Top of camera controls
The top of the F700 is a logical layout, on the right is the rectangular shutter release button, behind this is the power / camera mode switch (off / play / record). To the left of this is the shoot mode dial (which just like the S5000 was far too loose and all too easy to turn accidentally). On the far left of the camera top is the continuous shooting mode button which must be held to display a pop-up on-screen which allows you to choose continuous shooting mode.
To change this setting hold the button and press the left or right arrows. While held an option 'pop-up menu' appears on the screen.
Top-5 (5 fps, up to 5 frames)
Final-5 (5 fps, up to 5 frames)
Long-period (1.8 fps, up to 40 frames, 1280 x 960 only)
Shooting Mode Dial
|AUTO|| Auto Exposure
In this mode the camera automatically selects aperture and shutter speed based on the current metered exposure value and selected ISO sensitivity. You can change Image size / quality, ISO sensitivity (Auto, 400, 800, 1600), Color, Drive mode and Self-Timer settings.
|P|| Program Auto Exposure
In this mode the camera automatically selects aperture and shutter speed based on the current metered exposure value, exposure compensation and selected ISO sensitivity. Note that the F700 supports program shift which allows you to choose from a range of equivalent exposures by pressing the up or down arrows. When shifted the exposure readout on the LCD Monitor changes from cyan to yellow. For example:
|S|| Shutter Priority
In this mode you select the shutter speed and the camera will calculate the correct aperture depending on metered exposure, exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity. Press the up or down arrow to change shutter speed. The camera immediately displays the aperture, if outside of the cameras exposure range the aperture will show in red. Available shutter speeds:
|A|| Aperture Priority
In this mode you select the aperture and the camera will calculate the correct shutter speed depending on metered exposure, exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity. Press the up or down arrow to change aperture. The camera immediately displays the shutter speed, if outside of the cameras exposure range the shutter speed will show in red. Available apertures:
The F700 shoots movies at either 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 resolution, 30 fps with audio. This delivers high resolution video at a very smooth frame rate, although obviously this can lead to very large AVI files.
The F700 has four scene program modes:
Rear of camera controls
The rear of the camera has simple layout, in keeping with other new Finepix digital cameras the F700 has the distinctive ' f ' Photo mode button to the left of the LCD screen. Additionally the camera has dedicated buttons for metering mode and exposure compensation.
Pressing the Photo mode button displays a menu with three options: Quality / Size, ISO sensitivity and 'FinePix Color'. These options are detailed later in this review.
Press this button to cycle through each metering mode:
Hold this button and press the left or right arrows to change.
+/- 2.0 EV
0.3 EV steps
|W / T||Zoom / Magnify
In record (shooting mode) these buttons zoom the camera's lens between wide angle (35 mm equiv.) and telephoto (105 mm equiv.). In play mode they control image magnification.
In record mode this button toggles between a plain live view with no overlay, a basic overlay and a 'thirds' grid overlay. In play mode it toggles between a single image with no overlay, a single image with basic overlay and a 3x3 thumbnail index.
The Back button is used to step out of menus or settings changes.
|Menu / OK
Enters the current mode menu or confirms menu or option selection.
Press this button to cycle through each flash mode:
Flash on (fill flash)
Slow Sync Flash
Slow Sync Flash with Red-Eye Reduction
Flash with Red-Eye Reduction
Front of camera controls
On the front of the camera is a single button labelled 'C-AF'. This button engages the camera's continuous auto focus mode while it is held. It is also used in combination with the arrow buttons to move the AF Area in AF Area mode.