Features & Controls
Minimum Focus Distance:
- W: Approx. 5cm (1.9 inches) to infinity
- T: Approx.150cm (4.92 ft.) to infinity
- Multi-oint AF
- Center-weighted AF
- Spot AF
- Tracking AF
- Face tracking AF
- Slow Synchro
- Advanced Flash (limits image resolution to 4 megapixels)
The 2.7-inch LCD has a modest 230,000-dot resolution. That means it's not extremely sharp, and neither is it exceedingly bright. Side to side the viewing angle is fine, but I found that when angling it upward or downward, the screen begins dimming at roughly 45 degrees. Not a problem if you don't tend to shoot overhead or try to get creative with your angles.
At the top of the back panel, to the right of the LCD, is the zoom rocker button that controls the 8X zoom lens, and digital zoom if enabled. Rather than have a dedicated movie record button, this camera has a three-position switch for changing from still image shooting to video. The middle position is for capturing panoramic stills.
The top of the camera is a simple affair - just a power button and shutter button atop the slim body.
The battery slips into its compartment right beside the memory card slot behind a hinged door on the underside of the camera.
- MS Duo
An AC adapter is included with the camera, which allows you to connect the USB cable to the brick, which plugs into an outlet. You charge the battery while it is in the camera. However, I'd be happier to have it recharge in the charger so I could use a second battery, given the poor battery life I experienced. I was only able to capture 110 shots and 20 short videos with the LCD set at standard resolution (though I can't definitively say the battery was fully charged). On a second charge, and the camera's display set to high resolution, the camera captured a paltry 89 shots before calling it quits.
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