Pentax Optio S4 Review
Record Modes & Menu Options
Typical still image recording screen in the default Program AE shooting mode.
There's space for another 81 pictures on the SD card and the battery
level is full. The white brackets in the center is the auto focus area.
When the shutter is half-pressed and the auto focus is locked the AF point
will shrink and turn green and the selected shutter speed and aperture value
Pressing the DISPLAY button will turn the color LCD on/off and also controls
how much information is overlayed on top of the live image. Here we have all
of the information enabled including the realtime histogram display.
Still image menu options:
Recorded Pixels - 2304x1728, 1600x1200, 1024x768 or 640x480
Digital Zoom - On/Off
Saturation - Hard, Normal or Soft
The shooting modes are selected from a virtual Mode Dial that is activated by
pressing Down on the 4-way controller. The selection includes: Program,
Picture mode, Night scene, Movie, Panorama assist, 3D image, Digital filter
The Picture (Scene) mode selection includes: Landscape, Flower, Portrait,
Self-portrait, Surf & Snow, Autumn color and Sunset.
The Digital Filter mode includes: Slim and Wide for distorting the image
height and width and a host of color effect filters (Black & White, Sepia,
Red, Pink, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple)
In the Super Macro Mode you can focus from 2.4 to 8 inches with excellent
results. The regular Macro mode covers a range from 7 to 20 inches.
Manual focus mode lets you set the focus distance manually with an onscreen
distance gauge and the center 50% of the image is enlarged while focusing.
Manual AF point selection lets you override the automatic focus system and
place the active AF point anywhere in a 7 x 7 grid on the screen.
3D mode helps you to capture two images with the proper offset so that they
can be printed and then viewed with the included stereoscopic viewing aid.
Panorama Assist mode lets you take a series of images and then join them to
create a panoramic image. There are four types of modes available: Join the
images on the left, right, top or bottom. After the first image is captured
you will see a transparent portion of the first image, this is used to achieve
the proper overlap for a good panoramic image. The images captured in Panorama
Assist mode can be "stitched" together using the supplied ACDSee software.
Movie mode lets you can record up to 60 secs (per clip) of motion JPEG at 320 x 240 resolution at 15fps. Monaural audio is also recorded.
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