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Top of camera controls

On top of the camera is the main mode dial (for selecting exposure mode), power switch, zoom control and shutter release and three mode selection buttons. All controls are summarised below.

Power Dial

OFF Power Off

Camera is powered off, may continue to write images still in camera buffer to SmartMedia card (check activity light near compartment door)
ON Power On

Camera power on, normal operation
RESET Camera Settings Reset

Allows a quick reset of all camera settings to defaults (programmable). After turning the dial to this position it will spring back to On.

Exposure Mode (Mode Dial)

Playback

Enters playback mode, displays last image shot and enables all play functions.
P

Program Auto Exposure

AUTO exposure with full access to all manual controls. Camera calculates exposure (shutter speed, aperture and ISO if in Auto) based on current metered value (which depends on metering mode). Exposure can be compensated +/-2 EV in 0.3 EV steps by pressing the left or right arrows on the 4-way controller (rear).


(+0.7 EV exposure compensation)

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. Aperture is displayed on the LCD, press the up or down arrows (4-way controller, rear) to select different apertures. The cameras exposure system is constantly displaying the exposure on the LCD (either main or viewfinder), if it's outside of the cameras exposure range the aperture will be displayed in RED. Available apertures:

  • Wide: F2.8, F3.2, F3.5, F4.0, F4.5, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.0, F8.0
  • Tele: F3.5, F4.0, F4.5, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.0, F8.0

(selected aperture F2.8 with +0.7 EV exposure compensation)
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. Shutter speed is displayed on the LCD, press the up or down arrows (4-way controller, rear) to select different shutter speeds. The cameras exposure system is constantly displaying the exposure on the LCD (either main or viewfinder), if it's outside of the cameras exposure range (for instance trying to take a shot at 1/500s in darkness) the shutter speed will be displayed in RED. The LCD view changes to reflect the look of the final image at this exposure. Available shutter speeds:

  • 1/2, 1/2.5, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250, 1/320, 1/400, 1/500, 1/650, 1/800 sec

(selected shutter speed 1/3s with +0.7 EV exposure compensation)
M

Full Manual Exposure

In this mode you select the aperture and the shutter speed from any combination of the above (plus additional shutter speeds down to 16 seconds). Left and right arrows select aperture, up and down arrows select shutter speed. Beside the aperture and shutter speed readout there's a metering readout which will tell you if you're within 3 EV of the metered exposure (+/-3EV), over this value the camera will read out either -3 or +3 in RED.


(aperture F2.8, shutter speed 1/3s,
meter reads +1.7 EV over ideal exposure)

S-Prg

Special Program

The C-2100UZ has four pre-programmed "special program" exposures, these lock or preset certain camera settings for taking a particular type of scene.

Portrait
Uses a large aperture (small F number) to blur the background and better define the subjects face.
Sports
Uses fast shutter speeds to freeze action.
Background
Uses small apertures (large F numbers) to take landscape shots which include a closer subject (keep both sharply in focus).
Night
Disables flash and allows automatic exposure of shutter speeds as slow as 2 seconds.
Movie Clip

For recording movie clips, press the shutter release to start / stop recording. There are two quality modes available HQ and SQ, both shoot 320 x 240 Motion JPEG (.MOV) with Audio. You can record a maximum of 42 seconds in a single clip.

Function Buttons

Macro Focus

Enables or disables Macro focus, in Macro focus mode you can take close-up shots (not strictly Macro) up to 10 cm from the lens (wide). The range of focus distances in Macro Focus mode are:

  • Wide: 10 cm - 60 cm
  • Tele: 100 cm - 200 cm

Metering Mode

Selects between the three available metering modes:

  • ESP - "Meters the center of the subject and the area around the subject"
  • Center-weighted average - "Meters the center of the subject primarily"
  • Spot metering - "Meters with the AF target market (brackets)

(Descriptions: C-2100UZ manual)

DRIVE

Drive Mode

Selects between the available drive modes:

  • Single shot - Pressing the shutter release takes a single frame
  • Continuous - Camera shoots continually while the shutter release is held (exact results can be found in the timings section of this review)
  • Continuous AF - Camera shoots continually but recalculates focus distance (AF) between frames
  • Self-Timer/Remote - A press of the shutter release and the camera will self-time for 12 seconds before taking the shot / Readies the camera for control with the Infrared remote
  • Bracket - Enables auto-bracketing, this mode allows you to take three or five shots "around" the metered or selected exposure +/-0.3 0.6 or 1.0 EV (selectable through the menu)

Zoom Control Function

  In Record Mode In Play Mode
W Zoom Wide

Zooms focal length towards full wide (38 mm). There are two zoom speeds depending on how much you move the lever, either 4.5 or 2.8 secs from one extent to the other
Zoom into displayed image

Magnifies currently displayed image in steps: 1.5x, 2.0x, 2.5x, 3.0 x. Use the 4-way controller (rear) to move around the magnified image.
T

Zoom Tele

Zooms focal length towards full tele (380 mm). There are two zoom speeds depending on how much you move the lever, either 4.5 or 2.8 secs from one extent to the other

Reset image zoom / thumbnails

Returns image to normal view if magnified, otherwise enters thumbnail view mode (3 x 3 thumbnails).
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