Record Mode menu

Pressing the MENU button while in one of the record modes (P/A/S/M) displays the record menu (this is displayed over the live preview image but is shown on a black background here for clarity).

The menu is split over three pages, navigation is performed using the jog dial and confirmation using the OK button.

Each of the menu options is described in more detail below.

Auto Focus / Manual Focus

On the C-3040Z the selection between auto and manual focus has been relegated to a menu option, selecting it returns you to the live preview and displays the more familiar [AF] [MF] box in the bottom right of the screen along with the manual focus ruler, use the up and down cursors on the 4-way controller to focus (ruler automatically scales itself depending on focus distance).

Drive / Bracket

Allows the selection of several different continuous shooting modes. Sequence mode and Sequence mode AF allows shooting of around 3.3fps for all modes except TIFF, built-in flash is disabled. The next mode is self-timer / remote infrared control. Lastly there is a bracketing option, you can choose to take 3 or 5 shots with exposure adjustment divided within the selected range (+/-0.3, 0.6 or 1.0 EV).

White Balance

Selects current white balance mode:

Auto - camera estimates best white balance based on measured colours in the scene
Pre-set - One of four fixed white balance settings:
   • Sunny - best for daylight
   • Cloudy - for cloudy overcast and dull days (UK)
   • Incandescent - good for indoor incandescent lights or night shots
   • Fluorescent - for use with fluorescent lighting
Manual - Enters manual white-balance setup mode where you simply aim the camera at a white / gray subject and press OK to define a new white balance. [sample]

ISO Sensitivity

Allows the selection of CCD sensitivity (actually it's the amplification level of signals from the sensor). You can select from Auto (camera chooses ISO automatically depending on available light) or ISO equiv. 100, 200 or 400.

Flash Compensation

Alows for the selection of flash power output compensation (+/-2.0EV in 0.3EV steps), this allows for better control over the flash (if you are for instance experiencing washed out flash shots).

Flash Slow Sync

Slow Sync can be set for the flash to go off at the beginning or end of a long exposure (useful for night shot special effects).

Digital Zoom

With Digital Zoom mode enabled the current zoom level is indicated as a bar on the bottom of the LCD preview image, a small line indicates when you pass the maximum optical zoom and digital zoom takes over.

I'm not a huge fan of digital zoom, typically if you need to crop and zoom an image you can do so later in a good photo package (mostly)...

Function (Picture effects)

Function allows the selection of various picture effect modes:

Black & White - Image is shot and recorded in black and white
Sepia - Image is shot and recorded with a sepia tint
White Board - produces a highly contrast image useful for shooting black text on a white background
Black Board - produces a highly contrast image useful for shooting white text on a black background

Audio Clip

Enabling this option sets the camera to automatically record a 5 second audio clip after each shot, useful for annotations.

Card Setup (format card)

This option can be used to format (fully erase) all the contents of the SmartMedia card.

Mode Setup

Enters the record mode setup menu (covered in more detail later).