Shutter release / Zoom control
Top of camera controls
Below the top LCD are set of three buttons for controlling various shooting mode settings.
REC: Focus mode
PLAY: Erase image
REC: Flash mode
PLAY: Image information
REC: Metering mode
PLAY: Protect / tag
Rear of camera controls
Directly above the LCD is the button for switching between SmartMedia and CompactFlash, next to this is the Menu button used for entering and leaving menus. The main mode dial is found next to this and switches the camera between the following modes:
REC: Manual Mode
REC: Aperture Mode
REC: Program mode
Display taken images either one-by-one, zoomed or thumbnails
Press to protect the current image (make it read-only)
Switch to this mode to connect to PC / Mac
Record mode display
Because it's an SLR, the C-2500L doesn't give a live preview of the image, however you can enable a "REC INFO" view which displays this information page on the LCD when your finger is half-pressed... Now, don't get me wrong this is great and gives you all the information you'd need. BUT... if your eye is looking through the viewfinder (as it has to) to frame the scene are you really going to pull away to look at this display then look back again to take the shot? It would have been MUCH nicer to have some of this info summarised on an in-viewfinder display (info line along the bottom of the viewfinder).
Immediately after taking the shot (assuming you have REC REVIEW enabled) you'll see the initial view of the image you've just taken.
Note the difference with the capture below which was taken immediately after this capture but in PLAY mode.
|Same image after switching to PLAY mode.|
Play mode display
This is in full-information mode with the following information displayed (top left to bottom right):
CF/SM, Quality mode, Resolution, Exposure information, White balance mode, ISO setting, folder name, filename, date & time and frame no..
The less detailed info display just displays CF/SM, Quality, date & time and frame no.
Moving the zoom lever to the Tele side zooms into the image 2x, you can scroll around the image by holding down the exposure compensate button (just behind the shutter release) and pressing the arrow cursors.
Interestingly you can't scroll around the whole image in zoom mode... odd.
|Moving the zoom lever one more time to the Tele side jumps to 4x zoom. (again you can scroll, but not the whole image...)|
|Moving the zoom lever to the Wide side switches to 2 x 2 thumbnail mode.|
|Moving the zoom lever one more time to the Wide side switches to 3 x 3 thumbnail mode.|
|To delete the current image just press the button and an "Are you sure?" screen will be displayed, cursor over to Yes and hit OK.|
|Douaumont Ossuary by Eric 54-BNF|
from Armistice Day
|Silhouette at sunset by Jill Hancock|
from Portrait Lens (around 80mm or equivalent - please check the full rules)
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