Record mode display

Here you can see an example of the live preview image on the LCD just prior to taking a shot, note the new composition bracket in the center of the frame. Various settings information is displayed along the top and down the right side of the display (in this case):

Battery life (in minutes), image size and quality, remaining frames, disc free space (pie graph), Flash status, White Balance status and Macro focus mode selected.

Half-pressing the shutter release causes the cameras autofocus and metering systems to lock, a steady green dot indicates a good AF lock and you can now see the exposure shown on the right side of the display. After fully depressing the shutter release a brief review image is shown. Writing to the disc starts now and because of the buffer continues in the background allowing you to take the next shot without interruption.
Pressing the 4-way controller to the left displays the last image taken as above. This display is instantly interrupted by half-pressing the shutter release. An example of movie capture mode, here the time indicator shows available space for 5 minutes 47 seconds at the current setting (see later in the review for more detail).
Example of Shutter Priority mode (before half-pressing the shutter release). Note the blue jog-dial indicator in the bottom right of the screen. Example of Aperture Priority mode (before half-pressing the shutter release). Note the blue jog-dial indicator in the bottom right of the screen.

Manual Focus

Selecting manual focus (pressing the FOCUS button) switches control of focus distance to the small jog-dial, focus distances are displayed in metres.

Playback display

Switching to play mode immediately displays the last image taken. The CD300 uses a "rough thumbnail" initially while it loads the full resolution image from the disc. After a second or so a higher resolution image is shown. Note that you don't have to wait for this image to be able to scroll between images and that you can use the jog-dial as well as the 4-way controller.
Pressing TELE on zoom magnifies the image in several steps up to x5.0. Once magnified you can use the 4-way controller to move around the image. Pressing WIDE on the zoom controller first enters this 3 x 3 thumbnail view where you can scroll around the images and perform basic manipulation (such as copy / selective delete, delete all **).
Pressing WIDE on the zoom controller once more enters this new three image information display mode which shows detailed exposure information for the selected image. This being a pre-production model I'll forgive the 10/400 sec shutter speed display (obviously 1/40 sec).
As seen on other Sony digital cameras you can rotate images in-camera, note however that this does not rotate the JPEG image itself, only marks its orientation for display in-camera.

** Choosing delete all with a CD-RW doesn't appear to recover ALL the space, to do so you would need to re-format the disc.