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Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd Operation

Operating the Fuji FinePix S6000fd is straightforward in most cases, as the Power/Mode switch on top of the camera selects the main operating mode and the Exposure Mode dial controls the exposure mode. Only a handful of control buttons sprinkle the back and top panels, and the menu system is simple to navigate. Commonly used features such as exposure compensation and flash mode are quickly adjusted externally, and the Photo Mode button on the rear panel pulls up a shorter menu for options like ISO and resolution. Additionally, the zoom and focus rings surrounding the lens give the camera a more manual feel, and the focus mode switch on the side panel lets you quickly change the AF mode without fishing through menu screens. Most savvy consumers will likely operate the camera pretty quickly right out of the box, but you should probably spend a good hour or so with the manual to discover all of The Fujifilm S6000fd's intricacies.

Record Mode Display
In Record mode, the LCD monitor displays the subject with a modest amount of information, indicating AF area, date and time, exposure mode, focus mode (macro or normal), the current size/quality setting, the number of images that can be stored on the remaining memory, and any other manually set options. In Program, Manual, Aperture Priority, and Shutter Priority modes, the exposure information is displayed. Pressing the Display button once eliminates the text overlay and shows only the image area. A second press displays a framing guideline, which divides the image area into thirds both horizontally and vertically, while a third press enables the Post Shot Assist window. In this mode, the camera shows thumbnails of the three most recently captured shots, so you can compare compositions and frame the current shot similarly.

Playback Mode Display
In Playback mode, the default image display shows the most recently captured image, with a modest information overlay present. Pressing the Display button once eliminates the overlay, pressing it again pulls up a nine-image thumbnail display. Pressing the Display button a third time shows 12 thumbnails, organized by capture date, with the image date displayed on the left side of the screen. For a more detailed information display with a histogram, you can hold down the Exposure Compensation button in normal image review mode to show a smaller image with an exposure information report, as well as a small histogram. Turning the Zoom ring enlarges the captured image, and you can use the arrow keys to pan around within the view.


Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd Modes and Menus

Record Mode: A red camera icon marks this mode on the Power/Mode dial. In this mode, you can capture movies as well as still images, depending on the position of the Exposure Mode dial. The following exposure modes are available:

Shooting Menu: Available in all Record modes by pressing the Menu button, the Shooting menu offers the following options (some options are not available in all modes):


Playback Mode: Marked on the Power/Mode switch with the traditional Playback symbol (a green arrow within a green rectangle outline), this mode lets you review captured images and movie files. You can set up files for printing, view an automated slideshow, and rotate images.

Playback Menu: The following menu items appear after pressing the Menu button in Playback mode:


Setup Menu: This mode allows you to change a variety of basic camera settings, and is accessible from both the Record and Playback menus.