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LCD menu system

The six "sections" of the onboard software are indicated by the six icons at the top of the LCD screen, switching between each section is achieved by holding the DISP/MODE button and moving the thumbwheel. Each section is shown and described below.

Image review mode

Displays the last image taken, hold down SELECT and move the thumbwheel to move from image to image, the "frame number" is displayed on the mini LCD screen below the main LCD.

Histogram

The Histogram displays if you just press SELECT and let go, it displays the filename, date and time, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, mode and other information.

The histogram is an invaluable feature for checking good exposure and a good "workable" dynamic range. It allows the photographer to instantly re-asses the image and take again if necessary.

Four thumbnails

Four thumbnails are shown at once, holding SELECT and moving the thumbwheel will switch between each thumbnail, changing back to review mode displays the full image.

Nine thumbnails

Nine thumbnails are shown at once, holding SELECT and moving the thumbwheel will switch between each thumbnail, changing back to review mode displays the full image.

Contrast setting

This mode allows you to set the contrast of the LCD screen which is important for reviewing an accurate representation of the photograph taken under different lighting conditions. Use the gray scale on the right to be sure you can see all levels.

(I used this mostly when switching between a day and night shooting session)

Select Folder

Allows you to select the folder to use for subsequent images. A new folder is automatically created once photographs have been stored in the last empty folder.

Main Menu

The main menu is used to control the major functions of the onboard software including image deletion (although this can be achieved in review mode for single images by pressing DISP and SELECT together), display options, firmware updates and card formatting, from here you can also go to the properties menu (below).

Full description of main menu below.

Properties Menu

The properties menu is used to setup more advanced options of the camera including enabling and disabling the all important Game (oh yes, a camera with Pong), power saving and other options.

Full description of the properties menu below.

Main Menu options

Main Menu

Menu Options
Date / Time Set Date and Time
Delete Images No
All in FOLDERXX
Untagged in FOLDERXX
All On Card
Untagged On Card
Display Options

Highlight (On/Off)
Histogram / Info (On/Off)
(Highlight flashes overexposed areas of the image in review mode)

Firmware Version (review camera was version 1.4.4)
Update From Card
Format Card Yes / No
Game Play one sided Pong.. woo!
Imager Clean Used for cleaning the CCD, holds the mirror up so you can blast the CCD with air (not for the faint hearted)
Properties Enters properties menu (see below)
White Balance

Preset
Custom (allows you to program the white balance taken from the currently selected image - Kodak 18% gray card, white paper or white wall works very well)

Properties Menu options

Properties Menu

Menu options
Display Off Time (sec) Set display off (default 60 seconds)
Game Enable Yes / No
Histogram: Scale Scale Marks On / Off
Power Save Time (sec) Set power save time (default 600 seconds)
Total Actuations Displays total number of images taken
Use Empty Folder Use a new empty folder each time you switch on the camera or use the last folder selected (Yes / No)
Use FOLDER01 Use FOLDER01 each time you switch on the camera or use the settings above (Yes / No)
Settings from now onwards on the properties menu are known as "custom settings".
F03: Beeping when in focus Beep when in focus
F04: AF Operation method Allows you to separate metering and autofocus (to use the * AE lock button to autofocus)
F05: Shutter speed and aperture in manual mode Allows you to switch the main dial from aperture adjustment to shutter adjustment
F06: EV steps for the shutter speed, exposure compensation, flash and AEB Allows control over the size of increment when making compenstations (1/2 or 1/3).
F07: Manual focusing with electronic manual focus ring Enable / Disable manual focusing with lenses fitted with an electronic manual focus ring
F08: Center-weighted average metering Evaluative metering / Center-weighted average
F09: AEB (Auto exposure bracketing) exposure sequence Under -> Correct -> Over / Correct -> Under -> Over
F10: Elimination of AF frame display Enable / Disable display of red focus point squares in viewfinder
F11: Focusing point selection Change which control alters the focusing point selection (to assist familiarilty with other cameras)
F12: Mirror up operation Normal / Mirror Up
Prevents camera shake caused by the mirror operation shock when making long exposures
F13: Spot metering at the AF frame Fine spot metering in the center of image area / Spot metering linked to manually selected focus point
F14: Fill-in flash Enable / Disable flash output reduction
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