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Record modes

About a second after you flick the power switch the camera displays a 'welcome screen', this is the default however you can configure your own custom welcome screen.

Auto mode: here is an example of live view in auto mode. A row of information is overlaid along the bottom of the screen. Other information can be displayed down the left side.

Manual mode: here is an example of live view in manual mode. Overlaid information is identical to auto mode (except that we have macro focus enabled here).

Movie clip mode: here is an example of live view in movie clip mode. In the bottom right corner you can see the amount of time remaining for the selected movie size.
Scene mode: here is an example of a scene mode, in this case 'close up' scene mode. Again information overlay is consistent with the other exposure modes. Portrait Assist: here you can see the framing guide displayed over the live view, selected mode is 'Portrait close-up'.
Landscape Assist: here you can see the framing guide displayed over the live view, selected mode is 'Scenic view'. Sports Assist: selected mode is 'Sports', note automatic selection of continuous shooting mode and increase ISO sensitivity.
 
Night Portrait Assist: here you can see the framing guide displayed over the live view, selected mode is 'Portrait right'.  


Manual mode display

Here is a typical 'live view' screen in manual mode, note that we have disabled flash and selected macro focus. You can press the display button to remove most of the overlaid information (click here for an example).

Half-press the shutter release button to auto focus and lock the exposure. If AF is successful you will see 'AF' and a green dot at the top of the screen (and a steady green viewfinder light), otherwise it would blink red. Note the shake indicator warning that the slow shutter speed could lead to image blur if handheld.

After taking the shot this review image is displayed briefly (about two seconds), you can wait for the live view to return or press the shutter release button again to quickly take another shot.

If you press the delete button during record review or live view the camera will give you the option to delete the last image taken (or simply the last image on the CF card).
 
Here is an example of how the three 'pop-up menus' for macro focus, self-timer and flash mode appear over the live view image.  


Play mode display

Switching to play mode immediately displays the last image taken. The Coolpix 3100 uses a 'rough image' thumbnail to give an immediate impression of the image which is then replaced by a higher resolution version about 1.4 seconds later. Browse images using the left/up or right/down buttons on the four way controller. If you wish you can press the display button to remove all overlaid information, you can still browse in this display mode.

Press the zoom lever towards telephoto to magnify the displayed image up in 0.2x steps up to 6.0x. Use the four way controller to pan around the magnified image. You can also create a 'trimmed copy' of the current magnified view by pressing the shutter release button, click here for an example.

Press the zoom lever towards wide angle to step into a 2x2 or 3x3 thumbnail index, use the four way controller to browse around this display.

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