Playback Screens & Menus

Please excuse the quality of the screen captures and live view images. The NX1 does not include A/V cables, so we had to photograph the monitor.

The default playback view shows basic file number information. After a couple seconds, all overlaid text and icons disappear.

The top right Menu icon is a touch screen button that launches the main menu.

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Pressing the display position on the four-way control, or custom wheel, changes the playback view. This next view offers an ample list of primary camera settings. This goes away after a couple seconds.

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Another press of the display button adds an RGBY histogram to the screen, and moves some of the settings information to the bottom of the screen. Unlike the first two playback views, the settings information does not vanish after roughly two seconds - the view remains static.

At top right, beside the touch screen Menu button, are two additional touch screen buttons. Right to left: the camera-and-arrows icon launches a nearby devices menu (see below); the envelope icon connects the camera to a Wi-Fi network.

The nearby devices icon menu gives you a quick way of connecting the camera wirelessly to a smartphone, PC, TV or digital media server.

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Turning the top command dial leftward brings up a 15-thumbnail index view.

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Turning the top command dial further brings up a 21-thumbnail view. Well, sort of. Half of the top or bottom row is always halfway off the screen.

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You can magnify your images up to 9x by turning the top command dial rightward. The top right of the screen indicates that the Fn button can be used to make a crop of the magnified image (I know it's difficult to see on the white background). This also serves as a touch screen button - you can simply tap the screen there to perform the same function.

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Pressing the Fn button adds four icons to the bottom of the screen that comprise your editing options.

Playback edit menu:
  • Edit: Crop, rotate, resize
  • Color: 8 adjustable selections (see list below)
  • Portrait: Original, face retouch
  • Smart filter: 8 selections (see list below)
Color edit menu:
  • Auto adjustment
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Saturation
  • RGB adjustment
  • Color temperature
  • Exposure
  • Hue

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The portrait face retouch edit is basic in its efforts to air-brush away the effects of time. At its most extreme setting, you will look like a very amateurish version of the heavily retouched models on glossy magazines. The edit does not offer you any controls other than overall severity, so you can't try to hone in on skin, but leave hair alone - you have to trust the camera to make that call all by itself.

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When you launch the color edit or Smart filter edit menu, it loads as a row of swipeable icons along the bottom of the touch screen. This assortment produces attractive, tasteful, and artsy results.

Smart Filter edit menu:
  • Vignetting
  • Miniature (horizontal)
  • Miniature (vertical)
  • Watercolor
  • Red (all other colors converted to grayscale)
  • Green (all other colors converted to grayscale)
  • Blue (all other colors converted to grayscale)
  • Yellow (all other colors converted to grayscale)

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Here is a photo with the water color smart filter applied.

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The playback menu offers basic operations, slide show options, and sorting preferences.

Playback menu:
  • Delete
  • Protect: Off, on
  • Overexposure Guide: Off, on
  • Play interval shots
  • Start slide show
  • Slide show options: Play mode (one play, repeat), interval, effect (off, calm, shine, relax, lively, sweet)
  • Edit image
  • Auto rotate: On, off
  • Sort by: Latest, oldest
  • View continuous shots: Fold, unfold

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Movies play back with minimal information displayed. When first brought on screen, only a play button is overlaid in the middle of the screen. Pressing upward on the four-way control adds movie size and date/time info to the bottom of the screen for a couple seconds.

After beginning playback, virtual buttons appear at the bottom of the screen (shown above). You tap these to pause, rewind, etc. Alternatively, the OK button will play and pause. Once playback has begun, pressing upward/downward on the four-way control adjusts the audio volume.

Note at top right: Tapping "capture" or pressing the Fn button will create a still from a movie that's paused. During playback these icons are grayed out.

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If you use the main menu to enter trim movie mode, the top right of the screen indicates that the Fn button (or the "start point" touch screen button) will establish a beginning, when playback is paused. Once this is done, the top right icon changes to "end point". When you pause next, you can select this as the end of your new, shortened video clip.

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