Record mode display

This is an example of some of the settings which are displayed over the live preview image on the LCD, in this example we can see:

Program mode, Exposure display, Exposure compensation, Flash inhibited, Single Shot, Macro mode, Buffer status (black rectangle), Frames remaining, Quality & Resolution.

Some of this information disappears after a second or two only leaving the top and bottom rows of text.

The only other different view in record mode is when you switch to manual focus, this overlays a focus "ruler" which indicates the current focus distance, simply use the jog dial up and down to focus, whilst focusing the display is magnified (image left, below) finish focusing and the display returns to normal (image right, below).

Manual Focus "magnifying loupe"
After Manual Focusing normal display is restored.

The internal memory buffer indicator (black bar on the left side of the display) shows the amount of internal memory used, this indicator "empties" as the data is flushed away to the SmartMedia card. SmartMedia activity can be seen by the red flashing light next to the SmartMedia compartment. The C-3030Z appears to have 32MB of buffer memory.

Movie mode display

Switching to Movie mode the remaining frames display changes to remaining seconds available (either remaining space on your SM card or 32MB max).

Optical zoom is fixed, you can still digital zoom (though with quality degradation). Unfortunately focus is fixed too, if you're shooting distant subjects this won't be a problem.

Playback display

Switching to Playback mode immediately displays the last image taken, flicking between images doesn't display an image immediately (the exact delay is reported in the timing section of this review), suffice to say it's fast enough not to be too much of a problem.

This image shows the playback of an image with the INFO mode enabled (this can be set from the play menu or in the custom power-up settings). It quickly displays:

• Image Quality & Resolution
• Exposure (Aperture, Shutter Speed, Compen)
• White balance
• ISO Sensitivity (Equiv.)
• Date & Time
• Folder & Filename

After four seconds the overlaid data is removed and you're left with a clean review (as above).

Pushing the zoom lever towards Tele allows you to zoom into the image in 0.5x steps up to 3.0x. Using the Jog dial you can scroll around the zoomed image.

One thing that annoyed me about the zoom mode was that when holding down the jog direction buttons the action was not auto repeating, it takes a full 38 button presses to scroll from the top of the image to the bottom (at 3.0x zoom).

Pushing the zoom lever towards Wide switches to thumbnail view, you can configure the number of thumbnails displayed through the play menu (4, 9 or 16). Movies, protected images and images marked for printing are indicated by a small icon.

You can still operate delete, mark protect and mark for printing functions in thumbnail mode.

Click for embarrassing audio clip

Here's an example of an image with an attached audio annotation. They're four seconds long and can be recorded just after taking the shot or in playback mode through the play menu.

The C-3030Z doesn't feature a speaker so these audio annotations can only be played back on your computer (click on the image above for an embarrassing audio clip.. Fake voice ;)

Here we're marking this image for printing (either one image or all). DPOF print marking works with compatible printers which can accept SmartMedia / CF cards.