Top of camera controls
Used to lock / unlock the exposure, unfortunately actually taking a shot loses the AE-LOCK... Strange, can't work this one out.
Holding down and rotating the shift dial allows you to set the exposure compensation of +/-2EV in 0.5EV steps.
Holding down and rotating the shift dial allows you to choose between spot or average metering modes.
I found these buttons cleverly placed and always within reach of my gripping hand (right hand), note that the buttons which are combined with the shift dial are on the left (under your thumb) and those which do require the shift dial are under your fingers so you can use your thumb to rotate the dial... Ah, a designer who CONSIDERS the ergonomics of their camera!
Left side controls
The Mode Dial is used by rotating it to the required option (eg. ISO) then pressing the center "shift button" and rotating the shift dial (above) to pick a particular option. Sounds cumbersome but is a much quicker method than the menu systems used in many other digicams. When scrolling through each option a menu is displayed on the LCD (overlayed over the current view) if the LCD is switched on, also the options are displayed on the top LCD - useful if you work without the rear LCD. Examples of such menus:
background would not normally black but
would be showing the current "live" display)
Detail of the Mode Dial:
|Option||Hold shift button and rotate shift dial to choose an option|
Auto Exposure mode:
Auto - assuming the flash is popped up the camera will fire the flash if required
On - flash always fires (useful for fill purposes)
Off - flash never fires (even if popped up)
External - internal flash does not fire, external flash (hotshoe) is fired instead (should be used in combination with external flash WB described later)
Auto - white balance is automatically calcuated (typically inaccurate)
Hold - white balance is set manually by pointing the camera at a neutral (gray or white) subject and pressing the WB button on the front of the camera - this is the option I ended up using most of the time and produced good neutral colours and a perfectly white, white
Outdoor - sets the white balance to outdoor shooting
Indoor - sets the white balance to indoor shooting
1Shot - take one shot (normal camera operation)
Cont1 - take continuous shots and re-calculate exposure for each shot (slower)
Cont2 - take continuous shots based on the exposure of the first shot (fast)
Self Timer - take a self-timer shot (self timer pause time can be set)
Interval Rec - take shots every x interval (set through menu)
Picture quality mode:
size / digital zoom:
1344x1024 - take images at 1344 x 1024 pixels
640x480 - take images at 640 x 480 pixels
X2 D.Zoom - take images at 640 x 480 pixels (cropped from the center of the CCD - thus a 2x digital zoom)
user settings / reset:
No.0 (reset) - resets all settings to factory default
No.1-3 (date) - restore settings to previously saved user file (through the custom menu)
100 - default sensitivity
200 - equal to ISO200 (some noise)
400 - equal to ISO400 (noise apparent)
Notes (for manual settings):
Available shutter speeds @ ISO100:
Only in manual exposure: 4s, 3.4s, 2.8s, 2.4s, 2s, 1.7s, 1.4s, 1.2s, 1s, 0.8s, 0.7s, 0.6s, 1/2s, 1/2.4s, 1/2.8s, 1/3.4s, 1/4s, 1/4.8s, 1/5.6s, 1/6.7s
In manual or shutter priority: 1/8s, 1/9.5s, 1/11s, 1/13s, 1/15s, 1/18s, 1/22s, 1/26s, 1/30s, 1/38s, 1/45s, 1/54s, 1/60s, 1/75s, 1/90s, 1/110s, 1/125s, 1/150s, 1/180s, 1/210s, 1/250s,1/300s, 1/360s, 1/430s, 1/500s, 1/610s, 1/720s, 1/860s, 1/1000s, 1/1200s, 1/1400s, 1/1700s, 1/2000s
@ ISO200 in shutter priority: 1/15s - 1/2000s (as above)
@ ISO400 in shutter priority: 1/30s - 1/2000s (as above)
@ wide (28mm):
F2.0, F2.2, F2.4, F2.6, F2.8, F3.1, F3.4, F3.7, F4.0, F4.4, F4.8, F5.2, F5.6, F6.2, F6.7, F7.3, F8.0, F8.7, F9.5, F10, F11
@ tele (140mm): F2.4 - F11 (as above)
Which all adds up to an amazing amount of manual control over exposure, in fact this has to be the most controllable prosumer digital camera around.
Rear camera controls
CAM / PLAY
Enters the camera menu system in either CAM or PLAY modes
Executes a menu option in the menus
Exits submenus / menu
In CAM or PLAY mode toggles the overlayed information on the rear LCD
In PLAY mode switches between thumbnail view (10 on a page) or single frame view
In CAM or PLAY mode turns the LCD on or off
Front camera controls
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