Record Screens & Menus

Please excuse the quality of these screen captures. The camera did not come with an AV cable, therefore we had to photograph the display.

When shooting in Auto mode, the default screen includes basic camera settings icons along the right column. Using the display (upward) position on the four-way control, you toggle between two display modes. Pressing the display button erases the icons at the top right of the screen.

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In the PASM modes and Smart mode, there are four displays. Shown above is Program mode. Note the icons along the bottom of the screen, which don't appear in Auto mode. Pressing the display button adds a histogram to this informational display; a second press takes away all of the icons on the right side of the screen; a third press adds a level meter just above the settings info along the bottom of the screen.

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When focus is achieved, one or more AF boxes (depending on the AF mode) appear and turn green. If the camera can not focus accurately, a red bracket appears in each corner of the screen.

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Turning the mode dial to the Smart mode position brings up this 13-item scene mode menu of icons. Given the 180-degree upward angle of the LCD for "selfies," it's apropos that the first two scene modes are for portraits. The Beauty Face mode attempts to hide facial imperfections, while Best Face allows you to take multiple shots and choose the best facial expression from multiple frames.

Smart mode scene modes:
  • Beauty Face
  • Best Face
  • Landscape
  • Macro
  • Action Freeze
  • Rich Tone
  • Waterfall
  • Silhouette
  • Sunset
  • Night
  • Firework
  • Light Trace
  • Continuous Shot
  • Kids
  • Food
  • Party/Indoor

Turning the mode dial clockwise from Smart mode, you get a panorama mode that works well, and then a Wi-Fi position. This menu offers six choices, and perhaps the most novel is the Home Monitor selection. In this mode, you can pair your camera and smartphone to setup a baby monitor, or watch your house as the name suggests (given that you've downloaded the app to your Android smartphone).

Wi-Fi menu:
  • MobileLink: Select files from a smartphone or the camera for transfer
  • Remote Viewfinder: Use a smartphone to remotely control the camera
  • Group Share: Allows you to share with up to four people via a smartphone's corresponding app
  • Home Monitor+: When a sound is detected, a photo is taken and sent to a smartphone running the app of the same name
  • Samsung Link: Automatically transfer files to an online sharing site, such as Dropbox
  • Auto Backup: Automatic transfer of files to a Windows PC or Mac for safe keeping

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A handful of menus are easily accessed via the Fn button. Pressing the Fn button brings up this menu of icons. This menu is context-sensitive, so not all shooting modes display all of these items.

Shown above is the menu in Program mode. Note that the top two items - shutter speed and aperture - are grayed-out because they can not be modified in this mode. The next row - EV and ISO - can be changed in this menu, as can the rest of the settings.

Fn button menu items:
  • Shutter speed
  • Aperture
  • EV
  • ISO
  • White balance
  • Picture Wizard
  • Metering mode
  • AF mode
  • AF area
  • Face detection
  • Drive mode
  • Flash mode

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The drive mode menu offers both continuous shooting at full resolution, and burst shooting at 5M. In addition, you can setup auto exposure bracketing and depth-of-field bracketing in this menu.

Note - if RAW has been selected in the Quality menu, the burst option is not available. And, if you have selected RAW instead of JPEG in the Quality menu, continuous shooting will be restricted to a sluggish 1fps or so.

Drive mode menu:
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Burst (10fps, 15fps, 30fps) at 5M
  • Timer (2 to 30 seconds)
  • AE bracket
  • Depth bracket

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There are two auto focus modes - single and continuous. The auto focus tends to be a little slow, and, unfortunately, continuous AF does not solve the problem if you're shooting in a moderately lit environment. The AF tends to swim in and out. And if you've selected continuous AF, the auto focus is likely to grasp for focus with every shot, even if you haven't changed your distance from a stationary subject.

When using continuous AF, the AF box on the LCD disappears, which can be problematic if you have an active subject.

AF menu:
  • Single AF
  • Continuous AF
  • Manual Focus

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Manual focus on a camera with no optical viewfinder is inherently problematic (and the NX3000 only has an LCD). That's why camera-makers include magnifying options to help you focus manually using only the LCD. But even on the sharpest LCDs this falls short of certainty, and on this 460k-dot screen, it's no different.

You get two enlargement choices - 5x and 8x - and these do a good job of getting you in the ballpark. Some cameras also add highlighting meant to point out blurred edges, but you don't get any such option here.

One plus is that you get a zoom ring on the lens. But still, it's triggering a motor - not directly moving elements in the lens. So while it's probably more accurate than having to deal with a small zoom ring around the shutter button, it's not as precise as a zoom ring giving you direct tactile feedback from directly moving optical elements in the lens.

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When manual focus is selected, turning the ring on the lens magnifies the on-screen preview. The blue dot on the gauge at the bottom of the screen gives you an idea of where you are within the focus range of the lens. This preview is showing MF assist at 5x.

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In addition to the scene modes available when using the Smart mode position on the mode dial, you can make substantial tweaks to your photos in the PASM modes via the Fn button. The Picture Wizard option gives you nine selections, but three custom settings you can adjust to your liking, setting the color, saturation, sharpness and contrast manually.

These four settings are also adjustable within each of the nine presets.

Picture Wizard menu options:
  • Standard
  • Vivid
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Forest
  • Retro (sepia tone)
  • Cool
  • Calm
  • Classic (black and white)
  • Custom (1 to 3)

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In addition to the Fn button, there is an iFn button on the barrel of the 16-50mm lens included with the camera. This gives you quick access to key settings in the PASM modes. Not all items are available in all shooting modes (for example, EV is not included in manual mode).

iFn menu:
  • Shutter speed
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • White balance
  • EV

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The shooting menu (reached via the Menu button) offers four pages of settings. It's a complete list that overlaps some of the other menus. For example, Picture Wizard (highlighted here) is also available in the Fn button menu. Similarly, AutoShare can be found here as well as in the Mobile button menu.

Many other selections, such as Quality, you'll need to select here.

Shooting menu:
  • AutoShare
  • Photo size
  • Quality
  • ISO
  • Minimum shutter speed
  • White balance
  • Picture Wizard
  • Smart Filter
  • AF mode
  • AF area
  • Framing mode
  • OIS (anti-shake)
  • Drive mode
  • Metering mode
  • Dynamic range
  • Flash
In addition to the Smart mode scene modes and Picture Wizard options, this menu offers Smart Filter, which gives you a few more treatments for artsy results.

Smart Filter menu:
  • Vignetting
  • Miniature
  • Sketch
  • Fish eye

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The dynamic range option in the shooting menu gives you two options: Smart range + and HDR (high dynamic range). The first option corrects for overexposed highlights. The HDR selection sets the camera to take three shots and combine them to create a greater dynamic range.

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Some of the settings reside under a User Settings menu. Here you'll find three pages of settings you can customize to your preferences, such as the ISO Auto range. Here is where you select the function of the custom button in shooting mode (it doubles as the delete button in playback mode).

In this menu also you turn on the Auto self-shot feature - when you flip the LCD 180 degrees upward, the camera activates a 3-second timer, turns on face detection, and makes Beauty Face options available.

User settings menu:
  • ISO customizing: ISO step (1/3, 1), Auto ISO range (maximum value)
  • Noise reduction: High ISO NR, Long term NR (on/off)
  • Bracket settings: AE bracket, WB bracket, Picture Wizard bracket, Depth bracket
  • Direct Manual Focus: On/off
  • Color space: sRGB, Adobe RGB
  • Distortion correct: On, off
  • iFn customizing: Aperture, shutter speed, EV, ISO, White balance
  • User display: Icons, date and time, histogram
  • Key mapping: Custom (optical preview, one touch WB, one touch RAW+, reset, AEL, AEL hold
  • Live view NFC: AutoShare, remote viewfinder
  • MobileLink/NFC image size: Resize to 2M or lower, original
  • Grid line: On, off
  • AF lamp: On, off
  • Auto self shot: On, off
  • Lens button speed settings: High, middle, low

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The four-page setup menu offers a lot of options for customizing how the camera operates. These global settings cover sounds, the display, automatic power-off, etc.

Setup Menu:
  • Sound: System volume (off/low/medium/high), AF sound (on/off), button sound (on/off)
  • Quick view: Off, 1 sec., 3 sec., 5 sec., hold
  • Display adjust: Display brightness (+/-2), auto brightness (on/off), display color, horizontal calibration
  • Auto display off: Off, 30 sec., 1 min., 3 min., 5 min., 10 min.
  • Auto power off: Off, 1 min., 3 min., 5 min., 10 min., 30 min.
  • Help guide display: Mode help guide (on/off), function help guide (on/off)
  • Language
  • Date & time: Time zone, date/time set, date type, time type, impring
  • Video out: NTSC, PAL
  • Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC): On, off
  • HDMI output: Auto, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 480p
  • File name: Standard, date
  • File number: Reset, series
  • Folder type: Standard, date
  • Format
  • Device information
  • Wi-Fi privacy lock: PIN, none
  • Reset
  • Open source license (a nine-paragraph explanation of the licene for Apache 2.0)

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The camera records full 1080p movies (1920 x 1080) at 30fps. Pressing the display position on the four-way control (upward) causes the icons in the top right corner to go away or reappear.

You can use one of the four Smart Filters when recording video.

Video size menu:
  • 1920 x 1080 (30fps)
  • 1280 x 720 (30fps)
  • 640 x 480 (30fps)
  • 240 Web ( 30fps, for sharing)

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The movie menu lets you set the movie size, quality, and other attributes. Most fun, perhaps, is the multi motion feature, which has one slow-motion setting and three fast-motion settings. However, the slow-motion x0.25 mode only works at VGA or 240 Web resolution - you can't record HD slow-motion video.

Like other features I encountered, these limitations are not made obvious in the manual - I ran into a grayed-out setting and had to change other settings to enable it. For example, the fader feature is not available if you have a Smart Filter turned on.

Movie menu:
  • Movie size: 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 240 Web
  • Movie quality: Normal, HQ
  • Multi motion: x0.25 (VGA and 240 Web only), x1, x5, x10, x20
  • Fader: Off, in, out, in-out
  • Voice: On, off

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The multi motion feature works great at three accelerated playback settings - and you can record at full 1080p. But the 0.25x setting requires that you downsize to VGA resolution.

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