Top of camera controls
At the top front of the camera is the shutter release button with it screw-in remote release cable thread. Surrounding this is the off / play / record button. There are three settings buttons for exposure compensation, flash and drive mode which must be held and the command dial turned to change setting. To the left of the command dial is the mode dial.
I did find the power switch occasionally frustrating, if you turn from record to play and accidentally nudge past the play position the camera will power off. Even if you put the switch back to the play position it will not power back up again and requires you to turn the switch completely to off, wait for the camera to shutdown completely and then turn back to play.
| Movie Clip mode
Record movie clips in AVI (Motion JPEG) format with audio. The S7000 carries the S602 Zoom's excellent video recording capability, VGA video (640 x 480) at 30 frames per second with audio. The camera records directly to storage card and is therefore limited only by the amount of space on the storage card. This means using a 1 GB Compact Flash card you can record up to 15 minutes of 640 x 480 video or 37 minutes at 320 x 240 (both with audio). Lets hope Fujifilm can squeeze an MPEG-4 encoder into the next prosumer model...
|SP|| Scene Position
Each pre-programmed automatic scene exposure mode is selected by turning the command dial. Macro is unavailable in all these modes except Black & White.
Full Auto Exposure
|P|| Program Auto Exposure
(with Program Shift)
Very similar to AUTO exposure but you have access to all the normal manual controls, access to menus, exposure compensation etc. Minimum shutter speed is 3 seconds. The S7000 has flexible program auto exposure, simply turn the command dial to select other equivalent exposure values, the exposure value turns to yellow to indicate a flexible program selected exposure.
|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. Turn the command dial change shutter speed. If the exposure is outside of the cameras exposure range (for instance trying to take a shot at 1/500s in darkness) the aperture will appear 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. Turn the command dial change aperture. If the exposure is outside of the cameras exposure range the shutter speed will appear in red. Minimum shutter speed is 3 seconds. Available apertures:
I was glad to see Fujifilm has fixed a bug from the S602 which allowed you to select F2.8 at telephoto.
Full Manual Exposure
Enters the setup menu which is described later in this review.
Buttons (Record mode)
All of the buttons below are used in combination with the command wheel. To change a setting you hold the button and turn the command dial at the same time. These buttons have no function in play mode.
Set the exposure compensation (+/-2 EV in 0.3 EV steps), a metering bar is displayed on the LCD (or EVF) to indicate current exposure compensation.
The S7000 carries over the rather unique "Final 5" continuous shooting mode, in this mode the camera will take up to 40 frames but records only the last 5 frames (which appears to be its buffer maximum). This mode could be very useful at sporting events allowing you to predict the action and stop shooting just after it happens, thus capturing the moment.
Select drive mode:
Off (Single Frame)
"Top 5" (3.3 fps up to 5 frames)
Auto Bracketing (3 frames)
"Final 5" (2 fps, up to 40 frames, records last 5)
"Long period" (1 fps, up to 40 frames at 1 MP / 2 MP / 3 MP only) *
* Only available in Auto exposure mode