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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. The left zoom button switches to a thumbnail display.
Unusually you can choose between 2x2, 3x3, 4x4 or 5x5 thumbnails, all perfectly usable thanks to that large, crystal-clear screen. The right zoom button magnifies the image in seven steps, up to 8.0x.
The playback menu has four tabs - play, edit, card and 'album entry'. The four directional keys on the four-way controller are used to select each option. Pressing the 'up' key brings up a page of slide show options; there's four nice transition effects and the option for some rather groovy background music.
The Stylus 800 offers a fairly sophisticated way of organizing the images on your xD card into 'albums', complete with natty ring-bound frame effects. How useful this is will depend on how long you intend to keep the images on the card I guess. You can also browse images by date using this very attractive calendar view.
The right arrow key takes you to the play mode menu, which has four tabs. The first, PLAY, (shown above) has image rotation, DPOF printing and voice annotation options. The card menu is the same as found in record mode with the addition of a 'backup' option, for copying images from the internal memory to an xD card.
In the setup menu (otherwise the same as the one found in record mode) you can opt for a 2x2, 3x3, 4x4 or 5x5 thumbnail view. One unusual feature of the Stylus Verve is in-camera image editing. Here you can automatically remove red-eye (which works pretty well), convert images to black & white or sepia, or resize them. In each case a new file is created, so you won't lose the original.
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