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Playback controls / Menu

In playback mode the display and switching of images is limited only by the speed of a floppy disk drive (in this case it's a 2 x speed drive - about 5 seconds between images), if you're accessing the last image you took, it appears instantly.
You can also view an "index" of images which appears quite quickly and can show six thumbnails at a time.

Playback menu

Sub menu
Clock Set

Y/M/D M/D/Y D/M/Y
dd mm yyyy   hh : mm
Enter Cancel

Beep

On
Off

Disk Tool Format
Diskcopy
Cancel
Delete Ok
Cancel
Copy Ok (then asks for new disk)
Cancel
Protect All
Select
Cancel

Record Controls / Menu

Initial selection of record mode is either Still or Movie, Still mode is traditional digicam capture, MPEG allows the capture of an MPEG movie for as long as you hold down the shutter release (and there's spare disk capacitiy).

Image size, quality, record mode and EV adjustment are all selectable from the on screen LCD menu (see below). Spot metering can be activated by pressing a butting just below the viewfinder on the back.

The remaining record controls are on the left hand side of the barrel:

Control

Function
White Balance

Manual adjust (by first putting the camera in manual white balance mode, then pressing the \o/ white balance button it then automatically adjusts the white balance of the composition)
Daylight
Incandescent
Auto

Program

Aperture priority (adjust with +/- buttons):
F1.8, F2, F2.8, F3.4, F4, F4.8, F5.6, F6.7, F8, F9.5, F11
Shutter priority (adjust with +/- buttons):
1/60s, 1/80s, 1/100s, 1/125s, 1/180s, 1/250s, 1/350s, 1/500s, 1/750s, 1/1000s, 1/1500s, 1/2000s, 1/3000s, 1/4000s
Night time mode
Auto

Steady Shot On
Off
Focus Auto
Manual

The other controls available through the record menu are:

Record menu

Sub menu
Clock Set

Y/M/D M/D/Y D/M/Y
dd mm yyyy   hh : mm
Enter Cancel

Beep

On
Off

Disk Tool Format
Diskcopy
Cancel
File Number

Series (running number)
Normal (start at 1 for each disk)

Flash Level

High
Normal
Low

Image Size 1024 x 768
640 x 480
Quality Fine
Standard
Rec Mode Bitmap (uncompressed 640 x 480)
Voice
E-Mail
Normal

Movie Mode

Movie mode allows you to record MPEG format movies (including sound) directly to the floppy disk. At 160 x 112 you can get 60 seconds of MPEG on a floppy, at 320 x 240 you can get about 15 seconds.

Controls available from the movie mode menu are:

Movie menu

Sub menu
Clock Set

Y/M/D M/D/Y D/M/Y
dd mm yyyy   hh : mm
Enter Cancel

Beep

On
Off

Disk Tool Format
Diskcopy
Cancel
File Number

Series (running number)
Normal (start at 1 for each disk)

Image Size

320 x 240
160 x 112

Timing / File Sizes

Switching the camera on from cold it's ready to take a photograph in only 3 seconds, switching from OFF to play mode takes about 5 seconds and moving between images (using the + / - buttons) takes around 5 seconds (in FINE mode), thumbnail mode is very quick.

Pre-focusing the camera takes between 1 and 5 seconds depending on how hard it is to focus, shutter lag is below 0.2 seconds and cycle time until it's ready to take another shot depends on the selected image quality (see table below).

Once nice feature of this camera is that it keeps the still of the last image you took on the LCD as long as you hold down the shutter release button, very useful for post-shot examination.

Timing Criteria

Avg. time
OFF to Record 3s
Pre-focus 1s - 5s
Shutter lag < 0.2s
Lag without pre-focus 1 s -2.2s
Store 1024 x 768 FINE image 5s
Store 1024 x 768 STANDARD image 4s
Store 640 x 480 FINE image 4s
Store 640 x 480 STANDARD image 3s
Store 640 x 480 BITMAP (uncompressed) image 14s
OFF to Playback (first image visible) 5s
Playback image to image (+ / -) 5s

File sizes for different image formats are shown in the table below:

Image type

File size No. on a 1.44MB disk
1024 x 768 FINE JPEG 95-160Kb 7-9
1024 x 768 STANDARD JPEG 40-95Kb 9-15
640 x 480 FINE JPEG 35-71Kb 15-20
640 x 480 STANDARD JPEG 13-37Kb 22-40
640 x 480 BITMAP uncompressed 1.3Mb 1
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