Fujifilm FinePix 6800Z Review. Phil Askey
Mode dial function
Continuous exposure mode
|Manual record mode
Despite its name this is still a fully automatic exposure mode with more creative options, you can change exposure compensation, white balance, sensitivity (ISO equiv.), metering, sharpness, flash compensation, manual focus over what is available in auto record mode. However, this isn't a "manual exposure" mode, there's no aperture or shutter priority and neither is their a full manual exposure mode.
|AUTO||Auto record mode
This is the true point-and-shoot mode, white balance is locked to auto, there's no exposure compensation nor can you set other options such as image sharpness. There is curiously a voice caption mode available in auto record mode, which, for some odd reason doesn't exist in manual record mode...
|SP||Special Position mode
Select from one of four pre-programmed exposure modes:
B/W (black and white)
Night - shutter as slow as 3 secs, reduced flash modes
Scene / landscape - small apertures (large DOF), no flash
Portrait - large apertures (small DOF), soft image, all flash modes
Shoot short movie clips at a fixed 320 x 240, 10 fps, maximum 160 seconds per clip.
Turn your digital camera into a digital voice recorder! In this mode the shutter release acts as the record / stop button of a voice recorder and you can take annotations of up to 33 minutes on a 16 MB SmartMedia card, up to 272 minutes on a 128 MB SmartMedia card.
Mode switch / Power button
Rear of camera controls
Rear control buttons
Pressing this button pops the flash light up out of the top of the camera, there's a short delay (around 3 seconds) during which time the LCD powers off to enable the flash capacitor to charge to full power.
|MENU / OK||Menu / OK
Enters current mode menu / confirms menu selection.
Carried forward from the 4700Z is the unique "display panel" control, a combination of a lit LCD and four arrow keys provide a flexible set of easy to understand controls which change their function depending on the current mode and camera settings. The first thing to note is that the panel is lit either orange for record mode or green for playback. Below is a selection different panel layouts in different camera modes.
|Power the camera on and it says "Hello !" (cute)||Power it off and it says "See you!" (cute, but cheesy)||Layout in playback mode, left / right to scroll through images, up / down to magnify.|
|Layout in manual record mode, left for macro focus, right for flash mode, up / down for zoom.||Layout in continuous record mode, left for macro mode, up / down for zoom.||Layout in auto record mode, same as manual record: left for macro focus, right for flash mode, up / down for zoom.|
|Layout in B&W scene position, same as manual record: left for macro focus, right for flash mode, up / down for zoom.||Layout in night scene position, right for flash mode, up / down for zoom.||Layout in landscape scene position, right for flash mode, up / down for zoom.|
|Layout in portrait scene position, right for flash mode, up / down for zoom.||Layout in movie clip record mode, up / down for zoom.||Informational display in audio record mode.|
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