The Setup options are:
This is the LCD view when in Manual record mode. The menu of options along the bottom is activated by pressing the "Menu/EXE" button and gives you the following options:
When shooting in manual mode the MX-1700 displays the last picture
taken and prompts you if you want to save it or discard it.
This is the menu when you're in PLAY mode.
Once in Playback mode you can press the Disp button and bring up
the usual 9-picture thumbnail display to quickly go through the stored
images to find one to display full screen. By default the last
picture stored is displayed when switching into Playback mode.
Typical playback screen with all the display info enabled.
After a picture is displayed you can zoom in up to 4X in very small
increments and then freely pan around through the various segments.
Can you say "small?" Yes! The MX-1700 is the same (small) size as its MX-700 sibling plus it now packs a real 3X all-glass zoom lens. 1.5 megapixel power in a case just slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes and just as easy to stick in your pocket or purse. The all-metal body and automatic lens protector make this camera durable enough to take a beating and still perform properly day after day.
I am happy to report that the MX-1700 cranks out the picture quality, shot after shot. The zoom lens means no more moving to get closer to your subject and wide angle only when you need it. Color and white balance is on the mark and the overall saturation is very good and leaves plenty of room for software adjustment without blowing out any highlights. Fujifilm says that the MX-1700 has improved RGB filters and the proof is in the pictures.
The MX-1700 is ready to shoot in about three seconds from flipping the power switch. The zoom lens glides out almost silently after the lens protector has retracted and then it beeps and you're ready to start taking pictures. Even in the 1280x1024 Fine mode the camera can store an image in just a couple of seconds and be ready to shoot the next one. If you're in Manual mode the last shot taken is frozen on the LCD until you tell the camera to either store it or discard it.
Fuji will have no problem selling these cameras, anyone can use it in the fully automatic point-n-shoot mode and there's plenty of manual overrides to make the advanced users happy too. The bottom line is always image quality and the MX-1700 delivers it - in spades.
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