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Fujifilm V10 Operation

For size reasons, the Fujifilm V10 does away with a mode dial, but operating the camera is a lot easier than I expected. In fact, switching through menus and changing options was not difficult especially if you make liberal use of the F Photo Mode button which allows you to adjust basic photo settings such as image size, ISO, and color. I just wish Fujifilm had let you access the various Scene Modes through the F Photo Mode button rather than via the Menu button on the back. It would have saved a lot of time rather than having to switch back and forth between the various buttons to adjust the basics. Since the buttons on back have been reduced in size to make way for the giant screen, they take some getting used to. Much better for someone with small fingers. Users familiar with typical digicam features and nomenclature (especially Fujifilm's models) should be able to operate the camera straight out of the box, referring to the manual only for more specific details. Even novice users should need less than an hour of studying the manual and playing with the Fujifilm V10 to become familiar with its main features.

Record Mode LCD Screens
In Record mode, the Fujifilm V10's LCD monitor reports the basic exposure settings, as well as other exposure settings such as flash mode, focus mode, etc. The Fujifilm V10 reports the shutter speed and aperture that will be used when the shutter button is half-pressed. The number of images available and resolution also appear. Pressing the Display button turns the information overlay off, enables an alignment grid with the information overlay, 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; a cool feature unique to the V10 and F10). The LCD display cannot be switched off without powering the camera off altogether.

Playback Mode LCD Screens
In Playback mode, the information display includes the image number and date of capture, but this information disappears after a few seconds. The Fujifilm V10's Display button cycles through several other options, where you can turn the information overlay off, enable a 30-image index display for seeing quickly what images are on the memory card, or sort images by date. Another special date-view mode 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 V10 Modes and Menus

Record Mode: Indicated by an icon on a red background at the top left of the Fujifilm V10's 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 Fujifilm V10'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: