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.
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.
|Thunderheads With Egret by Buzz Lightyear|
|Double Rainbow; Abiquiu, NM, USA. by abiquiuense|
from After the Rain