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Rear of camera controls

The control layout on the rear of the camera is relatively simply and uncluttered. New to the S7000 is the FinePix button which displays the 'Photo mode' menu, this allows you to select image size, ISO sensitivity and color mode.

The lamp beside the compartment door indicates camera status:

Green steady Camera on / ready to shoot
Green blinking slowly Camera in power save mode
Green blinking quickly Can not auto-focus / slow shutter warning
Orange blinking Flash charging (flash not ready)
Orange steady Recording to media (busy)
Green/orange blinking Recording to media (ready to shoot)

Buttons (Record mode)

W / T Zoom

Zooms the lens focal length towards either wide angle (35 mm equiv.) or telephoto (210 mm equiv.). A full zoom from wide angle to telephoto takes just 2.2 seconds. The zoom motor actually has two speeds, if you hold your finger on W or T for more than a second it switches into its higher speed zoom. Note that you can also turn the Focus/Zoom ring on the lens barrel to zoom in auto focus mode.
AE-L

Auto Exposure Lock

Locks the currently metered exposure, the exposure is locked for as long as you hold the AE-L button (including multiple shots). It would have been nice to have an option for toggle AE lock to make multiple shots at the same exposure more straightforward.

Focus Check Button

Displays a magnifying loupe in the center of the frame which provides a close up of center detail. This is ideal for checking manual focus accuracy.

BACK Back

No function in record mode. Used to step back out of menus.
4-way controller (arrow buttons)

No function in record mode. Used to navigate record menu.
MENU
/ OK
Menu / OK

Enter record mode menu (described later in this review). Also used to confirm menu option settings.
EVF/LCD Electronic Viewfinder / LCD toggle

Switch display between the electronic viewfinder and the LCD monitor.
DISP Display Mode

Record view display mode:
 • Simple preview (no information overlaid)
 • Detailed preview (settings, exposure information overlaid)
 • Detailed (as above) plus a "thirds" composition grid overlay
    Photo mode

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.

Buttons (Play mode)

W / T Magnify

Pressing the T button on the zoom controller magnifies the displayed image in many steps up to 18x magnification. Use the 4-way controller to scroll around the image. Press BACK to return to full view.
BACK Back

No operation in play mode. Used to step back out of menus or cancel magnify view.
4-way controller (arrow buttons)

Left and right arrows are used to browse through images. Up and down arrows have no function. Also used to navigate play menu.
MENU
/ OK
Menu / OK

Enter play mode menu (described later in this review). Also used to confirm menu option settings.
EVF/LCD Electronic Viewfinder / LCD toggle

Switch between the electronic viewfinder and the LCD monitor.
DISP Display Mode

Play display mode:
 • Image review with information overlaid
 • Image review with no information overlaid
 • Display 3 x 3 thumbnails


Lens barrel controls

In addition to the controls on the top and rear of the camera the S7000 features a set of buttons on the left side of the lens barrel, these are perfectly placed to be pressed with your left thumb.

Buttons (Record mode)

INFO Information

Changes the information overlay level:
 • No information overlaid
 • Live histogram
 • Camera settings
Macro Focus

Select macro mode:
 • Off
 • Macro (limited zoom range)
 • Super Macro (zoom locked at wide angle)
SHIFT Shift (additional button functions)

Holding the SHIFT button in combination with other buttons to adjust other settings such as white balance and ISO sensitivity (see table below).
C-AF
S-AF
MF
Focus mode

Select focus mode:
 • Continuous Auto Focus
 • Single Auto Focus
 • Manual Focus
Select AF Area / Quick Focus

Auto Focus mode: Select AF Area (when enabled), hold this button and press the 4-way controller left, right up or down to select any one of 49 AF points (7 x 7 grid) around the screen.

Manual Focus mode: The Quick Focus button is used in Manual Focus mode to quickly shift the focus position to the currently measured auto focus position.

Buttons (Play mode)

INFO Information

Press and hold the INFO button to display information about the current image including camera settings, exposure and a histogram. After releasing the button the information display remains for approximately two seconds.
SHIFT Shift (additional button functions)

Holding the SHIFT button in combination with other buttons to adjust other settings (see table below).

SHIFT functions (Record mode)

SHIFT + Photometry (metering) *

Select metering mode:
 • Multi-Area
 • Spot
 • Average
SHIFT +
White Balance *

Select white balance:
 • Auto
 • Manual preset 1
 • Manual preset 2
 • Fine
 • Shade
 • Fluorescent: Daylight bulb
 • Fluorescent: Warm White bulb
 • Fluorescent: Cool White bulb
 • Incandescent
SHIFT +
AE-L
Self Timer

Select self timer:
 • 10 second self timer
 • 2 second self timer
 • None
SHIFT +
DISP
LCD Brightness

Set the LCD Brightness in a total of 10 steps.

* Hold SHIFT and button and turn command dial at the same time

SHIFT functions (Play mode)

SHIFT +
DISP
LCD Brightness / Volume

Set the LCD Brightness and/or Speaker Volume in a total of 10 steps.
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