Fujifilm FinePix S602 Zoom Review
Record mode display
Below you can see a diagram of all possible information overlaid on the LCD / EVF in record mode.
Based on an original diagram from the S602 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. Various settings information is displayed along the top and bottom (in this case):
Top: Macro focus, 2 second self-timer, 6 MP / Fine image, 200 frames remaining. Middle: Slow shutter shake warning. Bottom: Programme AE, 1/50 sec shutter, F2.8 aperture, +0.3 EV exposure compensation.
|Half-pressing the shutter release causes the cameras autofocus and metering systems to lock (brackets 'home in' on focus point), if the camera can't focus it will show "! AF" in red on the LCD screen. 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). While the image is being written away (flushed) the light beside the storage compartment door blinks orange. You can shoot while the image is being flushed, however you can't enter the menu or change camera settings.
|Pressing the DISP button changes the live view, one press simply removes all overlaid information, two presses shows this useful 'thirds' overlay which is helpful when composing certain scenes (portraits for example).||
Here you can see the magnified center loupe mode which can be selected by pressing the Focus Check button while in Manual Focus mode. As I commented earlier this implementation is one of the best I've seen because it actually provides more pixel detail rather than just blowing up the screen pixels.
|In Auto Focus mode (with AF Area enabled) you can hold the AF Area / Quick Focus button on the lens barrel and use the 4-way controller to select any one of 49 AF points around the frame (7 x 7 grid).||Here's an example of movie mode. As mentioned earlier the S602Z has excellent high frame rate unlimited length movie recording ability. Above we can record QVGA (320 x 240) at 30 fps with audio for up to 814 seconds (about 13 minutes) non-stop.|
|Press and hold the SHIFT button to be shown a summary of which settings can be altered using the SHIFT button in combination with other buttons.||Here's an example of changing White Balance by holding the SHIFT and Flash button and rolling the command wheel (not as bad as it sounds).|
Switching to play mode immediately displays the last image taken. Because the F602Z doesn't use a 'rough thumbnail' to provide an initial image it can take up to two seconds to display a 6 MP image. Press left / right arrows on the 4-way controller to move between images. As I commented in my 6900Z review I don't understand why Fujifilm didn't implement the command wheel in play mode.
|Pressing the INFO button reduces the displayed image to quarter size and adds exposure information (size, quality, shutter, aperture, ISO sensitivity, flash mode) as well as a histogram. I'll make the same complaint I made in my 6900Z review, that I would have liked to have seen a histogram display in record mode on the post view (a much more logical place to check exposure).|
|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). This can be especially useful for checking the focus of an important shot.|
|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.|