Sony DSC-S75 Review
Top of camera controls
Because of the move of status LCD the top of the camera looks cleaner and less cluttered, the new exposure / camera mode dial makes accessing various camera modes far easier and is more intuitive. The new power switch is also brilliantly simple and works very well. All of the exposure dial settings are described in more detail below:
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.
Shutter Priority Auto Exposure
1/1000, 1/800, 1/640, 1/500, 1/400, 1/320, 1/250, 1/200, 1/160, 1/125, 1/100, 1/80, 1/60, 1/50, 1/40, 1/30, 1/25, 1/20, 1/15, 1/13, 1/10, 1/8, 1/6, 1/5, 1/4, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.8, 1, 1.3, 1.6, 2, 2.5, 3.2, 4, 5, 6, 8 secs
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
(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.
It's refreshing to see a good selection of exposure options on a Sony digital camera, a good range of apertures and shutter speeds means that the photographer has complete control over manual exposures.
Rear of camera controls
The back of the S75 looks far more work-like and professional than the S70, all the buttons are logically placed and there are now buttons for changing the most common camera settings without having to trawl through the menu system (which also happens to be improved). All buttons are described below:
|W / T||Zoom / Magnify
Zooms the camera lens towards telephoto (104 mm) or towards wide (38 mm). The zoom control itself is a single position button (non-proportional). In playback mode the zoom control doubles as a control for magnifying the displayed image or displaying thumbnails.
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.
Enters record menu (detailed later).
Toggles LCD display mode either live preview with full detail overlay, live preview with simple detail or LCD off.
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
Switches metering mode from the default Center-Weighted average to spot metering which only uses a small circular area in the center of the frame for metering. Press once more to cancel.
Note that this button also doubles as an "AF Lock", with one press (without rolling the jog-dial) it locks the current focus position.
|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 next shot is taken.
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