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Lens barrel controls

On the left side of the camera (on the "lens barrel") are a variety of controls, these cover the majority of camera settings and features thanks to two innovative (if initially awkward) function and effect dials. These are used by turning the dial to the required setting, holding the central button and then turning the control dial (beside the shutter release) at the same time to change that setting's value.

Zoom ring

The DiMAGE 7i has a very usable and wide set of focal lengths. It's big 7x optical zoom lens goes from a wide 28 mm equiv. (perfect for architecture / real estate / landscapes / group shots) all the way up to an impressive 200 mm equiv. telephoto. The other nice thing about this particular lens is that the zoom ring is mechanically linked to the zoom mechanism, this means you can change focal length quickly and more precisely. It also has the added effect of making the camera feel more 'SLR like'.

Buttons / Switches

Button Description
MACRO

Macro focus mode

This lever enables the cameras macro focus mode. In a change from the DiMAGE 7 the 7i now has two different macro focus positions of full wide angle and short range of focal lengths at the telephoto end of zoom. You can only engage the macro lever when the arrow on the barrel body aligns with the arrow on the zoom ring. Note that at the telephoto end there is a small amount of 'range' available.

  Wide angle macro Telephoto macro
Macro zoom (equiv.) 28 mm approx. 175 to 200 mm
Focus distance 0.3 - 0.6 m (1.0 - 2.0 ft) 0.25 - 0.6 m (0.8 - 2.0 ft)
AF/MF

Auto Focus / Manual Focus

Switches between the camera's auto focus system and manual focus mode. In manual focus mode you change the focus distance by turning the fly-by-wire focus ring at the back of the lens (silver ribbed ring see above). As you focus the focus distance is displayed on the LCD / EVF.

Function Dial

Position
MEM

User Memory

Select a user memory / store current settings:
 • Memory 1
 • Memory 2
 • Memory 3
 • Store Memory (1 / 2 / 3)

Metering mode

Select metering mode:
 • Multi-segment (300 segments combined with distance info)
 • Center weighted average
 • Spot

PASM

Exposure mode

Select exposure mode (detailed below):
 • Programme (flexible)
 • Aperture Priority
 • Shutter Priority
 • Manual (Full)

DRIVE

Drive mode

Select drive mode:
 • Single frame
 • Continuous (approx. 2 fps, max 4/7/11 frames @ 2560 x 1920)
 • Self Timer
 • Bracketing (either exposure, contrast, saturation or filter)
 • Interval (time-lapse, 1 - 60 min intervals, max 99 frames)*
 • UHS Continuous (approx. 7 fps, max 15/30/39 frames @ 1280 x 960)*

* These modes can alternatively be set to produce a single movie file (Interval: selected image size, UHS: 640 x 480) instead of separate JPEG files.

WB

White balance

Select white balance setting:
 • Auto
 • Sunny
 • Incandescent
 • Cloudy
 • Manual Preset
 • Set Manual Preset (next shot records custom WB)

ISO

Sensitivity (ISO equiv.)

Select ISO sensitivity equivalence:
 • Auto (ISO 100 - 200)
 • ISO 100
 • ISO 200
 • ISO 400
 • ISO 800

Exposure Modes (Settings Dial in PASM position)

Mode Description
P

Program Auto Exposure (with Program Shift)

Normal, fully automatic exposure. The D7 has a program shift mode which simply allows you to select equivalent exposures (changing both the shutter speed and aperture) by rolling the command dial:

 • 1/180 sec, F3.5 (wheel rotated one click anticlockwise)
 • 1/125 sec, F4.0 (normal)
 • 1/90 sec, F4.5 (wheel rotated one click clockwise)

A

Aperture Priority Auto Exposure

In this mode you select the aperture and the camera will attempt to select the best shutter speed for a proper exposure. Selected aperture is shown on the top information LCD and rear LCD (or EVF). Calculated shutter speed is shown on a half-press of the shutter release button. Rotate the command dial select different apertures. If the exposure is outside of the cameras exposure range the shutter speed will appear in red on the LCD/EVF. Available apertures:

 • Wide: F2.8, F3.5, F4, F4.5, F5.6, F6.7, F8
 • Tele: F3.5, F4, F4.5, F5.6, F6.7, F8, F9.5

S

Shutter Priority Auto Exposure

In this mode you select the shutter speed and the camera will attempt to select the best aperture for a proper exposure. Selected shutter speed is shown on the top information LCD and rear LCD (or EVF). Calculated aperture is shown on a half-press of the shutter release button. Rotate the command dial select different shutter speeds. If the exposure is outside of the cameras exposure range the aperture will appear in red on the LCD/EVF. Available shutter speeds:

 • 4, 3, 2, 1.5, 1, 0.7, 0.5, 1/3, 1/4, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/15, 1/20, 1/30, 1/45, 1/60, 1/90, 1/125, 1/180, 1/250, 1/350, 1/500, 1/750, 1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000 sec

M

Full Manual Exposure

In this mode you select the aperture and the shutter speed from any combination of the above. In addition you also have Bulb exposure. Rotate the command dial to select shutter speed, hold the exposure compensation button (+/-) and rotate the command dial to select aperture.

Effect Dial

Position
FIL

Colour filter

Select a colour filter between -3 (cool; blue) and +3 (warm; red). If the camera is in B&W mode there are 11 filter modes which apply a different colour after-effect to the B&W image. This after effect ranges through - red, green, magenta, blue and normal B&W.

COL

Colour saturation

Set colour saturation level between -3 (less saturation) and +3 (more saturation). Indicated setting remains on the LCD / EVF display.

Contrast

Set output image contrast between -3 (less contrast) and +3 (more contrast). Indicated setting remains on the LCD / EVF display.

Exposure compensation

Set exposure compensation between -2 EV and +2 EV in 0.3 EV steps. Indicated exposure compensation remains on the LCD / EVF display.

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