Here you can see an example of the live preview image on the LCD
just prior to taking a shot, note the new composition bracket in
the center of the frame. Various settings information is displayed
along the top and down the right side of the display (in this case):
Battery life (in minutes), image size and quality, remaining frames,
disc free space (pie graph), Flash status, White Balance status
and Macro focus mode selected.
Half-pressing the shutter release causes the cameras
autofocus and metering systems to lock, a steady green dot indicates
a good AF lock and you can now see the exposure shown on the right
side of the display.
After fully depressing the shutter release a brief review
image is shown. Writing to the disc starts now and because of the
buffer continues in the background allowing you to take the next shot
Pressing the 4-way controller to the
left displays the last image taken as above. This display is instantly
interrupted by half-pressing the shutter release.
An example of movie capture mode,
here the time indicator shows available space for 5 minutes 47 seconds
at the current setting (see later in the review for more detail).
Example of Shutter Priority mode (before
half-pressing the shutter release). Note the blue jog-dial indicator
in the bottom right of the screen.
Example of Aperture Priority mode
(before half-pressing the shutter release). Note the blue jog-dial
indicator in the bottom right of the screen.
Selecting manual focus (pressing the FOCUS button) switches control
of focus distance to the small jog-dial, focus distances are displayed
Switching to play mode
immediately displays the last image taken. The CD300 uses a "rough
thumbnail" initially while it loads the full resolution image
from the disc.
After a second or so a
higher resolution image is shown. Note that you don't have to wait
for this image to be able to scroll between images and that you can
use the jog-dial as well as the 4-way controller.
Pressing TELE on zoom magnifies
the image in several steps up to x5.0. Once magnified you can use
the 4-way controller to move around the image.
Pressing WIDE on the zoom
controller first enters this 3 x 3 thumbnail view where you can scroll
around the images and perform basic manipulation (such as copy / selective
delete, delete all **).
Pressing WIDE on the zoom
controller once more enters this new three image information display
mode which shows detailed exposure information for the selected image.
This being a pre-production model I'll forgive the 10/400 sec shutter
speed display (obviously 1/40 sec).
As seen on other Sony digital
cameras you can rotate images in-camera, note however that this does
not rotate the JPEG image itself, only marks its orientation for display
** Choosing delete all with a CD-RW doesn't appear to recover ALL the space,
to do so you would need to re-format the disc.