Kodak DCS-14n Review
Rear of Camera Controls
On the rear of the DCS-14n we have a row of photographic settings along the top of the camera (bracket mode, flash mode, metering, AE-Lock & AF-Lock, Main command dial). On the main back of the camera is the LCD monitor surrounded by six buttons, the 4-way controller with its OK and Cancel buttons and at the bottom the display panel (showing play information in this shot).
Photographic settings buttons
Auto Bracketing: Shots / EV
|Flash sync mode
Front-curtain sync (normal flash)
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
3D Matrix Metering with 10-segment SPD
The camera uses the entire frame for light measurement but assigns a greater weight to an area in the center of the frame (12 mm in diameter, indicated in the viewfinder by the circle).
Auto Exposure and Auto Focus Lock
The HotKey button can be user programmed to enter the camera menu at any pre-selected location, this is useful for quickly changing any setting not addressed with the STATUS button (below).
With an image shown on the LCD monitor pressing this button displays a five option delete menu (listed below), press OK to confirm the deletion.
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|Tag / Record
A short press of this button displays the tag options menu (Tag / Untag image, Print Tag / Untag). Slightly confusing is that the option menu doesn't change to reflect the current tag status of the image. A longer press of this button starts the audio annotation recorder which continues recording as long as you hold the button, the annotation is then 'attached' to the image by giving the WAV file the same filename as the image.
|OK||Play / Confirm
If the LCD monitor is off pressing this button enters play mode. The OK button is also used to select areas in zoom modes / confirm menu options or settings.
|Cancel / LCD off
Cancels the current setting change or leaves play or menu mode (turns off LCD monitor).
In shooting mode where AF point selection is enabled the 4-way controller is used to choose AF points. In playback mode this control reverts to image navigation / menu movement. The 4-way controller can be locked by turning the small lever below the dial to the 'L' position. Unfortunately the 4-way controller lock is a physical lock which disables the controller for use in menus too.
Front of camera controls
On the front of the camera are two controls, first on the right side (from the back) of the lens is the depth of field preview button, pressing this button stops the lens down to the selected (or metered) aperture allowing the photographer to preview the depth of field of the final shot (obviously the viewfinder view becomes dimmer when the lens is stopped down). On the left side of the lens mount is the focus mode selector (modes defined below).
|S||Single servo AF
If the subject is stationary, the camera focuses when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. Focus remains locked while the shutter release button is held in this position (focus lock). The shutter can only be released when the in-focus indicator is displayed.
Continuous servo AF (release priority)
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