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Record mode display

Here, an example of information overlay in Program Auto Exposure mode. Camera settings are shown down the left hand side of the display. Along the bottom are image quality and focus mode settings.

In this case: Flash Cancel, Single Shot, Evaluative metering, Daylight White Balance, +0.3 EV compensation, Super-Fine Large quality, Macro Focus, 153 frames remaining.


Here we're already half-pressed the shutter release and are ready to shoot. Notice the exposure is now displayed and that the selected AF frame has turned green to indicate a good focus (it would turn yellow if the AF couldn't lock). Also, because the exposure is slow it may suffer from blur (due to hand shake) so the small shake icon is displayed. After shooting a preview is displayed briefly (this can be disabled or set to 2 or 10 seconds). You can press the * (Erase) button during this preview to delete the image or SET to hold the preview on the screen.
Press the DISPLAY button and you can use a 'clean' viewfinder view, the only details displayed are the focus mode and AF frame. Pressing the SPOT meter button adds these square [ ] brackets to the center AF frame, these indicate the total frame area used for metering.
Example of Shutter Priority (Tv) mode, shutter speed is displayed and aperture will be calculated on a half-press of the shutter release. Example of Aperture Priority (Av) mode, aperture is displayed and aperture will be calculated on a half-press of the shutter release.
The new 'Colour Effects' exposure mode, here animated to show the (approximate) difference between each setting. Example of movie clip record mode, the number of seconds remaining (1235 in this example) simply refers to the total space, an individual clip is limited to either 30 secs (320 x 240) or 120 secs (160 x 120).


Manual Focus

An example of manual focus, unfortunately for some reason the central magnification isn't activated for video output (which we used to capture this image). Normally the central portion (about twice the size of the AF frame) is magnified to show more clearly where the focus point is. Note the new ruler indicating the focus distance in both metric and imperial distances.


AF Frame

Pressing the SET (AF Frame) button in record mode displays the three AF frame positions, you can now select which frame you would like to use for focusing by pressing the left/right arrows and then SET.


Playback display

Switching to play mode immediately displays the last image taken. Depending on the previously chosen display mode you'll either see this (clean image, no info overlaid) Press DISPLAY to increase the information displayed: folder / filename, frame number, image quality / size, date / time.
 
Press DISPLAY again to switch to the histogram / highlight mode. Here we can see far more exposure information as well as an exposure histogram and overexposed areas of the image are flashed on and off.  

In Jump mode you can skip through 10 images at a time without switching to thumbnail view mode. Thumbnail view, 3 x 3 images displayed, you can use the 4-way controller to move the selector rectangle between images. Note that movies are indicated by the filmstrip side graphic.
Zoom, first level (3.0x). Use the 4-way controller to smoothly scroll around the image. Zoom, second level (6.0x). Use the 4-way controller to smoothly scroll around the image.
Selecting the Rotate option from the play menu allows you to rotate the displayed image through 90 degrees. The rotation is recorded in the image header (for in-camera display) but doesn't actually rotate the image file.
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Clumsyfingers

G2 was my first digital, which produced thousands of excellent pictures.
I wanted an SLR again so bought a Rebel T1i in 2010.
Later wanted a smaller camera, tried out a Canon SD1200 but poor usability and very poor image quality. I bought a Nikon S6200 which takes very good pictures, but suffers the ills of a small, cheap camera.
June 2014 I didn't want to pack my SLR to Europe, so after researching I chose a Powershot G16 over a Fuji X20 and Panasonic ZS40. VERY pleased with the G16!
Now to Dec 2014. Bought a Canon EF 24-105 L IS USM for my Rebel. Looks impressive, but after a day taking pictures and comparing results, the G16 is so good, in fact, for outdoors, side by side image quality in many cases is as good or better than the Rebel! Maybe my Rebel is getting tired?
IMO, unless photography is your living, the only benefit of a SLR is the picture taking experience (which is significant) and to show off your fancy camera and lenses. Otherwise, a high end compact is sufficient.

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