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Rear of Camera Controls

On the rear of the DCS-14n we have a row of photographic settings along the top of the camera (bracket mode, flash mode, metering, AE-Lock & AF-Lock, Main command dial). On the main back of the camera is the LCD monitor surrounded by six buttons, the 4-way controller with its OK and Cancel buttons and at the bottom the display panel (showing play information in this shot).

Photographic settings buttons

Button
BKT Auto Bracketing Enable

• On
• Off

Auto Bracketing: Shots / EV

Choose any combination of:
• 2 or 3 shots of
• 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 or 2.0 EV steps

Flash sync mode

• Front-curtain sync (normal flash)
• Red-eye reduction
• Red-eye reduction with slow sync
• Slow sync
• Rear-curtain sync
No action

Metering Mode

Metering
 
Description

3D Matrix Metering with 10-segment SPD

Selects 3D matrix metering which uses a 10 segment sensor to calculate the best exposure for the frame. Use D or G type lenses with 3D Matrix Metering for the optimum metering.

Center Weighted Metering

The camera uses the entire frame for light measurement but assigns a greater weight to an area in the center of the frame (12 mm in diameter, indicated in the viewfinder by the circle).

Spot metering

The camera measures light only in a circle 4 mm in diameter (approximately 1% of the entire frame). This is tied to the currently selected AF area point unless dynamic AF or a non-CPU lens is used when it defaults to the center of the frame.

Other controls

Button
 
Description
AE-L
AF-L

Auto Exposure and Auto Focus Lock

Pressing this button locks the current exposure and focus, they remain locked for as long as you hold the button even if you press or release the shutter release button.

Rear controls

Button
 
Description
MENU

Enter menu

Pressing the MENU button with nothing displayed or an image in playback enters the camera menu, pressing MENU while in menu mode switches back to play mode (whether or not you were in it in the first place). The 14n is a shooting priority camera which means no matter what you are doing on the LCD monitor you can always take another shot.

NAV+

NAV+

Pressing NAV+ with nothing displayed displays the last viewed image with the NAV+ overlay bar along the bottom. Hold NAV+ and press up or down to navigate folders, hold NAV+ and press left or right to jump ten images at a time.

HOTKEY HotKey

The HotKey button can be user programmed to enter the camera menu at any pre-selected location, this is useful for quickly changing any setting not addressed with the STATUS button (below).
STATUS

Digital Status

Press and hold to modify any of the settings on the digital status LCD (small LCD panel on the rear of the camera). Hold STATUS and press up, down, left or right to navigate the options on the status LCD, let go to change a setting value. Note that while you perform setting changes the corresponding LCD menu option is displayed on the LCD monitor. The available settings are:

• White balance
• ISO sensitivity
• CF card format / options
• SD/MMC card format / options
• Aspect Ratio
• JPEG quality
• RAW resolution
• JPEG resolution

Delete

With an image shown on the LCD monitor pressing this button displays a five option delete menu (listed below), press OK to confirm the deletion.

• Image (default)
• All on card
• Untagged in folder
• Untagged on card
• All in folder
Tag / Record

A short press of this button displays the tag options menu (Tag / Untag image, Print Tag / Untag). Slightly confusing is that the option menu doesn't change to reflect the current tag status of the image. A longer press of this button starts the audio annotation recorder which continues recording as long as you hold the button, the annotation is then 'attached' to the image by giving the WAV file the same filename as the image.
OK Play / Confirm

If the LCD monitor is off pressing this button enters play mode. The OK button is also used to select areas in zoom modes / confirm menu options or settings.
Cancel / LCD off

Cancels the current setting change or leaves play or menu mode (turns off LCD monitor).
4-way controller

In shooting mode where AF point selection is enabled the 4-way controller is used to choose AF points. In playback mode this control reverts to image navigation / menu movement. The 4-way controller can be locked by turning the small lever below the dial to the 'L' position. Unfortunately the 4-way controller lock is a physical lock which disables the controller for use in menus too.


Front of camera controls

On the front of the camera are two controls, first on the right side (from the back) of the lens is the depth of field preview button, pressing this button stops the lens down to the selected (or metered) aperture allowing the photographer to preview the depth of field of the final shot (obviously the viewfinder view becomes dimmer when the lens is stopped down). On the left side of the lens mount is the focus mode selector (modes defined below).

Focus modes

Mode
 
Description
M

Manual Focus

Focusing is carried out using the focus ring on the lens, the focus indicator on the viewfinder status bar will indicate 'o' when the manually focused subject distance matches that calculated by the camera's AF system.

S Single servo AF (focus priority)

If the subject is stationary, the camera focuses when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. Focus remains locked while the shutter release button is held in this position (focus lock). The shutter can only be released when the in-focus indicator is displayed.
C

Continuous servo AF (release priority)

The camera adjusts focus continuously while the shutter release button is pressed halfway, automatically tracking moving subjects (focus tracking). The shutter can be released at any time, whether or not the camera is in focus (release priority). Focus is not locked when the in-focus indicator is displayed.

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