FujiFilm FinePix S1 Pro Review
Top of camera controls
Top of the camera controls are split into two areas,
left and right side of the flash.
Left side: exposure mode dial (choose between Auto, Programmed, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Full Manual or one of the five preset exposure modes), self timer button.
Right side: Main power switch, shutter release button, exposure compensation button, aperture button, flash mode button, AE-L (Auto-Exposure Lock) button and (just hiding under your thumb) the main command dial.
Shutter Priority Auto
Aperture Priority Auto
Macro mode (Close-up mode)
Night Scene mode
Flash mode button
AE Lock allows you to lock the cameras calculated exposure, much the same as focus lock (half-press the shutter release) simply aim the camera at the scene area you wish to use for exposure calculation then press and hold the AE-L button, re-frame the shot and shoot. When using AE-L the metering mode switches to Center-Weighted Average.
At this stage I'd normally give a commentary as to the good and the bad of this control structure, but as FujiFilm have just inherited it from the Nikon F60 body there's little point commenting. Suffice to say there are plenty of photographic controls here for even the most ardent shutterbug, and certainly more than you'd find on the average prosumer digital camera.
Command Button Combinations
- Aperture button + Exposure Compensate button for more than two seconds will perform a camera settings reset (program shift, exposure compensation, flash mode, self-timer).
- AE-L button + Self-Timer button while turning on the camera, then press shutter release to lock up mirror and open shutter for CCD cleaning.
Front of camera controls
Rear of camera controls
On the rear of the camera we have the two LCD's, the top which is used in conjunction with the display LCD below has four multifunction buttons below it, the action of these buttons is indicated by an icon shown on the LCD. Pressing the FUNC button changes the mode of the top LCD. Controls in more detail are below: (these menus are detailed on the next pages)
Menu / Execute button
Opposite of Execute button, used to cancel current menu selections or "back up" from menus.
Used to navigate menus and in playback mode to scroll through taken images / zoom into current image (up to 19 x zoom).
It's worth noting that the S1 Pro operates on a "shooting priority" fashion, that is no matter what you're doing on the rear LCD or in menus (for instance playing back and image or changing some menu setting) as soon as you half-press the shutter release the camera immediately (instantly) switches back to record (shooting) operation ready to take a shot. That's how FujiFilm have managed to do away with having separate play / record modes and it's what you'd expect of a Digital SLR.
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