Record review & Play

If enabled the E-3 will provide a review of the image shot immediately after the shutter release (the length of time this is displayed can be set from 1 to 20 seconds). By default the record review display mode will be a single image with no information overlaid. In Play mode you can choose between the seven display modes by pressing the INFO button, the display mode is then memorized and also used for record review. Unfortunately just like previous E series digital SLRs you still can't erase an image in record review mode (you have to switch to play mode first).

Display modes

The E-3 provides a wide range of display modes including both blinking highlights or shadows.

No overlaid information Basic overlay (quality, filename, file number)
More overlay (quality & size, date & time, filename, file number) Thumbnail with AF point, quality, four-way histogram and detailed exposure info.
Large overlaid histogram with semi-transparent background. Blinking highlights
(either over-exposed or almost)
Blinking shadows
(either under-exposed or almost)

Image magnify

Turn the main dial counter-clockwise to enter magnify mode, keep turning to magnify up to 14x. Use the four way controller to pan around the magnified image.

Press the INFO button in magnify mode to show the 'region of interest' box which can be moved around the image (and resized), press INFO again to return to the magnified view.

Thumbnail index

Turn the main dial clockwise to switch to thumbnail index views, there are a total of five different index views; 4 images (2x2), 9 images (3x3), 16 images (4x4) and 25 images (5x5) as well as the very useful calendar view which allows you to browse your images by the date they were taken.


Other play functions

Press the Erase button to erase the current image. Note that this function can be used with multiple items selected. You can change the default menu selection to 'yes' in the settings menu to make things a little quicker. Press the Copy button to copy this image from one card to another. Note that this function can be used with multiple items selected (there is also a 'copy all' option).
The OK button can be used to select multiple images, you can then use this selection for deletion or copying. The protect button can be used to mark images as read-only.
As with all recent E-System cameras you can covert raw files into JPEGs in-camera. The conversion process could do with a little The JPEG EDIT option allows you to apply after-effects to images. Perhaps befitting a 'professional' camera the E-3 offers only two options; resizing and shadow adjustment.