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There is also a manual focus mode - again operated by sliding your finger along the bottom set of buttons. Moving the mode dial brings up a visual representation on-screen; useful for changing modes without looking away from the screen.
Of course there is a decent selection of subject (scene) modes. Finally another fairly unusual feature (and one we found ourselves playing with a lot more than we'd care to admit) is the 'effects' mode. Here you can shoot images with frames, speech bubbles and other 'phone cam' style fripperies, plus produce composite shots and, uniquely, combine a number of shots into a single animated gif.
The nearest you'll get to a conventional menu is the setup section, where basic cameras settings (including the amount of information included in the on-screen display) can be found. In playback mode the soft keys are again used to control the various options from slide shows to print ordering and deleting (there is also a separate 'photo gallery' mode where you put pictures into albums and produce slide shows with your own background music). You scroll through images using a 'slider bar' (sliding your finger along the buttons under the screen). This is the only time I found the Smart Touch system doesn't work (close to unusable); it's way too easy to 'overshoot' and it's actually quite hard to scroll one image at a time; it really needs a 'next and previous' button.
There are several options for editing saved images - resizing, trimming, adding color effects (shown here) and combining a series of shots into a single animated gif. You can view all the essential exposure information in playback, but, like record mode, there's no option for a histogram.
Pushing the zoom key down ('wide') lets you view images as a page of 3x3 thumbnails... ...pushing it up ('tele') lets you zoom in up to 11.4x. You can then move around the enlarged image by sliding your finger along the two sets of buttons (horizontal and vertical).
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