Record Screens & Menus

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sony_wx10_rec_iauto.gifHere we can see the WX10 in iAuto (intelligent Auto) mode, which is a fully automatic exposure program that takes all of the guess work out of capturing  photos. Unlike the traditional auto mode of old, iAuto chooses the exposure settings and the appropriate Scene mode for the current shot being framed, which is accomplishes by analyzing the scene at hand. Unlike most digicams that offer this type of functionality, the WX10 allows you to toggle more advanced options than we normally see. These include Burst settings, Exposure compensation, Scene Recognition (Auto or Advanced), Smile Detection Sensitivity, Face Detection, etc. Pressing up (DISP) on the 4-way controller will allow you to toggle the different display options (shown above). 


sony_wx10_rec_ready.jpgWhen you half-press the shutter release, the camera will attempt to lock focus and exposure on the subject (and scene mode if you are in iAuto like the above). Once locked, the AF targets that the camera has chosen to use will turn green if focus was successful, along with a small green dot at the lower left. If focus is not achieved, the green dot will flash; and the camera will still take a photography, even if focus is not locked. Other icons indicate flash status, scene mode chosen bu iAuto, and the aperture. When using Program or Manual modes, the camera will also display the ISO and shutter speed at this point.


sony_wx10_rec_superiorauto.jpgSuperior Auto is Sony's latest intelligent program, that combines all the great features of iAuto with multi-frame technology. By capturing up to 6 frames in an instant, then combining them in camera, Sony claims this mode can help you proiduce images with "greater clarity", "lower noise", and "optimum dynamic range". This setting can detect up to 33 difference scenes in still mode, and up ti 44 scenes for movies.


sony_wx10_rec_modedial.jpgAs you turn the mode dial, a virtual dial will also appear on the LCD, giving you a brief description of each position.



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If Superior Auto or iAuto aren't enough, you can select from several Scene modes one under the SCN position on the mode dial: High Sensitivity, Soft snap, Landscape, Twilight Portrait, Twilight, Gourmet, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Pet, Soft Skin, Handheld Twilight, Anti Motion Blur, and Backlight Correction HDR.



sony_wx10_program.jpgProgram mode allows you to still benefit from fully automatic exposure, however now you have access to more advanced settings that like ISO, White balance, focus mode, etc.



sony_wx10_rec_manual.gifManual mode gives you the most control of all the exposure options. Here you can choose the the shutter speed and aperture by pressing the Set button in the center of the 4-way controller; which cycles through ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture (like shown above). Rotating the control wheel around the 4-way controller will change the selected setting's value. At the bottom right you can see a small Exposure Value, which helps you dial in a proper exposure (showing 0EV in our example; which is the desired value you want to obtain).





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Program/Manual  FUNC. Menu:

  • Image Size - 16M, 10M, 5M, VGA, 12M (16:9), 2M (16:9)
  • Exposure Value - -2.0 to +2.0
  • ISO - Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
  • White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent2, Fluorescent 3, Incandescent, Flash, Custom
  • White Balance Shift - Off, On, Set
  • Focus- Multi AF, Center AF, Flexible Spot AF, Semi Manual, Manual
  • Metering Mode-Multi, Center, Spot 
  • Burst Shooting Interval - Hi or Lot
  • Bracket Setting - Off, ±0.3, ±0.7, ±1.0, WB BRK
  • Smile Shutter - On or Off
  • Smile Detection Sensitivity - Big Smile, Normal Smile, Slight Smile
  • Face Detection - Off, Auto, Child Priority, Adult, Priority
  • Color Mode - Standard, Vivid, Real, Sepia, B&W
  • Color Saturation - Standard, - or +
  • Contrast - Standard, - or +
  • Sharpness - Standard, - or +
  • Movie Quality - FX (1920x1080/60i), FM (1920x1080/60i) or HQ (1440x1080/60i)
  • Movie SteadyShot - Standard or Active 
  • In-Camera Guide - Enter the camera guide
  • Menu- Enter the change shooting settings, Main Settings, Memory Card Tool, Clock Settings




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Sony's "iSweep Panorama" technology takes their popular Sweep Panorama to the next level. On top of making it super simple to capture vast landscapes by simply pressing the shutter once and sweeping the camera, iSweep can detect faces and moving subjects to help reduce distortions. It also offers a High Resolution setting that helps you create a huge 42-megapixel panoramic image, by holding the camera in portrait orientation.



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The WX10 is among a few sub $300 cameras that can capture high-quality 1080p full HD video. You have three settings to choose from, FX 1920x1080 (60i) 24/Mbps, FH 1920x1080 (60i) 17/Mbps, and HG 1440x1080 (60i) 9/Mbps. Stereo sounds is also recorded, and you can even use the optical zoom while recording. The zoom moves very slowly, which allows the focus system to keep up, and helps reduce motor noise in your videos. Sony even includes their "Movie SteadyShot" functionality to help reduce handshake for handheld video.  Video is saved in AVCHD format (.MTS).

For those who want to shoot smaller videos to save space, the WX10 also offers MPEG-4 (.MP4) video, with a max resolution of 720p (1280x720, 30p), along with a VGA settings (640x480). These settings only consumer 6Mbps/3Mbps respectively, while still offering decent quality and viewing size (when using the 720p option).



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Movie Menu:

  • Movie Shooting Scene - Intelligent Auto or Scene selection
  • Image Size  FX 1920x1080 (60i) 24/Mbps, FH 1920x1080 (60i) 17/Mbps, and HG 1440x1080 (60i) 9/Mbps
  • Exposure Value --2.0 to +2.0
  • Movie Smile Shutter - On or Off
  • Smile Detection Sensitivity - Big Smile, Normal Smile, Slight Smile
  • Face Detection - Off, Auto, Child priority, Adult priority
  • Movie SteadyShot - Standard, Active
  • In-Camera Guide - Enter the camera guide
  • Menu - Enter the change shooting settings, Main Settings, Memory Card Tool, Clock Settings



sony_wx10_guide.gifFinally, we have the In-Camera help guide. This is an extremely helpful guide that explains the various exposure options and settings offered by the WX10. There are six categories to choose from (Shoot/Playback guide, Icon guide, Troubleshooting, Objective guide, Keyword search, and History), each offering a wealth of information to help you "learn" your new camera. This guide is accessible in both record and playback modes.


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