Sony DSC-F717 Review
Rear of camera controls
Nothing has changed at the 'back' of the camera, control layout is logical enough with plenty of space on the right for the pad of your hand and thumb to fit into the moulded 'cup'. Along the top are controls for the display as well as the multifunction 4-way controller.
Buttons / Controls
Enters record menu (detailed later).
Switches to between single image view, thumbnail view and picture information view modes in playback mode. This button has no action in record mode.
Toggles LCD display mode either live preview with full detail overlay, live preview with simple detail or LCD off.
Selects flash mode: Auto Flash, Flash Fill-in, Flash Cancel
Instantly reviews the last image / movie, in this mode you can zoom into the image but not scroll between images on the Memory Stick, you'll have to switch to playback mode for that (why it wasn't implemented via the jog-dial I'm not sure).
Switches between normal; 50 cm (19.7") - Infinity, and macro focus; 4 cm (1.5") - 50 cm (19.7") range.
Engages / Disengages the self-timer. Self-timer is cancelled after the next shot is taken.
Lens barrel controls
The ring on the front of the lens now performs two different functions depending on the position of the Focus switch. When the Focus switch is set to 'Auto' the ring acts as proportional zoom controller, turn the ring quickly and the camera will zoom quickly, turn it slowly and the camera will zoom slowly. The direction in which you turn the ring for wide / tele can be changed via the setup menu. You can still control zoom using the dual-speed zoom lever on the side of the lens barrel (which now has a more logical position and orientation).
When the Focus switch is set to 'Manual' the lens ring controls the manual focus position, again this is proportional to the speed at which the ring is rotated. During manual focus the display will magnify two times to assist you in finding the focus point (this can be disabled).
Buttons / Controls
Auto / Manual Focus
|T / W||Zoom / Magnify
Zooms the camera lens towards telephoto (190 mm) or towards wide angle (38 mm). In play mode pressing the controller towards telephoto magnifies the displayed image (up to x5.0).
|AE LOCK||Auto-Exposure Lock
Locks the metered exposure at the current setting, useful for aiming the camera at the subject to use for metering then realigning the scene for the final shot. AE Lock is cancelled after the shot is taken.
Selects metering mode:
Selects white balance settings:
Manual preset 'one push'