Minolta DiMAGE S304 Review
Top of camera controls
On the top of the camera is the information LCD (detailed earlier) and the subject-program button. At the front is the shutter release button. At the bottom are buttons for flash mode, drive mode and exposure compensation. Beside this is the mode dial for slecting between power off, record, play, setup and connection modes.
Shutter release button
Just like the DiMAGE 5 and 7 I faced frustration with the S304's shutter release being 'locked'. This occured with both Instant playback enabled and disabled, here's the scenario:
- Instant playback disabled - pressing the shutter release button
too quickly after the first exposure and the camera will ignore the
press, you have to lift your finger and press again.
- Instant playback enabled (2 or 10 secs) - pressing the shutter release with the playback image shown returns to the live view but you must lift your finger and press again to take another shot.
In my opinion the camera should take a shot if (a) the live view is visible and (b) the shutter release is pressed, the photographer is clearly holding the shutter release button down for this reason.
Digital Subject Program
All exposure modes (except manual) press this button to change exposure compensation. -2.0 EV to +2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps. In manual mode this button switches between shutter speed and aperture selection.
Displays the last image shot (or last image on the CF card) on the rear LCD monitor.
Shoot movies, press the shutter release to start recording, press again to stop. Movies are recorded in AVI format @ 320 x 240, 12 frames per second for a maximum of 60 seconds, audio is recorded using the built-in microphone.
Camera displays special camera setup menu used to control global settings such as LCD brightness, power saving time, language, date, video output etc. Format CF card is only available in this mode.
Enables USB communications for direct connectivity to a PC or Mac.
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