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Record mode display

Here you can see an example of the live preview image on the LCD just prior to taking a shot, note the 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, Memory Stick status (bar graph), Flash status, White Balance status, Macro focus, ISO 100, +0.3 EV compensation.


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 while the image is flushed to the Memory Stick.
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 11 minutes 18 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.


Manual Focus

Selecting manual focus (pressing the FOCUS button) switches control of focus distance to the small jog-dial, roll the jog-dial to select the focus distance which is displayed in metres.


Play display

Switching to play mode immediately displays the last image taken. The S85 uses a "rough thumbnail" initially while it loads the full resolution image from the Memory Stick (in the example above we'd moved from a movie to this image which is why the overlay was still showing movie information). 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 the DSPL/LCD (display) button clears off the overlaid file information allowing you to view the image cleanly. Selecting DELETE from the pop-up menu displays this Ok/Cancel confirmation box before the image is deleted.
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