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Record display

Here, an example of information overlay in Program Auto Exposure mode (P). As you can see from this animation the initial highly detailed overlay is reduced after approximately two seconds, the detailed overlay appears again if you make a settings change. Note that you can enable a live view histogram. When active the histogram is overlaid at the bottom of the screen along with a second 'spot histogram' of a selected area. This area can be moved at will around the viewfinder by holding the exposure compensation button and using the 4-way controller.

Here we're already half-pressed the shutter release and are ready to shoot. The green circle indicates a good AF lock however the blinking flash symbol tells us that the camera recommends the use of a flash as the image may otherwise suffer from blur (slow shutter speed for a handheld shot). After taking the shot a record review is displayed briefly, if live view histogram is enabled the review image will also have a histogram overlay. It would have been nice to have a histogram option for record review without having to have live view histogram enabled. (A minor point).
Spot AF allows you to position the AF area at any one of nine positions around the center AF point (in a cross shape). The animation above shows the extremes of these nine points. In manual focus mode the C-5050 Zoom displays a magnified loupe of the center of the frame as well as a ruler with distance scale on the left side.
Multi-spot metering allows you to meter up to eight spots around the scene, the relative exposure value of these spots will be shown on the exposure meter display and the best average exposure will be automatically selected. An example of the C-5050 Zoom's unique "2 in 1" shooting mode, in which you take two portrait images which will make up the final shot side by side.

Example of Aperture Priority mode, aperture is displayed in green and shutter speed is calculated as the aperture changes.

Example of Shutter Priority mode, shutter speed is displayed in green and aperture is calculated as the aperture changes.
Example of Manual Exposure mode, roll the jog dial to change shutter speed, hold down the exposure compensation button and roll the jog dial to change aperture. The difference between the metered exposure and selected exposure is shown in the top right of the screen, +/- 3.0 EV. An example of a scene exposure mode, in this case night shot. Note that in these modes the exposure (shutter speed & aperture) is not displayed until you half-press the shutter release.

Changing settings

These two images are illustrations of the way that the C-5050 Zoom displays settings on the LCD monitor as they are changed. As soon as you press a setting button (such as flash mode, metering mode etc.) a semicircle of options is shown which corresponds to the setting value for each notch of the jog dial clockwise or anticlockwise. Simple but effective, Kudos.


Play / Quick View display

On the C-5050 Zoom there are two methods for entering 'Play mode', firstly you can turn the mode dial on the top of the camera to the Play position. Secondly you can press the Quick View button on the rear of the camera twice in quick succession. The only difference between these two modes is that using the Quick View method means that the camera returns to shooting mode with just a tap of the shutter release.

Switching to play mode immediately displays the last image taken. Detailed information is overlaid for approximately two seconds. After this the overlay disappears and you are left with a clean image.
From the play menu you can enable a histogram display, when enabled the image is reduced to a quarter size thumbnail, a histogram is shown directly below this and a quick summary of exposure information is shown to the right.

Press the zoom lever to the right to magnify the displayed image. The C-5050 Zoom provides magnifications up to 4.0x in 0.5x steps. I was a little disappointed that you couldn't magnify further. Use the 4-way controller to scroll around the magnified image.
Press the zoom lever to the left to switch to a thumbnail index view. This can be preset to either 4 (2x2), 9 (3x3) or 16 (4x4) images. Press the AEL/Trash button to selectively delete an individual image. Note that this requires confirmation.
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