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.
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
Buttons / Switches
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.
Macro zoom (equiv.)
approx. 175 to 200 mm
0.3 - 0.6 m (1.0 - 2.0 ft)
0.25 - 0.6 m (0.8 - 2.0 ft)
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.
Select a user memory / store current settings:
Store Memory (1 / 2 / 3)
Select metering mode:
Multi-segment (300 segments combined with distance
Center weighted average
Select drive mode:
Continuous (approx. 2 fps, max 4/7/11 frames
@ 2560 x 1920)
Bracketing (either exposure, contrast, saturation
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.
Select white balance setting:
Set Manual Preset (next shot records custom
Sensitivity (ISO equiv.)
Select ISO sensitivity equivalence:
Auto (ISO 100 - 200)
Exposure Modes (Settings Dial in PASM position)
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)
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:
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:
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
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
Set colour saturation level between -3 (less saturation) and
+3 (more saturation). Indicated setting remains on the LCD / EVF
Set output image contrast between -3 (less contrast) and +3
(more contrast). Indicated setting remains on the LCD / EVF display.
Set exposure compensation between -2 EV and +2 EV in 0.3 EV
steps. Indicated exposure compensation remains on the LCD / EVF