Kodak Pro DCS 520 Review
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.
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 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 are shown at once, holding SELECT and moving the thumbwheel will switch between each thumbnail, changing back to review mode displays the full image.
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)
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.
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.
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
|Date / Time||Set Date and Time|
All in FOLDERXX
Untagged in FOLDERXX
All On Card
Untagged On Card
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)|
Properties 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
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|