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Fujifilm FinePix F30 Operation

Given that the Fujifilm F30 offers a fair range of control over functions like ISO sensitivity, white balance, metering, and autofocus area, its user interface is pretty straightforward. The relatively few buttons on the camera, however, mean you will be scrolling through several menus to operate the finer functions of the camera. Some major paging through the manual will also be necessary to figure out the many features the Fuji F30 offers.

The Power button simply cycles the camera on or off, and the Mode dial sets it to one of four exposure modes - Auto, Manual, Scene Position (with 15 settings), Aperture/Shutter Priority AE, Picture Stabilization, and Movie mode. The camera's optical zoom, flash, macro mode, self-timer, and LCD backlight strength can all be adjusted in Record mode without entering the menu system. The Photo Mode button accesses a simplified menu for quickly adjusting Quality (image size), ISO equivalent, and Color (choices are Standard, B&W, and a Chrome setting for vivid color and contrast). Menus are accessed through the Menu/OK button. When you need to access these menus, screens are short and sweet, and require little navigation.

Record Mode LCD Screens
In Record mode, the Fuji F30's LCD monitor reports the basic exposure settings, as well as other exposure settings such as flash mode, focus mode, ISO, etc. The number of images available, battery status, and the set resolution also appear. Pressing the Display button enables an alignment grid with the information overlay, turns the information overlay off, or enables the post-shot assist (which shows the last three images captured since switching the camera to record mode alongside a live view, to assist in framing shots with similar composition). The LCD display cannot be turned off, because there's no optical viewfinder. The camera reports the shutter speed and aperture that will be used when the shutter button is half-pressed. In A/S mode, shutter and aperture can be manually adjusted.

Playback Mode LCD Screens
In Playback mode, the display includes an ample amount of information about your shots including the image number, the file size, the ISO, the date and time of capture, and the shutter speed and aperture the image was captured at. For a camera that does so much, it's nice that Fuji includes all this info in playback. The Display button cycles through several other options, where you can turn the information overlay off, enable a nine-image index display for seeing quickly what images are on the memory card, or sort images by date. This last is really a rather unusual feature, and could be quite useful if you have a large flash card and tend to keep images on it for weeks at a time. Up to 11 thumbnails are shown at once, alongside a bar which allows you to see the dates of all images on the flash card; you can then use the Four-way controller to select which day you want to see images from. When in playback mode, the zoom toggle lets you zoom in on the image to check small details, and the Four-way controller lets you pan around the image when zoomed in.


Fujifilm FinePix F30 Modes and Menus

Record Mode: Indicated by an icon on a red background at the top left of the LCD display (unless the display is in image only mode), this mode allows the camera to capture images. Exposure modes include Scene Program, Auto, Manual, and Movie (Manual mode does not allow user control of shutter speed or aperture). Pressing the Menu button displays the following options (not all options are available in all modes):

Playback Mode: Indicated by an icon on a blue/green background at the top left of the LCD display (unless the display is in image only or thumbnail mode). Here, you can review captured images and movies, as well as manage files and set up images for printing. Pressing the Menu button displays the following options: