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Menu system (file transfer)

Below you can see a representation of a typical file transfer session. Physically this would involve inserting the CF card, powering up the Vista and then controlling the menu system using the 4-way controller and enter button.

After power-up the main Vista menu is displayed, from here you control all major functions as well as switching the unit into USB / Video mode. Note the 'Settings' label is for the left LCD button, this enters the unit settings menu (described later). Select 'Copy From CF Card' and the Vista accesses the CF card and counts the number of files. A bar display indicates progress as images are copied from the card into a unique folder (folder name is an 8 digit number with leading zeros). Note the Vista will blindly copy everything on the card, be it JPEG's, MPEG's or whatever.
Once complete you can then choose to optionally verify the CF card, this compares the contents of the card with the last transfer to ensure that no files are damaged. Verification is very quick, the Vista confirms the verification and provides a file count and folder name.
Immediately after verification you are provided with the option to erase the contents of the CF card. The Erase process itself appears to perform a 'quick format' of the card, erasing the directory and FAT tables and replacing them with blank entries. You can now remove the card.
One other item of interest at this stage is the free space display which is provided as a MB available readout, a bar chart and a percentage usage. Finally here's an example of an error display, in this case there was a problem with the CF card.


Menu system (file browsing / display)

Here we can see some of the more advanced 'on screen' functionality of the Vista, all of the captures below are as you would see them on the Vista's LCD panel.

From the main Vista menu you can select View File List to browse a textual list of folders and files (see right) or View Thumbnails to browse a thumbnail view of folders and files.

Here you can see a sequence of frames representing a navigation of folders in File List browse mode. Note that the top level directory (an eight digit number) represents a single transfer (or card contents).

When browsing in Thumbnail mode each folder has a small thumbnail of an image from its contents, enter the folder and you will see a thumbnail view (3 x 3) of images within the folder.

Pressing the OK (*) option while in File List or Thumbnail view mode enters the Options menu. From here you can cut / copy / paste folders and files (to move them around the folder structure), you can also delete folders and files and carry out other tasks such as emptying the recycle folder, deleting cache files and copying folders or files back to a CF card. Note you can also start a slideshow from this menu.

Here is an example of the type of prompt you would see when attempting to delete a folder, empty the recycle folder etc. Selecting an image (press ENTER key) from either File List or Thumbnail browse modes displays the image so that it fits on the screen display. Note that the first time you view an image it may take a few seconds, after this a 'cached' version of the image speeds the process up considerably.
Press the ENTER button with an image displayed to overlay EXIF information, this includes details such as the camera used, software version, date & time. As well as exposure information such as aperture, exposure mode, shutter speed, focal length. Note that the shutter speed formatting is due to the pre-production nature of the review unit.
Press the Cancel (#) button to return to full view. You can then magnify the image by pressing the OK (*) button. The image can be magnified up to 8x and scrolled using the 4-way controller.

One annoyance about the Vista's file browsing behaviour is that when the unit powers down it does not remember the folder you were browsing. Thus if you return to File List or Thumbnail view modes you have to navigate back through the folder structure to get to the correct folder once more.


Settings menu

Here we can see some of the more advanced 'on screen' functionality of the Vista, all of the captures below are as you would see them on the Vista's LCD panel.


Option Values / Actions Notes
Contrast  • Contrast (LCD)

Capture above is from a pre-production unit, final unit will have only 'Contrast' setting

Video Mode

 • NTSC
 • PAL

 
Auto Power Off  • 10 sec
 • 15 sec
 • 20 sec
 • 30 sec
 • DISABLE
I would liked to have seen a wider selection of power off, something like: 10, 30, 60 sec, 5 mins, DISABLED
Reset Dir Number  • Resets directory number for next transfer (00000001)  
Slideshow Interval  • Set slideshow interval: 3 - 99 secs  
Version  • Displays current firmware version  
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