Top of camera controls
Rear of camera controls
CAPTURE mode controls, display & menus
In capture mode we can control flash, exposure compensation, single/continuous shooting, image quality and self-timer mode all from external controls. To make other changes such as resolution, white balance, long exposures, focus modes (including manual focus) you have to go into the on-screen menu. I timed how long it would take to switch from Auto white balance to fluorescent white balance, it took 7 seconds� Which is kind of a long time, in my review of the DC265 I quibbled about the lack of controls on the body of the camera, forcing users to go into the menu system to make simple camera setting changes� No improvement with the DC290.
In live preview mode (press DISPLAY) you get a live view of the scene which is perfectly ok in good light but grainy / covered in horizontal lines in low light. No other information is overlayed here and DC265 owners may note that the remaining internal DRAM status bar has disappeared.
The status line on the top indicates either Ready, Not Enough Light, Out of Range, Processing Pictures or Battery Low. Along the bottom of the LCD are softkey options Still (switch between Still, Burst and Time-lapse modes), Overlay (turn menu and status text overlays on and off) and Status (show current camera settings such as Picture Type, Quality, Resolution and File Type).
Briefly after taking the shot a review image ("QuickView") is displayed, this is an opportunity to check the shot and delete the image if it's not wanted.
Entering the menu system in capture mode displays the Digita menu system (example left) which is logically sectioned, each section represented by an icon, within each section are various sub-menus.
|Each sub-menu option can be scrolled through and settings are stored or canceled using the softkeys below the LCD (example of a sub-menu left).|
|If there is any text entry to be made (such as creating an album) it is performed by scrolling through an alphabet and picking each letter one at a time.|
Entering MENU mode displays the following menus:
Resolutions: Ultra (interpolated) = 2240 x 1500, High = 1792 x 1200, Medium = 1440 x 960, Standard = 720 x 480
Flash (Off, Auto, Fill, Red-Eye)
(Uncmp, Good, Better, Best)
Resolution (Standard, Medium, High, Ultra)
Burst Rate (0.1fps, 0.2fps, 0.5fps, 1fps, 2fps, 3fps) - 3fps only at Standard Resolution
(Off, Auto, Fill, Red-Eye)
Quality (Uncmp, Good, Better, Best)
Resolution (Standard, Medium, High, Ultra)
Interval (1 min to 24 hrs)
No. of pictures (2 to 1000)
|New Album...||Create new album (text entry)|
|Date and Time...||Type
(None, Date, Time, Both)
Left Offset (%)
Top Offset (%)
Transparency (Off, On)
Text Color (Color picker)
Background (Color picker)
Left, Top, Transparency, Color as above
Left, Top as above
|Long Time Exposure...||Exposure Time (0.5sec - 16sec in 0.5sec increments)|
|Exposure Lock||Takes one image to lock exposure|
|External Flash...||Aperture (F3, F4, F5.6, F8, F11, F16)|
(three spot focus algorithm)
(single-spot focus algorithm center of frame)
|Manual Focus...||Focus Distance (50cm, 70cm, 1m, 2m, 3m, 5m, 10m, 20m, Infinity) (also represented as feet)|
(Off, 0.5s, 1s - 30s in 1s increments)
Auto Rotate (On, Off)
System Sounds (On, Off)
Sleep Timeout (1min - 5 mins in 0.5min inc)
Remote Shutter (On, Off)
|Date and Time...||Set date and time and display format|
|Camera Name...||Set the camera name (text entry)|
|Hook Head Lighthouse by kroker|
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