescent
Setup - Enter the setup menu
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