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Top of camera controls

On top of the camera is the main power and mode dial surrounding the shutter release button. To the left of this is the status LCD panel and below set at a 45 degree angle are the flash mode and exposure compensation buttons (described in the next section of this review).

Power / Mode Dial

Position Description
OFF

Power Off

Switched to this position the camera powers off, LCD powers down immediately, if there are any images still in the internal buffer they will continue to be written (flushed) to the storage card. The storage activity light will go out once all buffered images are written.

Auto Record / Scene Mode

A simple point-and-shoot automatic exposure mode, menu options are limited to drive mode, image quality / size, voice memo and digital zoom. You can choose AF point, change flash mode and apply exposure compensation. In this mode the Macro button allows you to select between Auto subject program selection, Macro mode, a particular subject program or plain Program AE exposure mode.

Multi-function Record

A fully automatic shooting mode (programmed auto exposure), with the option to switch to aperture priority, shutter priority or full manual exposure. All menu options are available and user can control manual features such as ISO sensitivity, sharpening, contrast, white balance etc.

Play

Displays the last image shot (or last image on the storage card) on the rear LCD monitor.
Movie record

Shoot movies, press the shutter release to start recording, press again to stop. Movies are recorded in AVI format @ 320 x 240, 12 frames per second for a maximum of 35 seconds, audio is recorded using the built-in microphone.
Audio record

Enters a dedicated audio recording mode. In this mode the LCD monitor simply displays a progress bar as it records. This mode records audio at 8 KB/sec, thus approximately 30 minutes of audio can be stored on a 16 MB storage card. Who needs a separate voice recorder?
SETUP Setup mode

Camera displays special camera setup menu used to control global settings such as LCD brightness, power saving time, language, date, video output etc. Format CF card is only available in this mode.


Rear of camera controls

The F100 has a clean and logical layout on the rear of the camera. On the left side we have the LCD monitor and a vertical column of buttons. On the top edge are the flash / info and exposure compensation buttons and on the right side the 4-way controller / zoom control. The dark grey coloured material is a hard rubber which helps the grip characteristics of the camera and also gives the camera a better fell and finish.

Rear controls

Position Description

Flash Mode / Information display

Record mode (Flash select):

Auto
Auto with red-eye reduction
Forced on
Disabled
Play / Quick View mode:

Switch between normal single image display and smaller image with histogram and exposure information.

Exposure compensation

All exposure modes (except manual) press this button to change exposure compensation. -2.0 EV to +2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps. In manual exposure mode pressing this button switches between shutter speed and aperture selection.

Macro / Subject program selection

Auto Record mode:

Auto subject program
Macro mode
Portrait subject program
Sports subject program
Landscape subject program
Sunset subject program
Night subject program
Program AE
Manual record mode:

Switch between normal focus distance and macro focus distance. In macro mode the lens focal length is automatically locked at about half-zoom position.
MENU Menu

Pressing this button enters or leaves the mode menu in record or play modes.
QV /

Quick View / Delete

Record mode:

Enters a 'shooting priority' playback mode. Essentially this mode is identical to play mode, you can browse, display a histogram, zoom and delete. A half-press of the shutter release returns to record mode immediately.

Play / Quick View mode:

Delete current image, requires confirmation (4-way controller left, press 4-way controller in).

LCD Information Overlay

Record mode:

Switch between three levels of overlay information: All status and setting information overlay, None, LCD Monitor Off.

Play / Quick View mode:

Switch between different displays: All status and setting information overlay, No information overlay, Thumbnail view (not in QV mode).
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