The DC280 has a fairly standard compact camera look with some interesting styling choices (the "retro circles" used all over this camera give it a feely-feely look). Well placed pieces of hardened rubber are found on the hand grip, rear portion (right of the mode dial), connection and CF card covers, and the small finger grip on the front. The DC280 is very well put together, it feels solid and built like it's going to last. There are also some very nice control touches such as the front finger grip, LCD brightness control and CF card ejector lever (on the base).
Here's a shot of the camera in hand, most of the important controls are easily accessable, I found the hand grip to be a little awkwardly narrow (compared to Oly C2000z / Nikon 950) and thus have to pull my finger back to hover on the shutter release. You also really need to use two hands to hold the camera, but that's what that finger grip is for.
Rear LCD Display
Top LCD Display
The Top LCD displays information about image quality, resolution, frames remaining, flash mode, macro / landscape focus modes, self-timer and battery status.
Normal enough viewfinder, located centrally on the back of the camera (less parallax errors), the two lights indicated:
Top (green): focus lock / enough light.
Bottom (red): camera not ready (internal buffer full).
|This image represents the view through the viewfinder, the brackets represents the center of frame and the cameras auto-focus field, the lines near the edges indicate parallax-error "edges of frame" when taking macro shots.|