Top of camera controls
Top of the camera is (left to right) self-timer button, macro / landscape button, LCD display, flash mode button, zoom control and shutter release.
This fairly minimal controls approach works pretty well and everything you tend to need is accessable without turning on the LCD (except for exposure compensation which would have been a nice option on the top controls - perhaps a shift button held down combined with the w/t zoom control to adjust exposure compensation).
Rear of camera controls
Menu button :
on/off (display) / CONFIRM button:
This button toggles the display on and off and is used in menus to confirm selection.
Used to navigate menus.
Used to jog between images in Review mode and select sub-menu options.
The main mode dial controls the cameras current mode, either Capture (take photos), Review (playback and review images), Connect (enable external connectivity - serial / USB), Camera Setup (change various camera settings).
In Capture mode with the LCD turned on you see a live preview of the image you'll be taking, no other information is overlayed on this image.
|Pressing the menu button displays the capture menu, scroll up and down and select a menu option.||After selecting an option the right hand pane allows you to modify that options settings (in this case JPEG quality).|
Overall the menu system on the DC280 is a vast improvement over that found on many other digicams, it's bright, colourful and simple to navigate, the menubar scrolls smoothly (nice touch) and menu response is good. I would like to have been able to scroll off the top option straight to the bottom option (wrap-around).
|Exposure Compensation||Allow override of default exposure by -2.0 to +2.0EV in 0.5EV steps.|
|Borders||Select border effect (must be previously loaded onto CF card)|
|Effect||NO EFFECT (sample)
BLACK AND WHITE (sample)
DOCUMENT (sample with / sample without)
STANDARD (896 x 592)
YYYY MM DD
DD MM YYYY
MM DD YYYY
YYYY MM DD HH:MM (sample)
DD MM YYYY HH:MM
MM DD YYYY HH:MM
ON (review image after taking shot)
ON (allows AE lock for panoramas)
Switching to Review mode instantly reviews the last shot taken, you then have various options as described below. When scrolling between images the DC280 uses the same technique as found on the Nikon 950 which is to display a "rough" blown-up thumbnail first and refine it with the more detailed image if you don't move to the next image.
|The immediate review of last image taken, use the left and right arrow keys to move between images.||Pressing
the menu button "slides" the thumbnail view
(bottom) and menu bar (left), use left and right to
move between images and up and down to choose menu
|Here is an example of selecting a menu option, the thumbnail of the image is still displayed, in this case we've requested picture info which displays date, time, image quality and exposure information|
|Zoom||Zooms into image (2x) and allows scrolling using the arrow keys|
(thumbnail view along the bottom allows selection for deletion)
|Lock||Lock / Unlock image (prevent deletion)|
Displays the following picture information:
Camera Setup mode
|Entering Camera Setup mode displays the above menu system.||Selecting
a sub-menu option displays the sub-menu on the right-hand
|This is the camera information
(note the firmware version: pre-release camera).
CAMERA SETUP MENU
|Date & Time||Year / Month
|White Balance Default||
|Exposure Compensation Default||Allow override of default exposure by -2.0 to +2.0EV in 0.5EV steps.|
|Auto ISO Default||OFF
|Borders Default||NO BORDER|
|Effects Default||NO EFFECT
BLACK & WHITE
Kodak D280 Zoom
Firmware Version: 0.61
# Pictures Captured: xxx
# Flashes Fired: xxx
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