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Record mode display

Below you can see a diagram of all possible information overlaid on the LCD in record mode.

Based on an original diagram from the F601 Zoom manual, reproduced with permission.

Here you can see an example of the live preview image on the LCD just prior to taking a shot, note the composition bracket in the center of the frame. Press DISP to engage a grid view. Various settings information is displayed along the top and bottom (in this case):

Top: Flash Cancel, Macro focus, 6 MP / Normal image, 90 frames remaining. Middle: Slow shutter shake warning.


Half-pressing the shutter release causes the cameras autofocus and metering systems to lock. The calculated exposure is displayed and the AF brackets 'home in' on focus point, if the camera can't focus it will show "! AF". The hand indicates potential blur due to shake (slow shutter speed).

After fully depressing the shutter release a brief review is shown (this can be disabled). There is no SmartMedia activity indicator (no LED or on-screen icon).

This is an example of scene position mode. Each scene mode is listed along the bottom of the screen, press the 4-way controller left or right to change scene mode. This is an example of Aperture priority exposure which is one of the manual exposure modes (Aperture priority, Shutter priority or Manual). Here we have also engaged manual focus. Press the the 4-way controller left or right to move between zoom, manual focus or aperture selection.
This is an example of movie record mode, unlike other digital cameras the F601Z allows you to record continuously until you run out of storage. In this case we could record up to 7 minutes of video at QVGA resolution. When you press the MENU button it appears (animated) over the current live view display. Use the 4-way controller to navigate around the menu. The record menu is detailed on the next page of this review.


Play display

Below you can see a diagram of all possible information overlaid on the LCD in play mode.

Based on an original diagram from the F601 Zoom manual, reproduced with permission.

Switching to play mode immediately displays the last image taken. Because the F601Z doesn't use a 'rough thumbnail' to provide an initial image it takes approximately one second to display a 6 MP image. Press left / right arrows on the 4-way controller to move between images.

Just like the record menu the play menu appears in a 'circular' pattern over the displayed image.
Pressing the zoom controller towards tele magnifies the displayed image. Pressing the OK button will create a new 'trimmed' image (lower resolution) from the current view. This is full magnification, a huge 18x (which is much more than most digital cameras).
Pressing the zoom controller towards wide switches to this 3 x 3 (9 image) thumbnail view, navigate using the 4-way controller and can still carry out all play menu options (such as erase etc.) If you hold down the right arrow the camera for more than four seconds the camera will enter a 'fast forward' display mode providing a high speed scrolling display of images along the bottom of the screen.
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