Sony DSC-F707 Review
Top of camera controls
The top of the F707 looks fairly similar to the DSC-S85, it's logically laid out, the power switch is mounted around the camera mode dial, just in the right position for a flick from your thumb. Beside the mode dial is the cameras microphone, used to record audio in movie mode. Just below the microphone is the NightFraming / NightShot switch.
Toward the front of the camera is the shutter release button, tilted slightly forwards and it is a soft half-press, click full-press type. Next to this is the exposure compensation button, directly in front of that is the camera's jog-dial which is used to to set exposure compensation, aperture / shutter speed in manual modes and scroll through images in playback mode. I personally found the jog-dial location to be a bit awkward, it would have been better to the left of the shutter release, on the rear of the camera or the front of the hand grip.
Exposure / Camera Mode Dial
Enters playback mode, this displays the last image/movie recorded. Cursor arrows or jog-wheel can be used to scroll through images (other functions described later).
|Program Auto Exposure
Automatic exposure mode, camera meters the scene and selects best combination of aperture and shutter speed (and ISO if set to Auto) to properly expose the image. Additionally you can compensate the exposure by either +/-2.0EV in 0.3 EV steps. Remember, there are now three metering modes to choose from: Multi-Pattern, Center-Weighted average and Spot.
Shutter Priority Auto Exposure
30*, 25*, 20*, 15*, 13*, 10*, 8*, 7*, 5*, 4*, 3*, 2.5*, 2, 1.6,
1.3, 1, 1/1.3, 1/1.6, 1/2, 1/2.5, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10,
1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125,
1/160, 1/200, 1/250, 1/320, 1/400, 1/500, 1/640, 1/800, 1/1000 sec
Aperture Priority Auto Exposure
Wide: F2.0, F2.2, F2.5, F2.8, F3.2, F3.5, F4.0, F4.5, F5.0, F5.6,
F6.3, F7.1, F8.0
|M||Full Manual Exposure
In this mode you select the aperture and the shutter speed from any combination of the above. Use the jog-dial to switch between shutter speed or aperture, click then roll it again to change the value. The LCD view changes to reflect the look of the final image at this exposure. The exposure compensation readout now displays the difference between the selected exposure and the metered exposure up to a maximum of +/-2.0 EV.
Special Scene Exposure
Twilight (low light shots, long exposures)
Enters camera setup mode (described in more detail later). Having a distinct setup mode is a new thing to Sony digital cameras, a welcome change, it gets away from overloaded exposure menus.
Thank goodness Sony have equipped the F707 with all of the S85's excellent exposure options, and added a whole raft of slower shutter speeds which include automatic noise reduction.
Enables exposure compensation, click the jog-dial then roll between compensations of : (+/-2 EV in 0.3 EV steps)
-2.0, -1.7, -1.3, -1.0, -0.7, -0.3, 0, 0.3, 0.7, 1.0, 1.3, 1.7, 2.0 EV
NightFraming / NightShot switch
In this mode the camera operates as a normal digital camera, the Infrared filter remains in front of the CCD at all times. However, Hologram AF (laser) may be used in low light circumstances if set to Auto in the Setup menu. (Note that the label for this mode has changed from the word OFF on pre-production cameras to the green dot - this avoids confusing this switch for the power switch).
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