FujiFilm FinePix S1 Pro Review
Play mode LCD display
Switching to play mode (by pressing the PLAY button) displays the last image shot and changes the top LCD panel to play functions (detailed above). Pushing the 4-way controller left or right moves through each image on the storage card.
|Default play mode review image, no information overlaid.||Pressing the histogram button on the function LCD panel toggles between overlaid histograms of: Master (gray levels), Red Channel, Green Channel or Blue Channel.|
Pushing the 4-way controller up zooms into the image, all the way from 1.04 x up to 19.0 x (very, very close). Pushing the 4-way controller down zooms back out again (or press CANCEL). Holding the up button it takes 7.5 seconds to reach a 5.0 x magnification and 8.5 to reach 19.0 x magnification.
|Pressing the PLAY button when zoomed in changes the function of the 4-way controller to a pan control allow you to smoothly scroll around the zoomed image (at any zoom level).|
Pressing the PLAY button when not zoomed switches to a thumbnail index of images on the storage card, default is 4 thumbnails (a 2 x 2 grid).
|But you can set a 9 thumbnail (3 x 3) mode through the play menu.|
Record mode setup menu
Pressing MENU/EXE in record mode displays this setup menu. Navigate with the 4-way controller and use EXE or CANCEL to choose or back out of options. Full details of this menu are detailed below:
|Record mode: Setup Menu
|End||Return to record mode|
Manual Rec (preview requires confirmation)
Auto Rec (previewed and automatically recorded)
|Custom WB||Enters custom WB mode, aim the camera at a white subject and press the shutter release button. If the camera can make a measurement from the shot subject it will display "!GOOD!" otherwise it will indicate either "UNDER EXPOSED" or "OVER EXPOSED" and you must attempt the setting again.|
|Hi MODE||TIFF-RGB (18,019 KB per full resolution
TIFF-YC (12,034 KB per full resolution image!)
|Media||CF Type II (or Type I)
SmartMedia (up to 64MB 3.3V)
|Self Timer||10 seconds
|Auto Power Off||2 minutes
Off (frame numbers are reset when media is changed)
|PC Mode||Downloading (USB interface is for
Shooting (USB interface is for remote control)
|Language||English (may vary by region)|
|Date/Time||Set date & time / date format [capture here]|
|Reset||Execute (resets camera to factory defaults)|
Fairly straightforward setup menu, would have been nice to have custom WB as some shortcut from the outside of the camera (one-push custom white balance) and it's a shame FujiFilm didn't decide to do a CCD-RAW format - much preferable to TIFF as RAW files are (a) equivalent of unmodified "digital negative" (b) have no white balance adjustment applied to them (which means you can change your mind later) (c) have no internal processing algorithms applied to them and (d) finally (and most usefully) are considerably smaller than a TIFF file (especially on the S1 Pro where a TIFF can be 18 MB - perhaps FujiFilm will consider a RAW format in a Firmware update)...
Play mode menu
Pressing MENU/EXE whilst in Play mode (reviewing an image) displays the play mode menu which would normally be displayed over the currently image (example here), we used a black frame for clarity. Menus will look familiar to anyone who's used FujiFilm's other digital cameras as it's almost identical to that found on the 4700Z (although the higher resolution LCD shows in smoother text and smaller icons). Full menu is detailed below:
|Play mode menu
|Erase||Format (formats current media card)
All (erases all images, requires confirmation)
|9-Multi (3 x 3 thumbnails will be
4-Multi (2 x 2 thumbnails will be displayed)
All (set all images to read-only)
Review / Cancel
Date On / Off
Delay (0.3 - 5 seconds)
|Brightness||Execute (sets LCD brightness)|
It's interesting to see a slideshow feature on a camera like this, most unexpected, but probably shows the background behind the firmware used in the camera (wipe modes are exactly the same as found on the 4700Z and the 40i). As I mentioned previously it would have been nice to have a grayscale bar displayed on-screen when changing the LCD brightness, this is important as currently you don't have a reference point to decide if you've adjusted the LCD correctly.