An example of Auto record mode, settings which can be
changed in this mode are image size / quality, ISO, color, flash,
focus mode and drive mode.
An example of Scene Program mode, use the command dial
to select the type of scene.
Example of movie record mode, 640
x 480 size at 30 fps with audio, limited only by storage space (camera
indicates enough space on this card for 14 min 3 sec of video).
Record mode display (P/A/S/M modes)
The various display modes are rather confusingly split between two buttons,
the DISP button and the INFO button. This does however mean that you can
combine any of the DISP display modes with any INFO overlaid information.
DISP mode: Normal
DISP mode: 'Thirds' gridlines, aids composition
DISP mode: Clean display, no overlay
INFO mode: Live histogram (a nice smoothed graph with
INFO mode: Camera settings
Here, an example of information overlay in one of the manual record
modes. The exposure compensation bar only appears if some compensation
is dialled in. Turn the command dial to shift the program exposure.
Press DISP or INFO to change display modes (as above). Information
overlaid in this example:
Macro focus, 12 MP / Fine image size/quality, space for 202 frames,
ISO 400, Program AE exposure mode, 1/30 sec F3 metered exposure,
+0.3 EV compensation.
Half-press the shutter release and the camera attempts
to lock auto focus and takes the final AE reading (as you can see
it has changed from the estimated 1/30 sec to 1/34 sec). The camera
also indicates the AF area (if in Multi AF mode).
After fully depressing the shutter release the camera
briefly displays a 'record review' image, this can be disabled or
set to ask if you wish to store each image. It would be useful to
have a shortcut button to cancel an image even in this mode.
Example of manual focus mode with the magnifying loupe
Example of manual exposure mode, note the exposure meter
displayed at the bottom of the screen, which represents the difference
between the selected exposure and the metered exposure.
Example of an overlaid menu, in this
case the new Photo mode menu which allows you to select image size
/ quality, sensitivity and color
Hold down the drive button to change
drive mode, as you can see it overlays a small pop-up menu for drive
mode selection, use the left and right arrows to select.
If you hold the SHIFT key for a couple
of seconds this 'help screen' will appear with a list of SHIFT shortcuts
for the current mode.
If you shoot a burst of continuous
shots the camera displays the full sequence as it stores the images.
Play mode display
Switching to play mode
immediately displays the last image taken. The default display mode
contains overlaid information; folder name - file number, date &
Press DISP to switch to
a 'clean' view with no overlaid information.
Press DISP again to switch
to a 3x3 thumbnail index view.
Press INFO to display
an information screen with camera settings, exposure and a histogram.
Press the zoom controller to tele to magnify the displayed image,
you can magnify up to 18x for a 6mp image or 13x for a 3mp image.
I found the magnification process to be quite slow and frustrating
(holding the tele button it takes six seconds to reach full magnification).
Press and hold the left or right arrow for more than a second and
you enter a fast review mode which displays a bar chart indicator
and quickly scrolls through images taken.