Top of camera controls
Power / Camera mode controls
Turn camera power on and off
Ready camera for shooting (extends lens if necessary)
Exposure Mode Dial
|Movie Clip mode
Record short movie clips, QuickTime Motion JPEG format 320 x 240 @ 10 fps (no audio) up to 160 seconds per clip.
Scene Position Auto Exposure
|AUTO||Full Auto Exposure
Camera automatically controls exposure and white balance, you cannot override white balance, no menus are available, no exposure compensation or flash modes. Point-and-shoot mode.
Program Auto Exposure (with Program Shift)
Shutter Priority Auto Exposure
3, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1, 1/1.3, 1/1.6, 1/2, 1/2.5, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250, 1/320, 1/400, 1/500, 1/650, 1/800, 1/1000 sec
Aperture Priority Auto Exposure
F2.8, F3.2, F3.6, F4, F4.5, F5, F5.6, F6.3, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11
Here's an oddity: The lens is specified with a maximum aperture of F3.1 at full tele, however it's possible to select F2.8 at full tele.
Full Manual Exposure
Setup menu is described on the following pages of this review.
Cycle between self timer modes:
2 second self timer
10 second self timer
Self Timer off
Select drive mode:
Continuous Frames (about 5 frames at 5 fps)
Rear of camera controls
Yet more buttons / controls on the rear of the 4900Z, mostly associated with the menu / LCD display. Full description of buttons below:
Record only controls
|Focus Check Button
What an excellent feature! Press this button and a quarter sized area will appear in the center of the screen displaying a magnified view of the very center of the frame. This is PERFECT for checking focus, both auto and manual, you can just tap it to get a quick idea of how good the focus is (ALL digital cameras should have this). Capture of how this looks on the next page of this review.
|AE-L||Auto Exposure Lock
Locks the currently displayed exposure, this can be held for the current shot or for all subsequent shots (by keeping the button pressed).