In playback mode there are three settings (versus two in shooting mode). Here, obviously, is a no information display. You can also choose detailed info and Display Info on Screen. There is very little difference between the two. And you can't toggle the different views by pressing the display position (upward) on the four-way control - it delivers you to a menu wherein you must use up/down and press enter to make your selection.
Playback with info shows basic details but omits camera settings information.
Playback with detailed information adds the following settings to the right side of the screen: Flash setting, white balance, ISO, exposure compensation, shutter speed and aperture. No histogram view is available.
You can zoom up to 8X to inspect your images, though critical inspection of focus isn't quite foolproof with a 230,000-dot LCD. Note the indicator at bottom left that rather than having to zoom back out to see the entire image, you simply press the select button to cancel the magnified view.
Pressing leftward on the zoom rocker takes you first to a 12-image index view.
A second press on the zoom rocker button increases the thumbnail count to 25.
Rather than squeeze more thumbnails onto the screen, a third leftward press on the zoom button brings up the calendar view for navigating your shots by date.
Additional view options are available through the playback menu.
- Date view
- Folder view (still)
- Folder view (movie)
Editing options in playback mode are kept to a basic minimum. The Beauty Effect is where the most options are, and these are aimed at quick attempts to touch up portraits. Using the Skin Toning feature, you can choose from one of four shades to go for a more natural look or give yourself a virtual spray tan.
The rest of the adjustments have a low to high range. By the time you get done smoothing your skin and distort your eyes to look bigger, you're certain to look for like a mannequin than a human.
Beauty Effect Settings:
- Skin toning (four shades)
- Skin smoothing
- Shine removal
- Eye widening
- Teeth whitening
The only other editing option is Retouch, which offers two options: Trimming and Unsharp Masking. The latter aims to actually sharpen details, and has no adjustable parameters. I saw little difference in my use of the effect.
The camera will play slideshows with music, but you will need to load music onto the camera. To do so, you will need special software on your PC, and you will need to find it yourself. No CD-ROM comes with the camera, nor was a link provided on the DSC-730 web page on the company website, as of press time.
Movie playback, like still image playback, has three display modes. You change this using the menu launched by the display (upward) position on the four-way control. Shown here is the no information view.
The display information view in movie playback shows video resolution, file number and date/time.
Oddly, the detailed information view in movie playback shows no more information than the standard info view. The only difference here is the video duration bar near the bottom of the screen because playback has begun and been paused - but the standard view shows this as well.