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Display and menus contd.

The most basic display in playback mode shows the file number and image quality setting briefly for each frame. Pressing the DISP button adds further information; file size and exposure / white balance / ISO settings. Pressing the DISP button again changes the display to show a histogram and fairly comprehensive shooting information.
The left zoom button switches to a thumbnail display. You can choose between 2x2, 3x3, 4x4 or 5x5 thumbnails.
You can also browse images by date using this 'calendar' view... not sure how useful this is unless you never empty your memory card. The right zoom button magnifies the image in ten steps, up to 8.0x.
As in record mode pressing the menu button brings up a page of icons. Some of these are single functions, some lead to new menus. There's no real logic to what's on this screen (selecting index, for example, is just the same as moving the zoom to the left). Selecting the playback menu option brings up this little menu with options for protecting, rotating or adding sound clips to images. Why these three get their own menu I can only guess.
The edit menu has a unique range of sophisticated options, including color conversions, brightness and saturation adjustments, cropping, red-eye removal, fancy frames, adding text and even the ability to produce multi-image layouts and calendar pages in-camera. Very impressive and great fun, if of limited value to more advanced users. Something very rare in cameras of this type is the ability to edit the settings used in raw files after they've been saved, and save the result into a new JPEG file. You can change white balance, sharpness, contrast and saturation, and choose from any of the standard file size / quality settings. It's very slow (and let's be honest, of very limited use to most users), but hey, it's cool.
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