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Top of camera controls

Top of the 750Z is dominated by the mode dial which surrounds the shutter release button (good half-press feel, click full-press). Surrounding the mode dial is the 'front lever' which doesn't as you may think adjust the camera zoom but is instead used to change settings such as exposure compensation (quite a confusing bit of design if you're used to a top mounted zoom lever). As I've commented in other reviews I would have liked the on/off button to require a one or two second 'hold' before powering the camera off, this would avoid accidental power offs.

Mode Dial

Program Auto Exposure

This is the camera's main shooting mode, exposure is metered and set automatically based on the current sensitivity, metering mode and exposure compensation. This mode can be used as point and shoot or with more manual adjustment such as sensitivity selection, exposure compensation.

Av Aperture Priority Exposure

In this mode you select the aperture and the camera will calculate the correct shutter speed depending on metered exposure, exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity. Use the up and down arrows to change aperture. Available apertures (the 750Z does stand out as having an unusually wide range of apertures):

• Wide: F2.8, F3.0, F3.2, F3.5, F4.0, F4.2, F4.6, F5.0, F5.6, F6.0, F6.5, F7.2, F7.8
• Tele: F4.6, F5.0, F5.6, F6.0, F6.5, F7.2, F7.8
Tv Shutter Priority Exposure

In this mode you select the shutter speed and the camera will calculate the correct aperture depending on metered exposure, exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity. Use the up and down arrows to change shutter speed. Available shutter speeds:

15, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1, 0.8, 0.6, 0.5, 0.4, 0.3, 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, 1/640, 1/800, 1/1000
M

Manual Exposure

In this mode you select the aperture and the shutter speed from any combination of the above. The difference to the metered exposure is indicated on the LCD monitor on a graphic 'EV ruler' scale (-2 to +2 EV)

User Mode

User mode allows you to preprogram the camera with any combination of settings from any exposure mode to be quickly retrieved when User Mode is selected.

Digital Exposure Metering Mode

This turns the camera into a digital exposure meter, using this you can take exposure readings directly on the screen (EV value, aperture and shutter speed). You can select the 'virtual sensitivity', exposure step and color mode.

Voice Recording Mode

Press the shutter release button to record audio clip as a WAV file; 8 Khz, 8-bit Mono (PCM).

Movie Clip Mode

The 750Z allows you to record movie clips at 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 at 30 or 15 fps with audio. Record time is limited only to the amount of storage space available. From the camera menu you can also select a 'time-lapse movie mode', this slows movie recording by 2, 5, 10, 50 or 100 times to create a 'time lapse' movie (audio recording is disabled in this special mode).

Digital Filter Mode

This mode allows you to simulate certain 'lens filters', these are: Black & White, Sepia, Red, Pink, Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow and Soft.

Stereo Pictures (3D Image Mode)

This mode allows you to take 'Stereo 3D' images, it does so by prompting you to take one image from the left of a subject and one shifted slightly (normally around 1 cm) to the right. When printed and viewed with the supplied 3D Image Viewer (a clip together vertical spectacles set) the image can appear to take on a 3D appearance. What a gimmick.

Panorama Assist Mode

This mode allows you to take a series of images which will be later stitched together to make a wide or tall panorama image. When you first enter Panorama Assist Mode the camera prompts you to select the direction of the Panorama, after the first shot it overlays a quarter of the previous image at the edge of the frame to help align the next shot. Unfortunately this mode doesn't appear to lock Auto Exposure or Auto White balance, both of which are pretty essential for quality Panorama's.

Picture Mode

Picture Mode is the 750Z's range of preprogrammed scene exposure settings. Use the up and down arrows on the 4-way controller to select picture mode, depending on the picture mode certain camera features (such as flash mode) may not be available.

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