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Fuji F470 Operation

The Fuji F470 is designed for the beginning photographer (or someone who doesn't care much about manual control), and if you lock it in the Auto mode, this camera will do most of the work for you. Navigation is very simple. While I've long been a fan of Fuji's menu system, I think it might be time to refresh the graphics slightly which are starting to look a little dated. Simply increasing the size and design of the icons so they're easier to read might be a good starting point. Buttons were also fairly easy to use if a bit small for my fingers. Also, because the mode dial ring surrounds the shutter button I kept mistaking it for the zoom control, which is actually a rocker switch right on the rear of the camera. Despite those minor quibbles, most people will be able to operate the Fuji F470 straight out of the box.

Record Mode
In Record mode, the Fuji F470's LCD monitor reports the basic exposure settings, as well as other exposure settings such as flash mode, focus mode, etc. The number of images available and resolution also appear. Pressing the Display button enables an alignment grid with the information overlay, or turns the information overlay off. The LCD display cannot be switched off without powering the camera off altogether.


Playback Mode
In Playback mode, the Fuji F470's information display includes the image number and date of capture, but this information disappears after a few seconds. 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 Fuji F470's 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.


Fuji F470 Modes and Menus

Record Mode: Indicated by an icon on a red background at the top left of the Fuji F470's LCD display (unless the display is in image only mode), this mode allows the camera to capture images. Exposure modes include Auto, Scene Program and Movie. 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 Fuji F470's 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: