FujiFilm FinePix 4700Z Review
Top of camera controls
Top of the camera is the photography mode dial which surrounds the shutter release. It switches between (counterclockwise from first option):
Interestingly Fuji have separated the On/Off and Record/Play operations from the main mode dial, this may seem odd at first but becomes perfectly logical when you consider that you seldom change record mode (and if you do you prefer to return to the last mode you used) and that easily being able to power the camera on or off and switching between play and record modes is what you do the most (see rear controls below).
Rear of camera controls
The rear controls may seem intimidating at first, however after first use you'll get used to and be impressed by how logical everything is. Left center is the main POWER button, press this to power on or off, flip the switch up or down for record (photography) mode or down for playback. This is one of the best bits of design I've seen for some time, it makes reviewing images extremely straightforward, and thanks to the speed of the 4700 you'll lose no time doing so.
To the left of the POWER button is the SHIFT button which extends the function of the other buttons when held, below this is the DISP button which changes display modes (typically toggling the LCD on and off but this depends on current mode).
Beside the 4-direction button/LCD display are the CANCEL/BACK and MENU/EXE buttons, these are used in combination with the 4-direction button control the main operation of functions and menus.
Next comes the excellent 4-direction button/LCD display which I covered briefly earlier in the review, it's split into five segments. Center of the LCD is the current mode, in photography mode this displays the current mode and number of available frames (estimated depending on image mode) or the number of seconds remaining for movie mode. Then comes the function of each of the 4 direction buttons as defined by the icon next to each button. In normal photography mode these control the zoom and macro/flash, enabling manual focus switches the function of left and right buttons to control the focus distance. What a great bit of lateral thinking.
Record mode display
|With the LCD enabled and overlay menu you get a live preview of the image, along with this is displayed the current shooting mode (manual in this case), macro and flash status, frames remaining and four of the menu icons (and their setting). The hand in the top right corner indicates the image is likely to be blurred by hand shake because of the lack of light.||Half-pressing the shutter release button the camera refocuses and calculates the exposure which it displays (in this case 1/5.7s @ F2.8).|
|Switching to PLAY mode reviews the last image with an overlay of folder/filename, date and time image was taken.||Pressing the DISP button switches between REVIEW (no overlay), REVIEW (overlay) and THUMBS. Above is an example of thumbnail mode. Note, you can still use PLAY mode menu options in this mode.|
|Using the up and down arrows on the 4-direction control you can zoom in and out of the review image, left is shown the image un-zoomed (1:1).||Zoomed in halfway., you can scroll (pan) the image at any time by holding the SHIFT button and using the 4-direction control.|
Full zoom, defined by the user manual as:
2400 x 1800 images: Max 15x
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